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My experiences teaching maths mastery with children taking their first steps in maths have been so powerful, creative and fun that I wanted to share them. I hope you enjoy the resources and teaching early maths mastery as much as I do!

My experiences teaching maths mastery with children taking their first steps in maths have been so powerful, creative and fun that I wanted to share them. I hope you enjoy the resources and teaching early maths mastery as much as I do!
Numbers 0-10 - Reception Maths Mastery Planning (Autumn term, weeks 2 - 8)
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Numbers 0-10 - Reception Maths Mastery Planning (Autumn term, weeks 2 - 8)

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This comprehensive early years maths mastery planning will help your pupils to lay down solid foundations and foster flexible thinking with numbers 0 - 10. Planning is provided for the Autumn term for 7 weeks, including daily inputs, adult-led focus activities each week and a wide range of engaging, independent activities that allow children to make choices with their own learning. Notes are provided each week on key concepts, common misconceptions and errors, ideas for keep up support, greater depth extensions and mastery questioning so that all adults working with the children understand the learning journey, what to look out for and how to support or extend pupils appropriately. It is vitally important for teachers and TAs to have this information to hand so that opportunities to clarify or extend thinking are not missed. High quality conversations with pupils and beautifully timed ‘learning nudges’ will take your provision to the next level. What is included in this unit? A detailed planning document for 7 weeks of mastery on numbers 0 - 10 (21 pages) A suggested long-term maths mastery plan 7 printed resources files to accompany each week’s planning A massive 84 slide PowerPoint show introducing Numbers to 10, with slide references in the planning Missing egg problem-solving PowerPoint show for numbers to 5 Big Bad Wolf subitising PowerPoint show (available FREE from the Early Maths Mastery shop) Subitising in art PowerPoint show (also available for FREE from the Early Maths Mastery shop) Conceptual subitising PowerPoint show Key ideas and common misconceptions for each week Weekly adult-led focus activities Planned daily inputs A wide range of weekly independent activities, including extension and questioning ideas for each activity ‘Keep up’ support ideas each week Greater depth challenges This planning is research-based, written by a working teacher and developed in real classes with excellent results. All this for the price of a grande latte per week! Feedback for Early Maths Mastery learning "I just wanted to take the opportunity to say how impressed I’ve been with Molly’s progress in maths this year. Whatever approach you’re using it has worked wonders with her. From what I’ve been able to pick up you’ve really been going into depth with the basics and looking at number patterns and she talks a lot about working systematically (though she was calling it 'working sarcastically’ the other day!!). Anyway, her understanding of it all and the connections she is making has really blown me away so thank you for all your input!" *Mother of 5 year old Molly." "It’s hard to spot the less able children in this class. You will have a significant proportion of children working at greater depth by the end of the year." Local Lead Practitioner
Pattern - Reception Maths Mastery planning (Autumn term, week 1)
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Pattern - Reception Maths Mastery planning (Autumn term, week 1)

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Begin your early years maths mastery journey with this Pattern unit of work for Autumn 1. Pattern is at the heart of mathematics and the comprehensive unit will encourage your pupils to notice, explore and generalise patterns in a fun and age-appropriate way. The unit includes a range of activities, either for continuous provision or for a specifically maths-focused number time, as well as maths inputs and small group work. Due to the open-ended, inclusive nature of the planning, many activities will also be suitable or easy to adapt for pre-school children. Inputs and activities are carried out in mixed-ability groups so that all children are exposed to the same rich language and ideas. There is a great deal of variation, scaffolding and over-learning to enable all children to “keep up”. Lots of opportunities for challenge are presented. Some of the extensions are beyond the scope of many pupils starting school or in pre-school, however, they are included to enable you and your staff to cater for gifted pupils and also understand how to extend pupils as they move through the learning journey. This resource includes: A comprehensive planning document A suggested long-term maths mastery plan for Reception covering ELG 11 and ELG 12 Key ideas and common misconceptions A focus activity for the unit of work A range of independent activities and notes on progression Question prompts for adults working with the children ‘Keep up’ support ideas Greater depth challenge ideas and suggested extensions A resources file for printing to support the unit’s activities. Hopefully this resources will have more than you need to give your pupils a rich and solid understanding of pattern. Have fun! Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.
Sorting and Comparing - Reception Maths Mastery Planning (Autumn term, week 9)
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Sorting and Comparing - Reception Maths Mastery Planning (Autumn term, week 9)

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This hands-on unit of work will have your Early Years children sorting and comparing like masters in no time! This unit has been placed in the Autumn term as sorting should be taught early on. It helps children to look at relationships and attributes, as well as how rules apply to sets. Further down the line, children who can sort confidently have one of the building blocks for algebraic thinking securely in place. The planning focuses on the 40-60 months EYFS framework statement of using the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare sets. This understanding of bigger and smaller numbers will lay the foundations for the mental number line that children will develop as they progress as mathematicians. A range of varied and engaging opportunities are planned to sort objects and to compare the sets produced based on number of objects. The planned activities can be presented as part of your enhanced provision, or as a dedicated ‘Numbertime’ session. The planned inputs and focus activity should be delivered to mixed ability groups so that all children are exposed to the same rich language and ideas. Included in this download are: A detailed planning document A suggested long-term maths mastery plan A printed resources file to support the planning Key ideas and common misconceptions A focus activity A range of independent activities and notes on progression Key questions for adults working with children ‘Keep up’ support ideas Greater depth challenges Prompt cards detailing key questions and extensions for each activity A PowerPoint to introduce reasoning in the context of comparing numbers If you’re interested in more maths mastery resources, try: Pattern - Reception Maths Mastery planning Subitising game - Little Red Riding Hood (free resource) Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.
Subitising game - Little Red Riding Hood
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Subitising game - Little Red Riding Hood

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Try this early years subitising game for a traditional tales topic or pupils who enjoy the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In this fun animated presentation, Little Red must look out for the big bad wolves as they pop up then disappear quickly in the forest. Can students spot the number patterns and tell how many wolves there were without counting them individually? Recognition of numbers 1 - 5 in this way, for example the dots on a dice, is known as perceptual subitising and is an important step in early maths when students are developing an understanding of number. There are lots of opportunities for subitising out there and I strongly recommend teaching your pupils this key skill. Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified when new products are uploaded.
Subitising in Art
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Subitising in Art

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A bit more of a challenge for children beginning to subitise well - can they find numbers in these pieces of artwork? The lovely range of images spark discussion and encourage children to see numbers in even more ways. When using these kinds of images with my class, I’m impressed by the way in which children start to generalise the concept and begin to see numbers all over the place. They enjoy pointing out number patterns that they see in everyday life and it’s a real pleasure to see their enthusiasm for it. If you’re enjoying subitising with your class too, make sure you download the following free resource: Little Red Riding Hood - subitising game Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified when further resources are uploaded!