Maths is the language of relationships and patterns.

The Numicon shapes and patterns illustrate relationships and patterns of numbers and what we do with them, so clearly.

Numicon is based upon three key interconnected aspects of doing Mathematics:

Communicating Mathematically, Exploring Relationships and Generalising.


Integrated thinking skills are employed throughout the programme as part of communicating mathematically with oneself, with others and by illustrating to solve problems.

Numicon utilises the environment to teach maths in everyday contexts and provides activities across the curriculum demonstrating the value and use of maths to children at every level. Maths activities are applied in everyday life contexts.

Numicon is ideally suited to use in any setting.

The Numicon Approach is very much influenced by the writings of Montessori, Gattegno, Bruner and Derek Haylock. Jerome Bruner encouraged learning in a spiral approach. 


Jerome Bruner and the process of education 


...


Begin an exciting journey in Numicon at early childhood or New Entrants, and then progress on to the year levels.

Schools in NZ are using Numicon either as their complete Maths programme with exciting results! 


Numicon fits well with the NZ Curriculum. You will notice that Numicon brings students well ahead.


Resources information 

Breaking Barriers -  a printed intervention for children with high learning (special) needs or for long-term intervention.

NIP - Numicon Intervention Programme - an on line resource for acceleration/intervention for children in Years 3 - 5

Big Ideas - a printed resource for acceleration for children in Years 5 - 9

For more information on Acceleration/intervention click here



Early years - First steps

  • Playing with patterns and discovery of their relationships
  • A sense of numbers and what they mean through play and discovery
  • Conversations about patterns
  • Creating patterns and experience them through song, dance, play, art and drama

Early years - Preparation for school - Firm Foundations

  • Playing with patterns and discovery of their relationships
  • A sense of numbers and what they mean through play and discovery
  • Counting to find out how many in 1-10
  • Reading numerals that matches the words they are saying when they count 1-10
  • Seeing and playing with patterns of numbers 1-10
  • Exploring relationships with 1-10

Year 0- Firm Foundations 

Children are introduced to the world of mathematics through conversation, story, song with many hands-on activities to develop:

  • Playing with patterns and discovery of their relationships
  • A sense of numbers and what they mean through play and discovery
  • Counting to find out how many in 1-10
  • Reading numerals that matches the words they are saying when they count 1-10
  • Seeing and playing with patterns of numbers 1-10
  • Exploring relationships with 1-10
  • Joining patterns together 
  • Separating patterns of numbers 
  • Reasoning about numbers and describing them 

Year 1 Numicon 1

Download sample booklet

More details here about what is covered in Numicon 1

A close correlation of the NZ Curriculum Level One and Numicon 1 to assist in planning, click here


Numicon 2 

More details here

Numicon 3 

More details here

Numicon 4 

More details here

Download Sample booklet

Numicon 5

More details here

Download booklet 

Numicon 6

More details here

Download sample booklet



Assessing with Numicon


Mastery in Maths A link to OUP