Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in reception

Work Groups in this project are aimed at schools who are currently developing mastery school-wide. Early Years practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding of how EY best practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and supports progression, specifically exploring how to link teaching in EYFS and teaching for mastery (The Five Big Ideas) in Years 1


This Work Group is aimed at schools who have a commitment to teaching for mastery. The school wishing to participate should send a Reception teacher and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery within the school.


Work Group participants will consider how to build clear progression in mathematical concepts and how to make these accessible to young children. Attention will be given to appropriate pedagogy, in particular the nature of direct teaching within an Early Years context.


Participants will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of progression mathematics and how that is translated into direct teaching and other Early Years provision
  • demonstrate how the principles of the NCETM teaching for mastery approach can be applied appropriately within the context of a Reception classroom
  • demonstrate that they have made the mathematics accessible to all children and have closed the gap in attainment


Sessions delivered remotely by Jayne Carter 09.30-15.30

  • Day 1: 28th January 2021
  • Day 2: 30th March 2021
  • Day 3: 28th April 2021
  • Day 4: 15th June 2021

Sessions delivered remotely by Vicki Giffard 09.30-15.30

  • Day 1: 27th January 2021
  • Day 2: 23rd March 2021
  • Day 3: 29th April 2021
  • Day 4: 14th June 2021


To register your interest in a place on the 2021/22 Work Group please email


The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.