Subitising project

The Foundation Team worked with Judith Copley from South Yorkshire Maths Hub to develop the children’s understanding of subitising. This is the ability to recognise a quantity without counting it. This improves children’s capability to calculate and recognise patterns over time.

Developments in the Autumn Term:


  • Played dice games e.g. Snakes and ladders; Ten Green Bottles;

  • Played dominoes

  • Explored Numicon in continuous provision (e.g. Water, sand etc.)

  • Initial sounds subitising game

  • Matching spot cards with regular and irregular patterns

  • Used dice pattern flashcards

  • Finger games – showing fingers in different ways

Developments in the Spring and Summer Term

  • Using 5 frames – copying patterns on blank frames with counters

  • Using 5 frames – how many can you see? How many empty spaces?

  • Hiding dice patterns and encouraging children to take a mental picture and recreate them.

  • Numicon – matching objects to Numicon patterns.

  • Physically recreating patterns with objects in different ways – how do children see a number? E.g. 2, 2 and 1 (for 5)

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