The national Curriculum for mathematics (1995) allocates great emphasis on number work for children. The basic skills and knowledge for such work should be learnt and taught in a meaningful manner in order to establish a useful foundation for further learning and development of mathematical ability.
Marion Bird's second book on this subject provides a rich and comprehensive account on theoretical issues and practical approaches. It outlines a series of suggestions for activities that the teacher could use in order to stimulate mathematical thinking to address the National Curriculum requirements for early number work. The activities will: