London South West Maths Hub

Work Groups

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Supporting effective transition from Reception to Year 1

Places available


Many schools are adopting a teaching for mastery approach in mathematics. The starting point for a school is usually Year 1 and then thought is given as to how the approach is built across KS1 and KS2. Schools naturally want to consider the teaching of mathematics in Reception and how the transition to Year 1 can best support children’s learning.

This Work Group will start by exploring best practice in Early Years and how the principles might build a secure foundation in mathematics for transition into a teaching for mastery approach in Year 1.

It will consider the curriculum - what children need to know and understand; approaches to planning and the inclusion of all children; and appropriate resources and contexts for effective learning


Who is this for?

This project is aimed at schools that are already committed to teaching for mastery and have previously engaged in a Maths Hub Teaching for Mastery Work Group. A pair of teachers should attend from each school: a Reception teacher and the teacher leading on teaching for mastery within the school. One of the sessions will be aimed at senior leaders within the school, and the headteacher or deputy head should attend this session..


What is involved?

Teachers in the Work Group will attend 3 professional development days across the academic year.

Participants are also expected to engage in research as part of their independent learning through the duration of the project. Specific gap tasks will be set, to allow participants to develop aspects of their learning in their own provision, enable sharing of practice, and allow for further developments to be made across the Work Group.


Location and times

Location: St Jude’s CE Primary School, Herne Hill.  All sessions run from 9.30am – 3pm

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Cohort 1  - Places available   Booking Form                           

Day 1: 24/01/2020

Day 2: 06/03/2020

Day 3: 12/06/2020


Cohort 2 - Places available  Booking Form                         

Day 1: 31/01/2020

Day 2: 13/03/2020

Day 3: 19/06/2020


Intended outcomes 

Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of a key aspect of effective Early Years maths pedagogy
  • understand the principles of the NCETM teaching for mastery approach, and how these can be applied appropriately within the context of an Early Years setting
  • identify and implement effective Early Years pedagogies in their own provision, and gain insight into how they will support children in maths learning as they move to Year 1
  • promote a positive attitude towards maths, so that all children are seeking out maths in their environment, demonstrating a willingness to ‘have a go’, and can communicate these ideas.


Expectations of participants and their schools

Participants will be expected to attend all 3 days.

Schools will be expected to commit to release participants for the days required and to support them in providing time for collaborative work and gap tasks. They will also be asked to contribute to the national evaluation process, which is done through a short online survey on the day of the final Work Group session.


Download the information sheet here 


If you are interested in participating in this work group and you can commit to attend all the sessions, please contact London SW Maths Hub Administrator Lesley Dibbens to express an interest by email to