Numicon Big Ideas Teaching Handbook

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Numicon Big Ideas is a program of additional sessions is designed for small groups, focusing on key elements of the Primary maths curriculum for pupils not meeting age-related expectations in Years 3 to 6 (aged 10 upwards), and laying the foundation for success at Secondary level as well as in end-of-Primary assessments.

Numicon Big Ideas includes an initial assessment and 48 step-by-step sessions across 5 key areas: Place Value, Adding and Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing, Fractions, and Working with Fractions, Decimals and Percentages.


  • Numicon apparatus encourages children to reason mathematically through use of concrete objects.
  • The sessions are suitable for delivery by non-specialists and focus on strong re-teaching of key topics using an active, practical approach to support reasoning and mathematical conversation.
  • The Teaching Guide introduces the Numicon approach, provides a full explanation of how to implement the programme, and offers expert advice on how to make the sessions most effective.
  • Photocopy Masters to support the activities are included.
  • The sessions are supported by the separate Numicon Big Ideas Apparatus Pack..