London South West Maths Hub

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Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics Programmes - Early Years


This project is designed to support Early Years teachers in developing specialist knowledge for teaching mathematics, thus enabling them to understand, teach and support pupils with their mathematics across the provision.

What is involved?

There are two types of SKTM Early Years pathway:

  • Pathway One: Number Patterns and Structures
  • Pathway Two: Pattern, Shape, Space and Measures

Each pathway has three maths sessions, three associated pedagogy sessions and a task to complete between sessions based on an action research cycle. This year an extra session has been developed, which is delivered at the end of the pathway. It is designed to focus on reviewing best practice in early years and how these approaches link to the principles of teaching for mastery.


Participants and their schools will:

  • Develop enhanced maths subject knowledge with a particular emphasis on developmental progression in the Early Years to ensure sequences of learning are cohesive
  • Consider the learning opportunities and pedagogical approaches across the wider provision – reviewing and enhancing the opportunities to promote mathematical learning across the provision

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for individuals who would like to develop their specialist knowledge for teaching maths to three to five year olds. This may be particularly relevant for NQTs, teachers that have moved phases or teachers that have not received maths-specific training.

If your school is currently more focused on preparing for teaching for mastery, you may want to consider engaging with the Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception project. 

What is the cost?

The SKTM – Early Years programme is fully funded by the Maths Hubs Programme so is free to participating schools.


Register your interest now!

Express an interest in participating in this Work Group by completing a short Expression of Interest form