Lesson 5: Exploring pictograms

Children learn to interpret a basic pictogram

Before the lesson

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Activity set-up

Learning objectives

  • To understand how to represent data in a pictogram
  • To understand how to read a simple pictogram

EYFS outcomes


  • Count objects, actions and sounds.  
  • Link the number symbol (numeral) with its cardinal number value. 
  • Subitise.
  • Count beyond 10.
  • Compare numbers.
  • ELG: Numerical patterns: Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Active learning


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary


Next steps

To continue to sort and categorise during play and to be able to justify the ways in which they choose to do this.

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Sophie Pickles,  
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