Using mathematical representation

Representations and manipulatives can be powerful tools for supporting children to engage with ideas across many areas of mathematics. They can help children make sense of mathematical concepts, develop visual images, increase engagement and
enjoyment, help practitioners see what children understand and provide a bridge to abstract thinking. Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the Maths without recourse to the representation.

Examples from EYFS and KS1

Examples from Years 3 and 4

Examples from Years 5 and 6