Learning

Curriculum Statements

All curriculum planning is completed using the Victorian Curriculum guidelines. http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/

Student Reports

Written Student reports are prepared twice a year. Parent/Teacher interviews regarding your child’s progress are conducted at mid year. You will be notified when these are due to be held and will be asked to indicate an appropriate appointment time during our online booking system.

Parents are welcome to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher at any time during the year. Parents can arrange to meet with teachers to discuss any matters of concern throughout the year.

 

 

Specialist Programs

Art

All students attend a weekly art lesson. Our talented art teacher runs an exciting and well planned program. We hold a school art show every second year. Our next art show will be in 2017. Bianca, our visual arts teacher keeps an Art blog with the activities the students have been undertaking. The blog can be accessed at the following link: http://visualartsatnewlands.global2.vic.edu.au/

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Our Performing Arts program focuses on three key areas; Drama, Dance and Music. Each grade participates in a 100-minute session of Performing Arts each week. This allows us to develop and build upon student’s skills in Dance, Music and Drama consistently throughout the year. We also offer a range of extra curricular programs that support our Performing Arts Program including; Musical Futures for 3-6 students, School Rock Band, Performance Group, Dance Clubs and the School Choir. We are lucky enough to have access to a large multi-purpose room as well as an instrumental music room.

Visual Arts

All students attend a weekly visual art session. Our talented art teacher runs an exciting and well planned program. We hold a school art show every second year. Our next art show will be in 2017. Bianca, our visual arts teacher keeps an Art blog with the activities the students have been undertaking. The blog can be accessed at the following link:http://visualartsatnewlands.global2.vic.edu.au/

Performing Arts

Performing Arts Our Performing Arts program focuses on three key areas including; Drama, Dance and Music. All students participate in a 100-minute session of Performing Arts each week. This allows us to develop and build upon the students’ skills in Dance, Music and Drama consistently throughout the year. We also offer a range of extra curricular programs that support our Performing Arts Program including; Musical Futures for 3-6 students, School Rock Band, Performance Group, Dance Clubs and the School Choir. We are lucky enough to have access to a multi-purpose space as well as an instrumental music room.

Physical Education

Our Physical Education program is a 50-minute session each week. Students develop their fundamental motor skills in a variety of activities and game focuses. We offer a range of additional programs to help support and extend our physical education program such as; weekly house sport tournaments for the senior school and a Perceptual Motor Program for the junior school. We also access outside expertise in swimming and gymnastics.

 

 

Library

Students are provided with an opportunity to borrow books from the school library each week. They can also visit the library on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunchtime and after school to return and borrow books. We are fortunate to have a committed group of parents and friends who give their time to take care of our resources and open our library for our students to access.. Teaching staff are regular lunchtime visitors to the library to read stories to the children.

Perceptual Motor Program

The Perceptual Motor Program is designed to develop balance, fitness, co-ordination, motor skills, body and spatial awareness. Some activities include; obstacle courses, throwing and catching beanbags and balls, balancing on soft beams and stepping stones, walking on stilts, crawling through tunnels, kicking to a given target, skipping and solving movement challenges in small groups.

 

iPad Program

All students in Years 1 to 6 have access to an individual iPad. The Foundation Class have a class set of iPads which they can access.

To be most effective this program ideally supports the taking home of the devices so that students’ learning can be continued by directly linking to their classroom experience. We provide families two options regarding how their child will access an iPad at school.

  1. BYOD (Bring your own device) iPads. Parents can provide their children with a pre-existing family owned device. They can also lease an iPad through the school or purchase their own outright through the school.
  2. Students of families who do not take up the BYOD option will be given access to a school owned iPad designated to them for the year. This can only be able accessed during class time and are not be available for Home Learning.

 

Newlands Primary School uses the internet as a teaching and learning tool. We see the internet and mobile technology as valuable resources, but acknowledge they must be used responsibly.

The program is designed so that:

Teachers and students fully utilize the large range of educational applications available on the iPad.

Teachers and students use the iPad to work collaboratively on projects across all key learning areas.

Families of students who use their own iPad have the chance to better manage their Home Learning (this will apply only for families of students who engage in the BYOD option on offer).

Teachers and students capture their learning through video, audio and scanning and can be displayed instantly on the Interactive Whiteboard. Teachers store curriculum, planning and assessment documents online in order for them to be accessed within seconds.

Students create Digital Portfolio’s linked to learning goals uploaded instantly through programs like Stile Education that are accessible to Teachers, Students and Parents.

“It’s one of the most compelling school-change interventions we have seen in decades, but it isn’t about 1-to-1 devices – it’s about what students do when they have full-time access to powerful learning tools, the same tools found in offices and on the desks of professionals in all fields.’ … and yes, above all there is growing evidence that 1-to-1 programs offer teachers a unique pedagogical medium for enhancing learning within their classrooms. Though much harder to articulate or define than the previous drivers, this is potentially the most powerful. In mathematics in can be a bridge from the concrete to the abstract, particularly through the use of simulations; it can scaffold learning such that complex ideas are made more accessible, it can offer students a medium for communication and collaboration that had previously not been thought possible. The goal of technology is not just to enable access to information, but to collaborate with others in creating something new and useful.”

Source of quote: http://epotential.education.vic.gov.au/showcase/1_to_1_devices/planning_21steps

Extra-Curriculum Activities

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School Choir

Our school choir meets once a week during lunchtime. Our choir is for students from Foundation to Grade 6.

School Bands

We have two school bands. Students are asked to audition for the bands. Our junior band meets during lunchtime once a week  to develop the skills needed to work with others to perform within a group. Our senior school band meet after school once a week. Whilst continuing to focus on performance, composition skills becomes a major element as well. The group have performed both at school and local events this year.

School Dance Groups

We have two school dance groups that meet once a week. Our first group is for students from Foundation to Grade 2 and the second group is for students in Grades 3-6. These dance groups are open to any student who wishes to be involved.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Group is open to all students in Grades 3 to 6. Students meet every Monday at lunchtime. Activities they do are planned with the aim of helping students to work on the skills they need to be a food friend.

Spanish

Why Spanish?

The primary reason for choosing the Spanish language is that Coburg Junior High School has adopted that language for their Year 7s. Offering the same language as Coburg Junior High School maximises the likelihood that our students will be able to continue their language studies to secondary and, possibly, tertiary level. Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide and is one of the most widely understood languages in the world. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

What is a bilingual program?

In a bilingual program students do some of their normal classes in both English and another language. It is a type of immersion learning. Bilingual education has been shown to have many benefits for students and school communities. Students who undertake bilingual education have been shown to perform at above average levels on English and Maths. It also leads to increased understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. At Newlands Primary school we are currently investigating and exploring the implementation of a Spanish bilingual program.

For more information about bilingual education and its benefits, see some of these links:

Information from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/principals/curriculum/Pages/languagebilingual.aspx

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