Early Years Projects

Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception Work Groups

This Work Group is aimed at schools who are currently developing mastery across their school. The project aim is to secure Early Years’ best practice and build firm foundations for all children by the end of Reception year. Practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding as to how Early Years Best Practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and supports progression through the school.
Work Group participants will consider how to build clear progression in mathematical concepts and how to make these accessible to young children. Attention will be given to appropriate pedagogy, in particular the nature of direct teaching within an Early Years context. It aims to support schools (EYFS teachers and school leadership teams) in providing a consistent message about high quality maths provision in the Early Years and how this provision supports progression into the next phase of learning. Schools will develop an understanding of how to link teaching in EYFS and the TfM (The 5 big ideas) in Year 1.