The first few years of a child’s life are especially important for mathematics development. Our objective is to ensure that all children develop firm mathematical foundations in a way that is engaging, and appropriate for their age.
There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond.
- Cardinality and Counting: Understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity, or ‘howmanyness’ of things it represents
- Comparison: Understanding that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other
- Composition: Understanding that one number can be made up from (composed from) two or more smaller numbers
- Patterns: Looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships
- Shape and Space: Understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking
- Measures: Comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units to compare later
Click on the links below to find some activities you can do with your child at home based on these six key areas.