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ERIC Number: EJ815104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Creating Spaces that Are "Communication Friendly"
Jarman, Elizabeth
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n209 p31-33 Jul 2008
The new EYFS (The Early Years Foundation Stage, DfES, 2007) reinforces that mathematical language and understanding should be developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play; that practical activities should provide opportunities for children to practise and talk about their developing mathematical understanding. Despite a huge number of curriculum initiatives over the past decade, by and large, classroom spaces have remained the same. A re-think of how practitioners set up learning spaces to facilitate and support children's communication is long overdue, as the physical spaces where children spend time set the scene for effective interaction. In this article, the author describes ways in which the physical learning environment can support young children's mathematical communication. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom