Maths Early Years, Braille and Large Print
Presented in April 2005
Teaching Maths: Braille & Large Print The Early Years
Extract from Mathematics in the National Curriculum: Implications for Visually Impaired Pupils, [published by Northwest SEMERC (Oldham)]
Hand and Arm Manipulative Skills Necessary for Maths Activities
- Picking up - eg, small objects - cubes help.
- Flat shapes - coins put on a non-slippery surface.
- Use of stencils - holding still while drawing within.
- Use of templates - holding still while drawing round.
Use of rulers
- holding still while drawing
- making a straight line the whole length of the ruler
- lining up.
Using a metre ruler - particularly when not held horizontally, and with no other support than the pupil’s hand/arm.
Putting things onto a balance (eg, the number balance).
Putting things into a balance pan (ie, without tipping up).
Pouring from one container to another.
Feeling along edges, corners, surfaces, etc.
Fitting together and breaking apart unifix or multi-cubes.
Dienes Base 10 - fitting ten units alongside a long (ten)- fitting ten longs on a flat (hundred).
Paper folding activities.
Scanning and searching.