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Using manipulatives to enhance understanding in secondary mathematics

NCETM CPD Standard

Encourage active learning in secondary mathematics lessons with the use of manipulatives.

Manipulatives - or 'objects to think with' - include counters, interlocking cubes, Cuisenaire rods, tiles and more.
Research suggests that their use is beneficial to mathematical understanding, and can help student retention, problem solving and reasoning.

This two-day, residential, hands-on, practical experience is suitable for all teachers of mathematics in secondary school.

Sessions include:

  • the amazing world of interlocking cubes
  • a hundred and one things to do with dice and dominos
  • games on geoboards
  • bar modelling
  • proof by origami
  • optional evening session: playing a selection of mathematical games


  • explore a variety of resources available for use in secondary mathematics
  • develop methods for using manipulatives to enhance mathematical understanding and communication
  • explore the wealth of resources freely available on the National STEM Learning Centre eLibrary which can be used in conjunction with manipulatives


Head of Mathematics / Mathematics Coordinators, Teacher

Contact Details:





Once Only


25 February 2020 09:30 to 26 February 2020 16:00



STEM Learning Ltd
Siwards Way
University of York
YO10 5DD

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