Useful information about maths
The link above leads you to an extremely useful video which explains the teaching of maths in reception.
Our new EYFS curriculum that has only begun this year requires children to work with numbers 1-10 during their reception year. However many children begin reception knowing much larger numbers and it may appear that what we are teaching the children in maths is very basic.
However, we are not simply teaching the children to recite numbers or recognise them. There is so much more involved in our teaching. Children who have a very deep understanding of numbers 1-10, will then be able to apply the principles to larger numbers and will consequently have the skills to become great mathematicians. So many adults (maybe even yourself?) have a fear of maths and this may well be because the basic understanding was never in place at a young age.
If you have time, please do watch this useful video as it explains our maths teaching extremely well.
We teach maths using a scheme called White Rose Maths. The scheme ensures that different skills are completely embedded in children's learning and that they see the relevance of their learning in everyday life. Most of our maths work is completed as practical work with real objects - we hardly every use worksheets. This really helps to deepen children's understanding and gives them opportunities to talk about and describe what they see and what they are doing. Lots of our maths takes place when the children are outdoors and can involve larger equipment and lots more fun. The children often don't even know that they are learning!
The link below takes you to the White Rose website where you can see the schemes of work in more detail if you are interested.
Please do speak to one of the teachers if you have any questions.