Balwyn North Primary School

Balwyn North Primary School



The teaching and learning program at Balwyn North Primary School aims to recognise and develop every child’s individual strengths and learning needs.  There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of English and Mathematics as the foundations for all other learning.  Daily literacy and numeracy learning blocks are designed around the individual learning needs of each student, providing extension and support where needed. 

Balwyn North Primary School is an authorised International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. Developing the whole child is central to the learning program at Balwyn North Primary School.  Students are provided with opportunities to investigate the world around them through Units of Inquiry.  These units allow students to conduct research and real life learning tasks that help them to better understand their world. The development of research, communication, thinking and interpersonal skills are all essential components of the Units of Inquiry, ensuring that our students are developing the broad range of skills they will require for their future.

ICT plays a significant role in the teaching and learning program at Balwyn North Primary School to prepare students to work in the 21st century.  In years 3-6 students are provided with the opportunity to be involved in a 1:1 netbook program giving them individual and continual access to a netbook to support their learning.  The school also has class sets of netbooks/iPads for students in Prep – Year 2.  The role of ICT in the classroom reflects the role that ICT plays in the broader community.  Students are taught to use the most appropriate technology/device to suit the intended learning purpose.

The classroom learning program is supported by a full specialist program of:

A number of optional programs are also offered to students to develop their individual interests and talents including:

Students are also provided with the option of participating in private tuition in the following programs:

At Balwyn North Primary School we pride ourselves on the pastoral care and development of our students.  The teaching and learning program incorporates opportunities for the development of personal and inter-personal skills.  To further support this development and build a strong sense of community across the school, we run a weekly C.A.R.E (Community, Achievement, Respect, Empowerment) program.  Students work in cross-age (Prep – Year 6) groupings on projects and activities that aim to develop social skills and values.  The C.A.R.E program also allows teachers to get to know students from all level across the school.