Our Learning Philosophy

At Brighton Primary School, we take great pride in our distinctive learning philosophy, carefully crafted to foster a dynamic and enriching educational experience for your child.

Our skilled teachers, who are always on the pulse of best practice and educational research, ensure that each child is guided on a trajectory of learning towards deep understanding. We believe in using both explicit instruction to learn the fundamentals in English and Mathematics, as well as inquiry-based learning to ignite our students' passion, supporting their growth into active, informed citizens.

Beyond academics, we prioritise creating a nurturing community that cultivates a sense of belonging among our students. Organising the Victorian Curriculum through the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme framework, we emphasise global perspectives, preparing our young learners for a world of opportunities.

English & Mathematics

Building strong foundations in English and Mathematics is the bedrock of academic success at Brighton Primary School. These fundamental skills not only empower students to navigate the complexities of language and numbers, but also serve as the cornerstone for future learning and critical thinking.

Guided by the latest research in the science of language and reading, our approach to teaching students to read and write is highly structured and supportive. A typical reading session will focus on the 5 areas of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

Writing sessions include a balance of teaching the mechanics of writing – spelling, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation - while also giving our young writers the chance to work through the drafting and writing process, finding their voice as a writer. Opportunities to conference in small groups and one-on-one sessions with the teacher offers students tailored feedback to improve.

In Mathematics, our daily review of number facts, combined with the development of big ideas, numeracy proficiencies, and problem-solving skills, ensures that students not only grasp mathematical concepts but also apply them with confidence. Our goal is to equip students with a solid foundation in mathematics, preparing them for success in both academic and real-world challenges.

Science & The Humanities

The integration of science and the humanities is seamlessly woven into our curriculum through the International Baccalaureate's Primary Years Programme (PYP) units of inquiry. These units allow students to explore scientific concepts and dive into the richness of the humanities within a unified framework. 

Through hands-on experiments, research projects, and immersive experiences, students investigate the interconnectedness of the natural world and human societies. This approach not only fosters a deep understanding of scientific principles and cultural perspectives, but also nurtures the development of critical thinking, inquiry skills, and a genuine appreciation for the wonders of the world. 

Specialist Classes

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Our curriculum covers music, where students explore a spectrum of sounds- from rhythm and beats to learning instruments, and drama, focusing on the art of acting and the exhilarating world of movement.

Visual Art

Visual Arts

Art at our school is a vibrant journey through painting, drawing, weaving, sewing, and printing. Our curriculum sharpens students’ observation skills and self-expression, while our well-equipped art room serves as a creative sanctuary for students.



From Prep to Grade 6, our French classes are an exciting dive into this lively language, with weekly sessions enhancing students’ cultural understanding and linguistic skills. Celebrations like Mardi Gras and Bastille Day further enrich the learning experience.

Physical Education & Sport

Physical Education & Sport

Our Physical Education and Sport program boosts endorphins with action-packed, skill-focused activities. Prep to Grade 4 hit the pool, while Grades 5 and 6 master lifesaving skills. Plus, our thrilling House carnivals proudly spotlight swimming, athletics, and cross-country.



Dive into discovery at our Brighton Primary School library. Packed with the latest reads and must-have digital resources, it's a hub for students, teachers and parents alike.

Digital Technology

Digital Technology

Digital devices are used in moderation to enhance learning. Prep to Grade 4 students utilise school devices, while Grades 5 and 6 bring their own iPads. We collaborate with experts for digital safety and wellbeing.

Student Wellbeing

We champion the health and wellbeing of every student, because we know a positive mindset leads to the best learning outcomes. We ensure that each learning space has clear and consistent expectations. These are co-created with our learners to ensure that everyone is ready to learn and treat each other with respect – or as we like to say: Prepared, Polite & Productive!

Our supportive learning environment is backed by: 

  • Curriculum opportunities for students to learn about health & wellbeing.
  • A dedicated learning enhancement team.
  • Tailored teaching addressing specific student needs.
  • Open communication with students, parents, and teachers.
  • On-site support, including first aid, a school nurse, allied health-professionals, and Outside School Hours Care 
  • Restorative practices to nurture positive behaviours.

Communicating Student Learning

Establishing strong partnerships between school and home is integral to student learning. We use various methods to keep you informed about your child’s progress, ensuring a comprehensive and accurate understanding of their achievements. These include:

  • Semester Progress reports
  • Parent-teacher conferences
  • Fortnightly Snapshot updates on student learning
  • Class exhibitions and celebrations of learning
  • Parent access to individual student digital portfolios showcasing their academic journey

We also welcome informal meetings and chats with teachers to facilitate open communication and collaboration in support of your child’s educational development.