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Strong Foundations in Early Mathematics
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Strong Foundations in Early Mathematics



January 2023 | 144 pages | Learning Matters
Developing the building blocks for mathematics. This book supports early years teachers and practitioners to enable children to build Strong Foundations in Mathematics. It focuses on children's learning and development in mathematics in the critical reception year.  It supports trainee teachers and early years students to reflect on their own mathematics learning and how this influences their teaching and subject confidence. It acknowledges the uniqueness of the early years and explores the mathematical pedagogies of the EYFS. Importantly, the book challenges the assumption that early years mathematics is 'not proper maths'.
 
Part I: Mathematical landscapes and foundations
 
Introduction to Part I
 
Chapter 1: Introduction – Why does early mathematics matter?
 
Chapter 2: Maths and me – The importance of your relationship with maths
 
Chapter 3: Developing subject-matter knowledge – Identifying gaps and misconceptions
 
Part II: Key principles of effective mathematical pedagogy
 
Introduction to Part II
 
Chapter 4: The Subject Knowledge Quartet – Outlining a framework for effective support of maths learning
 
Chapter 5: What’s the point? - Awareness of purpose in mathematical learning
 
Chapter 6: Where do I start? - Identifying and developing good starting points and examples
 
Chapter 7: How do I show the maths? - Modelling, demonstrating and the use of resources
 
Chapter 8: What’s a good question? - Encouraging mathematical talk and developing reasoning
 
Chapter 9: How do I develop connections? - Linking content and concepts
 
Chapter 10: What if they ask...? Responding to the unexpected
 
Chapter 11: Transitions

Lorna Earle

Lorna Earle is a qualified teacher for both primary and secondary age ranges, who has always specialised in mathematics. Lorna began her teaching career in primary school where she was the maths lead, responsible for developing curriculum provision for all age groups. Lorna is currently a Senior Lecturer in Primary Education specialising and leading in mathematics at the University of Chichester. She teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher training courses. Lorna’s research interests include focusing on the importance of developing conceptual understanding to support formal methods in mathematics and the effective... More About Author

Sam Parkes

Previously allergic to the subject, Sam Parkes became a primary mathematics subject leader during her fourth year of teaching and has gradually fallen in love with the teaching of maths since that point – a 180-degree turn! She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Primary Maths Specialist working as part of the ITE department at the University of Chichester. She teaches on the primary undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, is Deputy Programme Leader for the PGCE (Primary) and works with a wide range of schools to support improvements in maths, with both the University's Academy Trust and local school partners. Her research interests... More About Author

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