Using numeracy in everyday play

IGS Early Learners have been using numeracy through every day play experiences, skillfully and intentionally supported by the Early Learning staff.

“Children in Early Learning are supported to develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating,” Head of School Early Learning Sarah Herbert said.

In the Early Learning Centre we embed the Early Years Learning Framework. One of the outcomes of the framework is that children are effective communicators. In this experience children are taking on the roles of literacy and numeracy users in their play.

“Play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine – in this experience with 3D shapes, counting and identification of numerals.”

Early Childhood Teacher Michelle O’Reilly said children in Garrawan enjoyed making their own dice by creating a cube, counting how many sides it had and writing numbers one to six.

“The children worked together to create this and used it in their play as they rolled the dice and counted different physical moves to match, such as jumping, star jumps, hops,” Michelle said.

“This experience promoted numeracy skills such as number formation, number recognition and counting. As well as physical development, including gross and fine motor as they formed numbers, cut them out and completed a physical exercise also.”