Supporting the development of children's maths skills

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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, 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 – Through opportunities for purposeful play and plenty of practice, children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built.

Children will 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.

Boy learning to count using a wooden slide toy 

Confident Counters

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Boy looking through a magnifying glass

Number Detectives

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Child handling cut out numbers and letters 

Meaningful Maths

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