Numicon SEND resources

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is for one-on-one or small group intervention aimed at children aged seven onwards who need to revisit content or have individual programmes based on earlier curriculum content from KS1 ideas. This resource focuses on the early foundation concepts in maths first taught to children in year 1.

Written and created to be extremely versatile, it contains a diagnostic assessment, which pin points activities that can be used to build a tailored programme or support gap teaching. This is a particularly useful tool for children who are moving to years 2 or year 3, may have developed gaps in their learning and understanding of mathematical concepts taught, or missed maths lessons due to school closures. The resources include expert advice on making number ideas accessible and show coherent teaching progression with support for planning and assessment.

Breaking Barriers can also support teachers of children who experience particular difficulties learning primary maths, such as SpLD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.

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  • Numicon Breaking Barriers (teaching resources and apparatus)
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Numicon and Breaking Barriers

Case study

Numicon and SEND

Hear from Adel Orr, Maths Curriculum Lead at Five Acre Woods, as she describes why Numicon is great for her SEND children

Breaking Barriers in action

Watch Bartons Primary School deliver a one-to-one lesson with a pupil in Year 3 using Numicon's Breaking Barriers.

Professional development

Numicon Online Professional Development

Flexible on-demand professional development for Numicon catch-up and intervention (covers using Breaking Barriers to support assessment and re-teaching of key maths ideas.)

Structure chart

Linking Numicon 1–3 to Numicon Breaking Barriers Activity Groups

This chart helps you identify Activity Groups in the Breaking Barriers Teaching Handbook to support work in Activity Groups from Numicon 1, 2 and 3

Structure chart

Linking Numicon Breaking Barriers to Numicon 1-3 Activity Groups

This chart lists the links between Breaking Barriers Activity Groups and Activity Groups in Numicon 1, 2 and 3.