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 ten-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.
In Reception, we focus on developing a core understanding of maths, including number and numerical patterns. At St Mary's we use NCETM and White Rose materials. If you would like to do more learning at home to support this, there are some ideas below!
Please click on the links below to access games and resources to support you!
Click on the image below to access Teach your monster number skills.
Click on the image below to access free Topmarks Maths games.
Click on the image below to access the Early Years White Rose website where you will find lots of fantastic activities to support your child's Maths at home. These link specifically to the activities that we do at school!
Click the image below to access Oxford Owl's free Maths games.
Click on the image below to find lots of exciting Numberblock activities!