Oral mathematical story: large and small groups
After I retell ‘Little Lumpty’ to a group of 30 children several times, I sense that though the pattern of counting is stronger, an opportunity is missed: to connect more closely to children’s mathematical behaviour. This chapter aims to explore what happens when oral mathematical stories are told to smaller groups of six to eight children. This chapter is based on a story adapted from a picture book The Greedy Triangle (Burns 1994) and a story about a dinosaur created by a Reception class teacher. Mathematical dialogue as part of these storytellings is imaginative and extracts are included to support the idea that creative dialogue is sometimes more easily facilitated as part of smaller group experiences.