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Mastering Number (Reception & KS1)

Course Details:
Area: Early Years, Primary
Date: 20240328
Time Commitment: 6 sessions
Aim: Supporting pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to develop good number sense

Who can take part?

Lead participants from Work Group schools will be three teachers – one each from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – known as Lead Teachers. Some support will also be given to subject leaders and headteachers. Where appropriate, Lead Teachers are expected to support the other teachers in their year group.

This Work Group is open to all schools that have not yet engaged with the Mastering Number Programme.

What is involved?

This programme focuses on the key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes and progression through KS1. Participating schools will receive central training (online and face-to-face) and a wealth of pupil-facing resources.

There is an expectation that schools will provide a daily teaching session for all children for 10 to 15 minutes, in addition to their normal maths lesson. Lead Teachers in schools will also contribute to an online community to share practice and engage in critical reflection.

In this short video, Debbie Morgan, the NCETM’s Director for Primary, explains the rationale for the programme and how the abacus-like rekenrek can be used to help children develop confidence and fluency with number. The use of rekenreks is one element of the Mastering Number at Reception and KS1 Programme.

What will you learn?

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future

  • Your pupils will be able to communicate their mathematical ideas clearly
  • You will develop a secure understanding of how to build firm mathematical foundations
  • You will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children
  • You will develop an understanding and use of appropriate manipulatives to support your teaching of mathematical structures

This video gives a flavour of Mastering Number happening in a Reception class. The class teacher also explains how the programme has benefited all the pupils in her class, and ensured they now have firm foundations when it comes to number sense.

What is the cost?

The Mastering Number Programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.

How do I sign up?

Recruitment for this programme has now closed. Please browse our other available CPD opportunities.