Concept of ‘after’ Figures or Numbers


Topic :   Concept of ‘after’ Figures or Numbers

Class : Nursery 1

Term : First Term

Week : Week 5

Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • counters
  • Abacus
  • Counting match sticks


Reference Materials

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum

Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have previous knowledge of

Multiples of Two Memorizing Doubles


Behavioural Objectives :  At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • say the number before a given figure
  • say the number after a given figure
  • recognize figure from a given set of numbers



Content : 


We define after as the number in front. If you ask the kids their front, they will sure touch their face, stomach—all the front parts of their body.

With this understanding, they will see the number that is after as numbers in front of a chosen number

Still bring out three children

Say their names are Segun , Tosan and Emily , standing in that order Ask the kids————– who is after Segun ?

They will respond: Tosan

Emily Change their order and ask again.

Use these numbers to ask another 1 2         3         4         5         6         7         8         9


What number is after 7?

They should respond that 8 is after 7.

What does ‘after’ mean?

‘After’ means the number in front


A number ‘between’ other numbers means a number that is at the middle of two numbers.

For instance, 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

The number between 3 and 5 is 4.

In teaching the kids the concept of ‘between’, make use of only three numbers to avoid confusion.

If you are to use the kids in the class for demonstration,

Bring only three people and show them the person between the other two persons.


Going back to the I spy game, ask the kids harder question to test how well they understand positions.

For example, I spy the number after 8. If the kids get it correctly, move on to spy numbers, before and between chosen numbers.

If they find it difficult to get the correct answer, refresh their minds by asking them ‘what does ‘after’ mean?

Make the ‘I spy game’ a regular activity in the classroom even after the lessons are concluded. You can play the game with the kids at every opportunity with numbers on the class wall, numbers in their colouring book etc.



1         2         3         4         5         6         7         8         9         10       11       12       13




I spy the number before 10




I spy the number after 7

I spy the number between 3 and 5.







The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise


Evaluation :

  1.  the number before 8 is _________
  2. The number after 5 is _________
  3. The number before 1 is _________
  4. The number after 12 is _________
  5. Fill in the gaps 1    , 2,    _________,    4,    _________,    _________    _________    _________  9    _________



Conclusion :


The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.