Early Mathematics Research Hub

Bristol Early Years research in this area has resulted in the promotion of best mathematics teaching practices in Early Years. We have explored, with our partner settings, the importance of how children’s mathematical competencies impact upon mathematical learning and teaching throughout their school careers. We are looking at how to improve priorities that enhance mathematics learning, what helps and hinders effective mathematics teaching and how teacher attitudes to mathematics affect learning.Mathematics is an art and a science, an art of articulating and questioning, science of discovery, uncovering and persisting; therefore we would be suppressing children’s intellectual freedom if we were to shunt their questions and fascinations.

We have a wealth of information on this website to support Early Years mathematics practitioners, including ideas for further reading (both practitioner and child focussed), CPD courses and details of current research projects.  Please use the links below to view these pages.

Further reading for children

There are some great books available which help young children with mathematical enquiry whilst developing a love of literature.  Books can stimulate mathematical discussions between adult and children and between children; new concepts can be explored or developed from books. Books give children a further bank of reference within their thinking, offering challenge and new meanings.

  • Ten apples up on top, Dr Seuss
  • Sharing a Shell
  • Giant Jam Sandwich
  • The Doorbell Rang
  • How Big is a Million
  • Centipede’s 100 Shoes
  • The Great Pet Sale
  • 100 Hungry Ants Eat Your Peas
  • One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab
  • The Bad Tempered Ladybird
  • The Shopping Basket
  • The Rabbit Problem
  • How Many Jellybeans?
  • 100 Decker Bus
  • 365 Penguins
  • Is the Blue Whale the Biggest thing there is?
  • How Deep is the Sea?
  • How High is the Sky?
  • One More Sheep
  • Who Sank the Boat?
  • One Grain of Rice

Mathematics is an art and a science, an art of articulating and questioning, science of discovery, uncovering and persisting; therefore we would be suppressing children’s intellectual freedom if we were to shunt their questions and fascinations.

Vygotsky 1978

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We are building a bank of resources to support your early years research project.  Links to suggested further reading in each of the key research hubs can be found below.  Or contact us and let us know how we can make this website more relevant to you and your practice.

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