What is number sense? A mathematical treasure hunt

Understanding and knowing about numbers does not have to be a chore, it can be a treasure hunt. Using Maths-Whizz, teachers can help pupils to hone their sense of numbers and be inspired about their mathematical adventures in the classroom
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Number sense is not memorising a sequence of names of numbers and reciting them, like a nursery rhyme and it’s not memorising facts such as one plus four equals five.

Number sense is a complex understanding of the meaning of a number. Let's think about the number five. Five has character qualities like a person has personality. What do we know about "five-ness"?

The way we learn about five is by spending time with five, like a friend. We must see five in a variety of situations before we realise all of the wonderful characteristics that five has.

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