50 early years units with 500 brand new lessons and the highest recorded student gains at hands-on maths schools
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, rich, hands-on mathematics.
Packages to support your teams
Created by Australian primary teachers and maths leaders in 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 2,000 pages of brand new rich tasks and multiple-entry-point sessions that all involve engaging hands-on maths (no worksheets).
All units use photographs of classroom modelling, lessons in action in classrooms and student work samples (over new 1000 photographs) to support teachers to deliver materials-based mathematics instruction with confidence. These photos provide teams with an in-depth insight into how to model critical numeracy concepts with materials, including questioning and feedback tips. Detailed student work samples also illustrate what excellent student work looks like for each new 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, allowing teachers to regularly and flexibly provide in-class extension.
Scaffolded enabling prompts support students with developmental gaps with 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 curriculum links for each unit, linking the lessons directly to the content descriptors for each year level and to the point-of-need assessments.
Learning intentions and maths vocabulary are highlighted at the start of each lesson, creating 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.
Ongoing professional learning is provided through teaching tips and professional reading summaries at the start of each unit, providing hundreds of focused mini-PLs in advance of teaching – precisely when this PL will produce the most impact.
Misconception alerts are highlighted within each unit and lessons at relevant points, in addition to modelling photographs, questioning prompts and feedback tips within every session.
All student recording templates and lesson templates are easily organised into each unit’s folder, ready to print and use on a day-by-day basis throughout the year.
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. Unit launches have been created by expert teachers with decades of experience in delivering that specific 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 genuinely love maths and look forward to it each day.
There are over 100 warm-up games, integrated into the units, specifically focusing on each skill. Warm-ups front-load challenging concepts, develop number talks and revise previous developmental steps to build fluency.
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 developmentally-sequenced points-of-need directly back to hands-on units with multiple lesson options to target each gap.
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 pack also includes a new 1-to-1 maths interview assessment for the first year of school that produces practical and highly usable data.
Formative assessments are integrated into the units, including regular exit tickets, cross-check templates with progressive learning goals and levelled success criteria observation codes are all pre-filled for every year level and developmental step.
Critical checkpoints, 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 time for student practice and mastery of the big ideas.
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WHAT SCHOOLS SAY
“Top Ten has reinvigorated and improved maths teaching and learning at Yeo Park within a few short terms. Teachers find the differentiation included in each lesson and within assessment has allowed them to cater to individuals successfully. We love the maths library and lessons! The best part for us, as a school who teaches using inquiry methodology is that Top Ten is centered around student inquiry, problem solving, hands on, engaging lessons that the teacher will enjoy delivering.”
— Ms Fiona Wood, Principal, Yeo Park School K-2 (Sydney)