Early Years SKTM - Number Patterns and Structures

This Work Group aims to help teachers in EYFS improve their mathematical subject knowledge alongside developing understanding of age-appropriate pedagogies suitable for Early Years settings. Sessions will have an emphasis on promoting children’s Early Number Sense (a key indicator of later mathematical success).


What's involved?

  • Four (full day) workshops, working with teachers from other schools
  • School-based development tasks and independent study to develop classroom practice
  • Regular, short reflection sessions
  • Completion of evaluations and post-workgroup reports

Aligned with the NCETM’s Early Years materials, this pathway will explore the development trajectories of three key areas of early mathematics development: Comparison, Cardinality and Composition alongside three associated pedagogical aspects.


What are the benefits?

  • You will enhance your early mathematics subject knowledge
  • You will review and enhance the mathematical learning opportunities and
    pedagogical approaches across your provision


  • Your pupils will communicate their mathematical thinking and foster an enjoyment and understanding of mathematics


What are the expectations?

Participants (supported by their schools) are expected to:

  • attend all the sessions
  • complete gap tasks in their schools and independent study between the sessions
  • keep a reflective log
  • contribute to online communities and the evaluation process


Who can apply?

This programme is available to practitioners in school’s who would like to develop their subject knowledge for teaching mathematics in the Early Years.

The programme may be pertinent for the following:

  • Practitioners in EYFS who are new to teaching mathematics on the Early Years
    (including ECTs)
  • Practitioners experienced in EYFS who have not received early mathematics specific


  • Subject Leads wanting to develop capacity to support their Early Years colleagues


What is the cost?

The Early Years SKTM: Number Patterns and Structures project is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.


Where and when?

The face-to-face sessions will be a full day (exact timings to be confirmed) and held at Hallam Fields Primary School, Long Meadow Way, Birstall, Leicestershire LE4 3LL 

  • Welcome: A pre-recorded video will be released on Tuesday 4th October 
  • Research Session (online): Tuesday 11th October- 1pm-2.30pm
  • Day 1 (face-to-face): Tuesday 1st November
  • Reflection 1 (online): Thursday 12th January – 3pm-4.30pm
  • Day 2 (face-to-face): Friday 27th January
  • Reflection 2 (online): Thursday 9th March - 1pm-2.30pm
  • Day 3 (face-to-face): Tuesday 21st March
  • Reflection 3 (online): Tuesday 16th May - 3pm-4.30pm
  • Day 4 (face-to-face): Wednesday 24th May



This Programme has now started and we are no longer accepting applications, however if you would like to express an interest in our 2023/24 programme, please complete our expression of interest form