The developments in the new EYFS Framework in 2021 means that Maths is more important than ever. Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.
However, some of the learning and expectations may look different to what you are used to. 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.
At Norton, we have created a Maths Progression Plan for FS1 and FS2 (see below), as a guide to the progression of Maths skills across our EYFS. However, it is just a guide and every child’s learning and development will be different. For more information, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.
There are lots of websites to help support your child’s Maths skills at home on the Home Learning Links section of our school website.