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Maths, maths, maths!

The children are really enjoying maths, and are doing really well! As a school, we follow a maths scheme called the White Rose. This scheme of learning is very practical, encouraging good use of manipulatives. This week we've been looking at the number zero and subtising to 5. 

I've copied the below from the Government website that details the curriculum for early years - Early Years Foundation Stage, EYFS. p.22 onwards details the statements that the children will be assessed against at the end of reception - this is the Early Learning Goal, ELG. There's no expectation for you to know any of this, I promise not to test you on it!! It's just interesting to know what we are aiming for and why we do what we do. 

Number ELG Children at the expected level of development will:

• 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 Children at the expected level of development will:

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