Enrichment and Extension Program

At Ivanhoe East Primary we cater to the diverse learning needs of all our students, with particular emphasis on extending those students who excel in the rigor of classroom life. The Extension and Enrichment Program focuses on those students in the upper years we have recognised as needing further enrichment in one or more subject areas because they are meeting expectations well above the average.

These sessions complement the already very high standard of teaching that takes place within classrooms here at Ivanhoe East.

In a small group environment, academic aptitude and critical thinking are extended and enhanced. Highlighting content and skills already being covered in the classroom, the Extension and Enrichment Program presents projects and tasks where students can work at their own pace, drawing on strategies and criteria lists, testing and implementing thinking processes and solutions. Idea risk taking, challenging each other’s chosen methods, working in target teaching lessons where they can have one-on-one teaching time, are all elements of the program.

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Other opportunities offered to our students include:



G.A.T.E.WAYS (Gifted and Talented Education, Extension and Enrichment) is an external company who provide dynamic and creative learning opportunities for students who fall within the gifted ability range. It is their aim to provide opportunities for children of 'like-minds' to participate in programs that will challenge them intellectually and help develop their individual talents.

As an independent, non-funded organisation, Gateways offers various programs suitable for students from Year 1 to 6. They focus on a different subject area (Maths, Literacy, Science or History), each Term.


In order to complete these Programs, students must be working at a “well above average” level, otherwise they may struggle to work through the sessions, which are run in small groups. Classroom teachers select those students who meet the criteria and those students who are eligible will receive a note/information to take home.

Tournament of Minds

 “Tournament of Minds” is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years.  At Ivanhoe East Primary School, teams are made up of students from Years 4, 5 and 6.

With a strong emphasis on team work and the ability to use creative and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems, Tournament of Minds requires students with strong creative problem solving skills, confidence to speak and perform in a public arena, as well as the ability to work with a range of other students as part of an effective team.

Teams work for six weeks on solving a long-term academic problem and practice their spontaneous problem solving skills before competing together at La Trobe University across a weekend in August.

At Ivanhoe East Primary School we see those students who participate in Tournament of Minds grow in both personal and social confidence. The student-centered approach means that they direct the process; they lead, they plan and they accomplish a significant project on their own terms. Maturity, independence, thoughtfulness, considerate working relationships and courage are all skills that are nurtured, enhanced and applied throughout Tournament of Minds.

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Social responsibility and giving to others is an essential part of our community values here are Ivanhoe East. Philanthropy, rather than just fund raising, is embedded into our curriculum.  Finding out what community organisations need and then delivering this via grant applications are the basis of this program.

Each year a small team of IEPS students embark on Philanthropic endeavors. This program, which all Year 5 and 6 students are encouraged to apply for, will take a team of about 28 on a journey, starting in the classroom and extending into the community, focusing on student-led community action and social change. Throughout the program the students will discover philanthropy, explore community needs, embrace personal values and develop community partnerships, culminating in the delivery of a “real world” philanthropy project.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an intensive, early literacy intervention program offered to students in Year 1, who are having difficulty getting started in learning to read and write. The aim of the program is to help children develop a self-improving system and is seen as ‘prevention,’ so has a profound effect on a child’s self-esteem.

The Reading Recovery teacher works with classroom teachers, to assess students to enter this program. The students assessed as ‘at risk,’ have daily, half hour, individual lessons, with a trained specialist Reading Recovery teacher.

The average time spent on the program, is between 12 - 20 weeks and children are discontinued once they have the necessary literacy skills, strategies and knowledge to be ‘self extending’ and be full participants in their classroom curriculum.