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 90-100% of the time. 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.
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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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.
All students in Years 2 to 6 have access to an individual iPad or Windows Laptop.
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.
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, audio and scanning. This can then be displayed instantly on the Interactive Whiteboard.
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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.