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Term 1 week 7 – Number 6

This week we worked with number 6, the next number on the number line.

As you saw from the topic work blog the children created their family tree.  On it they sponged 6 hearts to represent their love for 6 special people in their lives.

Wilf our robot showed the children to successfully count till 6.

  • Step 1 – Point or pick each object one at a time.
  • Step 2 – Say each number 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6.
  • Step 3 – Say stop. We cannot keep on saying the numbers if we need to count only 6 objects.  In this case sponge 6 stars.

(Whilst counting objects on our workbooks we can also cut them out one by one to avoid counting them more than once.)

To help us learn the formation of number 6 we use three ways.

  • Number Story – We have animals for every number.

Mr. Snail helps us see the shape of number 6.

Mr. Snail is all ready with his house on his back to go and meet his friends at the park.  His house is quite heavy to carry around.  Especially like today when he has to climb the wall or fence to get to the park and reach his destination.  So we are going to give him a helping hand by pushing him up the wall.


  •  To remember the formation of this number we can use the shape of Mr. Snail. This is what we say:
  1. Start at the eye
  2. Go round the neck
  3. Go round the house on Mr. Snail’s back
  4. And stop
  • We also had the number 6 rhyme to help us see the formation of this number.


  • The next step is to give manipulatives to the children to understand the value of this number. As always we saw the numicon shape corresponding to the number in this case the light blue rectangle shape with 6 holes in it.


The children used their bodies to count six by touching their heads 6 times, they jumped 6 times, they clapped 6 times and so on.  They were also given table top counters to count till 6 such as blocks and bristle sticks, buttons and also play dough. They also counted the circles on which they drew their family and eventually stuck on their family tree.  Here are some photos of the children drawing their family.

Routine helps children become more confident in the task they are doing.  The rainbow number as they call it is a task they really love practicing.  Using various colours makes it fun.

Beside the rainbow 6 the students worked on their number workbook 1 where they had to count various little monsters and match them to the correct number.  It is important that when they do such a task they cross out each item.  This skill helps when we start counting bigger numbers.

Practice Ideas for Home

  • It is important that you practice the numbers done so far by using the animal stories and the rhymes so the children become more confident in their number work and which number comes after which.
  • They can practice the formation just like we do it in class with the rainbow colours. If they are reluctant tell them that they are the teacher and it should do the trick.  (Obviously you have to draw the first outline yourselves such as below.)


  • They can draw various objects on a piece of paper or small whiteboard, count them and help them write the corresponding value using rice, flour and sand saying the story or rhyme in the process. Please praise every little effort the children make.  If they do mistakes just correct them with no fuss at all and tell them to try it again together.  Repetition, practice and praise help build their confidence.

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