CMNetwork E-bulletin: February 2015

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CONTEXT: Pretend Play

Nursery: Isaac - 4 years 3 Months

The marks Isaac used for his ‘building plan’ (above) and the letter he wrote (on the right) appeared similar. For his map Isaac selected a large sheet of blue plastic that he could readily roll, (as he had seen his father – a builder - do), whereas he wrote his letter on a standard sheet of A4 paper.

These two examples highlight the decisions Isaac made in choosing the materials he would use for the two different genres. Materiality is an important aspect of multimodality (see for instance, Kress, 1997).

Kress G (1997) Before Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Literacy. London: Routledge.

Taxonomy: Making meaning in social pretend play and imagination: multimodal meaning making.

  • Early explorations with marks – attaching meanings

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

Welcome to New Members

Welcome to Julie Thomas from Mere Green Primary School, Sutton Coldfield, Midlands and East Anglia.


New Publications - 2015:

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

Worthington, M. (2015). Mathematics and the ecology of pretend play. In. J. Moyles. Editor. The Excellence of Play. 4th Edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Courses and Conferences

Courses and Conferences: 2014-2015

National Education News

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


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