How do I enrich children’s learning of primary mathematics to bring the subject to life? This book inspires and supports you, the new and beginning teacher, to use talk-rich and open tasks that bring mathematics to life in your classroom. • Tried and loved practical tasks that engage and motivate • Supports you to create confident and resilient mathematicians in your classroom • Explores ways to engage children in mathematics across the primary curriculum • Focuses on understanding key mathematical concepts and the connections between them

Mathematics through Exploration and Play

Mathematics through Exploration and Play
Mathematics through Exploration and Play
Abigail Gosling Maria McArdle
In This Chapter

This chapter:

  • helps you to understand the importance of play in learning
  • explores definitions of ‘play’
  • prompts you to think about the different types of play
  • considers the mathematical learning environment
  • supports the development of children’s logical thinking through role play.

We start from the premise that young children are meaning makers, problem solvers and pattern seekers from birth, and that they live their lives in a world that is rich with mathematical potential. From these first-hand experiences they garner spontaneous everyday mathematical ideas that lay the foundations for scholarly and scientific concepts (Vygotsky, 1987; Van Oers, 2001). Play and exploration have a central role in supporting young children’s growing understandings of mathematics, and through ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles