Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Mathematics and Science: a national snapshot of teaching

Illustrations of Practice showcase teaching practice from across Australia at the four career stages of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The Illustrations include a range of different pedagogical approaches, and are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive.

AITSL is grateful to the teachers who shared their authentic, illustrative and instructive practice. The career stage attributed to each Illustration reflects the content of the single lesson or sequence, and is not an assessment of the teacher’s overall level of practice.

Primary Maths

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Humpty Doo Primary School, NT

The school draws on a range of programs and initiatives to enhance their maths program and to support their teachers in addressing specific learning requirements. Click here for more about the overall school approach.

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Melton Primary School, VIC

The school uses developmental continuums, formative assessments and scheduled collegial discussions to plan for, and track, learning for all students. Click here to hear more about the overall school approach.

St Georges Road Primary School, VIC

The school has teamed up with two other local  schools, Gowrie St Primary School and Wilmot Road Primary School, to establish a Professional Learning Community.

Seaforth Public School, NSW

The school has capitalised on it's strong arts program to promote science within the school community. The school employs a specialist teacher to deliver science in a dedicated science space across all classes. (More from Seaforth in Primary Science)


Wooranna Park Primary School, VIC

A K – 6 school that utilises the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia. There is a strong focus on sustainability and compassion for the environment, as well as complex tasks such as robotics and programming. (More from Wooranna in Primary Science)

Primary Science

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Balnarring Primary School, VIC

The school employs a specialist science teacher to devise and deliver a science program from Foundation to Year 6, in a dedicated science room.


Lansdowne Crescent Primary School, TAS

The school seeks to produce students with embedded 21st century habits of mind such as collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills. The science program focuses on the interconnectedness of environments such as land and sea


Macfarlane Primary School, NT

The school engages in Indigenous cultural learning in their science program. These studies involve students identifying plants, researching their scientific and indigenous names and understanding their uses.

Mentone Girls' Grammar School, VIC

Science is a main focus at the school and students in Year 5 and 6 are taught STEM subjects by specialist teachers from the Senior School. In Year 5, students undertake a STEM year in which every topic connects to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. (More from Mentone in secondary science.)

Seaforth Public School, NSW

The school has capitalised on it's strong arts program to promote science within the school community. The school employs a specialist teacher to deliver science in a dedicated science space across all classes.

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Table Cape Primary School, TAS

The Assistant Principal teaches science at all year levels in the school for two days a week.


Wooranna Park Primary School, VIC

A K – 6 school that utilises the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia. Students engage in project-based learning to enhance their knowledge and understanding of science. There is a strong focus on sustainability and compassion for the environment, as well as complex tasks such as robotics and programming.

Secondary Maths

Australian Science and Mathematics School, SA

A purpose-built school dedicated to innovative science and mathematics teaching for senior secondary students. ASMS has a range of teaching strategies including the use of an interdisciplinary curriculum and problem-based inquiry approach. (More from ASMS in secondary science below)

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John Monash Science School, VIC

The school uses team teaching to support teacher collaboration in lesson planning, teaching strategies and differentiated learning. Click here to hear more about the overall school approach.

Mount Alvernia College, QLD

An independent Catholic secondary school for girls operated by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Teachers in the school use a range of strategies including inquiry based learning and peer teaching. (More from Mount Alvernia in Secondary Science)


Parkes High School, NSW

The school provides a number of mathematics programs to support the diversity of students' needs in the district, including remote students who participate in extension mathematics classes using a virtual classroom.


Ryan Catholic College, QLD

The school has a growing science department due to a strong and successful focus on student-based enquiry and hands-on approach to learning. Authentic scientific investigations underpin pedagogy.

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Sunshine College, VIC

The school has developed a differentiated approach to maths classes, that seeks to ensure students are learning at their point of need.

Secondary Science

Aquinas College, WA

The college offers students the opportunity to engage in a broad range of subjects, as well as extra-curricula and cultural activities.


Australian Science and Mathematics School, SA

A purpose-built school dedicated to innovative science and mathematics teaching for senior secondary students. ASMS has a range of teaching strategies including the use of an interdisciplinary curriculum and problem-based inquiry approach.

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John Monash Science School, VIC

The school uses team teaching to support teacher collaboration in lesson planning, teaching strategies and differentiated learning. Click here to hear more about the overall school approach.

Mentone Girls' Grammar School, VIC

Science is a main focus at the school and students in Year 5 and 6 are taught STEM subjects by specialist teachers from the Senior School. In Year 5, students undertake a STEM year in which every topic connects to Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

Mount Alvernia College, QLD

An independent Catholic secondary school for girls operated by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Teachers in the school use a range of strategies including inquiry based learning and peer teaching.”


Newton Moore Senior High School

The school participates in many science programs and initiatives, including the ‘Science Horizons Program’ for gifted students and a recently introduced engineering program. The school has a particular interest in marine environments, maintaining a wetland and providing a Certificate II in Aquaculture for year 11 and 12 students.

Northcote High School, VIC

The sustained focus on science at the school ensures that students have access to a broad range of opportunities within and outside of the classroom, including through inquiry based projects, community projects that draw in expert practitioners, and partnerships with universities.

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Rosewood State High School, QLD

In addition to teaching content, concepts and approaches in science, the school also seeks to highlight connections to other learning areas and to improve student literacy.


Ryan Catholic College, QLD

The school has a growing science department due to a strong and successful focus on student-based enquiry and hands-on approach to learning. Authentic scientific investigations underpin pedagogy.

St Mary’s College, TAS

The college offers a wide variety of science subjects at the senior years including biology, chemistry and earth sciences. The college has established a Women in Science Centre and participates in a range of events including the University of Tasmania Science Fair to increase opportunities for students to engage in science.

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St Mary's Star of the Sea, NSW

The school uses Science by Doing resources to enhance their science program.


Telopea Park School, ACT

A bi-national French-Australian K – 10 school. Approximately one quarter of the secondary students follow the English-French bilingual program. As a part of the Middle Years Program, scientific enquiry and independent research skills are fostered through the CSIRO CREST program.