Teaching & Learning

Curriculum

Our Early Learning Programs

Our well equipped Early Learning Centres aim to develop a solid foundation of skills in your child in preparation for formal learning. Our Early Childhood Programs cater to all children and their needs and differences. We strive to develop the ‘whole’ child cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively. The children are guided into their own levels of independence and led to discover themselves as a unique individual. Play is an important means of guiding children into learning.

Kindergarten

We administer the Seaview Community Kindergarten located in Jarrad Street, Cottesloe. This well equipped centre offers a safe, fun, play-based centre and an Early Learning Program for children aged 4 years. Website: http://seaviewkindy.com.au/

We also have a kindergarten facility at our Eric Street campus. Further information about our Kindergarten Program is available in the Wanslea Early Learning Centre Handbook.

Pre-Primary

We also offer a quality pre-primary program for children aged 5 years at our Wanslea Early Learning Centre in Railway Street Cottesloe adjacent to the primary school. Our experienced pre-primary teachers ensure all pre-primary children are prepared for formal schooling, and arrange incursions, excursions and stimulating sessions throughout the year.

Further information about our pre-primary program is available in the Wanslea Early Learning Centre Handbook.

The Primary Years (Years 1-6)

Students working on a maths problem at Mathematics Day A student painting our eco-mural on the amenities building The choir performing at our Anzac Day Service Students getting ready to start their race at the House Athletics Carnival

Curriculum

North Cottesloe Primary School offers students a broad and engaging curriculum that aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline.

Classroom teaching is supplemented with a range of incursions, excursions and community learning to offer a well-rounded education for our students.
Our school has consistently been one of the top performing schools in the WALNA and NAPLAN testing, and our excellent results in a diverse range of competitions including mathematics, literature, arts, technology and sports are evidence of the success of our balanced and varied curriculum.
Our specialist teachers in the areas of Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Japanese (Years 3-6) language; enhance the learning environment at North Cottesloe Primary School.

The eight learning areas
The Western Australian Curriculum is divided into eight learning areas:
English
Health and Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
Languages Other Than English (LOTE).
Mathematics
Science
Technologies
The Arts
Our classroom teachers work in conjunction with our specialist teaching staff to provide an integrated approach to learning across these areas.

Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Policy

At North Cottesloe Primary School, we implement a curriculum to meet the learning needs of students and assess and report student achievements in accordance with the established standards of the (SCASA) School Curriculum and Standards Authority, K-10 Outline. School Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Policy

Health & Physical Education

Our specialist Physical Education teacher gives all students in years 1-6 access to 1 hour of scheduled lessons, and an additional 1 hour of organised sport for students in years 4-6. Daily fitness programs are also provided in conjunction with classroom teachers of junior grades to ensure all children receive at least 120 minutes of physical activity each week.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Our students have access to a range of technology through classroom computers, electronic whiteboards, an automated Library Resource Centre and an ICT laboratory. Children are taught computing skills through the implementation of a skills development checklist, designed to facilitate the application of computing skills across all learning areas, in particular English, Society and Environment and T&E. Through a Digital Technologies Acceptable User Agreement, all students use technology appropriately as an information source. In recent years, our students have used technology to design advertisements, created a newspaper, produced their graduation book, explored digital photography and produced stop motion animations. Click this link to access a list of apps we currently use on the school’s iPads to develop critical and creative thinking in our students. iPad Apps.

The Arts

Performing Arts

Our school has a well regarded Performing Arts program. Performances feature at school assemblies, an annual Year 6 Musical Production, special ceremonies and concerts, and in visits to various community groups and competitions. Children are taught to read music by learning the recorder from Year 4.

Further instrumental music tuition is provided for selected senior students in flute, clarinet, trumpet and trombone through the School of Instrumental Music as a co-curricular program.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program is enjoyed by all students from Years 1-6 with creative, interesting art works being produced. A number of projects involving Artists in Residence have been completed in recent years including the painting of a mural on the school amenities block, artwork created for the Grant Street Railway Station and Metal Bugs made from recycled junk.

Languages Other Than English

All students from years 3-6 are provided the opportunity to develop an appreciation of another culture, and to learn to communicate in a language other than English.

Japanese Language and Culture

All students from years 3-6 are provided the opportunity to learn the Japanese culture and language through weekly lessons with our Japanese Language teacher.