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Teaching children to read numbers

Discussion in 'Primary' started by magstkc, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. magstkc

    magstkc New commenter

    Dear friends,
    HAPPY NEW YEAR! Please can you advise me on how to connect these dots -
    Year 1 pupil can count, recognise digets, hear and write numberals however finds it very difficult to READ the number words. Mathematical awareness is evident. How can I best help the pupils to read the words.

    Thank you for any help and advice.
    Kind Regards
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Is the pupil able to read phonetically? Some number words can be read using the phonic knowledge of an average Year 1 pupil, but if this pupil is below average then he/she may struggle. For example: 'ten' can be read by phonetically saying the sound of each letter, t-e-n.

    However, many number words are non-phonetic, meaning pupils need to learn them by sight. For example: if you try to read the word 'one' phonetically (by saying the sound of each letter), you will hear o-n-e. You will need to talk with the pupil about how the word 'one' sounds like it begins with the letter 'w', but actually it is written without w but with an e at the end, isn't that tricky?
  3. languageisheartosay

    languageisheartosay Occasional commenter

    Maybe work out some sort of visual thing e.g. the word one all squashed up to fit on a small grape, and seven having the letters on the points of a weird star? If the youngster thinks of the mnemonic, draws it and 'takes a photo with the brain' it may help.

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