The Maths Box series is a set of seven boxes of cards, one for each of the year groups EYFS to Year 6. The Maths Box EYFS is designed to enable pupils to work independently or in small groups. Answer cards are provided. The cards are written to support the teaching and learning of the Early Years National Curriculum for mathematics. The cards are great for visual learners and the teacher guide sets out a strategy for teachers and tutors to follow.
Features of The Maths Box Early Years Foundation Stage:
Written to cover the objectives of the EYFS curriculum for mathematics
Four copies each of 75 unique cards – 300 cards in total
Variety of hands-on activities using maths materials readily available in the classroom
Some multiple-choice questions
Scope and sequence chart
Teacher tracking sheets for individual pupils and the whole class
Suitable for small groups and independent work
Colourful, durable, creative and innovative
Comprehensive Teachers Guide that includes:
Practice sample cards
Suggestions for differentiation and assessment
Additional activities to support the cards and the concepts
Photocopiable activity sheets
Online literature links
Benefits of the Early Years Maths Box:
Supports oral language development
Encourages and motivates active maths learning
Enables a smooth transition from one year to the next
Affordable within school and individual budgets
Assists the teacher to meet all curricular requirements
Provides pupils with the skills and concepts required for their age level
Improves learning outcomes by providing effective concept development
Real-life mathematics connects learners to the wider world
Allows effective management of teacher’s time
Acclaim for The Maths Box (ERA Shortlist 2018) here.
Download Scope and Sequence Chart (The National Curriculum links) for Box EYFS here.
First of all, let me explain the product for you. The Maths box is a colourful and robust box that contains 300 colourful cards to help support the teaching and learning of mathematical skills in the Infant Classes. It is not intended as an independent resource but more so teacher-led table or group. There are 4 copies of each of the 75 unique maths cards and I would be able to use a card per table if I had access to three other SET teachers. Therefore, this resource would be absolutely super for in-class support or a smaller withdrawal setting with the SET.
Each card sets a challenge based on a maths curriculum objective. The photocopiable Teacher’s Guide that comes with it has a full page lesson plan explaining how to introduce the skill, set up the maths card and then extend the learning with additional activities. There are useful sections on differentiation and assessment and suggestions for online resources and links.
For an extra bonus, it comes with a free digital version of the Teacher’s Guide as well with a scope and sequence chart. The scope and sequence chart is a long term plan and it gives you the ability to track individual pupil and and the whole class with some lovely teacher tracking sheets.
This product is different because not only does it add to your own maths teaching in an easy and pick up and go way, it supports oral language development with the instructions on the card that the teacher reads out and the pupil responds. Each card is made up of 3 varying levels of ability so whether the teacher is working with any ability grouping, these cards will work well.
I used the cards easily once I had completed my own short term plans by selecting the appropriate card for the curriculum objective and mathematical skill and slotting that into my maths groups.
I am aware it is pricey but it is a brilliant investment if you want to find new, active ways to jazz up your own maths teaching and learning and to ensure all abilities are being challenged.
This box has been great for children who need more visual support with key maths skills. They are always keen to use it and it is so hand for a teaching assistant to deliver as everything you need is in one handy box.
Louise Aldridge, Deputy Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager
As I have a higher level box than my class, it is used as extension activities. It is great to deepen the children's understanding of topics already covered in class and for higher ability children self teach topics not covered.
Helen Jones, Class Teacher
The Maths Box is a great innovative resource, which compliments the creative approach we consider key to children’s learning. It encourages resilience, independence and confidence in maths learning, as children can’t wait to try new cards and better their score. The high quality resources are colourful, images appealing and our children see them as a fun activity and not necessarily school work. Our teachers use The Maths Box in a variety of ways, as part of a targeted intervention, independent extension, consolidating activity or short assessment. Our children can work independently, or in small groups. We bought the complete maths box series and its flexibility makes it an invaluable resource, as well as great value for money. Teachers can choose from different year group boxes to revisit previously taught objectives, or create opportunities to challenge high achievers. The use of multiple choice questions makes pupils’ understanding or misconceptions very clear, and the separate answer cards offer independence to even our youngest of learners. Our children can’t wait to use The Maths Box. As with all the Prim-Ed resources we use, they offer a great product for teachers and children.
Jane Hainsworth, Headteacher, Adel St John the Baptist Church of England Primary School
At Kilburn Park we teach a mastery-based curriculum, a key resource that contributes to the success of these lessons has been the set of Maths Boxes, each of which helps teachers to provide comprehensive practice in the key areas of numeracy, especially reasoning. Each card in the boxes clearly matches the National Curriculum objectives for each year group.
Emer O’Reilly - Maths Subject Lead Kilburn Park School