Everything comes in 3's 20.5.20

Good morning Nursery, 


I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe!


Can you remember what our story of the week is called? That's right! 'The Three Little Pigs'. How many little pigs were there in the story? Well done! 3 little pigs! 


Today, we are going to thinking about the value and quantity of the number 3. Attached today (when you scroll down to the bottom) will be a page of objects including the pigs and some of the things they may need to build their houses, for example: 5 hats, 3 little pigs, 2 hammers, 4 wheelbarrows and 1 door. I need you to make sure that the pigs get 3 of everything so that they have one each of every item. 


So, eventually, you should end up with: 3 hats, 3 little pigs, 3 hammers, 3 wheelbarrows and 3 doors.  


This activity requires a lot of thinking and communication and language.


Parents: this activity is aimed at expanding your child's communication and language, but also being able to reason their answers and explain how they have came to that conclusion. Some phrases and questions that you could ask during this time, to draw out the fabulous vocabulary in your child could be: 


  1. Tell me what you can see etc. wheelbarrows
  2. How many are there in that group altogether? 
  3. How many do we need to get it to? 
  4. What are you going to do to this group? 
  5. Are you going to have to make it smaller or bigger to get to the number 3? 
  6. How many do you need to add to make it 3? How many are you going to take away to make it 3? 
  7. Has the number of etc. wheelbarrows stayed the same or changed? How do you know this? What did you have to do to get to the number 3? 
  8. What do all of the groups now have in common? 
  9. Tell me something about the number in each group.


Challenge: give your child a scenario for example: there are 3 wheelbarrows altogether but the wolf came and stole one. How many are there now? What did you have to do? Or... there are three little pigs but mummy pig is coming over for dinner. How many pigs are there altogether now? What did you have to do? 


Parents: For this activity, you could use the template that I have provided and save it to your device, the children could then highlight and draw crosses through the things they need to take away and draw the items that they need to add. Or, you could create your own paper version of the one provided and get your child to physically cross through or draw the items as and when needed. Also, could I please ask parents to scribe your child's wonderful reasoning explanations, that would be great, thank you for all of your support! 


I can't wait to see your fabulous vocab and language that you are going to use, remember you can upload this to Twitter at @StMarksHalewood and @vondy_miss 


Have fun, lots of love, 


Miss Vondy and Mrs Costello x

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