What is Numicon?
Numicon is a multi-sensory teaching approach designed to give children an understanding of number ideas and number relationships which are essential for success in mathematics.
How does it work?
- Numicon uses structured apparatus (number shapes and rods) to represent numbers. The shapes provide learners with an understanding of number values and number relationships in a way that is not provided by written numerals.
- Children manipulate the shapes to build constructions, make arrangements and patterns, which helps them experience how numbers fit together.
- By seeing and feeling how Numicon patterns connect with each other, they start to use the shapes in practical arithmetic activities and develop their own mental imagery of number relationships.
- The approach can be used for whole class teaching, small groups and for individual support.
Steps to find out more
Here is a suggested way to find out more information about the Numicon approach:
Watch the 'Making Numbers Real’ video to find out why mathematics is so difficult for many learners and how our resources can help.
Visit the Numicon mini website to find out more about using the resources at home and in the classroom.
Contact your dedicated International Educational Consultant for more information.