Numbers Count

Numbers Count is a national teaching programme designed for children who are struggling with skills in number. The programme is taught by a specialist teacher who has qualified to deliver the programme by attending training run by Edgehill University. The teacher seeks to discover where the child is in their mathematical thinking prior to writing and delivering a series of up to sixty lessons specifically for that child. The aim is for the child to develop their confidence in maths  and  understanding of number through a range of practical and real life situations. Numbers Count teachers use discussion and a huge range of practical equipment. Pupils are encouraged to explain where they are struggling and to try different ways of working to overcome any difficulties. In our school Mrs.Jones is a qualified Numbers Count teacher who works across the Federation. Her role is to identify where children struggle and to work with them to move them forward in terms of their progress in Number. This programme has running for two years in Key Stage One and for a year in Key Stage 2.


Message from Mrs Jones

I am delighted to be trained in this area and be able to work with the children to help them develop their skills and most importantly their confidence in Number. By working with children individually in a designated, maths orientated teaching area I have the opportunity to get to know the child very well and gain an insight into their mathematical thinking. It is extremely rewarding to help children develop their confidence and to work with them and their families. There have been many successes for the children involved in this programme and I look forward to continuing to develop it at Fryern, by working closely with my colleagues in both schools to share ideas and methods of working. As part of my role I work with parents and carers advising them as to how to help their child in the most effective ways. I am always keen to meet with parents and I run regular workshops to share and demonstrate easy ideas in Number which they can use at home to help their child. Please check the page for regular updates and news about Numbers Count. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.


Helping your child with Maths at home


Young children need to develop a sense of number, what numbers mean, where they are found, their value and what their function is. Practical experience of numbers is essential.

Generate interest in numbers in every context i.e house numbers, numbers in shops, ages, shoe size, numbers on phones, cars etc

Draw attention to numbers in everyday use i.e labels, scales ,clocks, T.V stations, calendars

Draw attention to numbers in familiar places i.e home/car/school/shops/homes of other family members/shops/places visited.

Count everything and at every opportunity!

Apples into bags, stairs, passing cars, people in bus queue, windows on buildings, Lego bricks, plastic toys, books on shelves, cutlery on table, shoes on floor, dried pasta loaded into toy trucks, buttons, cakes, straws, tins……..

Count in twos by pairing up socks, shoes, wellies, animals

When counting ask questions such as:

What is one more than/one less than? What is the total?

What is the number after/before?

What is the number between?

Can you double the number?

Can you share things into equal groups?

Who has more/less?

Is 4 larger than 3?

Count forwards and backwards…start with 1-10 then 1-20

Count in twos and tens

Sing number songs, read stories with a number theme, play number games i.e dominoes

Jump/clap/skip/hop/tap out when counting

Most importantly…talk about numbers and have fun!


Maths in the Garden Key Stage 1
Maths in the Garden Key Stage 2

 Mental Maths Skills

The following is a list of mental maths skills which the children should acquire by regular revision, practice and recall. The aim is for fluency with the understanding and application of these skills.

Please try to help your child who will be in Years 1-6 in September with some of these skills over the summer holidays.

The list is not complete and please always remember to encourage, motivate and have fun with Maths.

On the school website there are ideas for outdoor activities involving number skills in a document entitled ‘Maths in the Garden’. These are ideas to try at home and when out and about. Mastery of the times tables is an essential skill and one which definitely can be practiced at home.

As I have been unable to offer the regular termly Maths workshops to parents/ carers in person this year I am happy to speak to any who wish to know more about how to support their child. Please call the school office to book a telephone appointment.

Year 1

Count to 100, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals i.e 45,56

Count on and back from a given number

Be able to say one more/less than number to 100

Recognize odd/even numbers

Recognise a half

Memorise number bonds to 10

Count in multiples of 2,5,and 10

Year 2

As above and including:

Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words

Count in steps of 10 from the multiples of 10 ie 70, 80 then 43,53

Double numbers to 20

Count in multiples of 3

Year 3

As above and including:

Read and write numbers to 1000

Find ten more/ten less than a given number

Double and halve numbers to 20

Know number bonds to 100

Know 3, 4, and 8 times tables

Year 4

As above and including:

Count in multiples of 25 and 1000

Find 1000 more or less than a given number

Recall all multiplication facts to 12x

Year 5

As above and including:

Read, write, order numbers to 100,000

Add and subtraction two digit, then three digit numbers mentally

Year 6

As above and including:

Read, write and order numbers to 1,000,000

Add and subtract mentally three digit numbers