The mathematics curriculum

Early mathematical activities

All children come to school with some mathematical knowledge and language, which they have gained at home and through play. It is through play that young children learn to share ideas and co-operate, to share toys and express ideas. This differs greatly from child to child. Play in the classroom develops these skills by providing structured situations for the child to explore. Early mathematical activities guide this basic knowledge and provide a solid foundation for subsequent mathematical investigations both at school and at home.

It is envisaged that this strand will be covered intensively and will therefore provide a solid basis for subsequent work. The emphasis will be on developing the use of correct mathematical language and confidence in handling the materials.