Curriculum at NPS implements the AusVELS, the foundation for curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards, which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.

AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). AusVELS uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum while retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning.

The Arts

In The Arts students participate in weekly classes that focus on visual arts and performing arts. The performing arts components culminates in the end-of-year art walk, in which parents and carers are invited to visit their child’s home room, where their artworks from the year are on display. The performing arts curriculum is experienced through the children singing in choral groups and small groups. In some years, a whole school musical has been produced. In other years, concert performances have been held twice a year.


As part of its commitment to the Languages Other Than English, Northcote Primary School students from Prep to Year 6 participate in weekly Italian language classes. Ever second year Italian Day is held for students to extend their knowledge of Italian language through its culture. Students are also encouraged to participate in the Dante Alighieri Poster competition.

Sport & Physical Education

All students participate in weekly sport and physical education classes, and learn skills appropriate to their age and abilities.

Students in Prep to Year 6 participate in a 10-week swimming program each year, travelling to Northcote Aquatic Centre, where they learning basic swimming skills as well as water safety and survival. Students are also able to participate in the Kelly Sports programs that are held after school. From Year 4 onwards, students have the opportunity to participate in interschool athletics and sports competitions, and at a district level.

At the annual whole school athletics day, students compete in their houses in simple relay and ballgames, vortex throwing and traditional track and field events.


The NPS Library is a reading hub, with all students spending at least one session per week with their teacher, browsing, borrowing and reading. The library is staffed by a library technician, and students can borrow books on a weekly basis.

Whole school events & activities

School assemblies, held every Monday morning, celebrate student and school achievements. All parents and carers are welcome to attend, Throughout the year other whole school events include Italian Day, with special cultural activities and festivities, and Book Day, where children – and teachers – dress in their favourite book character, and participate in a parade. This is followed by a morning of reading books, along with parents and carers.

Special excursions & incursions

School camps are a chance for students in Year 1 to Year 6 to explore the world around them. In Term 3, students in Years 1 and 2 attend an overnight camp, they have the opportunity to experience challenges they wouldn’t normally experience in the classroom, building their confidence. Year 3 and 4 students enjoy a two-night camp, and Year 5 and 6 students experience a three-night high adventure that alternates between country and coastal. Challenges at all camps are developmentally appropriate.

Cultural performances (incursions) are a chance for groups from the broader community to present educational and cultural programs to students.