This booklet, the Mathematics Centre at the University of Chichester, contains some ideas that Marion Bird has used with reception children, aiming to involve them in activities and encouraging them to participate in steering the direction of their early mathematical activities.
The teacher's role in using and developing such starting points is, of course, crucial but it is not the intention to discuss that role here. This booklet is aimed mainly at teachers who have already worked at thinking how similar ideas might be used in the classroom and who would simply like more stimuli to thinking. It has been written in response to the numerous requests the author received from teachers with whom she has worked on in-service courses.
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