The CPA model works brilliantly in the primary years but for the youngest learners, moving onto abstract concepts too early causes difficulties. Spending as much time as possible with concrete objects and pictorial representations will help them master number skills.
By the time they reach Key Stage 2, children need to develop their understanding of number by being able to visualise what the concrete looks like in their heads. That’s why it’s great that the EYFS framework is changing to the focus of just numbers to 10. This lets teachers focus on counting, number bonds, additions and subtractions to just 10… phew!
If learners develop a deep understanding of numbers to 10, the chances of children understanding numbers beyond significantly increases. So, how can you use the CP stages to help your early years learners master numbers to 10?