Mathematics is one of the four specific areas. Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.
Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
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Patterns and connections
It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes. Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
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It is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their reasoning skills across all mathematical areas including shape, space and measure. Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage
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Birth to 5 Matters resources for mathematics.
Development Matters guidance for mathematics.
Foundation Years maths resources.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) provide maths-specific school and professional development for schools, colleges and teachers.
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners.
National Numeracy are an independent charity who help raise low levels of numeracy among both adults and children and to promote the importance of everyday maths skills.