Course Description

The world renowned Six Bricks methodology is an ideal starting point to build numeracy and basic mathematical skills for children.  The six bricks methodology is incredibly versatile and is used globally to improve executive functioning skills for children. It is particularly useful for helping children to make sense of numbers and mathematical operations.

Six Bricks brings a hands-on approach to help children visualize the problem and work through the steps required to arrive logically at a solution.  Children have tremendous fun when using the bricks and this makes it far easier for them to grasp concepts without even realising that they are gaining these skills.

Daily mathematics activities with the Six Bricks ensure that children acquire higher order thinking skills and continue to practise their skills at more challenging levels.

The process of development in children involves a need to classify what is going on around them and to identify patterns in what they experience.  Through the Six Bricks approach, children learn to fit things together and take them apart, as their spatial skills develop.  

They re-arrange and shape objects and also observe and describe things from different spatial views - this is something that can only be learnt through experience. Patterning, sequencing and sorting help children to develop a sense of continuity in their world. 

You are able to scale the activities up or down to suit the level of your class.  Create even more activities of your own as you become familiar with the methodology.  

The activities can simply be used as ‘brain boosters’ when energy is flagging or when children are out of flow.   Alternatively, they can be formally linked to concepts in the curriculum.

NOTE:  It is suggested that you complete the module on Implementing the Six Bricks Methodology before commencing this module.  This module does not cover the fundamental principles of the Six Bricks Methodology.  We assume that you have built your understanding through the completion of:

Learn how to apply the Six Bricks Methodology in your  K - 2 class.


Audience

Teachers in Years K-2 use these activities to help children grasp concepts and strengthen their active engagement with a topic.

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.

4.2.2 Proficient Level - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments - Manage classroom activities:  Establish and maintain orderly and workable routines to create an environment where student time is spent on learning tasks

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Use the Six Bricks Methodology to Build Numeracy and Basic Mathematical Skills will contribute 2 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptors 3.5.3 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Course Outline

  • 2

    Module 2 - Fundamentals and knowledge behind Six Bricks Methodology

    • The Fundamentals - Use the six bricks Methodology to build Mathematical Skills

    • Activity - Teaching Position and Direction

    • Task: When you reflect on the activity, what was your response?

    • Duplo Size Bricks

  • 3

    Module 3 - Understand the Knowledge behind the Six Bricks Methodology for Maths

    • Advantages to using these activities for teaching Mathematical Skills

    • Consolidate Mathematical Concepts

    • Key Components of Mathematical Activities

    • Use Six Bricks to Reinforce Key Concepts

  • 4

    Module 4 - Resources to make Maths Fun

    • Resources you need to include the Six Bricks Methodology into your Classroom

    • Other Resources

  • 5

    Module 5 - Integration

    • Integrate the Activities into your Teaching

    • Start off with Simple Activities

    • Expand on the Basic Activity

    • Download this PDF for a further version of the Activity

    • Mathematics closely aligns to Other Skills

  • 6

    Module 6 - Example Exercises to Use

    • Activity for basic addition, subtraction and multiplication skills

    • PDF for Multiples Activity

    • PDF for Problem Solving Skills (addition and subtraction)

    • Basic Activity for Addition

    • Making and Extending Patterns

    • Building Patterns using sets of Six Bricks Activity

    • PDF for Patterns template

  • 7

    Module 7 - Understand Symmetry

    • Learn more about Symmetry

    • Different types of Symmetry

    • Reflections all around Us

  • 8

    Module 8 - Grid Referencing

    • Why is Grid Referencing Important

    • Grid Referencing Activity

  • 9

    Module 9 - Data Handling

    • Understanding Data Handling

    • Data Activity

    • Reflection Task

  • 10

    Module 10 - Conclusion

    • Wrap - Up

    • Commit to trying something different in your class!

    • In Conclusion

  • 11

    Course Feedback

    • Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback

Presenter

Denise Meyerson

I have over 30 years' experience in delivering PD training to schools, teachers, corporate clients and corporate trainers. I am one of the first master trainers of the LEGO Serious Play methodology and have used this process for schools and teaching teams. I am also qualified as a trainer for the powerful six bricks methodology which makes use of just 6 Duplo bricks to provide structured play opportunities in the classroom.

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