CMNetwork E-bulletin: November 2010

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Here are the points we made in our response to the DFE’s consultation for the Early Years Foundation Stage (focusing on aspects relating to Early Years maths). We have been invited to contribute several days on the Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme (MaST) at Edge Hill University and Sheffield Hallam (though our input on Early Years maths must be like a drop in the ocean for those MaST teachers whose experience is all upper primary)! November looks busy for us both with courses and conferences including a maths conference at Sheffield Hallam University; input in a teachers’ action-research project into children’s mathematical graphics in Brent; attendance at an Open University Multimodality SIG day at Milton Keynes, and a day at one of the Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme (MaST) Conferences – also at Sheffield Hallam. In between times Maulfry is involved in some new play research and will be spending several days in schools collecting data. Maulfry: Editor.

Understanding Children’s Mathematical Graphics: Beginnings in Play
This multimodal example is included in the chapter on play in our forthcoming book.

Mason’s Spy Gadget
 

Intrigued by new media, new technologies and popular culture, Mason was now a champion of ‘21st century’ play and this example shows how he also drew on his knowledge of password protection and access, numbers and writing. Mason watched Leola who was cutting a piece of card, and finding a piece of yellow card, he also folded and snipped similar cuts around its perimeter. Next he wrote letters and numerals, reading 'sk’ ‘714bp10’ and, lifting it to his face, explained it was ‘a spy gadget… 'sk' is ‘to keep the password safe. To switch it on you have to say '714bp10'’. I asked if there was a way to switch his 'spy gadget' off and picking it up he replied excitedly 'Yeah! You have to read it backwards!' promptly reading, '10 pb417'.

Link to Gallery 5: Beginnings in Play

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From London and the South East, welcome to Kemal Ergisi City of London Academy, Islington. From the North of England, welcome to Terry Ward at Hawthorn Primary School, Doncaster; Charlotte Waters from Huddersfield University, Oldham. From Midlands and East Anglia, welcome to Lucie Houghton from TTS Group Ltd, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and from the South and South West welcome to Kathy Imeson at St Mary's Primary School, Purton. From Wales, we’d like to welcome Amanda Morgan from Malpas Church Infants School, Newport and finally (this month) from Cameroon, welcome to Lechi Christian of Queens Manor Nursery and Primary School, Yaoundé.

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