Very young children are natural problem solvers. They learn to walk and talk by having a desire to attain their goal, by mimicking others, by trying things out, by making lots of mistakes and adjusting strategies accordingly, and by gradually gaining in confidence. (Woodham and Pennant, NRICH 2014)
We believe that Early Years mathematics should be predominantly about children demonstrating mathematical thinking during their chosen activities and making connections that build understanding and foster curiosity.
We use the Numberblocks videos from CBeebies to introduce mathematical concepts and support children's understanding of numbers and how they are made up. We also have the Numberblocks resources which allow the children to recreate the characters and begin to make their own links and demonstrate their mathematical thinking.
We would urge you to talk about mathematics with your child during everyday activities where children learn in context to lay the foundations for concrete understanding.
There are a number of useful documents available below.
Any questions, please let me know.
Mrs S Dryden