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Mathematics / Foundation / Number and Algebra / Number and place value

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Curriculum content descriptions

Establish understanding of the language and processes of counting by naming numbers in sequences, initially to and from 20, moving fromĀ  any starting point (ACMNA001)

Elaborations
  • reading stories from other cultures featuring counting in sequence to assist students to recognise ways of counting in local languages and across cultures
  • identifying the number words in sequence, backwards and forwards, and reasoning with the number sequences, establishing the language on which subsequent counting experiences can be built
  • developing fluency with forwards and backwards counting in meaningful contexts, including stories and rhymes
  • understanding that numbers are said in a particular order and there are patterns in the way we say them
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Sequences (Number patterns),  Counting

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Year level F-2
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Number trains

Arrange train carriages according to numbers on their sides. The numbers are represented in a range of formats such as words, numerals, dice dots or counting frames. Identify the numbers that come before and after starting numbers. Begin with numbers up to ten. Move on to work with larger numbers such as 40 and 50. Practise ...

Interactive Resource

Sites2See – number for primary

Selected links to a range of interactive online resources for the study of number in Foundation to Year 6 Mathematics.

Teacher resource

Counting and representing numbers 1–20

Explore counting familiar objects and representing numbers up to 20. Name, match, subitise, compare and order numbers to 20, then use these numbers in addition and subtraction. Relate number sentences to these operations in meaningful ways.

Interactive resource

Counting beetles: level 1

Watch the beetles crawl into the garden or out of the garden. Watch some beetles completely or partially hide beneath the leaves. Work out how many beetles there are altogether. Choose a number for your answer and check it. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. Three objects in the series are also packaged ...

Interactive resource

Number trains: numbers 1–20

Arrange train carriages according to numbers on their sides. The numbers are represented in a range of formats such as words, numerals, base-10 blocks or counting frames. Identify the numbers that come before and after starting numbers. Work with whole numbers up to 20. For example, arrange four carriages into the order ...

Teacher resource

Fun with numbers

Use these resources and tasks to explore numbers 1–10 through online interactive activities and hands-on play. Students will develop their understanding and skills of counting through one-to-one correspondence, recognising numbers, understanding the order of numbers and developing number patterns. While the focus is on ...

Assessment resource

Number trains: counting on: assessment

Test your understanding of whole numbers in a variety of representations (number words, numerals, dice dots, ten-frames). Arrange train carriages in sequence according to numbers represented on their sides. For example, arrange four carriages into the sequence 8, 9, 10, 11. Identify the numbers that come before and after ...

Interactive resource

Number trains: numbers 1–10

Arrange train carriages according to numbers on their sides. The numbers are represented in a range of formats such as words, numerals, base-10 blocks or counting frames. Identify the numbers that come before and after starting numbers. Work with whole numbers up to 10. For example, arrange four carriages into the order ...

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Counting forwards and backwards up to 10

Count with Dodly and Flynn as they count their clay monsters and their toy dinosaur collection. Count a range of animals including kangaroos, butterflies and whales. Even count backwards as they launch a rocket into space.

Interactive resource

Counting beetles: level 2

Watch the beetles crawl into the garden or out of the garden. Watch some beetles completely or partially hide beneath the leaves. Work out how many beetles there are altogether. Choose a number for your answer and check it. This learning object is one in a series of five objects. Three objects in the series are also packaged ...

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The number 20 song

Sing along with this clip to help you count to twenty. Count the number of children running. Count the number of stars. After singing along you will be great at counting to 20!

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Comparing and classifying

Explore numbers with Flynn and Dodly as they compare their marble collection, dinosaur toys and the noses on Dodly's pictures. Who has more? Who has less? Who has the same? These are questions often asked during an ordinary day. Help Flynn work out how many dinosaurs Dodly has in his bag. Use the clues that Dodly gives Flynn.

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Ten tiny turtles

Sing along and have fun counting to ten. See what items the tiny turtles buy from the grocery men. Look at the different ways to arrange ten items.

Teacher resource

Numbers and counting - Foundation

This is a teacher resource that includes a set of student activities focusing on the numbers to 20, accompanied by copy masters and a detailed teacher guide for each activity. The activities cover the sequence of numbers, number names, 1:1 correspondence and recording and representing numbers, and make a connection to Asian ...

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Representing numbers 1 to 5

Watch Dodly and Flynn at the monster fair investigating ways of representing the numbers from one to five. Two is a double, such as in a double scoop of ice-cream. Tally marks and 'tri' are used as representations of three, while four monster apples are shown as 3 and 1 or 2 and 2.

Teacher resource

reSolve: Counting: Handfuls

This lesson focuses on building students' counting skills, particularly their ability to subitise a collection (recognise the number of items in a group without the need to count them) . Students consider ways of structuring a collection so that the total can be quickly identified. They explore different arrangements for ...

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Representing numbers 6-10

Dodly and Flynn meet while Flynn is building a model volcano. They count snails and toy dinosaurs and show different ways to represent each of the numbers from six to ten through writing, drawing or sharing between two groups. The Super Seven and others also help out.

Teacher resource

reSolve: Authentic Problems: Tea Party

This sequence of four lessons presents a purposeful context for counting using the context of planning a tea party. Students consider items required for a small party, draw and count the items and then extend this to a larger party for the whole class. Each lesson is outlined in detail including curriculum links, vocabulary, ...

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Counting pirate treasure

Watch as a stingy pirate captain counts out wages in 'pieces of eight' (gold coins) for one of his crew. Watch as the pirate captain takes away pieces of eight for what he calls 'deductions'. See how much gold the crew member walks away with!

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Street steppin'

Can you count to eight? Dance along with these street dancers as they step out a dance to count to eight. How good are your dance moves?