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Language and Communication Matches unequal sets  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Pupils match two unequal sets.

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Number and Algebra
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP36
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Giving out

Books/pencils/cups etc to class mates.

Pile of items the teacher wants handed round to the class

Give the child a pile of books to hand out.

Does the child notice if there is one too many or one too few? Set it up so that there is one too many/few and comment. Say 'Look......too many/too few books/pens' etc.

Commenting on 'unequal sets' is a very everyday activity.

Children experience 'unequal sets' when there are too few chairs in the class room, too many children for the number of cakes at dinner.

Comment on these experiences.

Keep the activity concrete - work with objects at this stage.

Completing a form board

Form boards

Car parking

Paper with parking slots drawn on e.g.:



Various cars

Snack time party

Real party with small food items and a group of children.

Cups with straws

Pretend party with dolls and teddies and a tea set.

Lego models

Building simple models

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