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Maths in the Early Years


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. In addition, it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures. 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.


At Kingston Park we follow White Rose Maths and Mastering Number.  The two schemes run alongside each other and maths is taught daily either whole class, small group or within our continuous provision. 


Maths in the Early Years is very practical and hands on. We aim to deepen children's understanding of maths so that they have solid foundation for future learning.  All maths concepts are taught using concrete resources initially, building up to pictorial representations then abstract representations when children are ready. 


You can find out more about how maths in taught in the early years by looking at the presentation below.