Research Question: Can we develop how children see themselves as mathematicians?

Researcher(s): Aggie Bennet

Setting(s): Brunel Field Primary

Status: Findings published

Sub question How can this affect their mathematical play?

The aim is to develop children’s independent exploration and seeing the maths in what they are doing so they choose to come and explore the math and engage in maths activities.  Aggie is hoping that she can develop the maths culture in the classroom so that children are engaging with maths and choosing independent maths activities. She predicts that this may take longer than the timescale of the research question.

A note about Practitioner led Mathematical Research 2017


The Bristol Early Years Consortium Maths SLEs have received funding from the Boolean Maths Hub to:

  • Develop specialist subject knowledge of mathematics teaching.
  • Develop pedagogical knowledge of mathematics teaching.
  • Improve the quality of mathematics teaching.
  • Develop confidence and resilience in learning mathematics.

The SLEs as research mentors are using research as a form of CPD to achieve the above aims. 

The research participants have sculpted their own questions for their research and the SLEs will meet with the research participants 6 times a year and have whole research group meetings three times a year. There are 15 teacher/practitioner researchers who work with children from two years old to seven years old.