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Maths Curriculum Session


If you missed our maths session in school, find some helpful hints below.


At the end of Foundation Stage, the children will be assessed against the Early Learning Goals. Maths is split into two strands, Number and Shape, Space and Measure.




Early Learning Goal:


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 and halving.


How to help your child at home:


  • Encourage your child to count in the home and when they are out and about. They can count stairs, cars and even cutlery when setting the table. Make sure they are saying one number for each object they are counting!


  • Bubbles: Blow bubbles for your child to pop and count.


  • Throwing and catching: Throw a bean bag/kick a ball/bounce a ball with your child and get them to count every time the ball is passed.


  • Smarties: Use a small box of Smarties to make number more fun! Ask your child to sort the Smarties into colours, then get them to count how many of each colour they have. This is great for using the language of more and less. When your child is ready, you could even add different colours together. E.g. (Identify two different colours.) How many Smarties are there altogether?


  • Doubling and halving: Double or halve ingredients when cooking. For example, pizza or soup!


Shape, Space and Measure


Early Learning Goal:


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.


How to help your child at home:


  • Use the language of size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money at home and encourage your child to do the same.





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  • We teach patterns in four stages:

  • 1. Copy a pattern

  • 2. Continue a pattern

  • 3. Create their own pattern

  • 4. Describe a pattern

Simple repeating patterns can be created out of lots of household objects. For example pasta, toy cars, stones from the driveway and even fruit.


  • Make fruit kebabs or pasta necklaces to encourage children to think about patterns.
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  • 2D and 3D shapes: Why not go on a shape hunt? Point out 3D shapes when you are out walking and encourage your child to do the same!

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YouTube can also be useful:


YouTube links

Here are some useful websites that can help your child practise their maths skills!