Most Played Number Sense Maths Animations
NSM Number Facts builds on our innate ability to process quantities visually; using animations is an integral part of the programme. Here is a selection of our most popular animations to try with your class. Our free membership provides access to a wider range of animations to help children understand and apply the strategies, and practice the facts they are learning. You can pause and restart the animations to talk about them with your children, and you can alter the speed of the animations by clicking on the settings cog, bottom right within each animation.
Stage 1: Visual Number Foundations
In Stage 1, children spend time developing a deep and visual understanding of the numbers 1 - 10. They practice subitising quantities up to 5, and learn to subitise quantities between 6 - 10 when presented in structured arrangements (dots, hands and tens frames). This animation is one of nine in Stage 1.
Stage 2: Make and Break Numbers to 10
Stage 2 includes a focused study of each number to 10 in turn. Children practice making each number from two smaller numbers (the basis of addition) and practice partitioning each number (the basis of subtraction). These animations are from Make and Break 10, the third teaching step in the stage. The full programme includes similar animations for every number from 1 to 10, so that children can build their confidence manipulating and calculating with one number at a time. Our free sign up provides access to story context animations for every number to 10.
Stage 3: Facts and Strategies within 10
Stage 3 teaches children the calculation strategies which enable them to solve every addition and subtraction calculation within 10. Through the teaching of the strategies, children learn to spot key number relationships and to "use what you know to work out what you don't yet know". These animations support children to learn, apply and become fluent in the facts associated with from one of those strategies: 'Five and A Bit', the 4th teaching step in Stage 3.
Stage 4: Ten and A Bit Facts
Ten and A Bit is a short but important stage in which children spend time visualising and recognising the numbers and quantities 11 to 20, and learn the concept of place value. With the visual and structural understanding of the "Ten and A Bit" numbers secure, children then start to work with the addition and subtraction equations relating to the "Ten and A Bit" structure of these numbers. This animation is one of four animations in the teaching sequence for this stage.
Stage 5: Facts and Strategies Across 10
Stage 5 teaches children the calculation strategies which enable them to become fluent in all the addition and subtraction facts across 10. Through the teaching of these strategies, children continue to practice spotting key number relationships and 'using what you know to work out what you don't yet know'. These animations are two of four in the first teaching step which focuses on the 'Make 10 and Then' strategy for addition.