Mind and Movement

Kinesiology for Numeracy  #01

Problems with number?

Lots of people have problems with numeracy, not because they're stupid but because there is a condition that affects learning maths, called dyscalculia. It's similar to the way dyslexia affects reading and spelling. Since dyscalculia has been recognised, ways to help manage maths and number difficulties have been developed. The Moving Numeracy approach is one of these.

Moving Numeracy

Moving Numeracy is a taught programme for day to day number skills. It uses movement, visual and tactile techniques, so it is highly multi-sensory. It aims to help students lose their fear of maths and develop self esteem which will help them deal confidently with with basic maths. It is suitable for adults and children.

It was developed by Sue Peace, a very experienced dyscalculia teacher, based in Wales who combined these skills with elements from Kinesiology to create this innovative approach.
Often students have had to progress too fast at school, before they have had time to become confident with new concepts because of curriculum pressures. Sometimes they have not been given sufficient opportunities to use practical materials. These lessons start from the early concepts of number and then move forward at the student's pace. They use a wide variety of materials and movements so that it is easier to remember facts and understand concepts.

What's included?

Moving Numeracy starts from the very basic understanding of number as a quantity e.g. that 6 dogs are the same quantity as 6 stars, then works on the concept of equivalence e.g. five 2 pence coins are equivalent to one 10 pence coin. It also helps students to read an ordinary clock, something that many people find difficult. The programme provides a framework that also begins to resolve issues with

  • fear of maths
  • direction
  • sequencing
  • perception

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