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.
Mathematics (maths) is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill. As well as numeracy, it helps skills such as problem solving, understanding and using shapes and measure and developing their own spatial awareness.
We aim to:
- Provide a mathematically rich environment indoors and outdoors in which children can experience mathematical ideas in a purposeful way.
- Use the environment to support and develop mathematical learning and vocabulary, through continuous provision and enhance provision that is rich and varied.
- Use children’s interests as they occur and develop these in a mathematical direction when appropriate.
- Encourage children to develop a positive attitude to mathematics by transmitting enthusiasm and enjoyment in the subject.
- Plan activities, problems and challenges for groups and individuals.
- Use experiential activities and visual aids to support mathematical learning.