How to Recognise and Support Mathematical Mastery in Young Children’s Play : Learning from the 'Talk for Maths Mastery' Initiative book cover
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How to Recognise and Support Mathematical Mastery in Young Children’s Play
Learning from the 'Talk for Maths Mastery' Initiative

Edited By

Di Chilvers

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ISBN 9780367133573
May 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 140 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This exciting book explores young children’s fascination with all things mathematical. Drawing on the Talk for Maths Mastery project, it helps practitioners to understand early mathematical development and recognise the maths taking place in children’s play. Emphasising the importance of starting from children’s existing mathematical interests, it shows how adults can build on these starting points to gradually introduce new concepts and address misconceptions as they arise.

The book considers how mathematical development and learning is embedded within children’s dispositions and mindsets. Including case studies, links to practice and reflective questions, the chapters reveal what mastery orientation looks like from the children’s perspective in their learning and covers:

  • children’s serve and return conversational talk
  • mathematical babies and their developmental momentum
  • schematic patterns of thinking
  • mathematical mark making
  • child-led play
  • problem solving
  • creative and critical thinking
  • How adults can support children’s mathematical talk, thinking and mastery

Featuring children’s Learning Stories and full colour photographs throughout to illustrate practice, this book is essential reading for all early years practitioners and teachers working with children throughout the EYFS and KS1 as well as students on early years courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Talk for Maths Mastery?

Di Chilvers

Chapter 2: Maintaining the momentum of children’s mathematical development

Di Chilvers

Chapter 3: What does mathematical mastery mean for young children?

Di Chilvers

Chapter 4: Documenting children’s mathematical talking and thinking Observation, Learning Stories and Floor Books

Katie Hulme

Chapter 5: Building mathematical thinking through ‘whole class’ child-led learning

Amy Parker

Chapter 6: Making their mathematical mark: Understanding and supporting children’s mathematical mark-making and thinking

David Yates

Chapter 7: How do adults support children’s mathematical talk, thinking and mastery?

Kath Priestley

Chapter 8: Maintaining children’s mathematical momentum into Year One – A case study

Natalie Reilly and David Yates

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Di Chilvers is an Advisory Consultant, Author and Trainer at WatchMeGrow and the Development Map, United Kingdom..