There are three members of staff who are up to date trained and deliver 1stclass@number in KS1 and KS2.
Two programmes are available to schools:
1stClass@Number 1 – for children who need further support at the level of the Year 1 curriculum.
1stClass@Number 2 – for children who need further support at the level of the Year 2 curriculum.
How Does it Work?
1stClass@Number comes ready-made with detailed session guidance and extensive resources. A specially trained teaching assistant delivers 30 half-hour sessions to a group of up to four children, for 12-15 weeks. The children continue to take part in their normal class mathematics lessons.
The lessons focus on number and calculation, developing children’s mathematical understanding, communication and reasoning skills. A Post Office theme runs throughout, engaging children in real life contexts that are both stimulating and fun. Each topic starts with a simple assessment that helps the teaching assistant to tailor sessions to the children’s needs.
The teaching assistant starts working with their group of pupils straight after the first training day. Then the training runs alongside the implementation of the teaching programme, in that way the Teaching Assistant is trained topic by topic.
Impact on Achievement
Over 45,000 children in Years 1 to 11 have been supported by 1stClass@Number in 3,500 schools.
Cuisenaire rods are one of the great math blocks of all time. They can be used for a vast array of mathematical ideas, from counting to the four operations to fractions. This collection of lessons is designed as a first foray into Cuisenaire rods. They are designed to be engaging, and challenging; they also differentiate easily, and can be used in stations, small groups, whole classrooms, or during choice time.