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Maths is one of the four specific areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Each specific area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for maths this is:

Number ELG:

Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

Numerical Patterns ELG:

Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system; Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;

Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.


In EYFS we teach daily maths sessions following White Rose Maths. These lessons vary in structure with some being whole class sessions and others having a short whole class input followed by maths in provision. During this time we work in small groups to master the skills and concepts being taught through activities and resources in our provision areas. This allows the children opportunities to continue developing these skills during free choice. 

Alongside this, children learn about maths through play and their daily experiences. And the more meaningful to them and hands on it is, the better. 

Maths in Nursery throughout the Autumn term ...