Over the last few weeks we have been exploring a variety of mathematical concepts with the children. An important aspect of the EYFS mathematics curriculum is Subitising ie showing children ‘quick images’ and asking them how many they see is one way of developing subitising. An alternative way of developing conceptual subitising is to show children a number of dots and ask them to say how they see the number Subitising is important for children’s mathematical development for many reasons: It helps children to understand what numbers mean or how many ‘things’ a number refers to. It helps learners with pattern recognition. It helps children to not over-rely on counting. Young children have powerful visual memories and some may find it easier to remember images than words. Subitising can help children to build images for numbers, to visualise and to learn number facts. For instance, most four-year-olds readily learn to recognise five dots on a dice, which helps them to understand the cardinal value or ‘howmanyness’ of five, which they can link to the word and symbol for 5. Structured images like this also help children to begin to see numbers inside numbers, for instance seeing four and one within five.
We have been sharing a variety of images and resources with the children and asking them What can you see? For example when showing them 5 conkers they are starting to say
I can see 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1
I can see 2 and 2 and 1
I can see 4 and 1…
We have added a subitising powerpoint below which you can share with your child or you could select a variety of resources from around your home to explore.
Let us know how your child gets on . Happy subitising!