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ERIC Number: EJ815117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0025-5785
Early Years Foundation Stage: How Much Does It Count?
Thompson, Ian
Mathematics Teaching Incorporating Micromath, n210 p40-41 Sep 2008
The final report of the Williams committee (DCSF, 2008: 68) argues that the revised mathematics Framework (DfES, 2006) "should be reconsidered to achieve a more suitable, user-friendly form." It might also have added that there is not much help and support in it for early years teachers. A much more useful document is the "Practice guidance for the early years foundation stage" booklet (DfES, 2007), as it provides details of the Problem solving reasoning and numeracy (PSRN) area of learning and development from birth to 60+ months. In this article the author examines the approach to teaching number outlined in the two sections "Numbers as labels and for counting" and "Calculating" (pp. 63-69), comparing this approach to that exemplified in the reception section of the original "Framework for teaching mathematics from Reception to Year 6" (DfEE, 1999).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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