‘Talk for Maths Mastery – maintaining the momentum of children’s development and learning’

Talk for Maths Mastery (TFMM)  looks at the transition of mathematical development from 2 yrs* to Y1 and is aimed at all those who work with children across this age range, as well as maths coordinators, Senior leads, Head Teachers and Managers.

Di led an Extended Professional Development Initiative with 14 schools in Sheffield focusing on Talk for Maths Mastery (TFMM).   The cluster worked together as a community of learners for over two years, an inspiring experience as the group developed their thinking and practice together, sharing ideas and co-constructing good early years practice.  The work focused on two important questions,

  • How do we make sure that we maintain the momentum of children’s mathematical development and learning from 2yrs old to 6+ (Y1) – building firm foundations on children’s starting points?


  • How do we make the links across children’s mathematical development making sure that the next steps of learning and teaching support their progress from 2yrs old to Y1?

The group created the Talk for Maths Mastery Exemplification called ‘Recognising children’s mathematical mastery in their child-led play in the EYFS and Year one’.  This looks at the continuum of learning from 2 yrs to 6+ in 6 Areas;

  • Games
  • Creating and thinking critically – Problem-solving
  • Following children’s interests
  • Mathematical mark making
  • Sensory Materials
  • Construction

It also includes:

  • A whole class approach to building on the mathematical thinking in child-led interest
  • Using Floor Books to support mathematical thinking
  • Narrative Learning Stories to look more deeply at child-led play, talking, thinking and learning
  • The Transition of Pedagogy and the continuity of experience and progression for children in practice
  • Connections to Sustained Shared Thinking and the Characteristics of effective learning (particularly Creating and thinking critically)
  • Exploring what we mean by Maths Mastery?

If you want to find out more about how to buy a copy or to arrange a TFMM day, workshop or keynote please get in touch with Di  via the contact page on the watchmegrow website.


*Some of the SSELP cluster schools had 2 year olds in their Foundation Stage which is why we needed to look more closely at the development of mathematical thinking and understanding at this age. This is not to say that mathematical development only begins at 2 years old. We know from developmental psychology that new-born babies can distinguish elements of shape and pattern and have innate ‘numerosity’ as they are drawn to objects, patterns and sequences.