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Language and Communication understand and use less for quantity  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

Pupils understand and use "less" when describing quantity, for example "I've got less than him".

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:30-50m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:Maths Number and Algebra
P-scales/Curriculum level:P7
TAP skill:Language (old categories)
TAP level:TAP42
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
Less food

3 soft toys

Plastic tea set

Plastic food

  1. Have a tea party.
  2. Hand out the food.
  3. Point out which ones have less.
  4. Ask the child to take some food away from one of the toys so that it has less.

Avoid working on "less" and "more" together as there is a risk that the child may confuse them.

When the child is able to use "less" and "more" on separate occasions in separate activities, you can then use both together in this activity - e.g. ask "More/less banana here?" and so on.

Fruit Salad

Two bowls and fruit to cut into fruit salad

  1. Make fruit salad in two bowls.
  2. Cut up fruit for the 2 bowls and ask "Less banana here?"
  3. Can the child tell you what to put in each bowl using less?

You could do this activity at snack time - sharing some fruit between two or more children.

Using "less" with various materials

See-through plastic cups

Materials to put in them, for example:

water

beans

sand

pegs

bricks

pens

Optional: symbol for 'less' - this can help to reinforce the concept for some children.

  • Compare amounts of water in a full cup to a nearly empty cup of water say 'Look ...this is less';
  • Pour dried beans into see-through plastic cups and label one 'less'. If using, hold up the symbol next to the relevant cup and say 'Look...this is less';
  • Fill a plastic cup half full with coloured water or sand, and fill another one. Put the less sign next to the full see-through beaker. Say' Look... (point to the half full beaker)... make this beaker have less (water)' and indicate the full beaker.
  • Hold up the symbol near the less filled beaker and repeat 'This is less'.
  • Repeat using different materials e.g. bricks, pegs, pens, circles drawn on a page, shapes on a computer.

You need to make the learning very visible.

Allow the child to explore materials and give time to respond to questions.

Give lots of opportunity for repetition.

Provide a central group of items against which 'less' can be compared.

Avoid working on "less" and "more" together as there is a risk that the child may confuse them.

When the child is able to use "less" and "more" on separate occasions in separate activities, you can then use both together in this activity: use three beakers, have more in one beaker and less in another (than the central beaker).

Sharing out materials

Materials, for example:

beans

sand

pegs

bricks

pens

Symbol for 'less'

2 different coloured sheets

  • Put 2 coloured sheets in front of the child and put 4 objects on one of them. Ask the child to put less objects on the other coloured sheet (e.g. "put less than four objects there");
  • Hold up the 'less' symbol to help label the quantities;
  • Use toy scales and weigh the material (e.g. sand or play dough) - point out which is less;
  • Can the child tell you what to do - can he/she see if you make a deliberate mistake?

Avoid working on "less" and "more" together as there is a risk that the child may confuse them.

When the child is able to use "less" and "more" on separate occasions in separate activities, you can then use both together in this activity: use three sheets, have more in one sheet and less on the other (than the central sheet).

Biscuit decorating

Biscuits

Something to sprinkle on to them

Decorate biscuits and ask the child to have less decoration (or fewer sprinkles) on different biscuits.

Avoid working on "less" and "more" together as there is a risk that the child may confuse them.

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