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one of several early years maths specialists who
were invited to present
evidence on mathematics to a group of MPs this
resulting document was presented in the House of
Commons in Westminster on the 25th November 2014.
Speakers included Mick Boles, Minister for Skills
and Enterprise and MPs Caroline Dinenage and Barry
National Numeracy was invited to support this
be addressed are the constant changes to curricula
and assessment that result in pressures on teachers
and practitioners to focus on the basic skills that
are assessed through the early learning goals,
rather than celebrating and building on children’s
existing knowledge and understandings.
Ayaan - 4 years 2 Months
cat, here’s a cat. He’s got this’
(making another cross) ’she said.
Her teacher wondered if she was
thinking of a cat’s whiskers, when
drawing red lines.
was outside with a friend - Ayaan
drawing large crosses on a
whiteboard. She didn’t say what
watched as Tariq wrote a ‘T’ for
‘Tariq’, and then getting her own
paper she made crosses on it (but
without commenting on her marks).
wrote these signs, reading them as
her name. Perhaps she was
combining the appearance of some
Arabic letters with crosses.
period of several days, Ayaan
explored the versatility of
graphical symbols, using crosses to
signify various meanings.
Children’s increasing interest in
the power and role of graphic
symbols at this age supports their
early writing and mathematical
development, whilst cultural
knowledge such as initial letters
and names may also influenced by
learning to write in another
Making meaning in
social pretend play and imagination.
8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in
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