There were 10 teddies in total. We put one in each square on the mat. How many are there? We counted them in a variety of ways. There were always 10. We didn’t need to count them anymore as no more had been added or taken away.
Close your eyes … (-1 teddy). How many now? “10!” Someone shouted.
We checked. Holly put down one finger and counted the rest. “9!” she shouted. Come and count them. Yes she was right. We put that teddy back. How many now then? 10! How do we know this? “That’s how many there are with all them filled up!”
We repeated this activity down to 5 teddies and 5 removed. The children really enjoyed this and Dexter started to realise that each time the number would decrease by 1, ”There will be 7 now.”
(MA, CL, PSED)