Additive strategies


This four-day professional learning over two terms designed to help teachers understand where additive strategies are referenced in NSW syllabuses, how the numeracy learning progression provides fine grain detail on the development of additive strategies and plan for differentiated teaching across the curriculum in light of student learning needs with regards to additive strategies.

Who should participate?

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

Mode of delivery

Face-to-face delivery (four days over two terms) with in-between activities.


Participants will understand pedagogies that develop student confidence in using flexible strategies for addition and subtraction and consider classroom applications.

Day 1: Investigation of where additive strategies are referenced throughout NSW syllabuses and considering how to use formative assessment to inform their knowledge of student's current skills.

Day 2: Analysis of diagnostic formative assessment and identify the learning opportunities. Exploring connections between the content identified in NSW syllabuses and the Additive Strategies sub element of the Numeracy learning progression. Exploring the pedagogies that will best support student learning of flexible strategies for addition and subtraction.

Day 3: Exploration of how the progressions can be used to monitor student growth in the progression of learning for additive strategies and how the progressions support differentiation to cater for the diverse needs in classrooms.

Day 4: Consideration of the next steps for learning based on the student growth observed together with planning for how student learning of additive strategies can be incorporated into existing teaching.

Register via MyPL - individual registration required for each day

Day 1: Course code RG04857

Day 2: Course code RG04885

Day 3: Course code RG19057

Day 4: Course code RG05084

NESA Registered Professional Development

Completing 'Additive Strategies' will contribute 24 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.5.2, 2.5.2, 5.1.2, 5.4.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2, 6.4.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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