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Bond Blocks

Building Understanding and Fluency in Addition and Subtraction with basic facts and beyond


What's the system suitable for?

Bond Blocks is a comprehensive system for the teaching of basic addition and subtraction facts. The Bond Blocks system has two purposes:

  • Mental Maths for Years 1 to 3
    Linking part-part-whole understanding with basic addition and subtraction fact fluency and associated word problems.
  • As a Intervention Support System for students in Years 3 – 6
    For older students who count to add and subtract.
    The Bond Block Test is used for placement and monitoring.
    Activities designed to support students with learning disabilities.

The Blocks

  • The blocks are not scored, reducing the tendency to simply count.
  • The natural wood colour of the sustainably-sourced New Zealand Pine reduces distraction of colourful plastic and focuses children on the numbers.
  • 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 a school pack) let you do so much more.

The Support

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