In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:
- Shape, Space and Measures
Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems like how much sticky tape to use to wrap a parcel or the number of red balloons that would need to be bought so that there were enough for all the children attending a party. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems. When something has real meaning for a child they will learn about it. Experiences and activities that focus on the two aspects of Mathematics in the Revised EYFS should always be enjoyable if young children are to become the mathematicians of tomorrow.
In St Ambrose, we encourage and support children to explore mathematical resources and materials, both indoors and outdoors, independently and through the support of positive adult interaction.