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Learning to use ‘big’ and ‘little’


Why is this important?
‘Big’ and ‘little’ are important opposites. They form the building blocks of
more abstract concept development and give children a means to describe
the world around them. They are often amongst the earliest adjectives
(describing words) that children learn. Usually ‘big’ is learned before ‘little’.

What to do
• Gather together:

A selection of objects – one ‘big’ and one ‘little’ (e.g. ‘big’ cup and ‘little’ cup;
‘big’ pencil and ‘little’ pencil).
• Explain that you are going to take it in turns to tidy up and put the things away into a box/bag.
• Put out a pair of items (e.g. two cups, one ‘big’ and one ‘little’).

Tell the child to find the ‘big cup’. Put it in the box.
• Ask the child:

Adult: ‘What did you put in the box?’
Child: ‘Big (cup)’.
• Point to the remaining cup:

Adult: ‘What shall I put in the box?’
Child: ‘Little (cup)’.
• During outdoor play, ask the child to jump into a ‘big’/‘little’ hoop. ‘Step up’ by
asking: ‘Which hoop are you in?’
• There are numerous opportunities throughout the day for teaching ‘big’ and ‘little’ – laying the table (‘big’ spoon, ‘little’ spoon), matching shoes etc.

  • Through our Christian school and ethos, we all aim to believe in ourselves, each other, our teachers, leaders and parents. With reflection and prayer, we trust in God that our prayers will be heard. We know that every child is a child of Jesus, treating everyone with respect and dignity that they deserve.

    Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
    Matthew 7:7


  • We aim to build our pupils’ and teachers’ confidence, delight in their teaching & learning and discipline in seeking wisdom; gaining the truth, knowledge, understanding and skills they will need in their everyday lives. We offer a broad and inspiring curriculum that nurtures emotional intelligence, creativity and remembering of important knowledge. We teach and learn collaboratively leading to our pupils developing the life skills of learning.

    For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
    Proverbs 2:6


  • We aim to be the best we can be. Whilst nurturing our pupils’ and staff, we encourage and drive them to aspire to achieve their hopes and dreams. We are honest in the fact that this will take hard work, perseverance and resilience.

    For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
    Jeremiah 29:11


  • Above all we aim to show compassion to ourselves and each other. By developing strong relationships and friendships we develop a true understanding of each other.

    ‘Love thy neighbour…’
    Luke 10:28


  • We are a family. We show compassion for all members of our community irrespective of gender, ethnicity, religion or sexuality. We strive to be ‘courageous advocates’ for our local, national and global community.

    There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Galatians 3:28



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