The importance of children's experiences of mathematics in the early years cannot be overestimated. The quality of children's early encounters with number and structures of calculation form early concepts and skills which will be the foundations upon which their later learning is built. During the Reception Year it is important that children become secure in all the key principles of counting, as well as confident with early structures of the operations: combining, partitioning, grouping, and sharing. This will require carefully planned variation of context, objects, arrangements, cardinal and ordinal experiences. Children will need to understand concepts such as: compare, order, classify, identify transformation and equivalence (e.g. conservation of number and volume), and experience very simple problem-solving, e.g 'Will this object fit in this space?'
This topic can be run as workshops or as demonstration/modelled mathematics sessions with practitioners in their own Reception classes.