What does ‘subitise’ mean – mathematical development?


What does ‘subitise’ mean – mathematical development?


The EYFS early adopter framework for a revised Early Years Foundation Stage has recently been published. It suggests that when it comes into force in 2021, the mathematical Early Learning Goal will be made up of number and numerical pattern awareness. The suggested revised Early Learning Goal for Number states that

“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;

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