CMNetwork E-bulletin: April 2014

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CONTEXT: spontaneous imaginative story-making

The dragon story: nursery 3 – 4 years

Remi and David created their own story about a fire-breathing dragon using marks and drawings. Faith joined in, making signs to ‘block the dragon’; ‘These are checks (crosses) it means the dragon can’t go there. These are ticks – the people can go that way but not the dragon.’ Faith extended this, drawing long lines all over the whiteboard: ‘It stops the dragon coming. It like a jail!’

Faith’s symbols were an integral feature of her story telling, and graphical signs and symbols such as these are central to understanding and using the symbolic language of mathematics.

Taxonomy: Making meaning in social pretend play and imagination.

Written number and quantities:

  • Exploring symbols

Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play

Welcome to New Member

From London and the South East, welcome to Julie Price of the YMCA Bedfordshire, Bedford, and from the South and South West of England, welcome to and to Lisa Causer of Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross


New! BERA/TACTYC (2014) Early Years Policy Advice: Play and Pedagogy. Early Years: policy advice and future research agendas. BERA/TACTYC, (pp 8-9 prepared by M. Worthington).

Courses and Conferences

For 2014: National Masters Module in Early Childhood Mathematics: Redcliffe Children's Centre, Bristol with Bath Spa University. Just a few places remaining. Please note change of starting date.

Courses and Conferences: 2013-2014

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