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Improving mathematics in the early years and Key Stage 1: guidance report

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posted on 2020-02-05, 15:19 authored by Education Endowment Foundation, Jeremy Hodgen, Nancy Barclay, Colin FosterColin Foster, Camilla GilmoreCamilla Gilmore, Rachel Marks, Victoria Sims
'Improving Mathematics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1' reviews the best available evidence to offer five recommendations for developing the maths skills of 3-7-year olds.

Recommendations include integrating maths into different activities throughout the day – for example, at registration and snack time – to familiarise children with maths language and make the most of the school day.

It also highlights that story and picture books can be a powerful tool for engaging children with basic maths concepts, while board games (such as Snakes and Ladders) are particularly beneficial to developing understanding of numbers.

Based on the best available international research – and drawing on the expertise of teachers and academics – this report is packed with examples and case studies to support practitioners.


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Advisory panel: Dr Sue Gifford (University of Roehampton), Dr Terezinha Nunes (University of Oxford), Mari Palmer (North Yorkshire Coast Research School), and Viv Lloyd (NCETM). Evidence review team: Professor Jeremy Hodgen (Institute of Education, University College London), Dr Nancy Barclay (The University of Brighton), Dr Colin Foster (Loughborough University), Dr Camilla Gilmore (Loughborough University), Dr Rachel Marks (University of Brighton), and Dr Victoria Sims (Ulster University). Guidance report authors: Amy Clark (EEF) and Peter Henderson (EEF). Dr Sue Gifford (University of Roehampton) authored most of the examples.


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Dr Colin Foster. Deposit date: 28 January 2020

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