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Origins of Numicon
 
Numicon maths shapes and numeracy teaching resources grew out of a classroom based research project funded by the Teacher Training Agency carried out between 1996 and 1998 by Numicon authors Ruth Atkinson, Romey Tacon and Dr Tony Wing. They sought to discover why it was that so many children failed in arithmetic where they were successful in all other curriculum areas. They wanted to find out whether using visual structured imagery would support children’s arithmetic understanding. Through the research a program of teaching activities was devised using Numicon maths shapes in a multi-sensory way that would be easily followed by teachers and make mathematics fun for learners. This program has formed the basis of the Numicon teaching program.

Learning about numbers with patterns- using structured visual imagery (Numicon) to teach arithmetic
Gathering Evidence for Numicon

 
Case studies
 

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Case Study from Francis Askew Primary School (PDF)

Case Study from Francis Askew Primary School (PDF)

Read our case study from Francis Askew Primary School to find out how Numicon develops confident mathematicians

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Case Study from Canon Evans C of E Primary School (PDF)

Case Study from Canon Evans C of E Primary School (PDF)

Read our case study from Canon Evans C of E Primary School to find out how Numicon provides firm foundations for mathematical understanding

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Case Study from Goodyers End Primary School (PDF)

Case Study from Goodyers End Primary School (PDF)

Read our case study from Goodyers End Primary School to find out how Numicon has boosted enthusiasm for maths

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The impact of Numicon

The impact of Numicon

Find out about the proven results of Numicon

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Practical Experiences, Visual Imagery and Problem Solving at the Heart of Good Practice in Mathematics (PDF)

Practical Experiences, Visual Imagery and Problem Solving at the Heart of Good Practice in Mathematics (PDF)

A document correlating the key points from the Ofsted report 'Good practice in primary mathematics: evidence from 20 successful schools' with the Numicon approach.

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Numicon Impact Study 2011 (PDF)

Numicon Impact Study 2011 (PDF)

A summary of research and survey data from schools

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What works for children with mathematical difficulties?  (PDF)

What works for children with mathematical difficulties? (PDF)

A report on the effectiveness of intervention schemes by Anne Dowker, University of Oxford.

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Numicon Project Report 2008-2009 (Leicester L.A.) (PDF)

Numicon Project Report 2008-2009 (Leicester L.A.) (PDF)

The results of a project to investigate how Numicon can be used to support raising achivement in mathematics at KS1.

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Multi-sensory Mathematics for Wave 3 Intervention- Doncaster L.A. (PDF)

Multi-sensory Mathematics for Wave 3 Intervention- Doncaster L.A. (PDF)

A case study on multi-sensory approaches, including using Numicon

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Gathering Evidence for Numicon (1997-2007) (PDF)

Gathering Evidence for Numicon (1997-2007) (PDF)

Evidence for the effectiveness of the Numicon approach.

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Numicon Research Summary- Cambridgeshire L.A. (PDF)

Numicon Research Summary- Cambridgeshire L.A. (PDF)

The results of trials in the use of Numicon in the form of 10-week Wave 3 interventions.

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Multi-sensory approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics- Pilot project 2005 (Leeds L.A.) (PDF)

Multi-sensory approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics- Pilot project 2005 (Leeds L.A.) (PDF)

A project exploring the possibilty of using Numicon and other multi-sensory materials as a Wave 3 intervention.

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Learning about Numbers with Patterns (PDF)

Learning about Numbers with Patterns (PDF)

A summary of a research project using structured visual imagery (Numicon) to teach arithmetic by Romey Tacon and Ruth Atkinson with Dr Tony Wing.

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Report on Research Phase of Every Child Counts – Summer term 2008 (PDF)

Report on Research Phase of Every Child Counts – Summer term 2008 (PDF)

The findings of trials of a range of interventions for seven-year-olds with numeracy difficulties.

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The long term cost of numeracy difficulty (PDF)

The long term cost of numeracy difficulty (PDF)

A report commissioned by the Every Child a Chance Trust.

 
For further information on the Numicon resources and approach, please see the Oxford University Press website – www.oxfordprimary.com.