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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Thank you so much Karen. I enjoyed the training this morning tremendously and tried out the ideas straight after lunch with my class leading to 20 mins of enthusiastic discussion! Brilliant!
The children said they really enjoyed it and wanted to do more so I am definitely going to be changing my teaching!’
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! Thank you.
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!