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50 sequential early years units, including 500 brand new,
hands-on, open-ended tasks with pre-planned extension and support for every session
Ten years of development by numeracy coaches and experienced teachers
in Australian classrooms

Free Complete Unit Samples
3 of the 50 hands-on unit plans available to download to trial in the classroom and explore with teams

Please note: Most hyperlinks will not work until full access is purchased.
All student recording templates are editable, allowing teachers to adjust font types and much more. 

Place Value Unit 2
Counting with  one-to-one correspondence, conservation and cardinality
1 of 5 sequential units focused on counting and subitising for the first year of school 
Addition Unit 4
All the ways to make the numbers 3 to 9
(trusting the count)
1 of 15 units focused on additive strategies
Place Value Unit 12
Partitioning two-digit numbers into tens and ones
1 of 16 sequential
place value units for the early years
Please note: It is important for teachers to know that our sequential units are intended as a significant support for planning, not as a strict or prescriptive approach. For example, we aim for teachers to continue to use other high-impact lessons that have worked well for them in the past, and other excellent resources. Our goal is to create the best menu of rich learning experiences and collection of open-ended lessons for each concept, however, we want teachers to selectively choose the point-of-need sessions for their class that most powerfully speak to their passion as a teacher and motivate more use of hands-on maths. It is not intended for teams to use every lesson within a unit. Instead, we recommend that teachers selectively choose lessons from the sequential units that best match their current learning intention and students' next learning goals, as well as students' interests, and sessions that the teacher feels confident in being able to deliver.

Sample Packs for every curriculum and syllabus across Australia


9 of the 500 sequential hands-on lessons 
Sample Pack for the Victorian Curriculum Version 2.0

Updated in 2023 following the release of the new Mathematics Curriculum for Victoria.
Sample Pack for the new Australian Curriculum Version 9

Used by schools in Queensland,
the NT, ACT and Tasmania. 
Sample Pack for the new NSW Syllabus
for K-2


10 years of trials and stronger teacher feedback compared to the Department one-year tender trial units.
Sample Pack for the Western Australian Curriculum

Used by schools across Perth, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Esperance,
by ESCs and RCS campuses.
Please note: Many of the hyperlinks in these documents, particularly to the linked
templates, will not work until schools have access to the complete package.


Please note: Excerpts only - Within the pack, all lessons are organised units by concept and level/stage, with 10-25 lessons to master one concept at a time.

The Early Years Pack in action at our primary schools

Helping students learn and love maths from the very first day of school up to year 3 with sequential hands-on units for every critical skill throughout the early years. Pack inclusions: 

Our numeracy leaders know that teachers have extremely limited time constraints - because we are teachers too. Accordingly, our Early Years Mathematics Package ensures that your teams have everything they need at their fingertips to deliver three years of sequential, open-ended and rich learning experiences that prioritise hands-on mathematics. 

Packages to support your teams

Created by Australian numeracy coaches and experienced primary teachers in early years classrooms

Comprehensive units to assist teachers and teams to plan with thorough step-by-step modelling of sequential lessons that use materials to teach maths. The complete package includes over 2000 pages of brand new open-ended lessons and rich multiple-entry-point (low-floor, high-ceiling) tasks that all involve engaging hands-on maths (no worksheets). 

All units use photographs of numeracy coaches modelling with materials, lessons in action in real classrooms and detailed student work samples (over 1000 photographs). These visual examples comprehensively support teachers to deliver materials-based mathematics instruction with confidence. In particular, the photographs provide teams with an in-depth insight into how to model critical numeracy concepts with materials, including questioning and feedback tips, as well as misconception alerts and how to address these. Support, mid-range and extension student work samples also illustrate examples of what excellent work looks like for each lesson.

Extending and enabling prompts for daily in-class extension and intervention

Each lesson includes extension planning through a series of extending prompts for advanced students who crave an extra challenge. This includes one, two or three pre-planned ways to increase the challenge level of each task. The first extending prompt also caters for mid-range students who show confidence and achieve the first level of each learning intention. This enables teachers to regularly and flexibly provide in-class extension.

Scaffolded enabling prompts support students with developmental gaps through in-class intervention. This includes modified recording templates and visual aids that remove literacy and working memory barriers from maths sessions. Support variations often adapt the task to target critical skills first, such as subitising and partitioning.  

Alignment to Australian and all state curriculums, learning intentions for each session and ongoing professional learning that is immediately relevant to the classroom that day

  • Direct links to the Australian Curriculum Version 9, Western Australian Curriculum, new Victorian Curriculum Version 2.0 and new NSW Maths Syllabus for K-2 are copied at the start of each unit. These link the lessons that follow directly to the specific content and learning outcomes for each year level, and to our strategy-focused diagnostic and growth-mindset assessment options.

  • Hyperlinked tables of contents at the start of each unit plan ensure teachers can navigate with speed and ease, providing an 'at-a-glance' overview of all lessons. 

  • Learning intentions and maths vocabulary are highlighted at the start of each lesson. These translate learning goals into student-friendly language and create a consistent maths language across all early years teams. 

  • Implementation support pack, including a step-by-step PowerPoint that provides easy-to-follow, practical tips for teachers of all confidence levels. Further PowerPoints are provided within the pack, with many more practical classroom-centred tips. 

  • Ongoing professional learning is provided through teaching tips and professional reading summaries at the start of each unit, providing hundreds of focused mini-PLs just in advance of teaching each concept – precisely when this professional learning will produce the most impact.

  • Misconception alerts are highlighted within each unit and lessons at relevant points, in addition to photographs of numeracy coaches modelling with manipulatives in classrooms, questioning prompts and feedback dialogue within every session.

  • All student recording templates and lesson templates are hyperlinked within the lesson plans, and easily organised into each unit’s folder, ready to print and use for students to record their thinking and working out alongside the materials.

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Warm-ups and engaging hooks

Engaging hooks launch every lesson by igniting students' love and excitement for maths, authentically linking the content to students' interests and lives. Tune-ins include YouTube clips, numeracy picture books, sets of images and real-life information that connects the maths of the lesson to the real world. Our sequential units have been created by veteran teachers with decades of experience in delivering that content to early years students.​ With the combination of real-life links and the consistent use of materials, we regularly receive feedback (and have seen it ourselves in our classrooms) that students start to genuinely love maths and look forward to it every day (with cheers replacing groans at the start of maths). Maths becomes a favourite subject, akin to P.E. and art, and for most students, not the minority. 

There are over 100 warm-up games, integrated into the units, specifically focusing on each skill. Warm-ups front-load challenging concepts, develop number talk and mental maths strategies, and revise previous developmental steps to build fluency. 

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Diagnostic growth-mindset assessments that require students to reason, use strategies and show their mathematical thinking (not just click a box)

Diagnostic assessments that are user-friendly for the early years emphasise that students must show their strategies and mathematical thinking. Formula-driven spreadsheets then make data immediately actionable for teams by linking the highlighted points-of-need for their students directly back to the hands-on unit plans, providing multiple lesson options to target each gap and next learning goal. 

 

Post-assessments automatically calculate growth and focus students on a growth-mindset, rather than raw scores, then can be used to further focus teaching and warm-ups. The package also includes a new one-to-one maths interview as a diagnostic assessment for entry to the first year of school, developed to provide practical and immediately usable data. 

 

Formative assessments are integrated into the units, including regular exit tickets, cross-check templates with progressive learning goals and success criteria all pre-filled for every year level and developmental step. 

 

Critical checkpoints and strategy staircases, developed in our pilot schools, focus each team on their year level’s big developmental steps and numeracy goals, forming a powerful sequence of learning. An easy-to-follow scope and sequence also guides teams as to the recommended timings for each unit, providing more time for student practice and mastery of the big ideas.

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WHAT SCHOOLS SAY

“We love the easy to follow instructions and multiple activities to choose from. So much time saved!”

—  Diana, Numeracy Learning Specialist, Coral Park PS

Contents and Pedagogy Overviews

Contents of the Planning Support Pack
Pedagogy of the Units

Samples of the implementation support documents, which work alongside the units and diagnostic strategy-focused assessments 

Implementation Support PowerPoint
Developmental Staircases based on the Big Ideas of Mathematics
Overview of Units
by Concept
Hands-on Mathematics Classroom Tips
Implementation
Tips 
Overview

Multi-faceted assessment options for all teachers
 


Diagnostic and formative assessment options for teams focused on strategies, students explaining their thinking and proving their work
(not click-answer technologies). 

Sample of 5 of over 100 options embedded throughout the unit plans.
Diagnostic assessment for Addition for the early years, including a linked spreadsheet with formulas tracking ZPD, value-add extension/support needs and areas for ongoing focus following a unit. 
Formative assessment for one sequence (cross-check) with developmental stages evidenced by teacher observations during rich tasks.
Building two-digit numbers cards to assess teen number misconceptions and a partitioning tens-ones using concrete materials. 
Place value think board - a classic and timeless exit ticket embedded within many other options in the place value unit plans.
Ninja bead sliders 
All the ways to make 3 to 10 (trusting the count).

Numeracy Library

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