Mathematics at Clyde Primary School

Our approach to teaching Mathematics is centred on evidence-based practices and high impact teaching strategies.

The curriculum for primary students is set out in the Victorian Curriculum F – 10 document that provides a coherent, comprehensive continuum of learning. At Clyde Primary School, we use the curriculum to inform planning and assess the impact of learning programs, adjusting them to suit individual needs so that students can reach their potential.

A standard lesson is structured as follows;

Tuning In Activity

This involves tuning into the students prior knowledge of a topic. This is an engaging, purposeful and often collaborative task that supports students’ learning through multiple exposures.

Explicit Instruction

The WALT (We Are Learning To – learning intention), WILF (What I’m Looking For – success criteria) and TIB (This Is Because – purpose) are explained to students. New learning is explicitly taught through the development of anchor charts, explanations of concepts and strategies, and modelled examples.

Independent Learning

Students apply new learning through differentiated learning activities that are based on student assessment data. This often involves rich learning tasks, concrete materials and real world connections.

During this time, the teacher is running a Focus Group and working with a small group of students at their point of need.


The learning intention is reiterated and students have an opportunity to explain their thinking, share work, ask questions and receive feedback.