Graphics area or 'Office'
- Make graphics areas number rich as well as rich in literacy.
- Add real 'office' items to the graphics area. Children will recognise them and be keen to explore. Add squared paper as well as lined and plain paper.
- What could be in these drawers? what could I add to each?
- Add numbers in a range of scripts and number lines to graphic areas.
- Another organised graphic or 'office' area. Drawers have word and picture labels, in the case of some resources, e.g. puzzles, they could have numbers too.
- Post-it's are excellent for children to make quick marks about what they are thinking and adding these to what they are working on.
- Be open to children's mark making being as much about a development towards written numbers and calculations as it can be about a development towards literacy.
- Organising objects in the graphics area allows for sorting, matching and categorising as children use and tidy the area.
- Link an IWB with the graphics area, they work excellently for art and stimulating PSRN experiences e.g. Making a map of children's walks to the setting using Smartboard pens and imported photographs.
If the environment presents a powerful demonstration of mathematical literacy, then children will take every opportunity to use their knowledge and abilities to act in a literate way.