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Samples of children's writing

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Created on 08 December 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 10 January 2011 by ncetm_administrator


Samples of children’s writing

Goutard recommended allowing children time each day to write their own mathematical thoughts.  Initially I was concerned that this would take up too much curriculum time and was unsure of the purpose of such writing.  However, I now find this activity is central to children’s learning for the following reasons: -

  • to discover relationships between operations,
  • to give opportunity for children to systematize and move towards mastery
  • to learn the ‘manufacturing secrets’ of equations through transformation
  • to gain flexibility, (leading to efficiency) in calculation strategies
  • to allow children to pursue their own interests and investigations;  to write maths for fun and the enjoyment of feeling in control of the subject

The following extracts of children’s writing illustrate these points.  They took place during free-writing time. You may like to print these out to aid  discussion amongst colleagues.  If you are using Internet Explorer you can right click and print the illustrations.

Relationships between operations

Systematization of facts

The ‘manufacturing secrets’ of equations  - transformation

Calculation strategies

Pursuing  interests and investigations  - enjoying power over mathematics


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16 January 2016 16:36
A fantastic resource - helping to help me reflect on my own teaching of fractions and other area of number using Cuisennaire - a resource I feel is under-used. This will be a valuable resource for my own teaching and helping other staff.
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