and meaning making are highly significant
aspects of semiotics and young children
benefit from using their graphics to
communicate personal ideas in authentic and
personally meaningful contexts.
playing on the hill; wanting to stop another
child pushing him he asked his teacher to
write ‘Help me go on the hill – Romy is
stopping me’. He showed the sign to Romy but
as the play pushing continued, David decided
to write his own message, using his own
marks to convey what he wanted to say. This
time both David’s spoken words and his
written message had the desired effect and
their play continued without incident.
meanings in play: drawing, maps and
writing - attaching meanings.
Gallery 3: Redcliffe
Children’s Centre and maintained nursery