Research School Network: Maths Through Picture Books Pilot Discover the power of picture books to support the mathematical development of children in reception class.


Maths Through Picture Books Pilot

Discover the power of picture books to support the mathematical development of children in reception class.

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1 March, 2024
09:00 - 17:00

- Water Lane

Stratford - london

7 March, 2024
10:00 - 11:00


21 March, 2024
10:00 - 11:00


14 June, 2024
08:30 - 13:00

- Water Lane

Stratford - london

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Research indicates that early mathematical development is incredibly important for children’s future learning and achievement.

East London Research School is delighted to invite applications from primary schools in North East London and Essex to take part in this pilot evaluation.

The programme has been designed by and will be delivered by Melissa Prendergast and Fliss James from East London Research School. The evaluation of Maths Through Picture Books will be led by Oxford MeasurEd and funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.

The EEF Improving Mathematics in Early Years and KS1 guidance report highlights research evidence that suggests using picture books can be particularly effective in teaching mathematics. Picture books provide enjoyable and meaningful contexts to explore mathematical content and concepts but the power is in the way the books are shared!

What is the Maths Through Picture Books programme?

Maths Through Picture Books is a 10-week targeted intervention for children in reception who need extra support to develop a secure understanding of number and operations. TAs supported by teachers, deliver small-group sessions twice a week for 20 minutes.

This programme consists of a blend of face-to-face and online training. The professional development will equip reception teachers and TAs with:

  • improved knowledge and understanding of how children learn number and operations;
  • the knowledge and strategies to engage a small group of targeted children in responsive multi-turn conversations about number and operations using picture books using the ShREC approach’ .

Who can take part?

We are looking for 20 schools in Essex, Havering, Newham and Redbridge who will be able to:

  • commit to releasing a reception class TA to attend 1.5 days of face-to-face training and one online drop-in session to support delivery during the 10-week intervention;
  • commit to releasing the reception class teacher to attend 1.5 days of face-to-face training and one online session to support the professional development of the TA;
  • commit to carrying out a short activity with all children in the class. This will be used to identify 5 children who need extra support in understanding number and operations. These children will then take part in the programme;
  • commit to delivering the twice-weekly sessions for 10 weeks in the Spring and Summer terms;
  • provide an appropriate dedicated space for the sessions to be delivered at the same time for 10 weeks;
  • commit to engaging in evaluation activities (surveys, supporting an external assessor, interviews with relevant staff);
  • provide time for the TA and teacher to meet on a weekly basis.

What are the benefits of taking part?

  • You will receive the Maths Through Picture Books training for FREE;
  • £500 incentive payment for participating in the pilot evaluation;
  • your school will keep the specially selected mathematical picture books;
  • by taking part in this pilot evaluation study, your school is adding to the evidence base and knowledge on what works in early years education in England.

Register your interest

To register your interest please fill in this short form

Schools will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Please register your interest by the 24th November2023, you will be asked to return a signed Memorandum of Understanding by the 1st December 2023

For further information please email: nazneen.​patel@​sheringham-​nur.​newham.​sch.​uk

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