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Mark Marking matters young children making meaning cover An analysis of Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) results reveals that while children are generally making good progress across the 13 scales of learning and development, achievements are consistently lower in the scales of Writing (particularly for boys), and Calculation. This could undermine their future progress, particularly in the transition from the EYFS to Key Stage 1.

The booklet also explores how an improved understanding of the importance of mark making can strengthen provision for CLL and PSRN. It will illustrate how children’s confidence in themselves as writers and as mathematical thinkers, can be promoted through the introduction of children’s mathematical graphics.

Children learn from everything they do, but their development depends, in part, on the quality and range of experiences they have received both in the environment of their setting and at home. Some children have had opportunities to experiment with mark making from their earliest years, while others have had limited experiences for a variety of reasons.

Download Mark Making Matters – young children making meaning in all areas of learning and development.


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  1. hangphan on May 31, 2012
    join me in please
  2. Jenny Hazel on April 26, 2017
    This is the one area, that would show up as a developmental issue. Children go into school so young, that many are not ready to start writing as a big part of their learning, which schools seem to focus on nowadays. Gross motor skills may be developing - children are given a lot of outdoor play now. It is considered good practice in early years settings. to offer the outdoor environment. However, it is more difficult to 'push' the fine motor skills, as this is really a developmental skill. Hence, this is the one area, that will stand out in our rush to start 'formal' schooling and testing younger, than in most other countries.