As with all the EYFS areas, we ensure that literacy and maths learning is a very natural part of children’s days from the moment they begin with us to the time they leave. As early years practitioners, our roles are not to teach but to provide an enriching environment that fosters awareness of the everyday aspects of literacy and maths, thus establishing a foundation for future academic learning.
- PEGS, PLACEMATS, LABELS – All children’s coat pegs, placemats, and water beakers are labelled with both a picture of the child and his/her name. These are not only to help children feel they belong in the environment and recognize what is theirs, but also begin to recognize what their names look like.
- Storytelling and sequencing – With the help of our storytelling representative, all groups engage in lively storytelling activities and, where appropriate, support math concepts with the language of sequencing, such as “what happens next, after, etc. The team create story bags, shadow puppets, and/or story packs that engage children in understanding elements of story, support attention and recall, and prompt their own story-making ideas.
- Jolly Phonics – In the preschool, children engage in phonics activities using the Jolly Phonics system. This is used in Brunswick school and supports children with early reading. Each phonic/sound is associated with a song and action, creating a more natural way of remembering and using phonics in reading. Our resources include a full set of Jolly Phonics books, phonic cards, and two cds. The preschoolers also engage in phonics activities on their room laptop.
- NUMICON – To support a more natural, intrinsic way of learning math, we use the Numicon resource, typically only seen in school settings. Our set includes baseboards with overlays and number lines for focused Numicon activities with support and independently. The Numicon shapes allow children to experience number in a sensorial way so that they build a deeper understanding of what numbers represent. For instance, the three shape is always green and has three holes while the one shape is always orange and has one hole. Eventually, they learn that if they combine the green and the orange, they will have four holes. It really is one of the best resources to support real, child-initiated understanding of number and quantity.
- LANGUAGE AND VOCABULARY – All team are trained in supporting and developing children’s ideas of maths and literacy with appropriate word building, i.e. using the language of time (before, after, yesterday, etc.) when talking about routines, positions (over, under, etc.), and/or descriptive language in everyday conversation (can you pass me the blue one?).