26 April, 2023

CPD training course for learning how to teach the early years foundations stages

How to use Foundations to teach the EYFS statutory framework


This course is intended for primary school teachers who want to learn the essentials of teaching mathematics to children in early years foundation stages sometimes also called reception, kindergarten or pre-school. This course is intended for classroom teachers. The expectation is that teachers will be confident with the materials covered in the Essentials of Teaching Maths Mastery course, therefore it is strongly recommended that attendees have attended the course before registering for this course.

Course Objective

This teacher professional development course is designed to produce:

  1. A deep understanding of teaching and learning mathematics in the Early Year Foundation Stage as defined by the Statutory Framework published by Englands Department for Education
  2. A shift in teacher mindset about teaching and learning mathematics
  3. A practical understanding of lesson structure and learning experiences for teaching in the Early Years
  4. An expert level of understanding of the topic of teaching mathematics in the Early Years

Educators will leave the course with a deep understanding of the teaching and learning of mathematics in the early years. Working through real school lessons, where the teachers become the students, teachers will come to empathise with the learning process.

This course looks to equip teachers with the necessary content and the pedagogical content knowledge to teach young pupils in order for them to meet the early learning goals.

Course Content

Pre numeracy skills

  • Teaching and learning of the building blocks necessary for early learners to begin grasping mathematical concepts in number and patterns


  • How to develop a strong grounding of number including counting, subitising, number bonds and number facts


  • Recognizing and creating visual patterns and number patterns including recognising the pattern of the counting system, comparing quantities, exploring and representing patterns within numbers

Spatial reasoning

  • Spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures

Differentiating instruction

  • How can lessons in early years be differentiated in order to cater for those who might be struggling or those who are more advanced


Problem solving and investigations

Venue: Holiday Inn Manchester West
Venue Address:
Liverpool Street
Manchester M5 4LT

Dates: 26 April, 2023
Time: 9:15–16:00 (BST)
Price: £205 + VAT

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Adam Gifford: Maths Lead Trainer

This course will be run by Adam Gifford who worked as a primary school headteacher, where he oversaw the school’s involvement with the National Textbook Project using Maths — No Problem! materials. He is Maths Recovery trained, and was the first Primary Maths Specialist Leader in Education within the United Kingdom. He works closely with the NW1 Maths Hub, where he has held strategic leadership positions and continues his involvement with various work groups.

Adam has worked with Manchester University, numerous local authorities, and Teaching School Alliances.

Proud winners of:

The IPG Independent Publishing Awards, 2017–2018
The British Book Awards, 2018

2018 IPG and British Book awards