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Maths in Reception

What can you do to help your child love maths?

Visit our Family Numeracy page by clicking this link to see how you can get involved in a school based project supporting your child with maths. 

Visit our information page for fun activities at home by clicking this link:                                                           Fun maths ideas to support you child (Please scroll down the page to find the information)

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Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Shape, space and measures:

Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore 12 characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.



Teaching and Learning in Maths - 7 Big Ideas in EYFS Mathematics

Mathematics is taught using a ‘number a week’ approach which has problem solving at the very heart of teaching and learning. Teaching and learning is based around 7 key elements. It is taught following all the principles of early years education and challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content.

The stages of learning are based upon the mastery approach of teaching children mathematical concepts through concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) mathods.

Concrete – children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.

Pictorial – children should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.

Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, children should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.


Reception Yearly Overview

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

The numbers 0-10 will be covered and all 7-core areas of mathematics explored through these.




Problem solving will underpin all activities.

Numbers from 0-10 will continue to be explored but with an emphasis on number operations (change) as this forms the foundation for pupils learning their number bonds.

Numbers to 20 will also be covered and all 7-core areas of mathematics explored through these.

Problem solving will underpin all activities.

Numbers from 0 - 20 will continue to be explored and all 7-core areas of mathematics explored through these.

There is also an emphasis on number bonds.

Problem solving will underpin all activities.