‘Sense of Number’ Training Events

‘Sense of Number’ Training Events

‘Sense of Number’ Training Events

Dave, Anthony and Laurence are available to lead half-day, full-day and twilight training events.  Outlined below are a list of training day options that can either be delivered as a school training day or as a cluster event:

Note: Dave and the other Sense of Number trainers are available to offer training in other areas of Mathematics beyond those outlined above. To discuss your particular requirements, please phone the Number Fun office on 01904 778848 or email enquiries@senseofnumber.co.uk.

Elements of these days can be adapted to half-day events or twilight sessions, and these sessions could be tailored for particular key stages. 


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This course aims to equip subject leaders/SLT with an understanding of the mastery approach embedded within the new curriculum for mathematics.  The day will provide advice, support, ideas and resources for the management of mastery and depth in mathematics.  Each key stage will be discussed, and participants will be equipped to work alongside colleagues across the primary phase to help them establish the principles of teaching a wider and deeper curriculum that leads to number fluency and arithmetic proficiency.
A day aimed at exploring the power of models and images in the teaching of Primary Mathematics.  Key models and images are powerful tools for Place Value and Calculation, but children also the need visual images and manipulatives to bring the other domains within the National Curriculum to life. This course transforms the teaching of mathematics!
This course is ideal for anybody within Early Years settings or KS1 who are looking to explore a wide range of ways in which children can be taught to really understand how numbers are created.  Extending the range of resources and manipulatives that are used within the classroom, and promoting a high level of number recognition will raise standards and give children far more confidence when faced with calculations in Key Stage 2.
An action-packed day aimed at kick-starting the revitalisation of Primary Mathematics in your school.  Packed with fun-filled activity, delegates will explore creative and engaging ideas for recall, mental calculation and the use of key models and images across the Primary School!  A motivating and inspiring day that will help transform the teaching of maths in the Primary School with meaningful and active mathematical learning.
The learning and remembering of Key Facts is a crucial part of the fluency agenda in the New Curriculum. This course will give participants a range of powerful, fun-filled, adaptable and innovative ideas for learning facts, tables, equivalences and counting skills.  This engaging and fast-paced day is packed with whole class activities, interactive group work and individual games and challenges.   Dave Godfrey is the author of the popular Number Fun songs, and Number Fun will be one of many powerful tools that will be explored on this inspirational training day!
This course provides an overview of the breadth and importance of Mental Mathematics.  The day focuses on a major aspect of fluency – mental calculation strategies for all four number operations, with ideas on how to develop their use across the school.  Delegates will be introduced to RaPa CoDa Numbo – the Sense of Number acronym for the five key mental calculation strategies.
This course aims to ensure that participants return to their schools with a clear overview of the New Curriculum’s expectations for arithmetic and written calculation – primarily through the use of a consistent and well-structured approach to calculation. The main vehicle for this will be the ‘Visual Calculation Policy’, a ‘working wall’ for mathematics, which displays the key methods of calculation (both mental and written) taught in each year group. Activities for understanding and assessment of written methods and jottings will also be included, along with recommended resources and visual images.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics places reasoning and problem solving as crucial components of a child’s mathematical development.  It is imperative that schools have a clear problem solving policy.  This needs to be progressive to ensure that skills are refined and embedded, and consistently applied in all classes.  This course highlight the need for children to organise their thinking, clearly display information, work systematically and use a range of problem solving strategies.  They aim to provide ideas, activities and a clear, defined structure for problem solving so that participants in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 will gain a sense of progression, and will experience new, effective approaches for use in the classroom in all Key Stages.
A course aimed at equipping teachers to understand how and in what ways they can extend the more able pupils within school.  Key to the Mastery Approach is taking children deep into reasoning and problem solving.  This course will transform how your more able pupils are developed into accomplished mathematicians.
This engaging course will help teachers understand how iPads and other tables can be effective tools within the teaching of Primary mathematics – as classroom tools for the teacher, for the child and for use at home. The course introduces delegates to our set of recommended and powerful apps for different aspects of Primary Mathematics and relates them to three scales of usability: Mathematical Power, Tablet Power and Engagement Power.
Reasoning is central to the aims of the National Curriculum. Providing children with opportunities to reason across the different mathematical domains develops their mathematical understanding significantly. Strategies such as: Sometimes, Always, Never provide teachers with accessible ways of bringing reasoning into the daily mathematics lesson.
This fun-filled and active day introduces delegates to Number Fun – the maths and music project by Dave Godfrey. Delegates will be introduced to this powerful tool for learning through exploration of the songs and how to use them effectively in the classroom. Delegates will be introduced to the three different types of songs and their specific benefits. There are now 170 different Number Fun songs for children from Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage 2. More details on Number Fun: www.numberfun.co.uk
A thought provoking and inspiring day of practical mathematics, that explores the use of Models and Images in the teaching of mathematics, particularly focusing on the use of the Numicon shapes and equipment, and on the Numicon Approach – Action, Imagery and Conversation. The day is aimed at equipping staff to with the ability to use the Numicon resources as a creative and powerful tool in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
A brand new half-day course aimed at introducing staff to the powerful Problem Solving Visualisation strategy called Bar Model. This powerful tool helps children understand the mathematics of a word problem by drawing one or more bars, before they attempt to calculate. A hot new tool from the Far East!
Fractions, decimals and percentages have a much higher profile in the New Curriculum for Mathematics, Children are now expected to have a much stronger understanding of what a fraction is, and the different ways that it can be represented. Teachers in all year groups now require a greater range of teaching approaches, models, images and activities to embed fractional understanding and proportional reasoning. This course will outline a wide range of ways in which children can be given a clear grasp of fractions, and will present a selection of motivational and engaging activities to address the common misconceptions and difficulties associated with its many different elements.
The New Curriculum for Mathematics introduces algebra as a fundamental topic within the Year 6 programme of study. The use of simple formulae, finding the nth term and using algebraic expressions now form part of the expectations for children in upper Key Stage 2.
Algebraic thinking, initially explored through counting in different steps, pattern spotting and extending sequences, is the foundation to all later algebra work. Implementing a whole school approach to algebraic thinking makes the eventual transition from FS, KS1 and Lower Key Stage 2 into the pure algebra far easier and much more enjoyable.
An intriguing and powerful course that aims to help schools where there is significant lack of achievement by girls. Powerful tools and engaging ideas and strategies are explored on this course, aimed at motivating and engaging girls in mathematical discovery and understanding. Key to this approach is helping girls understand the, ‘Why?’!
Often children and staff simply see mathematics as solely as part of the maths lesson. Mathematics is a life-skill and mathematics can be found in every area of the Primary Curriculum. From PE to Geography, from Collective Worship to History, from Science to Literacy – a wonderful world of mathematics is there to be discovered and utilized for children’s learning.

Typical Training Event Feedback:

The day was a great success.  On the day the pace, level of fun, ideas to teach maths creatively and mixture of working in pairs, groups and individually was perfect.  In the following weeks I have seen teachers enthusiastically putting into practise what they learnt!

Peterborough LA

The feedback from your session was ‘off the scale’!

Derby Church Schools Conference

I am really enjoying the course immensely!  I can’t wait to get back to school and try out some of the ideas. I can honestly say (hand on heart) that so far this is the best training session I’ve ever attended. Fabulous!

Delegate feedback from training event in Bury

You were extremely helpful in arranging the training and personalising it to exactly what we need.

Becky France, St Wilfred’s CE Primary