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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!
Pattern maths for Early Years planning
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Pattern maths for Early Years planning

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Begin your maths mastery journey in Reception with this Pattern unit of work for Autumn 1. Pattern is at the heart of mathematics and the comprehensive unit for EYFS 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 preschool children. Click HERE to save 20% with the entire 12 week Autumn term bundle, which includes Pattern, Numbers 0-10, Sorting and Comparing, Measures and Shapes. If you are following the Early Maths Mastery long term plan, this is Unit 1 and falls in Week 1 of the autumn term. 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 preschool, 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 resource will have more than you need to give your pupils a rich and solid understanding of pattern. Have fun! Interested in more Early Maths Mastery planning? Take a look at: Unit 2: Numbers 0 - 10 Unit 3: Sorting and Comparing Unit 4: Measures Unit 5: Shapes (1) Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.
Autumn Term Reception Maths Mastery Planning
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Autumn Term Reception Maths Mastery Planning

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Get your class off to a strong start with this comprehensive EYFS maths mastery planning unit for the autumn term! The hands-on, inclusive approach to learning includes a wide range of age-appropriate, fun activity ideas, printable resources and accompanying powerpoints. Everything in this massive resource is accompanied by detailed and well-researched planning, tested out in my own classroom. By purchasing this bundle of all five units, you are SAVING 20% off the individual price of each unit. Importantly, key ideas, vocabulary, misconceptions and key questions are highlighted each week, as well as ideas for keep up support and greater depth extension work. Children build solid foundations and the ability to think flexibly through the wide range of activities coupled with strong teacher inputs and questioning. This time-saving, high-quality bundle includes: Week 1: Pattern Weeks 2 - 8: Numbers 0-10 Week 9: Sorting and comparing Weeks 10-11: Measures Week 12: Shapes (1) A FREE taster unit is available if you would like to try before you buy. All Early Maths Mastery planning follows this format so you can be assured that the same high-quality planning, support information and range of activities will be included with any unit of work that you download.
FREE Early Maths Mastery planning sample - numbers 0 - 5
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FREE Early Maths Mastery planning sample - numbers 0 - 5

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One week of Early Maths Mastery planning for early years for you to try for free! This week’s worth of Reception planning plus accompanying printed resources file and PowerPoints are taken from week 3 of the Numbers 0 - 10 unit of work aimed primarily at Reception aged children but easily adaptable for younger children in EYFS. The planning begins with an overview of the week’s learning including: EYFSP references key ideas misconceptions and common errors keep up support going deeper ideas for promoting greater depth planning for the focus task that will repeat throughout the week with a different group of children each day The next section provides a short, progressive and interleaved whole class input for each day of the week. Finally, a range of activities related to the learning focus are provided, along with ideas for extending the activity as the week progresses or for more able children. Suggested questions are provided on the right of each activity to help adults facilitate deeper understanding and probe for misconceptions. All printed resources referenced in the planning can be found in the resources file included with this download. Two subitising powerpoints are also included and referenced in the planning. All Early Maths Mastery planning follows this planning format so you can be assured that the same high quality planning, support information and range of activities will be included with any unit of work that you download.
Numbers 0 - 10 Reception Maths Mastery Planning
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Numbers 0 - 10 Reception Maths Mastery Planning

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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 of Reception 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. Click HERE to save 20% with the entire 12 week Autumn term bundle, which includes Pattern, Numbers 0-10, Sorting and Comparing, Measures and Shapes. 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 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
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.
Sorting and Comparing maths for Early Years planning
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Sorting and Comparing maths for Early Years planning

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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 for Reception as sorting should be taught early on. The activity ideas can be used or easily adapted for pre-school children as well. Sorting and comparing 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. Click HERE to save 20% with the entire 12 week Autumn term bundle, which includes Pattern, Numbers 0-10, Sorting and Comparing, Measures and Shape. If you are following the Early Maths Mastery long term plan, this is Unit 3 and falls in week 9 of the Autumn term. 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. 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: Unit 1: Pattern Unit 2: Numbers 0 - 10 Unit 4: Measures Unit 5: Shapes 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.
1 more 1 less Reception Maths Mastery Planning
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1 more 1 less Reception Maths Mastery Planning

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Explore 1 more and 1 less in the spring term with this detailed maths mastery unit of work for EYFS. Planning is provided for one week, including daily inputs, an adult-led focus activity, key concepts, common misconceptions, keep-up support and challenge ideas as well as a range of engaging, independent activities that allow Early Years children to make choices with their own learning. If you are following the Early Maths Mastery long term plan, this is Unit 6 and falls in Week 1 of the Spring term. 37 pages of printable resources are included with this download as well as a 1 more, 1 less PowerPoint presentation to support the daily inputs. Extensions and mastery questioning for each independent activity mean learning is developed through the week and ensures all adults working with the children understand the learning journey, what to look out for and how to support or extend pupils appropriately. 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. What’s included in this download? 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/extensions Prompt cards detailing key questions and extensions for each activity A 1 more, 1 less PowerPoint presentation Further Early Maths Mastery resources include: Pattern Numbers 0 - 10 Sorting and comparing Measure Shapes Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.
Shapes Reception Maths Mastery Planning
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Shapes Reception Maths Mastery Planning

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This first of two Early Years shape mastery units for the autumn term is packed full of hands-on, engaging, independent activity ideas and planned whole class and small group work to build on children’s emerging shape knowledge. Children are encouraged to notice, investigate, play with and talk about shapes to develop their understanding of what each property means in practical, real world terms. Shape-based language is scaffolded and acquired in context, making the learning meaningful and long-term Click HERE to save 20% with the entire 12 week Autumn term bundle, which includes Pattern, Numbers 0-10, Sorting and Comparing, Measures and Shapes. If you are following the Early Maths Mastery long term plan, this is Unit 5 and falls in Week 12 of the autumn term. A second shape mastery unit takes place in the spring term (this unit is not yet posted but will follow as soon as I can manage!) Planning is provided for one week including: daily inputs an adult-led focus activity engaging independent activities allowing children to make choices about their own learning notes on key concepts and common misconceptions ideas for keep up support greater depth extensions mastery questioning prompts for adults A printed resources file and two accompanying presentations are also included in your download. Looking for more maths mastery resources for Reception? Pattern Numbers 0-10 Sorting and Comparing Measures 1 more and 1 less Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.
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!
Measures Reception Maths Mastery Planning
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Measures Reception Maths Mastery Planning

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This practical and comprehensive EYFS unit of work for the autumn term focuses on the use of everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems (ELG 12). Through hands-on, exploratory play, Early Years children are given a wide range of experiences to help them recognise the attributes of measure and move their language on from ‘bigger’ and ‘smaller’ to more specific vocabulary, e.g. taller, wider, lighter, etc. Opportunities are planned to develop their understanding of measure from direct comparison, to indirect comparison and then beginning to understand the use of units to compare items. Click HERE to save 20% by buying the Autumn term bundle, which includes Pattern, Numbers 0-10, Sorting and Comparing, Measures and Shapes. If you are following the Early Maths Mastery long term plan, this is Unit 4 and falls in Weeks 10 and 11 of the Autumn term. The planned inputs and focus activities 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 for each week 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 If you’re interested in more maths mastery resources, try: Pattern Numbers 0-10 Sorting and Comparing Shapes One more and one less Follow Early Maths Mastery on TES to be notified of further planning and resources for teaching maths mastery.