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The Good Shepherd

Catholic Primary School

“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"


In the Good Shepherd EYFS, we believe it is essential to develop a strong grounding in number so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.  We strive to ensure that all children are able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers.  We provide frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding – such as using manipulatives, including natural objects like conkers and shells and five and ten frames for organising counting – our children develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built.  In addition, our curriculum offers rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures.  We believe that it is important that children 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.

The children have been subitising and finding representations of 1, 2 and 3. They've been making their own collections of three objects and noticing 'three' in their everyday environment. They count up to three objects in different arrangements by touching each object as they count and recognising that the final number they say names the quantity of the set. They use their own mark making to represent 1,2 and 3 for example to record their score during a game.

Integrating maths into our daily routines allows the children to apply mathematical concepts in all areas of life from self-registering and buying a piece of fruit from the tray every morning to putting book bags in the correct box and tidying things away carefully

Building a deep understanding of numbers to 10 including the composition of each number using a wide range of everyday resources and manipulatives

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