Becoming 1stClass@Number

Becoming 1stClass@Number is a small group intervention for children in Year 1 who need further support to secure the Early Learning Goal for Number.

A fabulous programme, enabling children to explore numbers in an exciting and fun way.

Shuma, Teaching Assistant, Canon Barnett Primary School, Tower Hamlets

Becoming 1stClass@Number:

  • offers children a rich and varied learning experience
  • lessons are engaging, active and fun and include a wide range
  • of games and practical activities
  • aims to promote a solid basis and effective learning opportunity for all children to succeed in mathematics.

How does it work?

The mathematics teaching and learning in Becoming 1stClass@Number has been carefully structured to develop and deepen children’s number sense in relation to numbers up to 20.

This is activated through these four topic areas:

  • Numbers 1-6
  • Numbers 5-10
  • Exploring 10
  • Numbers 10-20

See an example lesson plan from Becoming 1stClass@Number click here.

A programme that uses the fundamental concepts of number to help build solid foundations for our Year 1 children.

Helen Morris, Teacher, Canon Barnett Primary School, Tower Hamlets

Training and Professional Development

  • Delivered locally by an accredited ECC Trainer
  • 6 half days for teaching assistants – mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogy- adapting session plans to meet children’s needs
  • 2 half days for a school Link Teacher, with the TA, – supporting, managing & evaluating Becoming 1stClass@Number
  • An optional school visit by the Trainer

 Resources and Support

  • Interactive and easily adaptable session plans
  • Extensive ready-made resources that are organised for you topic by topic
  • Online guidance and downloadable resources
  • Access to the ECC data system, providing detailed analyses of impact and children’s progress.
  • Phone and e-mail support from ECC and the Trainer


Each local provider determines their own charges to schools depending on local circumstances. The charge for 2022/23 for a new Becoming 1stClass@Number teaching assistant, with their Link Teacher, will be in the region of £990.

How do I Access the Training?

Schools can access Becoming 1stClass@Number from local ECC providers. Click here to find your nearest provider.