• Numeracy

Mathematics Intervention and Support Year 1 to Year 6 – Building the Foundation of Addition and Subtraction

PL # 13132
Starting on 8 Oct 2021
Cancellation permitted until 05 Oct 2021

Event registrations closed on 06 Oct 2021

Delivery Format :

Event registration is Closed


AISWA are pleased to offer a session on Mathematics Intervention and Support using Bond blocks presented by Narelle Rice.


Differentiation is different to Intervention. This session will explore:
i. A Response To Intervention framework for a whole school approach to Maths Intervention
ii. Key attributes of students who experience difficulty in mathematics and require intervention.
iii. Guidelines to teach and implement intervention effectively, including the use of manipulatives in a Concrete – Representational – Abstract Framework.
The mathematics in the session will focus on additive thinking: from initial counting in Kindergarten through to Year 3 level addition and subtraction.
Reference will be made to how a Concrete Representational Abstract approaches links to the solving of word questions in addition and subtraction.
Bond Block Introduction
Bond Blocks is a system of over 100 sequenced activities to build understanding and fluency in addition and subtraction with basic facts, including application to word problems and related algebra. The system has two uses:
1) As part of a whole school approach to Mental Maths in Years 1 to 3.
2) As an Intervention Support System for students in Years 3-6 who count to add and subtract.

The Bond Block system includes a placement test and a monitoring/tracking tool.

The system does not require teachers to attend face-to-face PL. All PL is available free on the website so teachers can watch relevant parts, pause or rewatch. New teachers to the school can view the same PL. The developers understand how difficult and costly it can be for schools, especially in remote areas to access and cover the cost of PL

Every activity is completed on one, reusable A3 board, by pairs/individuals. Each activity is modelled in a short video (1 - 2min), which teachers can watch prior to the lesson or give to support staff or show directly to the students.

Further support notes and materials are provided at Bondblocks.com so that teachers can differentiate the tasks


Sheila Griffin(AISWA Staff)

Numeracy Consultant
Sheila Griffin<span>(AISWA Staff)</span>

Numeracy Consultant

Sheila has a passion for improving the teaching of mathematics by supporting schools and teachers through targeted professional learning and practical differentiated classroom ideas. Sheila is co-author of Teaching Mathematics Through Story Books 1,2 and 3 with Dr Paul Swan which was shortlisted at the national publication awards in 2022.

Sheila has a primary school background working in the state school sector where she had a range of Numeracy and leadership roles including the West Australian Project Officer for the teaching of Consumer and Financial Literacy education through the MoneySmart Program. Sheila has also delivered “hands on” Primary Maths workshops at Murdoch University.

She has received several awards with recognition at a national level when she was awarded an Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Outstanding Primary Maths Teacher of the Year from the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI). Additionally, she received an award for her whole school approach to the teaching of Consumer and Financial Literacy.

Narelle Rice

Narelle Rice

Narelle Rice’s background is teaching mathematics from primary through to lower secondary. She has worked in teacher education for AISWA and ECU. Narelle is passionate about teaching students who don’t fit the middle, supporting teachers and developing whole school systems. Narelle is currently enjoying time working with Dr Paul Swan.

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Event Segment

Date / Time

8 Oct 2021 Starts: 08:45 Finishes: 12:30

Delivery Format : In Person

AISWA Seminar Room Suite 2

PL Hours : 4.00

Learning Area

  • Numeracy

School Area

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

Event Contact

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