My training is always evolving as I research, read and try out new ideas. In recent times I have become more and more focused upon the importance of pattern in underpinning a child’s ability to understand and use number; developing true ‘Number Sense’.
My reading revealed a resource which now dominates my training and one which has completely transformed my understanding of how children can learn a huge number of essential numerical skills including:
The list goes on…it’s incredibly exciting.
Such a simple resource, but, when used well, incredibly powerful across the early stages of learning in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 but also right up to and beyond Key Stage 2.
Like everything, it’s essential to do some research first. I’d recommend Jessica Shumways’s excellent ‘Number Sense Routines’ as a great source of both information and activities.
The man images posted generate so many ideas and develop our understanding of the power of the patterns. Take a look for yourself. More to come….
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‘One of our EYFS Teachers has just attended this training and came back totally inspired and singing your praises. She said that she learnt more on this course than any course she has ever attended!’
C Magnocavallo Head of Maths, Chesham Preparatory School, Bucks
Thank you for showing us HOW to change. So many courses just tell us what isn't working but not how to go about addressing this. Your approaches make so much sense!
Just to say thank you again for 3 really brilliant talks at SGIS. We're a small school near Basel and we’d be interested in anything you’re doing nearby (Zurich way) so please let us know!