SKTM - Early years


Type: Work Group   For: EYFS Teachers
Time: 6 half days Cost: free of charge

This work group aims to support EYFS teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils in maths in the classroom.

Work Group Focus

The Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years Programme will follow an action research cycle based upon:

  • Mathematics Sessions

  • Pedagogy Sessions

  • Gap task to work on in school

  • Reviewing best practice in early years

The work group underpins teaching and learning in early years linked to a Teaching for Mastery approach in mathematics.

Work Group Expectations

Participating schools should show a strong commitment to developing:

  • the specialist mathematical knowledge of EYFS teachers

  • a mastery approach to teaching mathematics in EYFS

Schools may consider this work group being particularly relevant for NQTs, teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.

Participating teachers are expected to:

  • Attend a work group session each half term, to work collaboratively with other teachers and receive specialist input from an NCETM PD Lead accredited Work Group Lead.
  • Carry out in-school work by participating in and completing all gap task activities.

Work Group Outcomes

Professional Learning

Teachers will develop enhanced mathematical subject knowledge with a particular emphasis on developmental progression in the early years to ensure sequences of learning are cohesive.

Practice Development

Teachers will consider the learning opportunities and pedagogical approaches across the wider provision – reviewing and enhancing the opportunities to promote mathematical learning across the provision.

Pupil Outcomes

  • Pupils have increased opportunities to explore concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.

  • Pupils are able to communicate their maths and mathematical thinking through graphical representations and/or appropriate language.

  • Pupils demonstrate a positive attitude towards maths, being willing to have a go, persevere, and share their mathematical ideas.

If you would like to participate on this programme, please complete our Expression of Interest form.            

Please contact if you have any further questions.