Using Manipulatives for KS2

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Conceptual understanding is a statutory requirement of the national curriculum for maths.


These sessions will cover progression in how to use manipulatives across KS2, exploring Bruner’s Enactive, Iconic & Symbolic approach; and also give practical guidance on how children can know more and remember more. 


Why should I attend?

Does your school have a Concrete, Pictorial & Abstract approach to the teaching and learning of maths? Is it embedded in all year groups? Would you know how tens frames (both five wise & pairs wise) in Year 1 can be exploited to help patterns in times tables. How might you use Numicon, Cuisenaire Rods & Place Value Counters to teach division or even dividing a fraction by a whole number? This course will explore how manipulatives not only support conceptual understanding, and the ability to develop mathematical language, but can also be used as a challenge.



What the  course will cover:

  • How Bruner’s Enactive, Iconic & Symbolic theory can be put into practice
  • How and why manipulatives need to be used in all year groups
  • Progression in the use of manipulatives – from counting, subitising & early patterns through to fractions in KS2.
  • How patterns and rules can be physically seen
  • How manipulatives can reduce cognitive overload
  • How we can soften the curve of forgetfulness (Herman Ebbinghaus) and help children to know more and remember more
  • How to support mathematical vocabulary and language development



Who should attend?

  • Subject Lead/ Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant



Pay as You Go – £80.00

CPD Package - No charge



Booking confirmation including access information and important pre-course information will be sent to you upon booking.

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Contact information

For specific enquiries about this course, please contact Kate Gooding at

For general booking or CPD enquiries please contact

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