Teaching & Learning


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.


Our dynamic Kindergarten classroom is located in our Early Learning Centre at the rear of the Wanslea historic building site. 


We 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 children are prepared for formal schooling, and arrange incursions, excursions and stimulating instruction throughout the year with a play focus.

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

The Primary Years (Years 1-6)


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 historically & 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 in delivery 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 Western Australian Curriculum is divided into eight learning areas:
Health and Physical Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
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, Mr Jon Stubbs 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 1-6. Students enjoy sports days including the annual athletics carnival, an interschool lightning carnival for Year 4 – 6 students covering winter team sports, a swimming carnival held in Term 1 and tennis and cricket invitational competitions later in the school year.

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. 

The Arts

Performing Arts

Our school has a well regarded Performing Arts program managed by Mrs Linda Arnold. 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.

Students can also participate in the school’s singing program including a Year 4 & Year 5 choir and an optional Ensemble group.

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. Students learning these instruments join the school band who combine to play at school events regularly.

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program, run by Ms Stephanie Matthews 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.

Japanese Language and Culture

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. Our Japanese program here at North Cottesloe Primary is run by Ms Lois Barndon.