Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye has generously submitted a series of ‘Top Ideas’, which we will be sharing each month. You can read her introduction to the series and other posts here.

This specific series is centred around the importance of concept development when teaching children who have a vision impairment. The ‘Top Ideas’ can be utilised by your child’s educational setting or by a parent wanting to give a little extra help with learning from home.

Idea 4: Maths Investigation Box


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Idea 4: Maths Investigation Box

Key Point: Maximise the numerous opportunities within the environment

Image shows lots of different craft equipment, egg boxes, plastic forks, coloured squares, disks, stacking cups

Maximise the learning from every experience.

The learning in this box is endless.






Explore shape, form, purpose, cause and effect

Make patterns



Develop curiosity, language, independent learning, fine motor skills, tactile discrimination skills, finder isolation skills

Ensure you fully explore the ‘NESS of the object and link to real experience with the child.

Make a book of the child’s favourite objects from the box, include the child in the making of the book. Velcro to black board pages, hole punch – put in lever arch file. Encourage child to read to you. Use blank credit cards, add name labels and Velcro to each page, match word to object.


Make the child with SEND the starting point for planning, NOT the ADD-ON


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