At The Academy Nursery School, we aim to develop positive attitudes towards mathematics and encourage all children to become mini-mathematicians. We believe that exposure to early mathematical language and concepts will provide children with the confidence and understanding to enjoy and engage with maths at school and in later life.
We believe that maths is essential to everyday life and can be taught effectively through a variety of exploration, play and some explicit teaching of concepts. A high-quality mathematics education from the outset provides a foundation for language, the ability to reason mathematically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We aim for our children to be able to:
- Count reliably from numbers 1 to 20
- Place numbers in order
- Count on or back from any number
- Use everyday language to talk about shape, space and measure
- Compare quantities and objects
- Notice, create and describe patterns
- Explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them
How you can help at home:
- Try to make maths as much fun as possible – games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It’s also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this; for example, shopping, money, cooking, shapes on road signs.
- Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.