CMNetwork E-bulletin: August 2016

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From STEM - to STEAM at The Big Draw Festival 2016: bringing together SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART and MATHS!

Drawing has been an invaluable tool for Big Draw patron Sir Roger Penrose. Watch him describe why drawing is essential to his work as a mathematical physicist. Sir Roger's work has won awards for improving our understanding of the universe. Click here (and scroll down) to access Sir Roger Penrose: How drawing is used for Maths and Science.

Elizabeth’s self-initiated mathematical graphics (nursery)

Sitting next to a friend in the gazebo, both children wrote in large diaries. Elizabeth wrote a line of numerals across the top of one page, adding a box-like grid, an arrow and a flower beneath. She read her combination of ‘1’s and ‘5’s on the right-hand page as teen numbers, beginning to represent and understand two digit numbers in a pattern. Ernest (2006) argues that it is easy to underestimate the considerable achievement it is for children to learn place value and use it with confidence.

Ernest, P. (2006). A semiotic perspective of mathematical activity: the case of number. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 61(1), 67-101.


  • Numerals as labels.

The Mathematics
  • Place value
Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play
Gallery 8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in self-initiated contexts.


Latest publications:

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2016) Pretend Play and the cultural foundations of mathematics. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 24 (1). 51-66.

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2015) Children’s social literacies: Meaning making and the emergence of graphical signs and texts in pretence. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 16(1), 1-29.

Carruthers, E. (2015). Listening to children's mathematics in school. In B. Perry., A. Gervasoni and A. MacDonald. Eds. Mathematics and Transition to School - International Perspectives. Sydney, Australia: Springer.

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