Finn (3 years old) has been obsessed with numbers for over a year now. We decided to have a go writing the numbers 1 to 7.


  • Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard pen
  • Magnetic numbers


Finn talked me through his process for writing the numbers.

The next step would be to learn the written number words. Ioan (5 years old) invented a game to familiarise himself with the number words.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.