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The National College of Ireland - Docklands Early Numeracy Activity Week
23 May 2012 |
The ‘Docklands Early Numeracy Activity Week’ is a termly, week-long focus on a particular aspect of Early Numeracy e.g. shape and space. The aim of this week is to raise awareness throughout the Docklands of the role that community, family, ECCE setting and school can play in promoting successful learning, particularly in early numeracy. Fun, play-based early numeracy activities take place at home and in ECCE settings and primary schools, providing lots of opportunities for teaching and learning.
The focus of this week is discussed and decided upon at a working group meeting at the beginning of each school term. ECCE practitioners and infant class primary school teacher’s work collaboratively to compile a range of age-appropriate, play-based activities (to take place at home and in the ECCE centre/school) and suggested resources. Aistear is used as a framework to guide the work of practitioners and teachers at this stage of the process, and later on to inform planning of the activity guidelines for ECCE practitioners.
The first ‘Docklands Early Numeracy Activity Week’ took place in November 2011 in homes, schools and ECCE centres. The curriculum priority/ focus were ‘Positional Language’. Evaluations were completed by ECCE practitioners and parents following this week, the feedback was very positive. Many practitioners commented on the impact of the activities on children’s learning, particularly the improvement in children understands of the concepts and language of positional language. For others, working together both at home and in the ECCE settings really benefited the children’s learning.
- The children loved learning through movement. They wanted to play the beanbag game over and over. ’Can we play the up down game?’

- I feel the children gained a lot from participating in this project. As the activities were so active and could involve all children, they could really understand and engage in their own learning of positional language

- They understand simple instructions now e.g. put your lunchbox under your chair. It has increased their positional vocabulary

- They really grasped the concept, reinforced at home and in school. Maths was great fun