Discover The Extraordinary Power Of Song For Teaching Mathematics. See For Yourself That Songs Can Help Children Learn While Having Fun.
Unique resources to help secure the basics and develop mastery for children aged 3-11
Ideal for busy teachers - immediately integrates into your lessons
Engage children in active, creative and practical mathematics that bring learning to life
Equip children with deep mathematical understanding - even on the more challenging concepts
Support children with differing needs and expectations
Discover how other teachers benefit
Ready-to-use videos, songs, stories and activities for instant impact in your classroom
Number and Place Value
Conservation of number, number sense, arrangement styles, part/whole diagrams, counting on and back, partitioning, sequences, rounding, intervals across zero etc.
Addition and Subtraction
Number bonds, balance, addition and subtraction structures (e.g. comparison, partitioning), jotting and mental strategies, formal strategies, number lines, vocabulary, functions etc.
Multiplication and Division
Doubling, halving, times-tables up to 12×12, grouping, sharing, chunking, sequences, vocabulary, structures, functions, factors, primes, squares and cubes etc.
Halves, quarters, counting, fractions, decimals and percentages, equivalences, fractions to 1, proper and improper fractions etc.
Vocabulary, units, dates, times, events, money, clocks, perimeter, area etc.
Position and direction
Vocabulary, left & right, concepts, movement, compass points etc.
2-D and 3-D shapes, patterns, polygons, symmetry, catagorising quadrilaterals, angles etc.
Ratios, proportions, relative sizes and missing values, comparisons, percentages of amounts etc.
And even more…
Statistical diagrams, problem solving strategies, algebra, mental recall, celebrating mathematics etc.
So… what makes Number Fun different?
After 30 years of experience we know a thing or two about what really works in the classroom.
We’ve taken the common challenges teachers tell us they continue to face teaching primary mathematics, and we continue designed resources to help with all of them.
Any of these seem familiar?
See how Number Fun helps
Children do not retain mathematical facts and concepts - like simply remembering times-tables and and their number bonds
Number Fun songs, coupled with powerful visualisations, provide a tried and tested approach to improved retention and comprehension (and yes, times-tables are in there)
Children are unable to apply mathematics to the real world scenarios
Dave's Number Fun songs are brought to life by an array of fun-filled characters and stories that relate mathematics to everyday life
Finding fun, interactive and novel ideas to make each lesson engaging and meaningful
Teachers consistently tell us that children love the interactive and fun-filled nature of the Number Fun songs
Managing the demands of the curriculum and spending hours searching for and preparing high quality resources
The Number Fun Portal comes with over 200 ready to use songs and supporting resources categorised by domain and age.
Time efficient ways of helping children learn and remember mathematical concepts and facts
Number Fun utilises the power of music, helping children to learn mathematics in a brain-friendly way. Children just can't get it out of their heads (as Kylie would say!)
When teachers build Number Fun into their lesson planning through the year, they frequently tell us how deeply satisfying it is to see the children enjoying and progressing in their learning.
How do I use Number Fun?
Number Fun is designed from the ground-up to fit into any lesson in any maths curriculum or scheme. It provides complementary content using songs and activities to deeply embed mathematical concepts learnt by children the world over.
When you’ve selected your resource you can get started instantly and then reinforce the learning points by tailoring the content to your needs.
First, get started straight out of the box
Later, personalise the content to reinforce learning
Here’s some sample resources for each age group that you can try out – and a video guide to walk you through the process.
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Why is Number Fun based around songs?
There is a significant body of research demonstrating that music and song aid learning. Allen & Wood (2012) state that for teachers, music is, ‘one of the most powerful teaching tools at their disposal’.
Dave Godfrey, the founder of Number Fun, completed his master’s dissertation on the use of songs as a powerful tool for teaching and learning mathematics across the primary age-range.
Is there a parent version of Number Fun?
Yes. Check it out here.
I'm not musical - will Number Fun work for me?
Not a problem – the songs and videos are all set up and ready to roll, no musical expertise is necessary!
My school uses a scheme of work. Can I still use Number Fun?
Number Fun is not a scheme of work. It is a creative and powerful tool that can enhance the delivery of mathematics within any scheme of work. Each song has been written to support a specific objective from the mathematics curriculum – they sit independently of any one scheme or programme.
How do the songs fit into a standard mathematics lesson?
Number Fun songs can be used at any point in a mathematics lesson. Songs can be a great way of engaging children in learning and when introducing a topic. Number Fun songs can become the focus of exploration as children seek to understand the mathematical concepts embedded within them. Songs are a wonderfully non-threatening way of extending and assessing children’s learning. Songs can also be used at other points in the day to reinforce learning or to link to other areas of the curriculum.
What are the three different types of Number Fun songs?
In my masters research I indentified three distinct types of Number Fun songs:
1) Concept Songs – these help children learn a mathematical concept by making sense and finding meaning in the song. Typically these songs come in the form of a story.
2) Input/Output Songs – these songs provide a fun-filled and creative structure for practicing concepts. The teacher (or a child) provides an ‘input’ and the children answer with an ‘output’. These songs are inclusive and non-threatening as well as being highly adaptable.
3) Memory Songs – these songs are written to help children remember and recall mathematical facts, language and definitions. These work because of the Kylie Minogue Effect – ‘I just can’t get you out of my head’!
Some songs contain the characteristics of more than one type of song!
Can my school buy Number Fun?
Yes. We offer a special school-wide licence discounted from the regular classroom rate. If your SLT need some convincing and you buy a licence for your classroom, we’re more than happy to refund you when the school purchases.
Can I try Number Fun for free?
There is demo material on this page, and from time to time we do offer other trials – but you can get started on a monthly membership for £3.60, and cancel when you like so it’s low risk to check it out.
My school's internet is not great - will Number Fun work for me?
We aim to deliver high quality video so recommend you have 5 Mb/s bandwidth available to stream the songs and animation. This is readily provided by a 4G signal and most broadband connections.
Does Number Fun cover the curriculum?
Number Fun has resources aligned to each of the curriculum domains. There is not a song covering every single objective but there are over 200 covering all the core concepts and the majority of key objectives. More material is being added every month.
Does Number Fun provide lesson plans?
Number Fun is a complementary resource, we’re not looking to take over your lessons. Our aim is to provide fun and engaging content to help children remember the facts and deepen their mathematical skills. The Number Fun songs, games and activities can support you to deliver engaging and innovative lessons.
More from other teachers
The Number Fun portal is so easy to use that even the least tech savvy staff will have no problems navigating around it.
Number Fun = Children loving their maths = Children learning maths.
Rachel – Early Years Lead, York
A fantastic resource to bring mathematics to life – catchy songs to support the learning of the maths curriculum, backed up with a range of resources to support teaching for conceptual understanding !
Alison – Lecturer in Primary Mathematics, Leicester
The new video presentations are incredibly helpful to maximise the impact of these amazing songs. I have been using Number Fun songs with children for over a decade. The new portal has taken the whole product to a new level.
Michael – Headteacher, York