I am absolutely delighted that baking is becoming a core experience for our young children in Falkirk settings.
Many of you have locked this into your curriculum rationale stating that this rich experience supports holistic development.
Without exception, baking experiences, done regularly enough, supports children to learn important early mathematical skills such as counting, ordering/sequencing, comparing, estimating, weighing, measuring.
So, to celebrate Maths Week Scotland (w/b 30 September) we are inviting you to get involved in an authority-wide Bake Off for Maths Week.
Prof. Aline-Wendy Dunlop from Strathclyde has thrown her support behind the idea on Twitter:
“Like the word ‘mathematising’ Lisa- like Making ‘human sense’ of maths – so much to talk about in a recipe – quantity, weighing, measuring, estimating, comparing, sequencing – that’s the adult knowledge bit for great interactions – as you say counting and sorting! Lovely idea!”
We are very happy for you to do your own tasting challenge but, to win an authority prize you are asked to:
Keep a visual record of how children are developing and using maths knowledge and skills through baking across the week (be as creative as you want). Special consideration should be given to involving parents and the community.
Prizes are available for the best stories.
To register your involvement tweet using #FalkirkELCBakeOffForMaths Tag @FClisamccabe @Falkirk1140 @numhubchampfalk
Most sessions can be booked through CPD Manager but some need to be booked via email to Rehana Ali Rehana.Ali@Falkirk.gov.uk Details are on the calendar.
We know that it is important to learn together with others. That is why we are promoting that, whenever possible, more that one person from each setting accesses training opportunities.
The short course: Learning, Teaching & Assessment is delivered across two in-service days. The course is for whole teams and will provide support on all aspects of the learning cycle including planning, observation and the role of the adult in extending and deepening learning. This can be booked for your team by emailing Rehana.Ali@Falkirk.gov.uk
If you have any questions about the CLPL calendar for 2019/2020, please do not hesitate to get on touch with myself or one of the central team.