Spatial reasoning is included in the new EYFS Mathematics Educational Programme. According to recent research, young children’s spatial thinking is a strong predictor of their mathematics achievement - and it can be taught effectively to all children. A focus on outdoor experiences, spatial puzzles and construction may therefore provide an alternative route to mathematical thinking and understanding, particularly for disadvantaged groups.
Through this training, Sue Gifford, Emeritus Fellow at University of Roehampton, considers how a range of spatial activities might strengthen childrens’ maths abilities.
You can watch the video or read the summary and key takeaways. Share with your teams for some encouragement and actionable next steps in your maths classrooms.
As teachers ourselves, we understand how extraordinarily difficult this period has been for all schools. We have made some important changes to our mastery programmes this year to help support you in the months ahead.