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As part of her research, Jo has devised a set of number games for pre-school children known as PLUS, to help them to learn maths skills. These have been piloted with six local nurseries.

Children should be provided with a large variety of shapes in a range of situations to stimulate learning. Nicole Weinstein suggests some ideas.

The patterns in language, movement and music may not be immediately obvious but learning to recognise them helps children make sense of the world, says Linda Pound.

Picking up rhymes supported by physical actions seems to be innate in children. But how adults mediate is important for later literacy development, says Opal Dunn

Adults need to know more about patterns themselves to help children develop their awareness. In this article Linda Pound focuses on the visual and mathematical aspects

Involving children in collecting and presenting data for graphs, charts or pictograms helps them to understand the information.

Views of what counts as maths are changing. Linda Pound examines whether revisions to this area of learning and development match up.

Many parents may think they left mathematics at the school gate but, of course, it permeates every aspect of our day-to-day life, from cooking and checking bills to working out how long it will take us to reach home.

Calculating and number play must be interactive if it is to trigger ideas and stimulate thinking. Anne O'Connor suggests ways of making the best use of mathematical resources.

Judith Stevens explains the changes to Mathematics in the revised EYFS framework