The Primary Mathematics Toolkit provides practical support for teachers in building rich mathematical learning experiences for children. The components of the toolkit are mathematical concepts, progression continua, support materials and examples of children’s learning.
Mathematical concepts are considered key ideas that underpin each Learning Outcome. These key ideas may provide useful entry and reference points in relation to planning, teaching and assessment and may serve to remind teachers of key mathematical knowledge at each stage. They are presented according to stages 1 to 4 and link with the corresponding Learning Outcomes.
Algebra: Patterns, rules and relationships
Algebra: Expressions and equations
Data and chance: Data
Data and chance: Chance
Number: Uses of number
Number: Numeration and counting
Number: Place value and base ten
Number: Sets and operations
Shape and space: Spatial awareness and location
Shape and space: Shape
Shape and space: Transformation
The progression continua outline a sample learning trajectory of Mathematics at primary level. They suggest a series of learning experiences, which children might engage with as they develop and deepen their mathematical knowledge, skills and dispositions.
Preparation for learning, teaching and assessing primary mathematics
Making assessment count in primary mathematics
An overview of mathematical proficiency
Additional support pathways
An inclusive approach to learning, teaching and assessing primary mathematics
An introduction to maths talk
Promoting maths talk
An introduction to cognitively challenging tasks
Using cognitively challenging tasks to consolidate learning
Using cognitively challenging tasks as contexts for engaging and playful learning
Using cognitively challenging tasks: parallel and open-ended tasks
Work on the development of video examples of children's learning with the new curriculum has begun. These examples will exemplify playful and engaging learning experiences and demonstrate good pedagogical practices as children work towards Learning Outcomes.