The Unicornmaths Programme is a detailed, structured, cumulative, multi-sensory maths development model for the remediation of maths difficulties and dyscalculia. It is designed to be used by specialist teachers and teaching assistants to remediate a lack of numerical understanding for individuals and small groups. It allows learning support staff to move their pupils through all the differing facets of number development at an individual pace. The programme identifies the underlying, interlocking concepts on which an understanding of number is based. Each separate area is introduced on a concrete level in a visual and tactile manner and then built up in small steps using a wide variety of resources and games.
The programme is suitable for teachers of pupils at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and also for older students who are experiencing severe difficulties with number. It will enable Sencos, learning support teachers and classroom assistants to maximise their roles in the guidance of pupils with dyscalculia. Each aspect of number development is accompanied by ideas for its introduction and practice.
The programme is constructed in two stages. Stage 1 is for 4 to 7 year olds and develops an understanding of the concept and conservation of number, the importance of 10 and place value. Stage 2 develops the pupil’s understanding of multiplication tables, the four operations, rounding numbers, fractions and decimals, time and money.
The Unicornmaths Programme is only available through the courses and is not published.