Adding resource: numicon

numiconpairsNumicon is a very powerful way to teach about addition. We’re still developing our understanding of ‘count count count’, this time using the numicon pieces. It gives a very visual representation of the size of numbers and how they combine to give a bigger number. As well as using numicon to answer given sums, here I’m asking children to do a bit of problem solving and find two addends to combine to make the given number.

  • I encourage children to use the adding mat to show how the layout of the sum links with the process.
  • As children become familiar with the pieces, they may rely less on counting and recognise the shape.

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