Early Years Subject Knowledge for Teaching Mathmatics

04/12/2019 to 03/06/2020 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Work Groups in this project – which are available for Early Years practitioners, primary teachers, and TAs at EY and primary – will develop their mathematical subject knowledge in conjunction with understanding the pedagogy that underpins the teaching of it. Understanding of mathematical structures will be explored so participants gain a detailed understanding of how children learn early mathematical concepts.

Details of the Early Years programme are below.

The programme, which is free to attend, runs over 3 full days, 4th December 2019, 11th March 2020 and the 3rd June 2020 at The Word in South Shields.

Who is this for?

This workgroup is aimed at Reception teachers – particularly those who are new to teaching (within the last 3 years) or those who are new to Reception. The workgroup is designed to develop subject knowledge of early mathematical development in the Reception year and how this can feed into the mastery approaches used in KS1 and KS2.

Work Group activity

  • 3 days of workshops with other practitioners on the programme 
  • Independent study and setting-based work including gap tasks and evaluation
  • Online discussion as part of a professional community
  • Support and mentoring from Work Group Lead

 Intended Outcomes

New practitioners and those with limited experience will increase their own subject knowledge and develop effective pedagogies around EY maths teaching. Through understanding the principles and pedagogies of EY best practice, practitioners will be able to provide children with access to deep mathematical understanding.

More experienced practitioners will increase their knowledge base, engage with research, analyse their own practice and collaborate with peers. They will be able to share their new knowledge and approaches with colleagues to increase levels of children’s engagement and confidence in maths.

Expectations of participants and their schools

Applicants wishing to explore key concepts in early mathematical development do not need any previous experience. All participants must be able and willing to commit to participate fully in all elements of the programme.

The participant’s school/setting must have the capacity and commitment to support them throughout the programme.


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This Work Group is free of charge and is provided at no cost to your school.

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