Runnymede St Edward's Catholic Primary

Part of the Edmund Rice family of schools ‘Inspire, Challenge and Support through Faith’


Teaching for Mastery in Reception 


At Runnymede St Edward's, we see teaching for mastery in maths as allowing the pupils to gain a deep understanding of maths, allowing them to acquire a secure and long-term understanding of maths that allows them to make continual progress to move onto more complex topics.


There are six key areas of early mathematics learning, which collectively provide a platform for everything children will encounter as they progress through their maths learning at primary school, and beyond. They include counting and cardinality, comparison, composition, pattern, shape and space and finally measures. 


The children have responded wonderfully to all our maths learning, they love playing games, problem solving and showing their mathematical thinking through our class journal. Enjoy!

Understanding that the cardinal value of a number refers to the quantity, or ‘howmanyness’ of things it represents. 

Each week our focus is on one number within 10. We look at how that number is represented on a 5 or 10 frame, the matching Numicon piece and how we can partition that number and recombine it. Here we are playing the game ‘5 Nice Things’. Rolling the 1/2 dice, subitising the amount and counting it onto the frame. We also know a game called ‘Dotzi’ - again practising our skills in subitising. 


Understanding that comparing numbers involves knowing which numbers are worth more or less than each other

Playing '10 Nice Things' -  a popular game in Reception and 'Play Your Cards Right'.

Understanding that one number can be made up from two or more smaller numbers


Using a part-part-whole model, building Numicon cities and creating pictures using '10 Black Dots'.

Looking for and finding patterns helps children notice and understand mathematical relationships. 


Creating symmetrical butterflies, AB 'Hungry Caterpillar' patterns, threading and simple paper patterns.

Understanding what happens when shapes move, or combine with other shapes, helps develop wider mathematical thinking and spatial awareness. 

Shape, Space and Measure

Creating colourful designs using stacking pebbles and investigating 2d shape and their properties.

Comparing different aspects such as length, weight and volume, as a preliminary to using units to compare later.

Weighing and comparing natural materials and exploring capacity in the water tray, indoors and out!