An Australian Mathematics Teaching and Intervention System
From Counting to Addition and Subtraction
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What Is the Bond Blocks System?
The Bond Blocks system has two uses:
- Whole class teaching: teaching well initially in order to reduce the number of students who need intervention efforts
- Maths Intervention in small groups or with pairs of students to build up foundational skills.
Informed by research using evidence-based methodology, developed by an Australian teacher together with Dr Paul Swan.
Bond Blocks Resources
Pre-Foundation (Age 4 Kindergarten)
These resources systematically target the major predictors of difficulties in mathematics in Pre-Foundation using a Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach.
Extend counting to include number line thinking, identifying the greater of two numbers and missing number sequences including before and after. Includes Assessment Checklists.
Foundation (Age 5 Pre-Primary)
Develop understanding and fluency connecting number names, numerals and quantities for the difficult teen numbers using a Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach.
Extend counting from 10 to 20 and beyond to include number line thinking and missing number sequences including identifying the number before and after. Includes Assessment Checklists.
Mental Maths (Years 1 - 3) &
Maths Intervention Program (Years 1- 6)
Mental Maths for Years 1 to 3
Systematically cover every content descriptor from Year 1 to 3 in addition and subtraction in 8 minutes, three times a week.
Intervention Support System for Years 1 to 6
Intervene to help students move on from counting to addition and subtraction. Use the Bond Block Test for placement and monitoring.
Activities designed to support students with learning disabilities.
Over 100 specific activities
in the Core Intervention Kit
The Bond Blocks Maths Intervention Program is fully sequenced, Australian Curriculum linked and follows a Concrete-Representational-Abstract approach.
Every activity is completed on one A3 board by an individual student or pair.
Activity boards are reusable and ready-to-go with minimal equipment and setup.
Complete one activity a week. All you need is 8 minutes, 3 times a week.
Every activity has its own publicly accessible webpage, where the activity is:
- modelled in a short video for consistent, school wide teaching.
- explained with specified mathematics and language.
- differentiated ‘a little easier’ or ‘a little harder’.
Teaching Modelled in Video
- Explicit teaching of the activity
- Demonstrating to teachers how to link the mathematical manipulative, the language and symbols
Differentiations – Done!
- Free downloads and website instructions to make the activity a little easier or harder
Activity Instructions, Assessments, Monitoring, Teacher Notes
Example of an activity video
- Bond Blocks are not scored, with individual
unit lines. They are a representational
manipulative that supports students to
move from counting to calculating with
- The length of the block helps student
develop the concept of a mental number
- The natural wood, sustainably-sourced New Zealand Pine, reduces distraction of colourful plastic and focuses children on the written numerals.
- Ten is represented with two different blocks: Linear Ten and an Empty Ten Frame, similar to a ten strip and ten frame.
- They are a ratio of one unit : 2 cm making them easy to manipulate.
- They are self-checking, encouraging number sense and estimation.
There’s a lot you can do with just the Blocks themselves and the Bond Blocks Out of the Box book, but the activity boards (included in the Core Intervention Kit) let you do so much more.
Whether you’re a teacher or homeschooling parent you can be sure Bond Blocks will be an effective tool
Aims of the Bond Blocks Maths Intervention Program
Use the Bond Block System to develop:
- Fluency with number bonds, leading to recall.
- Addition and subtraction to 20 and beyond.
- Robust understandings of addition and subtraction concepts, and relationships between them.
- Flexible, efficient calculating strategies.
- Number concepts including place value.
- Mathematical reasoning and problem solving.
Click to read the short 4 page Information Overview
Take a moment to check out the site
Check out what a lesson looks like or peruse our FAQ. There are also fantastic support materials in our teacher notes section, including a 3-page document asking the question “Is the Bond Blocks Maths Intervention Program evidence-based?” which helps demystify what ‘evidence-based’ does and does not mean.