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From the moment they start at St John's, the children are encouraged to think and talk mathematically. As well as weaving mathematical language and activities throughout all of the Early Years curriculum, we also teach specific skills through small group and later whole class sessions. The children have time to handle concrete resources naturally through their play, before moving on to other more abstract ways of recording number operations. We love teaching Maths in a highly visual, creative way. We also find that the children benefit when we take a number focus and explore it in depth over a week or so. Here's a little taste of the children handling and exploring Numicon number shapes....they loved 'feeling' the numbers : 

Exploring shape