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.

Opportunities to become a confident mathematician at Long Furlong:

Nursery

  • Subitising (conceptual and perceptual)
  • Maths area
  • Children confidently use maths in the real world
  • Cooking
  • Self-registration
  • Calendar display: understanding the passage of time
  • Learning Journeys: understanding the passage of time
  • Noticing and making patterns (including natural)
  • ‘Five frames’ on resources i.e. pen pots
  • Matching when tidying resources
  • Solve mathematical problems
Reception
  • Subitising (conceptual and perceptual)
  • Maths area
  • Children confidently use maths in the real world
  • Cooking
  • Self-registration/snack board
  • Calendar display: understanding the passage of time
  • Noticing and making patterns (including natural)
  • Voting station
  • ‘Ten frames’ on resources i.e. pen pots