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Penny Tassoni has plenty of activities with shapes and sizes to try at home

Teaching the concepts of shape and size requires the right vocabulary, but incorporating everyday tasks, jigsaw puzzles and construction is equally important - and ideal at home, says Penny Tassoni

Early years practitioners are ‘failing’ young children over maths skills, a campaign group has said.

Explore how maths can be promoted in early years settings and how negative attitudes can be challenged.

Activities designed for early years settings will be included in the NSPCC’s Number Day for the first time since the event began in 2000.

By Elaine Bennett and Jenny Weidner (Routledge, £87.50)

A project from the National Day Nurseries Association is empowering graduates to take the lead in settings to improve the maths skills and confidence of practitioners. Meredith Jones Russell reports.

Giving parents step-by-step information about how the concept of number is developed can encourage them to support their children to count at home. Penny Tassoni explains.

Counting is important for learning mathematics.

In the first of a two-part series on pattern, Nicole Weinstein looks at the concept that underpins it all - mathematics -and suggests resources to encourage children to design, build or observe patterns in order to make sense of the world around them.