Early Years Maths

Oct 23, 2023

Maths Resources for Teaching 4 to 5 Year Olds

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) had published a range of resources to support early years provision for children aged 4 to 5 years.

This includes links to video resources, curriculum materials and a podcast.

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Key Concept Areas of Maths Learning

  1. Cardinality and Counting – Understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity, or ‘howmanyness’ of things it represents.
  2. Comparison – Understanding that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other.
  3. Composition – Understanding that one number can be made up from (composed from) two or more smaller numbers.
  4. Pattern – Looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships.
  5. Shape and Space – Understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking.
  6. Measures – Comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units to compare later.

Early Years Maths Podcast

The NCETM also have an early years podcast episode sharing a discussion on how early years children develop their mathematical thinking.

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