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Numeracy Support

The Numbers Count teachers based at Crawford and Fenstanton sites provide outreach support for all of the schools in the Federation. The support consists of support for 1-1 TAs, providing training on an individual, group and whole school and Federation wide basis. They also provide specific teaching strategies using Numicon, a resource that is used Federation wide to support children’s learning in numeracy.

Numbers Count Outreach Support

Fenstanton Primary School is an accredited Every Child Counts (ECC) school. We aim for all children to become numerate and confident in their maths ability and to enjoy actively learning maths.

Numbers Count is a programme delivered by a specially trained teacher to those children who need extra support in maths. It helps them get back on track and catch up with their peers. The teacher aims to help them develop the skills and positive attitudes needed to ensure they make good progress in their class maths lessons.

There are 2 versions:

  • Numbers Count for children in Years 1 to 3
  • Numbers Count 2 for children in Years 4 to 6 and beyond

Every child has a programme of at least 40 half hour Numbers Count lessons over 3 or 4 months, while continuing to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.


1st Class

The Numbers Count teacher also supports specially trained teaching assistants to deliver a lighter touch maths intervention programme called 1stclass which helps small groups of children in Key Stage 1 and 2.

1stClass@Number 2 is a set of mathematics lessons. The teaching assistant usually works with a group of 4 children about 3 times a week for 10 weeks. The lessons are designed to be fun for the children, with lots of games and activities and discussion about the mathematics they are learning. They have a Post Office theme so you might find your child becomes very interested in letters, parcels, post boxes and stamps!


Magic Number

Magic number is an intervention used across the federation to target children of different levels for support in specific strands of maths. The resource used for this intervention was created by the Numbers Count teacher at Crawford (Marianne Boutall).

What is Magic Number?

  • Magic Number is a multi sensory teaching programme and maths resource. It was designed for those children who struggle with maths for one of several reasons.
  • Dyslexic children find sequential skills, organisation and spatial operations in maths more challenging, and require resources and patient teaching.
  • Children who have receptive and expressive language difficulties may take longer to understand and use the complex maths vocabulary.
  • Dyscalculic children have great difficulty understanding the concept of number and may still be working with the resources and programme of Magic Number through KS1 and on into KS2.

These are the areas covered by the programme

  • Counting in steps of 1s/2s/10s
  • Reading/Writing/Making numbers
  • Ordering/Comparing
  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Known facts
  • Money
  • Time
  • Shapes

Links to Useful Websites

  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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