Ten Terrific Frames

Posted in Inspiration & Ideas
Doesn’t it feel fantastic when you find a really simple idea that works brilliantly?

My training is always evolving as I research, read and try out new ideas. In recent times I have become more and more focused upon the importance of pattern in underpinning a child’s ability to understand and use number; developing true ‘Number Sense’. 

My reading revealed a resource which now dominates my training and one which has completely transformed my understanding of how children can learn a huge number of essential numerical skills including:

  • See and understanding number relationships
  • Noticing how numbers increase and reduce
  • Seeing numbers in numbers (part/part concept)
  • Understanding that numbers within numbers are parts of a whole (part/whole concept – fractions)
  • Working with clear understanding base 10 and place value
  • Calculating efficiently using number facts and relationships
  • Multiplying numbers efficiently
  • Linking spoken, written and pictorial images of number
  • Linking algebraic symbols (+ – = etc.) to calculation ‘stories’ from real to maths world

The list goes on…it’s incredibly exciting.

The resource is the simple Ten Frame.

Simple, but, used well, incredibly powerful across the early stages of learning in the EYFS and Key Stage 1 but also right up to and beyond Key Stage 2.

A key source of inspiration for me is Pinterest.

Simple images posted and shared generate so many ideas based upon my understanding of the power of the patterns used Ten Frames such as these below:

ten-frame-bingo ten-frame-dabbers1 ten_frame_spiders


  • Lorraine Claridge says:

    Hi Karen

    Following the EYFS and KS1 training I have had a fun week building and measuring with the Cuisenaire. The children grasped the concept apart from taking pictures of their own faces as well as standing next to different objects around the classroom……but that reception for you. Thank you I left the course inspired. Greater than and less than this week!!!

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