Numbers are all around us. The numerals we use represent quantities and are used for counting, measuring and comparing amounts. Imagine how difficult it would be to follow a recipe or go shopping without numbers!
Humans have used numbers for thousands of years. The most common number system is base 10 (decimal) but computers work in base 2 (binary) meaning they only use 0s and 1s!
Teach your children about numbers using our handy topic guide!
- Try out this fun game when teaching number bonds.
- Create a number machine when working on number operations.
- Try out one of our ideas for The Hueys in None the Number when looking at zero.
- This Number Challenge for older children is a great way to explore number.
- This Find the Number sheet challenges children to find the missing numbers by solving clues.
- This Number Chains activity make a great starter.
- Children will enjoy exploring Kaprekar’s sequence.
- Download our resources for teaching about number bonds.
- Try our huge Number Pack covering all aspects of number work, or use the Negative Numbers Pack in class.
- We also have an Early Number Pack for use with younger children.
- Place value means that any number can be represented using only the numerals 0-9, no matter how big or small it is.
- The oldest evidence of people counting is a bone, known as the Ishango Bone, found in the modern-day Democratic Republic of Congo. It shows regular marks used for counting and is about 25,000 years old.
- The Ancient Babylonians were the first people to use a written system for numbers, about 5,000 years ago. The system was based on the number 60.
- Prime numbers are numbers that can only be divided by themselves and 1. The smallest prime number is 2.
- The letter “a” is not used in any number word until you get to one thousand.
Numberblocks Songs | Let’s All Draw Numbers
Younger children will enjoy learning to write numbers to 10 with the Numberblocks
Running time: 2:22
Compare Numbers up to 100 – Year 1 / Year 2
This video uses bricks and place value mats to help children visualise numbers.
Running time: 4:44
Learn how to play a fun decimal game using a pack of playing cards.
Running time: 4:56
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