At Nhulunbuy Primary School, we set maths goals to provide a framework for students to understand their learning targets. These goals are initially established based on assessment data, allowing us to tailor instruction and show students the next steps in their learning.

By setting maths goals, we create a reference point for monitoring student progress. Regular assessments and tracking help us gauge how students are advancing towards their goals.

Students’ maths goals are displayed in their Maths books for easy reference. Once a students’ goal has been sighted and signed off three times, it signifies they are ready to move on to the next step. Achievement of goals are celebrated in the classroom and shared with families. Goals are also displayed in the classroom as a visual reminder of their progress and a celebration of success.

The reason we set goals in this manner is because of the principles of Visible Learning, an evidence-based approach developed by John Hattie. This approach emphasises the importance of making learning goals explicit and involving students in the goal setting process. According to Hattie’s research, when students actively engage in setting and tracking their goals, they are more likely to make significant progress in their learning.