Additive strategies 2021


This blended professional learning focuses on deepening understanding of the development of additive thinking through integrating practical ideas for classroom application.

It is designed to support primary teachers and Year 7 and Year 8 mathematics teachers to:

  • understand where additive strategies are referenced in the NSW syllabuses
  • understand how the numeracy learning progression provides fine grain detail on the development of additive strategies
  • plan for assessment and differentiated teaching across the curriculum considering student learning needs.

Who should participate?

Kindergarten to Year 6 teachers and Year 7 and 8 mathematics teachers.

One Executive member and up to three other staff members are invited to register in this professional learning (maximum four participants per school).

Mode of delivery

Blended learning with facilitator-led learning delivered in MS Teams and optional short, self-paced modules.


This professional learning consists of two parts:

  • Part 1 includes a 2.5 hour facilitated live session via MS Teams and a 30 minute post session task.
  • Part 2 includes a 30 minute pre session task and a 2.5 hour facilitated live session via MS Teams

Completing part 1 will help you to:

  • understand and analyse where students across K-8 are in relation to their development of additive strategies across the state and unpack the data
  • understand the numeracy progression sub-element of Additive strategies and how it relates to the NSW Mathematics K-10 syllabus
  • consider the connections between sub-elements and syllabus when planning teaching and learning activities.

A suggested professional learning pathway will be shared during the first facilitated live session. Participants have the option to further engage in 4 x 1 hour self-paced professional learning modules.

Completing part 2 will help you to:

  • use a variety of assessment tools and understand different types of assessment purposes ('for', 'of' and 'as' learning)
  • understand and use the theory of 'Tip of the Iceberg’ to analyse and plan for teaching and learning of additive strategies.

Register for ‘Additive strategies 2021’ via MyPL (Course code NR30312)

Please note: individual session enrolment is required for part 1 and part 2.

Dates and locations

See MyPL for available dates and times.

Please enrol in one Part 1 AND one Part 2 session in the corresponding School Performance Directorate enrolment group. The groups are:

  • Metropolitan North, Metropolitan South, Metropolitan South & West
  • Regional South, Rural South & West
  • Regional North, Regional North & West, Rural North

If you have any questions, contact, Leader, Professional Learning at

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