These films are designed to support practitioners in broadening their understanding of how some key concepts in early maths develop.
The team chose six concepts: counting, comparing, sharing, estimating, addition and subtraction
and recording children’s mathematical exploration and created videos with footage of children working with their teachers
in their usual classroom environment.
As we know, teaching and learning in the Early Years is a delicate balance of direct adult input where new ideas and concepts can be
explored and children’s own explorations where they are free to encounter those same concepts through play.
While these films focus on the adult interactions which can help to scaffold learning, this is only one part of an important learning
story. Each video also contains a reflection with a range of ideas to support practitioners in creating a playful, maths rich
environment where children can encounter, explore and engage with these concepts.
We hope that these films will inspire practitioners to reflect on and develop their understanding of early maths. As a group of Maths
Hubs we recognise the importance of the Early Years and are committed to supporting the people working with our youngest children.
If you would like to find out more about what further support is available, please contact your Maths Hub directly.
We would like to thank Katie Barnsley, Julie Harris, Holly Skinner and Hayley Simmons for all their work in this project. The staff and
children at Juniper Hill Primary School, South Farnham Infant School and St Peter’s Catholic Primary School for allowing us to film their
classes and Keith Perera at Sussex Maths Hub for bringing these films to life. In particular special thanks to Andy Wills for filming
and editing the pieces in the spirit of collaboration.