Created by Australian primary teachers to help teachers and students love the journey of learning maths
LESSONS IN ACTION IN OUR CLASSROOMS
Top Ten Maths
We want every Australian student to love maths by using materials to both make sense of it and genuinely enjoy the sequential journey of learning it. We want to hear cheers at the start of maths sessions. We want to see materials (not worksheets and not click-technologies) in every primary classroom engaged in mathematics. We want to hear students reasoning with each other and thinking out loud (not silence) and see students recording their mathematical findings while using the materials (rather than memorising rote-based rules). Ultimately, we aim to grow a generation of children who, as adults, will still love maths.
To achieve this, Top Ten was founded and is still owned entirely by Australian primary teachers and maths leaders to support teachers with the huge task of day-by-day planning for excellent maths lessons. We created, then tried and tested sequential hands-on units in Australian classrooms for ten years, including photographs of classrooms in action during materials-based lessons, daily modelling by maths leaders and student work samples for each rich task. Our aim is to ensure that primary teachers have enough time and energy to deliver engaging and high-impact maths sessions at their class' points-of-need. To do this, we remove a significant portion of the burden of planning from scratch and the time-consuming search for engaging lessons that work in real classrooms. We grow each teacher's confidence and repertoire by making maths leaders' classroom modelling and coaching accessible to every teacher every day. This is achieved through illustrative photographs of lessons in action, student work samples and ongoing practical professional learning within each unit plan.
Our goal is for every Australian student to fall in love with maths and become numerate, and to assist (in whichever way a team prefers to use our planning units and resources) every primary teacher to achieve this.
In total, there are 900 rich tasks, all organised into developmentally-sequenced units; 500 new hands-on lessons for the early years and 400 real-life lessons for years 3-6. To maximise your time, every lesson includes:
photographs of classroom modelling and student work samples
an engaging tune-in or hook and a learning intention
lesson-specific maths vocabulary to develop
questioning and feedback tips
pre-planned enabling and extending prompts for ongoing in-class intervention and extension within every session.
Our Hands-on Maths
Planning Support Packages
EARLY YEARS PACK
YEARS 3-6 PACK
Developmentally-sequenced units with new hands-on lessons for each critical skill throughout the early years. Diagnostic and formative assessments that pinpoint points-of-need.
Lessons include enabling and extending prompts, engaging hooks, warm-ups, photographs of classroom modelling and student work samples.
Easy-to-implement hands-on mathematics package created by Australian maths leaders for over ten years. 400 low-floor high-ceiling lessons and warm-ups for years 3-6 in sequential units. Lessons start with hooks to link content to students' lives and include both extension and support variations.