Mathemtaics in the EYFS: Maths Mastery
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This MUST be our starting point when we want to provide children with opportunities to experience early mathematical concepts
Actvities and Experiences in the EYFS
There's more to maths than counting! We all use maths skills in our daily lives and finding opportunities for supporting children with numbers, shapes, space and measures in your setting is easy when you know how...
Maths is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths these are:
Number - Children at the expected level of development will: - Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number; 14 - Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5; - Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts
Numerical Patte - at the expected level of development will: - Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; - Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity; - Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally
Cumbria County Council have produced an interesting and refelctive Maths Toolkit, which can be found here
It includes information on enabling environments that support 'Maths Mastery' to happen in early years as well as practical ideas on dedicating time for children to learn mathematics and integrate mathematics throughout the day
Mathematics - Help for early years providers - GOV.UK (education.gov.uk)
In this video, an early years expert explains the importance of numbers in the early years foundation stage framework. There are also some tips on how to support children in this area - you can watch here
Learn more about patterns and connections as part of the early years foundation stage (EYFS) including advice from experts and suggested activities here
In this video, an early years expert explains the importance of spatial reasoning in the early years foundation stage framework. There are also some tips on how to support children in this area here
Birth to Five Matters: non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Guidance by the sector for the sector.
Building firm foundations in mathematics, Early Childhood Maths Group.
Development Matters: Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage, Department for Education (revised July 2021).
Revised EYFS in focus mathematics, Nursery World June 2021, Di Chilvers.
Spotlight on early maths, PACEY.
Statutory Framework for the early years foundation stage: Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five, Department for Education (March 2021).
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