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EYFS Maths


The EYFS Framework, states: “Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built…. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.”  

Our Early Years provision caters for all children and is in line with the above framework. It is the start of a child’s mathematical journey at St Gregory’s and is the foundation to them achieving later success.  At Saint Gregory’s we are committed to providing enabling environments, through which children can gain access to the wonderful world of maths! We know that enjoyable experiences become memorable ones, so learning through play and songs and rhymes, in nurturing groups and stimulating environments are powerful components of a child’s maths journey in a Reception class at Saint Gregory’s.


The starting point that we strive for every child to have upon entry to Y1 in order that they can start working towards the aims of the National Curriculum are:

  • To be able to count confidently.
  • To understand and know about the composition of numbers to 10. 
  • To develop spatial reasoning skills.    
  • To identify patterns and talk about what they notice. 


Once children enter Y1, they work towards the aims of the National Curriculum following Can Do Maths.