A thought provoking, challenging curriculum provides opportunities for each student to reach their potential academically, socially, and emotionally. Numeracy and literacy are main focus points in each year level to ensure a sound grounding for life in these areas. Learning is student centred and independence is encouraged and a strong emphasis is based on research skills, personal organisation and open ended activities which enable each student to be excited and engaged in their learning and to foster an interest in life long learning. Individual differences are catered for using a variety of strategies such as small group activities and independent learning tasks. The individual needs of students are paramount to effective learning. Intervention and extension programs operate across the school to enhance and support the abilities of students either in the classroom, in small groups or individually.
The curriculum uses the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. All Key Learning Areas: Mathematics, English, Science, Technology, Health and Physical Education, The Arts and Languages Other Than English (LOTE) are included in the curriculum with additional involvement in Information and Communications Technology, Outdoor Experience/ Camps, the Humanities and Civics, Citizenship and Values.
There is an emphasis on how teaching relates to the child, with the Early Years approach to Literacy and Numeracy in the Junior School, and a specific approach to learning needs in the Middle Years. These are all directed at creating the resilient independent learner.
Essendon Primary has high quality, professional teachers, which is the fundamental requirement for optimal learning. Specialist support teachers complete the teaching team. Teachers are involved in ongoing professional development. Parents are kept fully informed of their child's progress with face-to-face meetings and a detailed continuous outcome reporting regime.