Maths in Early Years

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 to develop 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 by allowing them 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 then to 10.

We also have a big push on number formation and use rhymes to help the children to remember how to form them.

In Reception we follow the White Rose scheme of work where it is used as a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths.  

Important links and information


Maths at Home 

More Maths at Home 

Number Formation Rhymes 

Oxford Owl 



Whiterose Maths