Welcome to maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Throughout your child’s year in reception we look at two areas of maths; Numbers and Shape, Space and Measures.
We teach active maths every day and encourage the children to continue their learning in their ‘busy’ time. Over the year we will cover a whole range of mathematical ideas with your child and if you do any maths at home, we would love you to share this with us. Either write it on a WOW card or bring it in to put into your child’s learning journey. We have outlined the Early Learning Goals for you (from the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage Document) so you can see what we are teaching your child, in preparation for Year One.
The Early Learning Goal for number is:
Children count reliably with numbers from one 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.
Through all of these objectives we also teach your children how to be independent mathematicians, for example, to collect a number line to help them count on or back. Below on the blue sheet, is a number rhyme sheet, which your child uses to remember how to form each letter correctly.
The Early Learning Goal for Shape, Space and Measures is:
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 characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Here are some suggested websites for you to use:
Go to this website and scroll down until you find the Mathematics heading: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/
Or this website is excellent for new maths challenges: nrich.maths.org
We have also introduced Percy Penguin’s PLOD’s (Possible Lines of Development). Percy Penguin is our Building Learning Power (BLP) character, who keeps trying when he finds new learning difficult. Percy Penguin PLOD’s are sent home to encourage your child to work on a specific skill. An example of a PLOD, could be ordering numbers to 10. These are designed to work at home, as well as school, so that we are working together in partnership for your child.
If you have thought of a PLOD for your child, please see your child’s teacher to get a Percy Penguin sheet!
As always, please speak to your child’s teacher if you would like any more information on the Foundation Stage at Mayflower Community Academy.