Cuisenaire Rods Master Class


Cuisenaire rods are mathematics learning aids for students that provide an interactive, hands-on way to explore mathematics and learn mathematical concepts. A somewhat forgotten manipulative, this course aims to bring them back into the arsenal of every mathematics teacher.


This full day workshop will cover a comprehensive range of topics covering number, algebra, geometry and handing data. You will explore a range of low floor, high ceiling task which enable every learner to be successful on every topic. We will look carefully how choice of examples is crucial in initial modelling of a concept and give practical ideas to move towards ‘concreteness fading’ so that pupils can move toward pictorial and more efficient abstract representations.

Example Programme (Day course)

  • 10:00   Introduction to the rods
  • 10:30   Arithmetic
  • 11:00   Properties of number
  • 11:30   Factors, Multiples and Primes
  • 12:00   Ratio and Proportion
  • 12:30   Lunch
  • 13:00   Perimeter, Area and Volume
  • 13:30   Sequences and Graphs
  • 14:00   Forming and Rearranging Expressions
  • 14:30   Triangles and Pythagoras
  • 15:00   Finish

You will leave the course with...

  • An appreciation of the power of versatility of Cuisenaire rod and their use in the classroom.
  • Expertly designed set of examples for modelling key mathematical concepts covered.
  • A bank of ready to use tasks with opportunities for extension and developing deeper understanding.

This course is appropriate for...

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Teachers
  • Non Specialists
  • Maths Subject Leaders

Your Course Leaders

Mark McCourt

Mark is the UK's leading authority on teaching for mastery. He has trained over 2000 schools in mastery models for schooling in the UK and overseas.

A leading figure in mathematics education, Mark has led many large-scale government education initiatives, both in the UK and overseas. Mark was a Director at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and has also been a school leader, an Advanced Skills Teacher, a school inspector and a teacher trainer. He founded and was Chairman of the Teacher Development Trust.

Mark has extensive experience of mathematics teaching and learning across all age and ability groups, having taught students from age 3 to PhD!

Chris McGrane

Chris has 13 years of teaching experience, spread across 3 very different schools. Before becoming Mathematics Lead for La Salle in Scotland he was Principal Teacher of Maths at Hillhead High School and oversaw the design and implementation of a mastery curriculum - the first of its type in Scotland.

Chris has played a role in moving forward professional dialogue regarding mathematics education in Scotland. In addition to conference presentations he uses Twitter daily to share insight, ideas and opinion. He regularly publishes articles on his blog Recently, reflecting his interest in effective task design, Chris launched the website which shares tasks he has written and collated from colleagues.

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan has been teaching Maths in secondary schools since completing his PGCE in 2005. Before becoming a Mathematics Lead for La Salle, he was a successful head of department at Leeds City Academy for over five years and continues to work there as a Lead Practitioner of Mathematics.

Over the past decade, Jonathan has made significant contributions to the maths community by the creation of several well-known websites, most notably MathsBot, used by millions of teachers and students each year.

Jonathan has regularly presented at local and national conferences where he shares his both experiences and ideas from the classroom and the resources he creates. He is a keen Twitter user and is often posting new resources or updates to existing ones based on feedback from the maths community.

Locations and Dates:

  • Motherwell (TWILIGHT)

    Monday, 24th February 2020

  • Liverpool

    Deyes High School (L31 6DE)

    Thursday, 23rd April 2020

  • Leeds

    Leeds City Academy (LS6 2LG)

    Friday, 24th April 2020

  • London

    Parliament Hill School (NW5 1RL)

    Wednesday, 29th April 2020

  • Middlesbrough

    Unity City Academy (TS3 8RE)

    Thursday, 30th April 2020

  • Exeter

    West Exe School (EX2 9JU)

    Thursday, 30th April 2020

  • Derby

    Kirk Hallam Community Academy (DE7 4HH)

    Friday, 1st May 2020

  • Telford

    Venue TBA

    Friday, 1st May 2020

  • Oxford

    Venue TBA

    Friday, 14th May 2020

  • Cambridge

    St Faith's School (CB2 8AG)

    Friday, 15th May 2020

  • Glasgow


    Saturday, 6th June 2020

  • Edinburgh

    Venue TBA

    Tuesday, 9th June 2020

Course Fees

Full Day

£140 / 80

Saturday Course

£90 / 70


£50 / 40

First Attendee / Subsequent Attendees



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