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Early Years Magazine - Issue 17

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Welcome to Issue 17 of the Early Years Magazine. This month we take a close look at the Communication Friendly Spaces initiative. Communication is a key issue in early years settings, one we return to again and again. Anything which supports the development of speaking and listening skills is also likely to support mathematical development.


Editor's Entrée
What do children think of their experiences in the EYFS? Find out from a recent government report. We ask how you are getting on trialling the NRICH early years problems – it’s not too late to join in.

Focus on...Communication Friendly Spaces
This initiative challenges your thinking about the environment of your setting. Although broadly in agreement with the Forest Schools initiative, not everyone supports Communication Friendly Spaces. Read the article and watch the Teachers TV programme to make up your own mind.

R4U - Research for You
This month, Ian explores mathematical graphicacy and what might happen in later years if you ‘endeavour to celebrate children’s mathematical graphics by putting a high value on creativity and originality’.

This month we focus on ordering numbers, using sets of numbered objects or cards.

Case study
We look at the Newham Buddying Case Study: Tuning in to children, which used the Communication Friendly Spaces approach to narrow the gap in achievement in PSED and speaking and listening.

Maths to share - CPD for you and your colleagues
We use the Teachers TV programme, Positive Learning Environment – Primary, to help you explore the environment in your setting. Do you have dedicated quiet areas? Small, intimate and cosy areas to promote speaking and listening?

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