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Early Years Numeracy and Problem Solving

Children must be supported in developing their understanding of problem solving and numeracy in a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn and talk about their developing understanding. They must be provided with opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.

This exclusive supplement is available free when you register for Practical Pre-School incorporating Child Care magazine. It contains a range of activities and resources which tie in with the mathematics requirement of the revised EYFS and allows you to easily match your planning to the EYFS points that you need to cover.

The supplement introduces group activities and games to help children learn. It also looks at the opportunities to develop numeracy skills in the outside area and local environment. In addition, it provides ideas and activities to help children recognise and recreate numerical patterns, as well as develop mathematical skills and methods to solve practical problems.

Among other things, this mathematic supplement will provide you with activities and resources which will help children:

  • Use some number names and number language spontaneously
  • Show curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions
  • Begin to count beyond 10 and represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures
  • Recognise numerals one to nine
  • Use developing mathematical ideas and methods to solve problems
  • Talk about, recognise and recreate simple patterns
  • Show curiosity about the observation of shapes by talking about how they are the same or different
  • Match shapes by recognising similarities and orientation
  • Begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes, and begin to use mathematical terms to describe shapes
  • Show awareness of symmetry
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