At Barton Moss we believe that mathematics (maths) is an important part of learning for all children in the early years and receiving a good grounding in maths is an essential life skill.
As well as numeracy, it helps skills such as problem solving, understanding and using shapes and measure and developing their own spatial awareness. It helps them to recognise, create and describe patterns, which is essential for early problem solving skills.
Introducing maths to children from an early age helps to develop their understanding of all elements of problem solving and reasoning in a broad range of contexts.
In Nursery and Reception we focus on the basic maths skills such as 1:1 correspondence, counting, number recognition, knowing how many objects are in a set without having to count again and knowing what is 1 more/1 less than a given number.
At Barton Moss school we use a maths resource called Numicon. The aim of Numicon is to make numbers real for children through them being able to see and touch them, providing a concrete object to represent each number. Using Numicon and other resources we teach the first skills of adding and subtracting and we expect children by the end of Reception to know their number bonds to 5 and 10.