Developing Early Mathematical Thinking through Block Play with Nathan Crook

Developing Early Mathematical Thinking through Block Play with Nathan Crook

Date/Time
Date(s) - 08/12/2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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£40 per person

Much research has shown that young children’s spatial rather than numerical abilities predict their overall mathematical achievement’ (Young et al 2018) This can be achieved through effective block play.

This session will focus on developing children’s spatial reasoning through block play and small world, with consideration to:

  • Exploring the principles and progression within block play, looking at how an enabling environment which offers choice, accessibility and autonomy can support mathematical development
  • Investigating how practitioners can enhance their block play provision, motivating children to use mathematical language within their play
  • Considering ways in which the adult can facilitate opportunities for developing children’s spatial reasoning

This will be a practical, interactive session, which will involve sharing a range of ideas with practitioners to discuss and develop thinking for use back in the classroom.

Workshop facilitator

Prior to becoming a maths consultant, Nathan taught children in Years 1-6 across three Oxfordshire primary schools, including those in both urban and rural settings. During this time, he qualified as a Maths Specialist Teacher (MaST). It consequently led to him becoming part of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s ‘small schools making an impact’ programme.

Driven by his passion for helping to ensure that all children access mathematics learning to the full, Nathan has more recently worked as an NCETM accredited independent maths consultant to support schools across the country in delivering high quality teaching and learning. As well as providing training, he continues to work alongside classes and groups of children to explore how they learn best.

Nathan also believes in the power of mentoring and coaching, around which he has refined his skills whilst working to complete the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) programme. He now provides leadership training to support schools with growing capacity.

In addition to his day job, Nathan volunteers as a school Governor and works on the Executive of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers, which develops his understanding about the national mathematics landscape.

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Payment

£40

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