to Graphics of Past Months
Welcome to new members:
Welcome to our first Canadian
member: Kathleen Weisner from
School District 64 Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island BC. Also welcome
to Sheldon Phillips from Rhyl Primary
School, London and from Cheddar in the South West of England,
welcome to Kokila Lane.
'Mark Making Matters' , London: DCSF
This publication includes a short section on children's mathematical
graphics. It also includes lovely examples of children's drawings
and early writing, many of which are from Redcliffe Children's
Centre, Bristol. Headteacher Elizabeth Carruthers would especially
like to thank Carole Keane, Louise White, Sue Cook, Hugo Turvey and
Jeanette Hill for their excellent contributions.
Mark Making Matters
'An analysis of
recent Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) results reveals that while
children are generally making good progress across the 13 scales of
learning and development, achievements are consistently lower in the
scales of Writing (particularly for boys), and Calculation. This
could undermine their future progress, particularly in the
transition from the EYFS to Key Stage 1.
The booklet also explores how an
improved understanding of the importance of mark making can
strengthen provision for CLL and PSRN. It will
illustrate how children's confidence in themselves as writers and as
mathematical thinkers, can be promoted through the introduction of
children’s mathematical graphics.
Children learn from everything they do, but
their development depends, in part, on the quality and range of
experiences they have received both in the environment of their
setting and at home. Some children have had opportunities to
experiment with mark making from their earliest years, while others
have had limited experiences for a variety of reasons.' (DCSF.
New! Carruthers, E.
and Worthington, M. (2008) 'Children's mathematical graphics:
young children calculating for meaning' in I. Thompson, (Ed.) (2008)
Teaching and Learning Early
Number, Maidenhead: Open University Press, (2nd ed.).
2008 - 2009
Ofsted EY Report (Sept. 2008) ‘Leading to Excellence’
Ofsted Mathematics Report: (Sept. 2008): ‘Mathematics: Understanding
Summary of Key
points and Recommendations relating to the Foundation Stage: Ofsted
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