Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Number sentences

About this Illustration of Practice

This lesson sequence aims to develop students’ understanding of the order of operations in number sequences. The teachers have structured the sequence to ensure that students develop a deep understanding of core concepts and the use of mathematical language. The purposeful selection of resources scaffolds learning by engaging students in the application of knowledge.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.
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Learning area
Year level
Year 6
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Paradise Primary School
South Australia
Year level
Year 6
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This series of Mathematics tasks was planned for Year 6 students in a metropolitan government primary school. The learning tasks were developed by a team of teachers to target students’ conceptual understandings related to the order of operations in number sentences. The task design process used by the teachers involved them discussing the concept, observing students engaged in learning related to the concept, then developing strategies to further the students’ learning.

Content provider
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT)

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