NCP19-08 Supporting effective transition from Reception to Year 1

This project will explore best practice in Early Years and how the principles might build a secure foundation in mathematics for transition into a teaching for mastery approach in Year 1. It will consider the curriculum – what children need to know and understand; approaches to planning and the inclusion of all children; and appropriate resources and contexts for effective learning.

Who is this for?

This project is aimed at schools who are already committed to teaching for mastery and have previously engaged in a Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Work Group. A pair of teachers should attend from each school: a Reception teacher and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery within the school. One of the sessions will be aimed at senior leaders within the school, and the headteacher or deputy head should attend this session.

What is involved?

Work Groups in this project will typically include three to four days of input across the academic year. How this is allocated will depend on the needs of the participants in the Work Group.

Participants are also expected to engage in research as part of their independent learning through the duration of the project. Specific gap tasks will be set, to allow participants to develop aspects of their learning in their own provision, enable sharing of practice, and allow for further developments to be made across the Work Group.

Intended Outcomes:

Participants in this project will:

  • develop an understanding of a key aspect of effective Early Years maths pedagogy
  • understand the principles of the NCETM teaching for mastery approach, and how these can be applied appropriately within the context of an Early Years setting
  • identify and implement effective Early Years pedagogies in their own provision, and gain insight into how they will support children in maths learning as they move to Year 1
  • promote a positive attitude towards maths, so that all children are seeking out maths in their environment, demonstrating a willingness to ‘have a go’, and can communicate these ideas.

Expectations of participants and their schools

As this is CPD in the form of a Work Group, participants will be expected to carry out tasks beyond the face-to-face time. They should also be aware that as a Work Group they are developing new knowledge and contributing to a body of knowledge, so should be willing to share their findings more widely. Participants will be expected to attend all workshops. Schools will be expected to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work and gap tasks.


This project is provided with no cost to the school.


To apply for a place on this programme please complete the application form below and return to by Friday 18th October 2019.


Supporting effective transition from Reception to Year 1 Application Form – 2019-20

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