Teaching and Learning - Early Childhood Education
This programme looks at how maths learning for both nursery and reception children at Great Barr Primary School, in Birmingham, is supported by careful observation and planning by practitioners.
Lower phase leader Amanda McKenna believes that maths learning should be fun and part of everyday experiences. Independent, play-based experiences are at the heart of young children's mathematical development in the Early Years foundation stage at Great Barr.
Their current focus is geared towards supporting children to become independent mathematical problem solvers, with the development of skills such as number recognition, number ordering and calculation.
Practitioners demonstrate how they assess the children through day-to-day observations, and then how these observations feed into staff meetings and consequently future planning.
The school firmly believes that if they can motivate children to enjoy maths from an early age, then this will impact learning throughout the whole school.