Numeracy - Simple things in life

9th October 2009 at 01:00

Spontaneous play, investigative exploring and everyday events are being turned into fun experiences for numeracy lessons.

Now that every educator in a school is responsible for children's numeracy, groups are being set up to see how they can work together. Fourteen associated school groups have been working on Early Years Pathways to Numeracy, including Baker Street Nursery and Allan's Primary in Stirling.

Visitors to last month's Scottish Learning Festival heard how the P1 pupils have been acting as peer tutors to the nursery children, explaining and showing them how to do activities. As well as boosting their own confidence, this has helped them to see a real purpose in what they are doing.

The children count themselves into jumps, count how many times they can do the hula-hoop, and how many times they can bounce or throw a ball. They have taken part in Number Olympics, where laminated football shirts with numbers on them were strewn on the floor. Children had to wait at the starting line until someone called out a number, then race to bring it back.

A parents' evening raised awareness of ways they could improve their children's numeracy at home. A washing line was hung up to show how they could learn to pair socks. It was an eye-opener, the parents said. They hadn't realised how everyday activities like baking or sorting the washing could help.

Reports on Pathways to Numeracy will shortly appear online at:

- www.ltscotland.org.ukcurriculumforexcellenceresponsibilityofallnumera cyindex.asp

- www.curriculumforexcellence.org.uk.

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