Composition of Four

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Area of Learning – Mathematics

Development matters 2021: Explore the composition of numbers to 10. (Children in reception)

Birth to five matters:  Shows awareness that numbers are made up

(composed) of smaller numbers, exploring partitioning in different ways with a wide range of

Objects (range 6)

How to use this resource:

This resource is designed to be laminated and used as a concrete learning tool.

You may feel using counters, buttons, mini plastic fruit etc. more effective than the paper ones


Laminate for extra strength.

Cut out the picnic food.

Children will look at how 4 can be made out of by placing different amounts on the two plates.

Encourage the children to find all of the different ways the strawberries can be shared and then the sandwich etc.


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