Learning Structure

School Times

Before school, students are supervised in the school yard between the times of 8.30am and 8.40am. Children arriving before 8.30am must be booked into Out of School Hours Care.  We encourage children to go home promptly after school. If children are still waiting to be collected by caregivers at 3:25pm, they will be taken to the Front Office and wait to be collected from there. We encourage caregivers to phone the school if they are running late to collect students.

            School Day 2019:

8.30am                   Students arrive, yard duty supervision begins

8.40am                   Students enter buildings for homegroup

8.50am                   Lesson 1

9:40am                   Lesson 2

10:30am                 Recess (outside play)

10:50am                 Lesson 3

11:40am                 Lesson 4

12:30pm                 Eating time (supervised in classroom)

12:40pm                 Lunch (outside play)

1:20pm                   Lesson 5

2:10pm                   Lesson 6

3.00pm                   Dismissal


Class Placement / Structure

Fulham North Primary School has both composite and straight year level classes. The formation of classes will vary from year to year depending on the numbers of students in each year level.

Learning styles, student working relationships, peer friendships, student numbers and class location may influence class allocation.

Parents are given the opportunity to submit written information to assist class placement. Information regarding this annual process is sent home early in Term 4.  The school uses up to 15 different criteria to determine placement and the process takes between 4 and 6 weeks.


Composite Classes

Composite classes e.g. Years 4/5 are common in most primary schools because of the variation of student numbers in each year level.

Parents should not be concerned about composite classes as in reality, each class is a composite – every class is made up of individual children who have a range of differing needs academically, socially and emotionally. Composite classes are not based solely on academic ability. Gender balance, friendship grouping and the way students interact is equally important.  Australian research indicates that by Year 5 (and through to Year 10,) up to 8 distinct ability groups can be identified in each “straight” year level class.