Mathematics – What does ‘expected’ look like?


This collection of clips looks at examples of children reaching (or almost reaching suggesting they will be there at the end of summer term) the early learning goals for Mathematics. You can use these clips to support your understanding of what being within the goals looks like. There are questions to support your thinking before and after watching each clip. You can refer back to the ELGs for Mathematics on this page whenever you need to. on this page whenever you need to.

ELG: Number

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
  • Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5;
  • Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.

ELG: Numerical Patterns

Children at the expected level of development will:

  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

Mathematics - Examples of what 'expected' in the Early Learning Goals looks like