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Understanding ‘many’ and ‘few’

Why is this important?
These kinds of concepts can be tricky to learn, because there is no fixed
quantity associated with them (e.g. a ‘few’ leaves on a tree may relate to a
hundred leaves, whereas a ‘few’ biscuits left on a plate may only be three).
These concepts/words are abstract – they can’t be seen or touched in the
same way as a concrete object like a fork can.

What to do
• Draw a scene on a big piece of paper or photocopy one out of a book (e.g. a
playground/park/classroom/street/ room of house).
• Think of things that belong in the scene (e.g. if your scene is the park,
you might include trees, ducks, swings, flowers, children, bikes).
• Create cards to depict ‘many’ and ‘few’ of each of the objects (e.g. ‘many’
trees on one piece of card and a ‘few’ trees on another).
• Put out the scene with the two matching objects and ask the child to:

‘Put many trees in the park.’
• Can the child choose the correct picture and place it on the big picture?
• Continue presenting extra cards as you would in a matching game, putting
‘many’ with ‘many’ and ‘few’ with ‘few’. N.B. You could use Blu-Tack to
stick the smaller pictures on.
• Do the same for the other pairs of objects (e.g. ‘many’/’few’ ducks).

  • 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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