• ### Where are they now?

Makes, models names and records collections to 10

• ### Where to next?

Makes, names and records collections to at least 30

• ### Purpose

While at the single digit stage matching numerals to collections may seem to be just a memory exercise, students will not progress even at this level unless they are encouraged to build an understanding that numbers are about ‘amount’ or quantity – that they are not just about counting sequence. This idea of quantity is what makes mathematics different to other subjects. When learning reading, knowing a sequence of letters that makes a word is of little use unless the meaning of the word is also understood. So too with mathematics, just stating the name of a number symbol is of little use unless there is an understanding of the quantity indicated by the number. WIth higher numbers, this ability requires a broad understanding of all aspects of whole number including an understanding of the base10 system and place value, counting, magnitude and location.

### Four Dice Totals

Focus: Efficiently determining a number of items (dots on dice) in the range to 30, and writing the corresponding numeral.

Four Dice Totals Activity sheet

Four Dice Totals score sheet

### Counter Grab

Focus: Recording the number of items in different collections. Students need to correctly identify the number of items in each collections through an efficient count, and then correctly write the corresponding numeral to record the number of items.

Counter Grab Sheet

Counter Grab Board

Diagnostic assessment task suitible for indiviual students or small groups

Subitising Probe task (instructions and BLMs)

Alternate layout for Set 5 (small cards)

### A Picture Book of Numbers

Focus: Making and checking a specific collection of drawn items in the range to 30 through counting, and correctly writing the corresponding numeral