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Ensure a deep understanding of number

Making the most of maths manipulatives

Ensure a deep understanding of number

Having a variety of maths manipulatives in the classroom is important to allow children to choose what’s best for the problem they’re trying to solve. But how can you best use maths manipulatives to deepen understanding? And how can they be used effectively into Key Stage 2?

Find out below how we can support you in getting the most out of maths manipulatives throughout your whole school. Whether you’re looking for new resources to get started, or tips on how to make the most of what you already have, we can help!

Free manipulatives support

Manipulatives videos - Watch

Free how-to videos

Get the most from your manipulatives with our 60-second how-to videos

Manipulatives Facebook Live

Visit the YouTube playlist to watch Louise Pennington and Lisa Lalor look at a selection of easy-to-get-hold-of manipulatives and what you can do with them!

Read the Teach Primary article

Louise Pennington discusses the importance of language-based activities as part of the CPA approach

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Watch our webinar recording with our Numicon PD leader and independent experts

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Inspiration for using manipulatives on Pinterest

Free step-by-step ideas

Take a look at our manipulatives board on Pinterest, and share your own ideas!

Resources to support teaching with manipulatives



A proven approach for teaching maths using concrete apparatus and imagery to embed deep understanding

Making Numbers

A definitive guide to using manipulatives to teach arithmetic

Maths mastery with Inspire Maths

Inspire Maths

A whole-school programme built on the Singapore Maths approach, supported by the use of manupulatives