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Firstclass@number 1

ECOF Maths KS1 - FirstClass@Number1


A programme developed by the team at Edgehill University that developed the ‘Every Child Counts’ programme.


Aim: to raise attainment in mathematics for children with moderate difficulties, ie, moving from NC level 1C towards level 2.  To build children’s confidence in mathematics, as well as challenging them and supporting them as they succeed while having fun.


How does the programme work:  it is for small groups of children (maximum 4) in KS1 who have fallen behind in mathematics. The programme can help them to get back on track and catch up with their peers.  The programme helps children to think and talk about mathematics.  It has a Post Office theme, children use letters, postcards and parcels to support their mathematical development and write postcards to their teachers to tell them about their achievements.  


There are 3x30 minute lessons per week for 12-15 weeks.  These lessons are in addition to normal class numeracy lessons.  


There are 4 topics:  

  1. All about Number

  2. Exploring Place Value

  3. Calculation 1

  4. Calculation 2


A trained LSA should deliver the programme, working from detailed lesson plans, adapting them according to information gained from structured assessments. .


Selection criteria: It is designed for children who at attaining NC level 1C in Year 2.  It can also be used towards the end of Year 1 for children attaining 1C and at the beginning of Year 3 for those still working at NC level 1.

SLT and maths coordinators compile a ‘longlist’ of children who may be suitable for entry testing based on the most recent teacher assessment data and discussions with class teachers during pupil progress meetings. Progress should be discussed at Parents Evenings.


Measuring impact: Entry and exit assessments (Sandwell Early Numeracy Test) are completed to give a standardised Number Age score.  


Parents/carers must be informed if their child has been selected to take part in the programme.