# Numberjacks

Practise your numeracy skills with the animated number-crunching heroes as they solve some mathematical problems.

The Numberjacks are superheroes - animated numbers who solve mathematical problems in the real world with input from real children. The series is aimed at 4-5 year olds and will help them develop early maths skills, knowledge and understanding.

The Numberjacks' base is inside a sofa. Each episode focuses on one mathematical concept or idea to encourage learning with numbers.

In each episode, the Numberjacks get a call from an agent (a child) telling them about a problem. After comedy and thrills, the problem is solved and the Numberjacks return to base. The episode ends with a question for the children watching at home. This will encourage children to look for, and discover, shapes and numbers around the home.

The educational value of the show

Numberjacks helps children to:

• Develop early numeracy skills, such as number recognition.
• Search and find shapes and numbers around the home.

### The central characters - 3, 4, 5 and 6

The central characters are Numberjacks 3, 4, 5 and 6.

3 is a bit young to go out on missions, but keen to - full of confidence, energy and noise.
4 has more self doubts but keeps plugging away.
5 is quite cool and assured and a graceful jumper.
6 is very self confident and a great jumper.

### The younger Numberjacks - 0, 1 and 2

The problems are sometimes caused by the younger Numberjacks escaping from the sofa and inadvertently making things go wrong. More often though, the source of trouble is one of the five Baddies.

The Baddies tend to be the cause of different sorts of problems!

The Problem Blob is a great lump whose blobs of slime make things go wrong.
The Shape Japer delights in changing the shape of things, doesn't talk much, but laughs a lot.
Spooky Spoon loves stirring things up and mixing things.
The Puzzler is a third rate DJ who loves to set weird puzzles for the Numberjacks to solve.
The Numbertaker is a silent grabber of numbers and uses his various attachments, like the number grabber and the number sucker-upper.

## Learning areas

• Communicating

• Maths & puzzles

## Suitability

### Age suitability

School, Pre-school