Teaching mathematics to young children in creative ways is made easy with this Second Edition of a wonderful book, which offers the reader clear advice and lots of exciting ideas to use in any early years setting.By showing how to introduce mathematical concepts through play-based activities, Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years is in tune with current thinking about best practice in teaching, and with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Numeracy strategy.

Shape and Space
Shape and space
This Chapter Covers
  • concepts developed during activities using 3D and 2D shapes
  • exploring shapes in the environment
  • position and movement in play, and the use of ICT
  • examples of focused teaching activities and recorded work, with independent activities based on the theme of ‘the street’

Meaningful exploration of shapes is essential for good quality teaching and learning. When children construct a model for a specific purpose, for example, it is their experience and their understanding of the shapes' properties and the shapes' relationships with one another, that will inform the decisions and actions they take, not their knowledge of shape names. Children need to have a wide range of experiences with shapes, including:

  • drawing around 2D and 3D shapes
  • making pictures with 2D shapes
  • making models with 3D ...
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