Junior School (Foundation to 2)

Our Junior School places a high priority on developing the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours in literacy and numeracy, and other areas including Health and Physical Education, History, Geography, Science, Technology, LOTE (Mandarin), and Personal and Social development.


The ability to read well and the desire to learn are a vital foundation for future learning.  A core focus at Essendon North Primary School is for students to develop positive attitudes to reading. Students become confident, competent and discriminating readers. Students engage in a variety of reading activities on a daily basis that are interest based and aimed at improving reading skills, including digital literacies. Daily home reading is an integral part of the reading process.


A high priority is that students become confident at communicating effectively in the written form and begin to see themselves as writers. Writing is incorporated across all areas of the curriculum. Spelling is acquired through a variety of activities based on the children’s own writing, personal word, class spelling words, vocabulary drawn from each Integrated Studies unit and prepared word lists. Spelling is reinforced through engaging and appropriate spelling based activities.


Students experience a variety of hands on, oral, written and computer based maths activities.  Skills to be developed include counting patterns, place value, recognition and writing numbers, creating and solving equations using the four operations, problem solving, simple fractions and measurement activities such as length, mass, volume, time and money. It is important that you offer opportunities for your child to extend their learning through real life experiences, such as cooking and shopping.

Inquiry Learning

The inquiry curriculum at Essendon North Primary School is one that transcends the boundaries imposed by traditional subject boundaries. It involves the integration of content with skills and learning processes. Our approach to learning supports students to make meaningful connections across the curriculum so that their learning is relevant, and develops knowledge, understandings, skills, feelings, values and attitudes. Inquiry Learning incorporates Humanities (History, Geography and Economics), Science, Design Creativity and Technology, ICT and Civics and Citizenship.