Unique Resources for Primary Mathematics
Would you like unlimited access to an online library of powerful, creative and fun-filled resources for young mathematicians?
The Number Fun Portal contains over 200 songs with supporting teaching resources. Proven in the classroom over 15 years. Try it for free today.
Incorporate videos, songs, stories and games that have an instant impact in your mathematics lessons
Engage children in active, creative and practical mathematics that bring learning to life
Equip children with deep mathematics understanding - even on the more challenging concepts
Support children between 3 to 11 years of age with their differing needs and expectations
When teachers build Number Fun into their lesson planning through the year, we typically find that they:
Are excited by the progress the children are making
See children thriving when they really understand the mathematics
Are relieved to have a powerful tool at their fingertips that covers all primary school mathematics domains and the majority of mathematical objectives
Get deep satisfaction that the children are learning with enjoyment - despite the pressures
Number Fun is the brainchild of Dave Godfrey. Dave has 31 years of experience: in the classroom and as a mathematics consultant. The songs and resources in the Portal are the result of 15 years of development and testing on the front-line of teaching. Find out more about Dave here.
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.
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!
How much does Number Fun cost?
To support teachers, we’ve made Number Fun as affordable as possible. It’s currently just £24 for unlimited access in your classroom for the full year, or you can get started from only £2.70/month.
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 £2.70, and cancel when you like so it’s low risk to check it out.
Is there a parent version of Number Fun?
Soon! We’re working on it right now and plan to launch in January 2020.
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.
What others say…
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