Spanish Bilingual Immersion Program
What is a Bilingual Immersion 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. There are currently a small number of primary schools offering bilingual education in Victoria and certainly no nearby schools currently offering bilingual Spanish.
What does learning look like at NPS?
At Newlands the curriculum is delivered both through Spanish and English. The students currently undertake Literacy and Numeracy both in English and in Spanish. As Spanish was introduced to Newlands in 2016 the students are currently at different stages of the Immersion journey, however all year levels currently undertake Spanish Literacy and Mathematics lessons every day.
Each cohort has English classroom teachers and Spanish classroom teachers who grade share. That means that your child will be taught by more than one teacher; an English classroom teacher and a Spanish classroom teacher. The English teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in English and the Spanish classroom teachers are responsible for delivering parts of the Victorian Curriculum for Literacy and Numeracy in Spanish.
The Literacy and Numeracy lessons are conducted in Spanish and English. We use a method of teaching and learning called Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
Spanish has the second highest number of native speakers worldwide and is one of the most widely understood languages in the world. Spanish is spoken by over 400 million people in over 20 different countries across four continents. Spanish is the official language of most of Latin America. It is also widely spoken in Israel, Morocco, the Philippines, and the United States of America, where 40 million people are native Spanish speakers. It is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
At Newlands Primary School most of our Grade 6 students attend the local neighbouring secondary school, Coburg High School. By offering the same language as Coburg High School it maximises the likelihood that our students will be able to continue their language studies to secondary and, possibly, tertiary level.
Benefits of Bilingual Education
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 Mathematics. It also leads to increased understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Newlands implements a continuous reporting model. Curriculum areas are reported ongoingly throughout each term, rather than waiting until the end of the semester. This enables targeted feedback that is transparent, students understand how they can improve, and uses assessment to guide future learning.
The continuous reports are sent out electronically through the Parent Portal on Sentral.
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.
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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 Performing Arts program focuses on three key areas; Drama, Dance and Music. Each grade participates in a 60-minute session of Dance and Drama, and a 60-minute Music session. 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; 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.
Our Physical Education program is a 60-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.
Students are provided with an opportunity to borrow books from the school library each week. They can also visit the library on selected days at lunchtime and after school to return and borrow books. We are fortunate to have a dedicated trained librarian that ensures all of the resources are refreshed and maintained and up to date.
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.
STEAM & Makerspace
STEAM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in an integrated (combined) approach. Students gain and apply knowledge, deepen their understanding and develop creative and critical thinking skills within an authentic context. It may include inquiry and project-based learning.
All students in Years 2 to 6 have access to an individual iPad or Windows Laptop and the Foundation / 1 students have access to shared class banks of devices. Newlands implements a range of applications and device that supports learning across all curriculum areas. This includes the use of:
– 3d Printers
– Lego WeDo
– Lego Spike
Teachers and students fully utilize the large range of educational applications available on the device they are using.
Teachers and students use technology to work collaboratively on projects across all key learning areas.
Teachers and students capture their learning through video and audio. This can then be displayed instantly on the Interactive Whiteboard. Students also share their work with their peers and families by uploading it to their online portfolio on SeeSaw.
Microsoft Office 365
Newlands is an Office 365 environment, enabling students to work collaboratively through Teams and OneNote. Students also develop their skills in a range of applications, inluding, MS Word, MS Excel, OneDrive and SharePoint.
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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.
Students have opportunities to work in our school garden with parent helpers during lunchtime.