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Developing Early Maths Skills Outdoors: Activity Ideas and Best Practice for Teaching and Learning Outside

ISBN: 9781909280830
£21.00

Published: August 2015

  • The only series showing clearly how to plan for outdoor learning.

  • Dedicated activities to develop specific skills and aspects of mathematics.

  • Links to all four British early years curriculum frameworks.

Developing Early Maths Skills Outdoors provides practitioners with practical planning for how to develop and enhance the outdoor area to facilitate mathematical learning.

The activities throughout the book are low cost and easy to set up, aiming to reassure practitioners and give them the confidence to plan more mathematical learning experiences outdoors. This is further supported with planning guidance and resource ideas, as well as advice on observation and assessment, including suggestions for how to reduce the paperwork burden and a useful observation template.

The book is divided into sections that represent the different aspects of mathematics and includes:

  • An introduction to each aspect, explaining why it is important, and outlining the fundamental skills and concepts that underpin it

  • Ideas for adult-led and adult-initiated activities that aim to develop children's early mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding

  • Suggestions for how to enhance continuous outdoor provision so that it promotes independent investigation, fostering creative and critical thinking.

  • Pointers and tips about teaching mathematics in the early years.

  • Ideas for how to involve parents and carers.

  • Links to all four British early years curriculum frameworks.

About the author

Marianne Sargent is an early education specialist and writer. She is a qualified teacher and has taught in a range of nursery and reception classes. She holds an MA in Early Years Education and has worked as a lecturer in primary and early years education. Marianne is based in Derbyshire.