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Our College / Curriculum

At John Butler Primary College we provide a high quality comprehensive curriculum that aligns with the Western Australian Curriculum.

The educational philosophy of John Butler Primary College places strong emphasis on the basic skills of literacy and numeracy.  Strong literacy and numeracy skills enable students to gain further knowledge through research and inquiry based learning.  John Butler Primary College believe that students need to become independent learners who are able to meet all new learning experiences with confidence.
The classroom teachers are responsible for planning and implementing challenging academic programs with the emphasis on the individual child and their specific needs.  Teachers plan using the West Australian Curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 6.  Through the Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines, incorporating the  Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), we believe that building upon children’s experiences and prior knowledge provides the best foundation for learning in early childhood.
Students at John Butler Primary College  are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, always endeavouring to apply maximum effort to each learning experience.

John Butler Primary College is committed to achieving the best possible English outcomes whereby students aspire to reach high levels of literacy through the three integrated stands of Language, Literature and Literacy.  Students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. At John Butler Primary College English is integrated into all areas of the curriculum allowing students to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and the world around them on a national and international level.  Our English learning area aims to promote life long learning experiences that are challenging and motivating to support all students to achieve their personal best.


Numeracy is a focus learning area at John Butler College, and is lucky enough to have a numeracy specialist to assist in all areas of mathematical learning. The College is committed to achieving the best possible mathematics outcomes for all pupils whereby students aspire to reach the highest levels of Numeracy understanding while being actively engaged in hands on learning experiences. We spend 25% of our college day focusing on the instruction and learning of numeracy.

Mathematics provides our students with the essential skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students will develop the numeracy skills that they require as they progress through life. We implement programs that have been approved through research and support the ever changing world we live in.

At our College, we aim to ensure that all students

  • are able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
  • develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
  • recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.
  • will see the introduction of a Specialist Physical Education teaching and learning program.

Science education empowers students to be questioning, reflective and critical thinkers. It is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of the world.  In the Australian Curriculum, students will be taught physical, chemical, earth and space and biological science.

At John Butler Primary College, students will learn to investigate, understand and communicate their ideas. They will develop a range of science inquiry skills such as ‘Questioning and predicting’, ‘Planning and conducting’, ‘Processing and analysing data and information’ and ‘Communicating’.

Students will enjoy hands-on experiences, be creative and discover answers to their questions. In the early years, our students will talk about and explore the changes that impact their world, such as weather and seasons. By the end of year three, students will conduct investigations to find answers to their questions. They will research and observe how living things grow, classify animals and describe lifecycles. Students will understand about the importance of water, how to mix different materials and explain their findings.

In upper primary, students will conduct fair investigations, changing one factor at a time, to measure the impact of that factor. They explore all types of landforms and how they change over time. They investigate how things move and how friction will effect those movements. Students in this phase of development begin to see themselves as members of larger communities. They work collaboratively and have greater interaction with people inside and outside their classroom. They begin to understand and appreciate different points of view and are interested in people from other times, places and cultures.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences learning area develops students’ understandings of how and why individuals and groups live together; interact with and within their environment; manage resources; and create institutions and systems. Students further understand that, over time, these relationships and interactions may change to varying degrees.

At John Butler Primary College students develop these understandings through processes of social inquiry, environmental appraisal, ethical analysis and the skills to constructively critique various perspectives from past and present contexts.

Students are encouraged to apply their understandings and skills in their own lives, in developing environmental consciousness, social competence and civic responsibility. In doing so, they are engaged in actively exploring, making sense of and contributing to improving the world around them.


In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and confidence to critically analyse and creatively respond to design challenges. Knowledge, understanding and skills involved in the design, development and use of technologies are influenced by and can play a role in enriching and transforming societies and our natural, managed and constructed environments.

Within technologies the students of John Butler Primary College are required to apply their personal knowledge, experiences, skills and resources to enable them to develop different technological solutions to meet the changing needs of daily life.

Students will become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials, information, systems and processes to develop and solve the immediate and long term issues that impact on society and it’s environment.

There are seven outcomes within Technology and Enterprise that are covered throughout your child’s education. These are:

* Technology process

* Materials

* Information systems

* Enterprise

*Technology skills  and

* Technology in society.

These learning outcomes will allow students to manage projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realisation. They enable students to apply design and systems thinking and design processes to investigate ideas, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. They develop a sense of pride, satisfaction and enjoyment from their ability to develop innovative designed products, services and environments.

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical Education learning area focuses on a holistic concept of health. It recognises the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of the health of the individual. It examines the impact of interactions between the individual, the family, the wider community and the environment. Students plan, act and reflect in order to develop the essential knowledge and understandings, attitudes, values and skills which promote health practices, encourage participation in regular, physical activity and support the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.

At John Butler Primary College these are conceptualised and taught through an integrated approach to ensure that students achieve a healthy, active lifestyle, including a sense of well-being. The current priorities include the development of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) in Early Childhood. Such as the explicit teaching of skills of locomotion (e.g. walking, running and hopping), body management (e.g. balancing, tumbling and dodging) and object control (e.g. throwing, catching, striking and trapping) in free and structured play settings. Being proficient in FMS enables children to participate confidently in recreational activities at home, school and in the community. The College also has a whole school incorporation of the ‘Play is the Way’ program.

Health education currently includes the development of self-management skills such as decision making, goal setting, time management and stress management. Students will also work towards building the interpersonal skills of negotiation, assertiveness, conflict resolution, collaboration, cooperation and leadership. They use these skills to interact effectively with others.


At John Butler Primary College French is taught to our Year 3, 4 and 5 Students.

In our college we have a diverse range of students from many different cultures and backgrounds.  Within our college some of the languages students speak at home include Thai, Afrikaans, Polish and Russian.

Language studies enable students to learn and become aware about the differences and similarities between language, culture and community.

The Arts
The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.
Students at John Butler Primary College are engaged in the strand of Visual Arts.
Visual Arts incorporates all three fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual representations that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas, both as artists and audience members.  Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language. Students undertake this journey by utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Visual Arts supports students’ ability to recognise and develop cultural appreciation of visual arts in the past and contemporary contexts through exploring and responding to artists and their artworks.