# Numicon for Level 4 and 5

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by purplepixie, Feb 3, 2011.

1. ### purplepixieNew commenter

Hello TES-ers

I am hoping someone can help me. I'm the SENCO at a school in Essex and
I've finally partially beaten down my head teacher into allowing me to
buy one precious little box of Numicon

The thing is, I'm aware that it's not only an SEN resource but also a
really good visual resource for anyone tackling a new concept in
mathematics - something that children do every week, no matter their

So I was wondering if anyone would be willing to contribute to a set of
activities I'm compiling for those more able pupils, the level 4s and
5s, based around proving things about numbers, explaining, reasoning and
investigations: all the things that the more able children often find
difficult and holds them back from that higher-level verbalising skill.

I already have a few activities, but I'd like to add a few more to the
list. There seems to be virtually no resources out there aimed at using
Numicon for the more able, while you can scarcely move in cyber-space
for activities for those struggling, and children with SEN. I'm keen to
redress the balance!

When complete, this resource will of course go onto the TES website, with contributers named and thanked Naturally!

Crikey... hope you can all find time. Fingers crossed! Ta!

Katy

2. ### purplepixieNew commenter

Hello TES-ers

I am hoping someone can help me. I'm the SENCO at a school in Essex and
I've finally partially beaten down my head teacher into allowing me to
buy one precious little box of Numicon

The thing is, I'm aware that it's not only an SEN resource but also a
really good visual resource for anyone tackling a new concept in
mathematics - something that children do every week, no matter their

So I was wondering if anyone would be willing to contribute to a set of
activities I'm compiling for those more able pupils, the level 4s and
5s, based around proving things about numbers, explaining, reasoning and
investigations: all the things that the more able children often find
difficult and holds them back from that higher-level verbalising skill.

I already have a few activities, but I'd like to add a few more to the
list. There seems to be virtually no resources out there aimed at using
Numicon for the more able, while you can scarcely move in cyber-space
for activities for those struggling, and children with SEN. I'm keen to
redress the balance!

When complete, this resource will of course go onto the TES website, with contributers named and thanked Naturally!

Crikey... hope you can all find time. Fingers crossed! Ta!

Katy

3. ### Andrew JeffreyNew commenter

Hi Purplepixie - I am a Numicon Trainer, and as you say there is a strong perception that it is for 'strugglers'.
I agree that there is so much more that you can do with it. For example, if you define the blue shape as '1' rather than 10, y ou can ask what the other shapes are worth, and this takes you into decimals which is level 4.
For level 5, why not define for example the red shape as 1, and ask what the dark green shape is worth?If you include this idea, please note that I don't claim any credit for this, having read it in a Gattegno book on the use of cuisenaire rods (I forget its name, sorry).
But better still, and the real purpose of my post, is to get in touch with Numicon themselves via Numicon dot com. They are very friendly people and I;, sure that they would be able to help you further.

4. ### Andrew JeffreyNew commenter

Apologies for poor typing skills there!

5. ### redredrobin

I've used the balance scales when looking at basic equations with Y5 and 6 children - looking at which plates you need for missing numbers for example.
The rods are also good for decimals with the longest rod being worth 1 (could also link into fractions)
Ratio and proportion and scaling up can be done with the rods as a visual resource.
There is a numicon book of investigations for KS2 but some of the investigations could just as easily be done without numicon. However, there are a few good ideas in there.

6. ### purplepixieNew commenter

I want to avoid buying the book as it's very expensive, hahaha!!!!

I will continue in my Numicon Investigations for More Able quest!

7. ### SQUIDLEY

You might be interested in a Mathulator it is able to teach Maths concepts to pupils at all Primary levels unlike Numicon. Due to its design higher level pupils do not associate it with any kind of stigma related to a toy. We have had level 7 pupils using it on open evening.
This is a new product and they are looking for Schools to help launch the product, so they are currently offering one free Starter Kit if you are interested