Cuisenaire Rods – How to use those ‘coloured sticks’ from reception through to KS3 and beyond – A CPA approach

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Cuisenaire Rods - those ‘colourful sticks’ were devised by the Belgian primary teacher Georges Cuisenaire and popularised by the mathematician Caleb Gattegno in the 1950s. This practical training session will show how this essential resource is so versatile and can be used from Early years through to KS3 and beyond to support children’s conceptual understanding in maths, reasoning and problem solving skills, and even support the development of mathematical vocabulary.


Why should I attend?


It is a statutory requirement of the national curriculum that children should develop a conceptual understanding in maths. Cuisenaire Rods, which most schools have, can definitely help to fulfil this. Too often though they are an under-utilised resource, and in some cases, gathering dust in cupboards as people have never been shown how to use them to their full potential.


By attending this practical training session participants will become more confident in using this amazing resource and know how they can be used across different key stages  for a wide range of mathematical concepts. Not only will this strengthen children’s conceptual understanding; develop their mathematical vocabulary; and provide reasoning and problem-solving opportunities;  but it will also widen your school’s CPA approach and in doing so support children to know more and remember more.  I guarantee it!



What will the course cover?


Know how to use Cuisenaire Rods as part of a Concrete, Pictorial & Abstract approach to support the teaching and learning of:


  • Pattern
  • Length
  • Conversions and  measurements
  • Early algebra and part-part whole relationships
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Repeated addition/subtraction & counting
  • Times tables and associated division facts and their links to area
  • Factors & Prime Numbers
  • Recognising fractions
  • Adding and subtraction fractions
  • Improper fractions and mixed numbers
  • Reasoning & Problem solving
  • Mathematical vocabulary and language development


Guidance on where to find FREE virtual manipulatives and where to extend this even further will also be given.  



Who should attend?

  • Subject Lead/ Coordinators
  • Key phase Leaders
  • Heads of Maths
  • Teachers from Early Years to year 9
  • Teaching Assistants
  • SENCos


Cost: £50

CPD Package - no charge



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Contact information

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Peter Warwick at


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