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Firstclass@number 2

ECOF Maths KS2 - FirstClass@Number2


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 2C towards level 3. 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 in Years 3 and 4 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.  


There are 3x30 minute lessons per week for approximately 12-15 weeks.  These lessons are in addition to normal class numeracy lessons.  A trained LSA should deliver the programme, working from detailed lesson plans, adapting them according to information gained from structured assessments and based on the individual children's needs. 


There are 5 topics:

  1. All About Number

  2. Exploring Place Value

  3. Addition and Subtraction 1

  4. Addition and Subtraction 2

  5. Towards Multiplication and Division


Selection criteria:  It is designed for children who are attaining NC level 2C towards the end of Year 3 or the start of Year 4.


Measuring impact: Entry and exit assessments (Sandwell Early Numeracy Test KS2-KS3) 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.