FoNS – the spring from which later mathematical learning grows

This project's name is 'the acquisition of year one students' foundational number sense in Sweden and England', but we prefer its acronym, FoNS, which is the abbreviation of Foundational Number Sense. Not only is FoNS easy to remember but its meaning in Latin, a well, spring, source or fount, emphasises the key role of FoNS in children's learning of mathematics; it is the spring from which later mathematical learning grows.


Since fall 2018 the FoNS-team have started to analyse teacher interviews from Sweden and England. A first article was published July 2019 in "Early Child Development and Care" (see FoNS's pubications) and the outcomes of this will lead to further publications.

The FoNS-team have also analysed Swedish and English textbooks with respect to the FoNS-framework and are presently writing and submitting articles on this topic.

Spring 2019 the FoNS-team have started to interview parents to first-graders in Sweden and England. We are still looking for more English parents to interview and we are greatful to the rich response from the Swedish parents - many thankt to you! We have just finished transcribing the interviews with the Swedish parents and during fall 2019 we will start analysing them.