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Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only


Game Type          : Educational Compilation; Ages 4-6

Author             : P. K. McBridge

Standalone Release(s)   : 1983: FIRST NUMBERS, Collins, £9.95

Compilation Release(s) : None

Stated compatibility    : Electron

Actual compatibility    : Electron, BBC B, B+ and Master 128

Supplier            :

Disc compatibility     : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00




This pack consists of a workbook and a cassette to run on your home computer.


The computer displays scenes which generate information concerning numbers and counting - one whale swims across the screen, six spiders descend in front of the screen. At each stage, basic counting and numbers are illustrated and highlighted. Basic exercises then follow, with the child guided towards the correct answer.


The programs each deal with an important area of numbers:


UPTO5     Basic numbers and counting up to five.

UPTO10    Numbers and counting up to ten.

RACE      A counting game where the player races against CHIP.

NUMBERS   Practice and help in writing numbers.

11UP      Numbers and counting up to twenty.


The workbook develops the ideas covered in the programs and allows the child to colour in the friendly characters encountered. Other exercises make sure they understand and remember all the important ideas covered.


These programs have been designed for use by children with very little adult assistance. It is important though, especially with younger children, that they should be supervised during their first contacts with the programs. The few written messages that are used are colour-coded, so that the child will be able to recognise and respond to the colour, if not the words, of a message. Almost all the responses to the programs are taken by the direct touch of a key. Where it is necessary for the child to ENTER an answer, this is clearly marked.


UPTO5 and UPTO10 display, and give practice in counting, these numbers. The initial displays can be jumped from, wherever you see displays an be jumped from, wherever you see a "Press E for the Exercises" line. The programs can be stopped at the end of any frame by pressing S.


RACE is a dice-based counting game, where the child plays against the computer's Chip.


NUMBERS shows how to write numbers, using an animated display. The program will normally follow the number sequence, but any number can be selected at the end of any frame, by pressing that number on the keyboard.


11UP takes the number sequence, and counting skills up to 20. This program uses block images, rather than pictures, and emphasises that these numbers are made up of a group of ten with additional units.


The program should be first used where indicated in the workbook.


Children can colour, draw and complete the workbook included with this pack - the programs become a constant source of encouragement and learning.



Instructions' Source   : FIRST NUMBERS (Collins) Back and Inner Inlay


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