Automatic discounts for small schools
Our packs are designed to maximise small budgets for teachers with big passion.
The planning resources, numeracy libraries and toolboxes are ideal for small schools because primary teachers developed, then tried and tested our lessons and assessments in classrooms with large ability ranges, including multi-age settings and very mixed cohorts. Our diagnostic and growth-based assessments identify the points-of-need for every student across all developmental steps in the years prior and above their current level. This means that a single teacher can use our full repertoire of lessons to maximise their ability to cater for all levels, using the support and extension variations (enabling and extending prompts) detailed within each lesson plan.
We also understand the challenges of working in a small-school setting, including the desire to collaborate with other teachers, despite the fact that you may not be working within close physical proximity to many other educators. Our resources were created to ensure that all teachers benefit from other teachers' great lessons and ideas.
Accordingly, our Early Years Planning Package and Years 3-6 Pack is offered at a substantial (over 50% discount) that is automatically applied to very small schools with 50 students or less. There are also discounts for school with less than 100, 150 and 200 students in the entire school (whole-school enrolment numbers up to year 6). Numbers are based on reported census figures from the previous year. The cap of 50, 100, 150 and 200 students is strictly applied, as a few of our member schools have 4 and 7 students in total, and many of our small campuses have between 20-30 students across the entire school in multi-age settings. In addition to these discounts, small schools can split the discounted outright purchase over two or three budget years, making the comprehensive planning packs affordable for any school that has at least $1000 allocated to their annual numeracy budget.
While our numeracy libraries and maths toolboxes cannot be discounted because they are physical resources with set prices and costs, these resources are often custom-built with flexible payment options for small schools. For example, some small schools request the numeracy library with split payment over multiple budget years, or build their own maths toolboxes with specific quantities that best suit their student numbers.
WHAT SCHOOLS SAY
“The program is excellent and very relevant and accessible to our students. Frankly they have never enjoyed maths more.”
— Ms Anne Shipway, Principal,
Yulga Jinna Remote Community School
(Less than 20 students, all Indigenous)
LESSONS IN ACTION IN OUR CLASSROOMS
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 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 numeracy coaches and experienced primary teachers to support fellow 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. Our units include photographs of classrooms in action during materials-based lessons, daily modelling by numeracy coaches and maths leaders, and student work samples for each open-ended task. Our aim is to ensure that primary teachers have enough time and energy to deliver engaging and high-impact maths lessons that target their students' 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 genuinely work in real classrooms. We grow each teacher's confidence and repertoire by making numeracy coaches' classroom modelling and coaching accessible to every teacher every day. This is achieved through illustrative photographs of lessons in action, student work samples and the ongoing practical professional learning provided through 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 hands-on open-ended tasks, all organised into developmentally-sequenced units; over 500 materials-based 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
warm-up games and an engaging hook or tune-in element
a specific learning intention and lesson-specific maths vocabulary highlighted at the start of each lesson
success criteria within the formative assessment cross-checks linked to each unit
questioning and feedback tips, as well as misconception alerts
pre-planned enabling and extending prompts for ongoing in-class intervention and extension within every open-ended (low-floor high-ceiling) session.
Please visit our school feedback and student gain results page, and feel free to download the sample packs on our early years and numeracy library pages to share and try the sample lessons with your teams.
Small School Planning Support Resources
Selectively-chosen numeracy picture book titles with over 150 linked lessons that are in addition to those in the early years and years 3-6 planning packs.
All titles are organised by year level and arrive packed into concepts (place value; addition; subtraction; multiplication; division; fractions; measurement and geometry; statistics and probability).
EARLY YEARS PLANNING PACKAGE
unit plans with detailed hands-on lessons for every critical skill throughout the early years. Diagnostic and formative assessments pinpoint points-of-need.
Lessons include enabling and extending prompts, engaging hooks, warm-ups, photographs of numeracy coaches modelling and student work samples.