**some algebra before arithmetic pre-number awarenesses**

**examples of free play awarenesses:**

rods are good things to play with

we can make pictures

we can build models and buildings

we can play games

we can invent games

we can share our ideas

we can learn from each other

rod colours are in families

rods can be packed away in family colour order if we like

rods can be packed away in other ways

rods have a definite regular order of size

I can recognise rods by how they feel

rods can be named by colour and in other ways

**directed informal awarenesses:**

rods of same colour are same length

rods of same length are same colour

groups can be made of the same colour

groups can be made of the same lengths

**language (word concept) awarenesses:**

**trains** can be made in a variety of ways

rods can be swapped for others

**staircases** can be made in a variety of ways

**mats** can be made

mats can be made with **rows** of rods of the same colour

we can answer questions by making **patterns** of rods

**awarenesses relating to adding and its inverse:**

I can find one rod to fit two others

I can find two or more rods to fit one

I can find rods to fit long trains

I can find the **difference** **between** two rods in different ways

I can find the **difference between** two trains of any length

**awarenesses relating to equivalence, multiplication and factors:**

I can find one rod which fits two or more rods of the same colour

I can find rods of the same colour to fit some other longer rods

I can find rods of the same colour to fit some, but not all trains