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**An introduction to Numicon**

at Itchingfield

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**Aims of the session Understand the reasons for using Numicon**

Understand how it can help support your child’s knowledge of numbers Have a go at using it yourself! Gain an understanding into how it is used in school Opportunity to ask any questions

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**Links to the new curriculum 2014**

Develops fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall. Helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify. Develops children into confident problem-solvers.

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**Video clip Making numbers real**

https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/numicon/?region=uk#

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**Task 1 - counting Order the Numicon pieces**

(Try to put them into a staircase shape)

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**Task 2 – Odd/Even Which ones are odd?**

What does an even add to an even make? What about odd + odd? Odd + Even?

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Task 3 – Number bonds Now create your numbers bonds to 10

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**Task 4 – times tables Using the Numicon:**

Count in 3s, 6s – what do you notice? Investigate whether 12 is in the 3 times tables How else can you make 12 using the same number? Have you found all the possibilities?

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**Task 5 - Fractions Using the Numicon: How can you show ½?**

What about 2/4? What about 3/6?

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Task 6 – Investigations The farmer has a field and a barn. Some animals can come into the barn in cold weather. There are 24 spaces in the barn. • The farmer has decided to put 2 types of animal in the barn at the same time. E.g. goats and donkeys or cows and goats. • All spaces must be filled Each animal takes up space in the barn. Goat = 2, Donkey = 4, Cow = 6.

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Task 7 - Algebra?! 4 + 2 = 3 + ? 3 x 3 = ? x 1 1 + 5 = 2 X ?

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**How it used in Chestnut class**

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