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June 2007: Network News

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Bristol EY conference: July 3 Don’t miss out - there are just a few remaining spaces for this National Conference: a £20.00 discount for Children’s Mathematics Network members. Additional reductions for those working in Bristol and for group bookings!

We’d like to welcome the following new members from Northern Ireland - all of whom work with babies and children under five years in the Shankill Road area of Belfast.

Irene Cook, Elaine Campbell, Carers ‘n Kids Day Nursery, Irene Cook, Donna Hancock, Hobby Horse Playgroup, Tracey Johnston, Shirley Menabney, Rita Mulligan, Dora Seaton and Michelle Ward.

We would also like to welcome our new members from London and the South East of England:

Evonne Ashen, Rebecca Bartram, Patsy Chester, Caroline Clissold, Libba Detheridge, Angela Filby, Kelly Finney, Lesley Pease, Caroline Ryan, Debbie Wheater, Sonja Wissing, and Malgosia Woodham!

New Publication: Worthington, M. (2007) ‘Exceptional children: researching the young child’s mathematics’, Primary Mathematics: Maths Coordinator File 25: Early Years Issue. May.

New! The value of natural environments for health and well-being: (June 2007)

New! Disadvantaged children up to a year behind by the age of three

New! 'Young not allowed out to play' (June 2007)

New! 'The Good Childhood Enquiry' (June 2007)

New! EPPE Report: impact of children's home learning environments (June 2007)

New! Additional guidance on Foundation Stage profile (May 2007)

New! Calculations and Written Mathematics: Official Guidance

Click here for May's News

Kamrin’s ‘Tweedle birds’ – exploring division

This was a teacher-led lesson in a Reception class: problem solving – division by sharing

Kamrin (5 years 7 months) invented his own system to check if 8 could be shared equally between two. He wrote a question mark by the numeral 8 and then a cross, as at first he thought it could not be divided equally between two.

Then he invented ‘Tweedle birds’ and shared eight ‘eggs’ equally between the two birds, adding a tick to show that eight could be divided equally. Kamrin then went on to explore several other ways to find if other numbers could be dividing equally in two, finding increasingly efficient methods of doing this – or using ‘successive shorthand’.

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