Waiting for Hugo Learning Time

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Learning Time


 Waiting for Hugo 


By Amanda Niland and Claire Richards 

Theme: Everyday Numeracy (Mar 2014) 

Hugo loves to count things. For Hugo’s family, everything can take extra time because they have to wait patiently for him to finish counting. For his sister that can be frustrating, but she discovers that there are also some really great things about having a brother who loves to count. 

Key Message For Parents: Children Are Born Ready To Use And Learn Mathematics 

  • Mathematics in childhood includes numbers, counting, making patterns, measuring, shapes and colours 
  • Regularly exposing young children to mathematical language helps them build up their vocabulary 
  • Children need many opportunities to hear and practice counting. 


Learning Outcome 4: Children Are Confident And Involved Learners 

  • Children create and use representation to organize, record and communicate mathematical ideas 
  • Children use mathematical thinking and vocabulary in their daily activities and play 
  • Children use a variety of thinking strategies to engage with situations and solve problems 


Before reading 

This story is called ‘Waiting for Hugo’ and is written by Amanda Niland. It is illustrated by Claire Richards. Have a look at the front cover, what can you see? This is a picture of Hugo and his sister. What else can you see on the page? Where would you find balloons? I wonder how many balloons there are in the picture. 

Hugo does lots of counting in this story. He loves to count. His family has to wait for him. His sister finds it hard to wait for him. You might find it hard to wait sometimes. Do you have to wait for your mum or dad sometimes? 

Let’s read the story together and find out about Hugo and his sister and what things Hugo loves to count. 

During reading 

On each page, Hugo counts something. You can see what he is counting in the picture and sometimes also in a thought bubble. You can point out the thought bubbles and look at the pictures inside them and talk about how it shows what he is counting. 

In the pictures you can also see what everyone else is doing while they are waiting for Hugo to finish counting. You can talk about these pictures. For example on one page Hugo is counting snails and his family is waiting for him in the rain. You can think about how you feel about waiting. How would you feel about waiting in the rain for Hugo to finish counting? 

After reading 

Hugo’s family felt happy with him at the end of the story. Why were they feeling happy?

Can you name some of the things that Hugo counted in the story? Do you like to count anything? 

Have a look around the room. Can you find something we can count together? Eg cushions, books, blocks, cups.


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