Cian’s seen his brothers working on their times tables, so he fetched the Numicon and called me over, very excited to show me what he had worked out.


  • Numicon


Cici started getting out the blue ‘tens’ and singing along to the ‘fun times one times table‘ but making each number ten times bigger. The original song recites the number sequence as, “One one is one, two ones are two, three ones are three, four ones are four”, etc.

But, Cics swapped this to, “Ten ones are ten, twenty ones are twenty, thirty ones are thirty, forty ones are forty…”

When I recognised the tune, he then showed me what the original would be.

As always, this was entirely child led and Cian played it on loop for about half an hour, calling over each member of the family in turn, to show off his discovery.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add two single-digit numbers and count on to find the answer.