Nursery Rhymes – watch Mrs Reid’s maths video clip on the school Facebook for more counting fun linked to this song.
Introduce the song ‘Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer’ for this learning adventure.
Encourage your child to sing the song with you.
After singing the song once ask your child to sing it again this time using their five fingers to represent each of the little men. Ask your child how many men do we need? 5
Encourage your child to count how many fingers they have held up when they hold up one hand. 5. Do the same when we have 4. When there are 4 men ask your child ‘How many more men we need?’
Every time you ask your child how many men there are encourage your child to show you that many fingers. Adult to model this and show them the numeral too if possible.
Sing the song again with your child making each little man whoosh off into space. After each verse, count how many men are left modelling one to one correspondence.