This article has been written by storytelling specialists, Tonya and Natasha, from Little Creative Days Not all of us find maths an easy subject but…
What Is Numicon & Why Is It Important?
Did you know that Numicon, the multi-sensory classroom resource, grew out of a classroom-based research project? It was funded by the Teacher Training Agency and created by Numicon authors Ruth Atkinson, Romey Tacon and Dr Tony Wing. Numicon is a mathematics teaching approach that was designed to help children understand maths.
This new approach has grown through the years into a highly successful teaching resource and is now the market-leading UK primary school maths programme. It is based on the popular and highly effective concrete-pictorial-abstract approach (CPA).
Numicon sets and resources help children to reason in a mathematical way through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain, justify and help develop them into confident problem-solvers. This arithmetic way of teaching is perfect for children aged 4 to 10 years old, and for older pupils with SEN as it helps children visualise numbers.
When Numicon patterns are arranged in order, pupils begin to notice important connections between numbers. For example, that each number is one more than the last and one fewer than the next, odd and even numbers and place value. Numicon illustrates number bonds, addition and subtraction, place value, doubling and halving, estimation, division and multiplication.
Here at Early Years Resources, our experts understand the importance of multi-sensory learning so we stock a variety of Numicon Sets and Numicon Resources that will fit perfectly in your setting and help your little learners understand maths.
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