Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception Work Group 2020-2021

Work groups in this project are aimed at schools who are currently developing mastery school-wide. Early Years practitioners and senior leaders will develop their understanding of how EY best practice feeds into a teaching for mastery approach and supports progression, specifically exploring how to link teaching in EYFS and teaching for mastery (The Five Big Ideas) in Years 1



This Work Group is aimed at schools who have a commitment to teaching for mastery. The school wishing to participate should send a Reception teacher and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery within the school.



Work Group participants will consider how to build clear progression in mathematical concepts and how to make these accessible to young children. Attention will be given to appropriate pedagogy, in particular the nature of direct teaching within an Early Years context.



Participants will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of progression mathematics and how that is translated into direct teaching and other Early Years provision
  • demonstrate how the principles of the NCETM teaching for mastery approach can be applied appropriately within the context of a Reception classroom
  • demonstrate that they have made the mathematics accessible to all children and have closed the gap in attainment



Sessions by Judith Chapman at George Spencer Academy, Arthur Mee Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 7JA (Arrive at 9am to start at 09.30-15.30)

  • Day 1: 29th January 2021
  • Day 2: 12th March 2021
  • Day 3: 30th April 2021
  • Day 4: 18th June 2021


Sessions by Vicki Giffard at Wyndham Primary Academy, Wyndham Street, Alvaston, Derby DE24 0EP (Arrive at 9am to start at 09.30-15.30)

  • Day 1: 27th January 2021
  • Day 2: 9th March 2021
  • Day 3: 29th April 2021
  • Day 4: 14th June 2021


Sessions by Jayne Carter held at Lime Tree Business Park, Lime Tree Road, Matlock, DE4 3EJ (Arrive at 9am to start at 09.30-15.30)

  • Day 1: 28th January 2021
  • Day 2: 11th March 2021
  • Day 3: 28th April 2021
  • Day 4: 15th June 2021



The Work Group is offered free to all state-funded secondary schools in England.

Please complete this form to reserve a place on this Work Group.



The ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak and knock on effects on schools life remain uncertain. So, all Maths Hubs work will adapt to changing realities. There’s likely to be more live online collaboration, for example. In addition Work Groups content will address both schools recovery from coronavirus related disruption and the central maths subject matter of each project.