The Power of the Picture Book for Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years

21/03/2017 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

This course will explore the theory of successful learning in mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Participants will look at the journeys into mathematical understanding and take part in a range of practical activities that support the development, understanding and use of mathematical language and problem solving in real-life contexts.

Participants will also focus on children’s mathematical mark making and creating, developing a supportive environment for mathematics (indoors and outdoors) to facilitate independent learning and sustained shared thinking.

This course will:

• Introduce participants to a range of picture books that support mathematical concepts and understanding in the Early Years

• Explore a range of practical mathematics activities which enable children to use and apply mathematical concepts and language in real life meaningful situations, linked to focus texts

• Investigate what makes good provision for mathematics learning in the indoor and outdoor learning environments

• Explore ways to record learning in mathematics in ways that are meaningful to children

Participants will gain:

• The opportunity to reflect on and develop practice and pedagogy in mathematics in KS1 in line with the expectations of National Curriculum 2014

• Ideas for practical activities designed to bring maths learning alive in real life situations, with high-quality picture books as a starting point

• An audit of indoor and outdoor provision to develop mathematical learning

• A high quality text to use in the classroom


"Very informative and left with lot of practical ideas. I feel inspired to create an improved mathematical environment at school."

Course Participant, 2015-16

"This course covers so much in relation to the teaching of maths. I have lots of practical examples to take back to my setting." 

Course Participant, 2015-16
Webber Street
United Kingdom
  • Pupil Premium Funding
  • Lunch Included
  • Includes Resources