CMNetwork E-bulletin: December 2010

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Meanwhile - threats to early years education in England
Considerable concerns are felt among many educators over the recently proposed government changes unveiled by Michael Gove. This link will take you to an article in Nursery World – and while you’re there, you may like to click on links to other articles (below) that discuss the changes to Early Years education, including:

  • an increased commitment to ‘the systematic teaching of synthetic phonics’ which has cause concern and passionate reactions among many. Meanwhile, related doctoral research in New Zealand has recently shown that there are no grounds for children learning to read at five

  • See also league tables for 6 year olds to assess ‘school readiness’ (surely an idea long since abandoned and at odd with all we know about young children?)

  • There’s an article on the government s proposal that primary schools are 'breeding illiteracy' in children by allowing a 'child-led' approach to learning although with many years of impositions and initiatives, Ofsted inspections and the pressure of SATs, it is difficult to see if there has been room for ‘child-led’ approaches, and empirical evidence shows the continuing pressures particularly on reception teachers (with children of 4-5 years) has in many instances, brought about a return to ‘traditional’ teaching (adult-led ‘work’) and a reduction of time for play

  • The Education Secretary Michael Gove has asserted that rather than teaching being a profession, it is ‘a craft’ and related to this, proposes to remove the requirement to have a qualified teacher working with children in the Foundation stage: this assertion appears distinctly as odds with the title of the government’s White Paper: The Importance of Teaching. There are also additional proposals for changes to the Primary sector and to teacher training

  • As advocates of the best experiences for young children in education, we believe that these proposed changes reveal considerable lack of understanding of their needs and should be opposed.

The government white paper on education in England.

Understanding Children’s Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play
This multimodal example is included in the chapter on drawing, writing and maps in our forthcoming book.

Liana’s ‘picture for my mum’

Young children’s drawings are an important aspect of graphicacy. Liana’s drawing began as a story might: ‘it’s a rainy day’ to set the scene, continuing as Liana listed items ‘Here’s a small flower, here’s a bigger flower. This is a scarecrow; a house; a balloon and an apple’.

We can also see that naming items appeared to be important aspect of this, so it almost represents a list or inventory.

Link to Gallery 5: Beginnings in Play

New Members

From the North of England, welcome to Rebecca Atkinson; Kerry Buckley; Ailsa Cutforth; Rebecca Cylkowski; Hannah Dundas; Jade Edwards; Catherine Flaherty; Tilley Haley; Philippa Hill; Isabelle Hollamby and Libby Walker – all students at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

Become a member


New! Sept 2010: Achievement of Children in the EYFS Profile

Courses and Conferences

Courses and Conferences: 2010-2011

Current Education News

BBC Education News
Guardian Education News
Independent Education News
Times Education Supplement (TES)


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