We have begun using Numicon in Reception.
Numicon is a fantastic resource for helping children with their core number skills. Numicon uses different coloured tiles to represent each of the numbers 1 to 10. This helps to give children a concrete concept of what each number actually is - for example they can see, in their mind's eye, that '5': is a red tile with five holes, it has an odd number of holes, it is smaller than a ten but larger than a 1... this image helps with so many of the basic facts about number!
We can use Numicon to help us with all aspects of maths. The tiles fit together to help with addition, can be laid over each other to represent take away and difference, can be grouped for repeated addition and multiplication and can be used to represent fractions of numbers for division. We can even use them for measuring lengths and weights!
The children get really excited about using Numicon in school, and we hope that their increased confidence with numbers has a positive impact on their overall attainment.
Please visit the following websites for further information and resources;
The following video explains a little more about Numicon and allows you to see it in action;