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Little Local Heroes: Counting Chaos

Meet Joseph Green, Station Master at the Liverpool Road Railway Station. He counts every object that travels in and out of the station. From tasty fruit to mischievous sheep, every day is a challenge. However, today is different—he's got our help!

Counting Chaos is a large-scale, interactive and multi-sensory storytime session for 3–5 year-olds. It prompts early years children to use their counting and investigation skills.

Led by an Explainer, the session allows early years practitioners to step back and assess their children. Accordingly, the content covers many of the numeracy skills that early years children need to develop, and is adaptable to differing ages. It can cover counting, number recognition, number ordering, adding, subtraction and multiplication.

Incorporating rhyme, repetition and even a treasure hunt, the show also helps to develop positive relationships and team-working skills.

What is the tone?

Upbeat, fun and a little mischievous.

The Explainer leads the session in a calm and delicate manner, gently encouraging the children to be a part of the story. They can get involved in a way that's comfortable to them, from big actions to small noises. There is no pressure to provide correct answers or drive the content forward, and the tone is welcoming, open and warm, increasing numeracy confidence.

What will they learn?

  • Through varied counting activities, children will develop numeracy skills in an adaptable way.
  • Through playful investigation, children will develop their communication and listening skills, connecting ideas to form conclusions.
  • Through creative problem solving activities, children will develop team-working skills and positive relationships with others.

How does it link to our collection?

The Science and Industry Museum is located on the site of the Liverpool Road Railway Station—the first inter-city passenger and goods railway station in the world.

Many of the buildings and original fixtures actually remain in their original form.

Opened in 1830, the site welcomed all manner of goods from across the world. They arrived at Liverpool Docks, were loaded onto trains, travelled along the Liverpool to Manchester railway, before arriving in Manchester.

Joseph Green was the site's first Station Master, overseeing all operations.

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