Senior Primary

Students from Year 3 onwards attend school at the Clarenza Campus. They are encouraged to explore different opportunities and develop passions as they experience a variety of areas through our Many Paths Initiative (MPI) that is run from Year 3 to Year 8 in developmentally appropriate groupings.

In the Year 3 and 4 groupings students experience semesterised topics that they can choose, from dance, to art, STEAM, drama and music. A focus on the transition to senior primary in the first term ensures all students feel valued through the Buddy Program.  Students in Year 3 and 4 have groups of buddies in Years 7and 8 to not only provide younger students with student role models and friends to stand up for them, but also provide Learning Leadership skills for older students.

Math Pathways is introduced in Years 5 and 6 to provide a differentiated mathematics program that uncovers individual student gaps and competencies and offers targeted teaching to small groups of students in each class. Through specific and targeted data teachers are able to recognise where a student needs support or acceleration and students can work at an individual level to drive their learning.
MPI continues with added breadth of subject choices and opportunities to work with like-minded students in different grades – the students have access to the STEAM room, the Gym and the Agriculture plot to develop their interests and passions in Drumbeat, Food Bowl, Eco Warriors, Coding, Dance, Drama, Graffiti Art and Health and Fitness.

Maths Pathways

What Is Maths Pathway?

Maths Pathway is a Learning and Teaching Model that is tailored to cater for individual learning needs.  It combines a range of evidence-based teaching methods and classroom practices with an online learning environment that supports teachers to provide personalised learning for each student and implement high-impact teaching strategies. 

This includes developing their problem solving, independent learning, and group work skills, and helping students develop a growth mindset towards their mathematics learning.

The model combines whole class, small group and individual learning.

Why Maths Pathway and how does it work?

Students begin by completing a diagnostic assessment that provides data on each student. This data forms a learning profile detailing what each student has mastered, what they are ready to learn next and what gaps exist. Students will then spend time in class individually working on curriculum mapped content that’s just right for them.  These are called modules. Students are then regularly tested on the modules that they have completed.Students will be given feedback about their effort, accuracy and growth. Effort reflects the number of modules a student actually completes against the number of modules the teacher assigned to them. Accuracy is a measure of how many modules your child masters on the test compared to how many modules they completed. Growth combines the effort and accuracy shows the rate that the student is mastering new modules.

Example of how Maths Pathway works

In the above example, the wide range of levels creates an extremely challenging situation in the classroom. Maths Pathway enables teachers to personalise the learning experience for every student in the classroom. Students access the content they are ready for based on their diagnosed level. Teachers are able to support student learning through targeted instruction, challenging high achieving students to excel while supporting students at and below the level to continuously grow.

The average classroom has an eight year spread of ability. Maths Pathway gives students the curriculum mapped content they are ready to learn. This ensures students are being challenged enough to remain engaged but given plenty of opportunity to experience success.

Targeted explicit teaching will often be with smaller groups of students who are ready to work on the same concept. These small group lessons involve hands-on materials, discussion, development of vocabulary and collaboration. Teachers have closer contact with students in a small group and gain greater insight into their learning compared with teaching the whole class at the same time. Students are able to gain a deeper understanding of the maths they learn when it is targeted to their point of need.

Hear what other Maths teachers say about Maths Pathway.