This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or SEN pupils. It is based on reinforcing the concept of number between 0 and 10. The pack contains 24 cards, each with two images of watermelon slices. Each watermelon slice displays a number of seeds. The pupil has to count the seeds on each image and use a clothes peg to identify which image has less seeds.
Cut up the sheets into 24 separate cards and laminate them – this ensures that they can be used again and again. The pack could be split up into two packs of twelve cards. The pack contains a variety of combinations of numbers between 0 and 10. This pack could be an ideal activity for numeracy station work in junior classes. A pack of 6 sets could be put together, one for each pupil in the group, to be completed at a “number station”.
This activity is especially suitable for pupils who may not be able to write answers but have mastered conservation of early number, therefore it is a way for them to demonstrate this mastery. It is also good for fine motor skills in the manipulation of the pegs onto the cards.
We frequently gave activities such as this for homework to our SEN pupils. It gave them the sense that they had homework like everyone else and it also allowed the parents to see what Maths topic we were currently working on.
Activities such as these were also used as Independent work to be completed by SEN pupils in their work station.