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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Problem Solving, Reasoning & Numeracy

    Working with a nursery school team to explore Problem Solving Reasoning and Numeracy in practice.

    The journey for an education starts with a childhood question. - David L. Finn


    What does it mean to children?

    • seeking patterns
    • making connections
    • recognising relationships
    • working with numbers,shapes, space and measures,
    • counting, sorting and matching.
    • using their knowledge and skills in these areas to solve problems,
    • generate new questions
    • make connections across other areas of learning and development


    These are questions we asked ourselves through the day...

    • How does our environment enable learning in this area?
    • Where are the opportunities in our continuous provision?
    • Where are our mathematical ‘ talking hotspots’ through the day?
    • Are we conscious of the mathematical language we use?
    • Can we plan for more?
    • Do we use routines and daily activities to build mathematical understanding?
    • Do we know how children’s mathematical learning develops?
    • Are we ensuring appropriate challenge?


    These links might be interesting if it’s an area you are working on:

    Early Years Maths

    Numbers and Patterns Laying Foundations

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