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Introduction to Bar Modelling

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A versatile tool from addition to algebra, widely used in the Singapore maths method.
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Helping to Support Teaching and Learning

Comprehensive Learning Tool

This set is ideal for teaching bar modelling, problem solving, reasoning, and arithmetic operations like fractions, addition, and subtraction across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Maths Mastery Development

This resource builds math mastery by supporting a structured approach to complex concepts, enhancing teaching and learning.

Supports Intervention Strategies

It reinforces math concepts effectively, making it ideal for catch-up sessions and intervention strategies.

Engaging and Tactile

This set combines tactile foam bars, magnetic dry wipe boards, activity cards, and a CD ROM for an engaging, hands-on learning experience that enhances mathematical understanding.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Addition and Subtraction

Aligns with the Key Stage 1 and 2 curriculum to solve multi-step addition and subtraction problems using various methods and tools.

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Introduction to Bar Modelling

A versatile tool from addition to algebra, widely used in the Singapore maths method.


  • Bar models are tools for helping children to visualise relationships between elements of a problem. Bar modelling will help children to develop mastery. Using this kit generates concrete as well as pictorial representations. The kit contains all that you need, including problems to solve, comprehensive guidance for teachers about how to use the kit and how to develop children’s conceptual understanding.

  • Activities are provided on high-quality printed A4 cards within the set. Questions get progressively more difficult and will include some larger numbers. This is deliberate since the aim is not to teach children HOW to calculate but for them to learn how to decide WHAT needs to be calculated.

  • In Years 2-6, our other bar modelling resources will help pupils build confidence and understanding about calculating – from addition to more complex concepts about fractions, proportion, ratio, percentages and algebra.

  • Designed for both individual and group activities, the set suits varied teaching styles and helps educators effectively introduce bar modelling concepts, focusing on addition, subtraction, and number representation. This approach aids understanding and retention of fundamental maths principles within Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

  • Contents may vary.

Supports the National Curriculum

Mathematics, Key Stage 2, Number - Addition & Subtraction

Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

Mathematics, Year 2, Number - Addition & Subtraction

Add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally.

Mathematics, Year 2, Measurement

Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.

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    Product includes

  • 48 x foam bars,3 x magnetic dry wipe boards,3 x dry wipe pens,8 x activity cards,1 x CD ROM

  • Material

  • Foam

  • Age Range

  • Suitable for 4 to 7 years