Using Numicon and Other Concrete Resources to Develop Secure Understanding

Tuesday 11 September  09:00-12:00

This course is aimed at teachers and TAs and will discuss the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach and why it is so important for teachers to use manipulatives in the classroom at both KS1 and KS2.

We will explore how different manipulatives (Numicon, Multilink cubes, counters, bead strings, Cuisenaire rods, counting sticks, place value cards, hundred squares, digit cards, dice, dominoes) can support conceptual understanding in the primary classroom as well as being developed to be used as a reasoning tool.

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Meeting a Maths Hero at Maths Hub Conference


On 5 July, I had the pleasure of delivering a workshop at the NCETM  North Midlands Peak, Central and Salop & Herefordshire Maths Hub Secondary Conference at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall campus . My session was a highlights version of the work group work I have been carrying out this academic year on Challenging Topics at GCSE for the North Mids Maths Hub. The topic we have been exploring has bee ratio and proportion starting off with the question – “ratio and proportion, what’s the same and what’s different?”



Of course the big highlight for me was meeting my maths hero Johnny Ball so I of course couldn’t resist a selfie along with Prime Maths Solutions. Johnny is still passionate about mathematics and gave a great lecture on the history of mathematics with a couple of ideas that I can’t wait to try out with 


Upcoming CPD for mathematics

It’s all go at this time of year. We are in the middle of exam season having gone through end of KS2 SATs, completed end of KS1 SATs and then the last GCSE mathematics paper yesterday. You feel like you have some give in the timetable to start getting ready for next year but before you know it, it’s the end of term and you haven’t done half of the jobs you intended to.

I do have some CPD coming up before the end of term that might be of interest to you and/or your school. There now may be that opportunity to release you from your class. Go to for further details and booking.

North Midlands and Peak Maths Hub Conference – 5 July 2018

I never thought I would be in a position of being able to say that I am speaking at the same event as Johnny Ball but yes I will be. Johnny and I will both be speaking at the NCETM North Midlands and Peak Maths Hub Conference for Secondary and FE colleagues on Thursday 5 July 2018 at the Walsall Campus of Wolverhampton University. Well he’ll be delivering the keynote and I’ll be delivering a workshop of my work as a work group lead for exploring ‘Challenging topics at GCSE’. The focus of this work group has been ratio and proportion across both KS3 and 4 and I’ll be sharing some of the ideas and activities we have been exploring.

See this flyer for more details and use this link for booking your free place.

Johnny and I hope to see you there!