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Vehicles can have numbers and registration numbers.
A PSRN stimulating and supportive environment 1
A mathematically rich environment needs to be resourced so that the mathematics cannot be missed.

Number lines can go anywhere.
A PSRN stimulating and supportive environment 2
It is essential to have in mind the kind of mathematical developments that are likely to occur in the different areas, indoors and out.

With careful thought organising any resources can introduce numbers.
A PSRN stimulating and supportive environment 3
Establishing a mathematically rich enivironment indoors and out, using imagined and real situations and across all areas of learning, is an essential element of supporting mathematical thinking and...

We climb up numbers of steps and squeeze, slip and slide our bodies through spaces. Our whole bodies experience a world made up of mathematical elements.
Climbing, running, skipping, jumping, exploring!
Young children need to experience mathematical concepts through their whole bodies in practrical experiences that make sense to them.

Collections lead to classifying, sorting, matching, weighing, counting. Pebbles can always be added to, moved, arranged and sorted.
Sorting, matching and classifying 1
Children's mathematical development occurs as they seek patterns make connections and recognise relationships.

Provide interesting objects for children to sort, match and classify. They will enjoy making patterns or arranging objects according to different criteria.
Sorting, matching and classifying 2
What is the same and what is different is one of the most powerful prompts for mathematical thinking.

Pouring water along channels, how much is needed? Where will it go?
Water play and PSRN
Sand and water play supports mathematical thinking and learning in ways that go way beyond counting or learning about measures. Children learn about cause and effect and object permanence.

Pouring, shovelling and sweeping sand into different sized containers.
Sand Play and PSRN
Through sand and water play children are able to develop a range of problem finding and problem solving strategies and have opportunities to gather experiences that will enable them to make informed...

Cake tins and bun cases encourage children use one-to-one correspondence as part of their play.
Malleable materials and PSRN
Using malleable materials provides ideal opportunities to extend children's thinking and develop their problem solving skills. There are small changes that can be made through provision and...

Children collaborate together to 'post' numbers of objects into a tall tower that they have made.
Construction 1
Through playing with large and small construction apparatus children use their knowledge and skills to solve problems, generate new questions and make connections across other areas of leanrning and...

Children will naturally combine materials and use their imaginations to make the provision fit with their play and thinking. Beating rhythm on blocks on blocks was an opportunity for a practitioner to join in and help to develop the child's thinking to patterns of rhythm.
Construction 2
Construction and small world play lend themselves to collaborative imaginative learning, problem solving and sustained shared thinking.

Add numbers in a range of scripts and number lines to graphic areas.
Graphics area or 'Office'
If the environment presents a powerful demonstration of mathematical literacy, then children will take every opportunity to use their knowledge and abilities to act in a literate way.

Weaving in a grand scale!
Making or 'Creative' area
Children will make independent choices if resources are freely available. The workshop approach encourages children to explore, investigate, talk and learn about number, shape, space and measure...

Make a 'maths tool-kit' so resources can easily be transported to other areas including outdoors.
Maths resource areas
Maths resource areas are a way of providing tools that all chiildren and practitioners can find readibly available. It is a good idea to provide some mobile as well as static maths resources; for...

When you add props for re-telling stories think about the elements that could lend themselves to PSRN.
Stories, songs, music and rhymes
Thinking and learning are not simply the domain of the brain. They may depend on a range of intelligencies, on physical action and motivation. Using music, dance, rhymes and stories allows children...

'Painting' large spaces is a highly satisfying experience.
Well-planned role play is rich in opportunities to use and to record maths for a purpose. It provides numerous opportunities for interactive learning to take place where children actively construct...

Maths games are easy to make, involve the children in making them and they will be more interested in using them.
Puzzles and games
Young children take pleasure in making up games and solving problems which in turn supports and reinforces their mathematical development.

Introduce PSRN. Try and move beyond the "How many" question, e.g. If I eat this piece of fruit will there be enough for everyone else?
Every day routines such as cutting and sharing fruit, provide rich opportunities for children to make connections between the real world and mathematical concepts.

Provide displays at children's height so they can touch, talk about, sort and classify objects.
Display and PSRN
Displays should stimulate children's curiosity and interests. Where possible, children should be involved in setting up and contributing to the displays.

Planting can take place with little expense but great imagination!
Planting and growing
There are many mathematical opportunities involved in planting and growing. Children may be involved in planting numbers of seeds, adding a marker and seeing which ones grow. They may be measuring...

Keeping tools organised provides opportunities for children to match and categorise objects.
Woodwork is another form of construction or modelling and involves sorting, matching and categorising different sizes, shapes and types of wood and tools, and making decisions about 'how many' and...

Using available resources to support PSRN
Transfer and combine materials fetching It is important to recognise that all learning may take place in all areas, Children should be encouraged to utilise all resources across the...