Early Years Resources
Support for Reception Year and Y1: Helen Williams
This guidance has been written to support and stimulate those of us working with Reception and Y1 children when we plan mathematics for our youngest children. It was written in the summer of 2020 as the schools returned from a national lockdown, but there is much here to support transition between these two phases
Understanding number in the early years
The Mastering Number programme, which some schools in this hub area are participating in, involves maths teaching to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes, and handles important topics for early maths understanding such as subitising, cardinality and composition. Dr Helen Williams and Dr Ruth Trundley have recorded a video in which they explore some of these key aspects of early learning in a way that might be used as a staff meeting. The session starts with observing some reception children playing and is relevant to all in maths education.
Dr Sue Gifford’s presentation to the Early Years Workgroup, January 2020: What do we know from research about the key priorities for early mathematics and predictors of later achievement?
Blog by Sue Gifford on the importance of shape and space https://bsrlm.org.uk/the-case-for-space-in-the-early-years/
Article by Helen Williams on shape and space and the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning https://famly.co/blog/the-child/helen-williams-spatial-reasoning/
Helen Williams’ article for the Impact, journal of the Chartered College of Teachers: “Mathematics in the early years: what matters?’ https://impact.chartered.college/article/mathematics-in-early-years/
The early years’ section of the NRich site is a good go-to for articles and ideas https://nrich.maths.org/early-years