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Numbers Count

Numbers Count is a new programme to improve the mathematical skills of children in Key Stage 1. If a child is in Year 1 or 2 and is working at a level below their classmates, they may be selected for a place on the Numbers Count programme. This means that they will receive intensive 1 to 1 support from a specially trained Numbers Count Teacher. The Teacher will aim to accelerate the child’s learning so that they can work at or above the average level of their class. At Christ Church we have just completed our first year on the programme and have found the impact to be highly successful with children obtaining exceptional results.


Numbers Count will focus on improving your child’s mathematical skills but will also help them to develop ways of learning that will help in all subjects.

The programme is different for every child. The teaching is specially designed and delivered by the Numbers Count Teacher to meet every child’s individual needs.

A Numbers Count programme usually lasts for about 12 weeks. Each child will receive a 30 minute lesson every day. The time slot of each lesson is varied throughout the week to ensure the least disruption to their class work.

The lesson takes place in a special Numbers Count area. It is highly interactive and practical. The Numbers Count Teacher will help your child to develop mathematical language and vocabulary and to talk about how they do mathematics. Weekly activities in the form of a game are sent home for reinforcement and parents are encouraged to play them with their child.

Each child will still have a daily mathematics lesson with their class teacher, who will work together with the Numbers Count teacher to plan your child’s work for Numbers Count and class based lessons.

Each child will take a short test with their Numbers Count Teacher at the start and end of the programme, to measure their progress. The Numbers Count Teacher will also observe each child during their class based lessons to find out how they learn mathematics.

After 12 weeks of Numbers Count, most children return to their class as more confident and independent learners. They go on to make good progress in their class lessons.

The aim is for each child who has taken part in Numbers Count to achieve at least National Curriculum Level 2 at the end of Key Stage 1.

All children’s progress continues to be monitored for the following year and if there is a dip in progress, the Numbers Count Teacher and the class teacher will work together to plan the best support for the child.

If you would like to watch a video about Numbers Count , you can see it online here: 

Reading Recovery

Christ Church is a Reading Recovery School


Reading Recovery has one clear goal: To dramatically reduce the number of learners who have extreme difficulty with literacy learning…Marie Clay, the founder of Reading Recovery


Reading Recovery is an accredited school-based literacy programme for the lowest achieving children aged five or six that enables them to reach age-expected levels within 20 weeks.


Research shows that no other system achieves such good results so swiftly and so long lasting.


It involves a short series of one to one lessons for 30 minuets every day with a specially trained teacher. The programme is different for every child, starting from what the child knows and what he/she needs to learn. The focus on each lessons is to comprehend messages in reading and construct messages in writing, learning how to attend to detail without losing focus on meaning.


Reading Recovery is for the lowest attaining Year 1 and Year 2 children and not all children will need an intensive level of support to catch up with their classmates. However the Reading Recovery teacher will have assessed your child's needs and matched him/her to the level of support necessary to help.


If you are concerned with your child/s level of progress in Key Stage 1, please speak to your child's class teacher who can talk to the Reading Recovery teacher Mrs Carter.


How you can help with your child's reading?

Show an interest in your child's reading, and encourage him/her to read the books he/she brings home each day.

Spending a few minutes each day reading with your child will make a big difference!

The most important thing you can do is to be pleased that your child is interested in reading. This should be a shared, happy time together. It is not a test, and shouldn't feel like hard work for your child. If they get stuck on a word say 'try to work it out,' silently count to three and if they haven't got the word by then, just tell them and keep the story reading going smoothly. Aim to spend 10 to 15 minutes a day, but if this is too long for your child, try 5 minutes reads 2 or 3 times a day. Don't make it a chore.


Visit the Read on Get On website for top tips on reading with your child. It could change everything.