When I take all three of them to the supermarket, we always go armed with our shopping lists and felt tips. I always make sure that I make two lists: one in cursive handwriting for Ioan and one in basic print for Finn.


  • Shopping lists
  • Felt tips


As they go round the shop, they have to read the words, find all the items and then cross them off their lists.

Cian loves the stickers that come out of the scales, he enjoys taking it in turns sticking them on each others noses and peeling them off again.

Finn likes wearing his explorer outfit and taking his binoculars to help him find the items on his shopping list. Cian was in charge of the hand scanner (until he managed to delete our entire shop at the check out!) and Ioan is in charge of reading the tricky words on the list.

There are so many maths skills you can get them to use whilst shopping. I asked them to compare the price of the coriander. One was £1.25 and the other was 75p, at first Finn thought the £1.25 was cheaper than the 75p because “75 is 74 more than 1.” I had to explain that you can only compare numbers when they are in the same units, so they swapped the £1.25 to 125p. We counted up in tens from 75p to 125p to work out the difference in price.

The following week when we went shopping, I checked their understanding of changing pounds to pence:

Finn always tries to sneak items on to the shopping list by writing them himself. This time I caught him writing ‘pETsa’ and drawing a picture of a pizza.

For more shopping ideas, check out our Kitchen Disco and Very Hungry Caterpillar shopping trips.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

ELG 10 – Writing:

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.


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.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS and National Curriculum (2013)

Numeracy Year 1 programme of study

Number – number and place value

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of tens
  • identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least