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Stage 2: The Number Line

Children use number lines and practical resources to support calculation and teachers demonstrate the use of the number line. The use of the number line is seen as an intermediate step before more formal recording methods are taught.

Children then begin to use numbered lines to support their own calculations using a numbered line to count on in ones, then in other multiples e.g. 5’s and 10’s.

Bead strings provide a useful practical visual image to mirror the jumps on the number line. 10 + 2 = 12

Cuisenaire rods and number tracks also provide a good visual image to support the use of the number line.


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