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Maths in EYFS

Maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage

The Wilfred Owen School is an early adopter of the new Early Years framework. Within this there are two Maths Early Learning Goals that children are assessed against at the end of their Reception Year.  They are Number and Numerical Patterns.



  • Children at the expected level of development will:
    Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.


Numerical Patterns

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

Progression in Maths in EYFS

At The Wilfred Owen School, we have split the Development Matters statements across our Nursery and Reception classes to show progression between the year groups. The Development Matters statements are ongoing throughout the year but with a specific focus in each term.





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