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Forthcoming National Conference:

Redcliffe Children's Centre, Bristol: Wednesday May 14th, 2008. National Conference, 'Play, Thinking and Imagination: Understanding Children's Play'.
  • Key Speaker: Elizabeth Woods, Reader in Education: University of Exeter and Celebrated Play Education Author presents 'Progression and Continuity in Play'.
  • Morning Speaker: Maulfry Worthington Author and Researcher, Free University, Amsterdam: with Redcliffe staff, presenting 'Researching Children's Meanings in Play'. This is a year long research project for Redcliffe Children's Centre and connects with nurseries and schools in England & the Netherlands.
  • Afternoon Speaker: Penny Holland, Early Years Researcher at the London Metropolitan University and author of We Don’t Play with Guns Here – presenting: ‘Super Hero Play. What’s it all about?’
  • Afternoon Speaker: Kate Peel, QCA’s Principle Officer for Assessment and the Foundation Stage Profile will talk about ‘Assessment in Play’
  • Tour of Redcliffe Children’s Centre available.
  • Conference Flyer and Booking Form

Graphic of the month

Joe’s Spider

Three-year old Joe had been playing with some toy spiders and told his teacher that spiders have 8 legs. Later he decided to draw a spider.

Joe’s drawing gives his sense of a spider and he represented his idea of many legs. At this age Joe’s drawing was lively and dynamic since he was unrestricted by influences of school. When children represent quantities that they do not count it is their personal sense of quantity that they represent.

  • Written number and quantities:
    representing quantities that are not counted

Link to Graphics of Past Months

News

Other News

Researching children’s meaning-making in play and the beginnings of early ‘written’ mathematics.

I’ve just returned from a fortnight in the Netherlands and much enjoyed my visits to the two Dutch schools involved in my research. The official age for starting school in the Netherlands is five years but in reality, most children start in ‘Group 0’ at 3 years of age (the equivalent of our final year of nursery in England). Since 1985 Group 0 children have been integrated into schools, usually in designated rooms in the same building.

The two schools involved in this research use a curriculum called ‘Developmental Education’ which is influenced by Vygotsky’s work. Learning is play-based until the children move into the equivalent of the English Year 2 (with no formal teaching of reading, writing, spelling, phonics, handwriting or mathematics). The curriculum is topic based: Group 0 in one of the schools was focusing on Eric Carle’s story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and the other school had a whole-school project on ‘Water’. When they move into Group 3 (like our Year 2) the curriculum and the children’s experiences become more formal and reading, writing and mathematics are taught. It’s interesting that in both countries there is a significant emphasis on play for the younger children – but there are also some differences in the interpretation of ‘play’. More about this next month… (Maulfry)

The Williams Review - Interim Report:

The interim report explores four aspects relating to Early Years mathematics: Background research into early years; Teachers and practitioners in Early Years settings; Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy in early years and The transition from EYFS to Key Stage 1. The report includes several items relating to early written mathematics, including children’s mathematical mark-making (see links above). If you have not yet responded to the next phase of the consultation, we hope that you will make the most of this opportunity (the Consultation ends April 30th 2008).

The following items have been added to the website this month:

Resources 

Recent reports new on the website:

New! Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum: Latest reports, Feb 29th 2008
New! The Williams Maths Review (Early Years and Primary): Interim Report (DCSF, March 2008)
New! Williams Maths Review: findings relating to early written mathematics
New! To contribute your comments to the final phase of the Consultation process

New Links:

Early Years Forum

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