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Numicon for Level 4 and 5

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

  1. purplepixie

    purplepixie New 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
    ability or academic level!



    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. purplepixie

    purplepixie New 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
    ability or academic level!



    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 Jeffrey

    Andrew Jeffrey New 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 Jeffrey

    Andrew Jeffrey New commenter

    Apologies for poor typing skills there!
     
  5. 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. purplepixie

    purplepixie New commenter

    Thanks everyone for your ideas!

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

    I will continue in my Numicon Investigations for More Able quest!
     
  7. 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
    More information can be found at www.12xtables.co.uk
     
  8. Realise I'm a couple of years late to this, but wondered if you managed to get this holy grail of higher level numicon activities together? Would greatly appreciate a look if you had!
    Thanks
    Matt
     

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