A PSRN stimulating and supportive environment 1
- Do children have free access to numbers to play with across the setting?
- Finding treasure and drawing maps involves children in plenty of PSRN opportunities particularly around space and measure.
- Children help themselves to the mathematical equipment in these drawers. It is clear from this photo that independence and self-initiated learning are highly valued in this setting.
- Make sure you model using number and mark making for numbers. Here a child is working hard at her own 'register' making a mark for each child present and different marks for children who are absent.
- The photos on the windows show children's birthdays and are divided into months. This gives lots of opportunities for adults to introduce talk about months of the year, their sequence and whether their birthday was a few months ago, next month or two months away.
- Using a weather board helps children to think sequentially and to talk and learn about time.
- Here a velcro line has been added to the wall along with a basket of velcro numbers.
- Make your environment number rich. Here children are on a 'bus' and are using the raffle tickets and calculators charge their passengers, another child has the money. As they are playing one child has been copying the numbers from the raffle tickets to the calculators and learning how to say these 'big' numbers.
- Vehicles can have numbers and registration numbers.
A mathematically rich environment needs to be resourced so that the mathematics cannot be missed.