Our instructional model is a structured framework that guides the design and delivery of educational activities. It outlines the sequence of steps, strategies, and resources needed to facilitate learning effectively. By providing a systematic approach, instructional models help educators create engaging and impactful learning experiences for students.

The Skill Up  

Tune in and Consolidate Previous Learning.

The Learning

Introduce the Learning Intention and Success for the lesson.

The Collective

Develop whole class understanding.

The Builders

Apply and build on new learning, individually or collaboratively.

The Workshop

Small group or individual targeted learning conferences.

The Showtime

Whole class reflection on the learning and the success.

Learning at Newlands Primary School

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Community engagement in learning
Student Development
School Ethos and Environment
Student Cognitive Engagement
Connectedness

Literacy at Newlands Primary School

Numeracy at Newlands Primary School

Spanish Bilingual Immersion Program

What is a Bilingual Immersion Program?
In a bilingual program students do their learning 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).

Why Spanish?

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.

 

The Research

Specialist Learning Programs

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Visual Arts

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. 

STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

This section is currently under review.

Performing Arts & Music

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.

Physical Education

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.

Library

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.

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Newlands Primary School values student agency and student voice. ​Student voice acknowledges that students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education. They represent the views of different year levels, cultures, backgrounds and talents. Being a member of the Student Leadership Team teaches the students a range of diverse leadership qualities, such as public speaking, presenting and communicating with others and responsibility, enabling them to be confident young leaders.

At Newlands, students actively participate in their community and the education system, contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas.

Lunchtime Clubs at Newlands Primary School

ICT at Newlands Primary School

Seesaw - Foundation to Year 6

Seesaw is utilised across all year levels as a digital portfolio for student learning, encompassing assessment and educational tasks.

At School:

Teachers upload evidence of student learning onto Seesaw.

Students in Years 3 – 6 receive and complete lesson tasks through Seesaw. Additionally, students in these year levels are encouraged to share their own work on Seesaw.

Student Use at Home:

Students have the option to continue completing Seesaw learning tasks at home. While not mandatory, teachers may occasionally request students to do so.

Parent/Carer Engagement:

Parents/Carers can actively participate in their child’s learning by accessing Seesaw through a family account. They can provide feedback on their child’s learning and assessments, as well as engage with and acknowledge their child’s work by ‘liking’ it.

Essential Assessment - Year 1 to Year 6

Essential Assessment serves as a tool for assessing students’ learning in Reading and Mathematics, with the results informing the teaching program and individual learning objectives.

At School:

Students undertake designated assessments during class time. Within the Mathematics Builders Program, students pursue their personalised learning goals through assigned tasks.

Student Use at Home:

Students have the opportunity to extend their learning by completing assigned tasks at home. Supplementary resources such as videos and explanations are provided to aid comprehension.

Parent/Carer Engagement:

Parents/Carers can support their child’s learning by accessing the platform as the student. In the event of task completion, classroom teachers may assign additional activities for further engagement.

Nessy - Foundation to Year 6

Nessy serves as a tool for assessing students’ learning in Spelling and Reading.

At School:

Students undertake a placement test when they first sign in to Nessy. Within the Reading Program, students pursue their personalised learning goals through assigned tasks.

Student Use at Home:

Students have the opportunity to extend their learning by completing assigned tasks at home. Supplementary resources such as videos and explanations are provided to aid comprehension.

Parent/Carer Engagement:

Parents/Carers can support their child’s learning by accessing the platform as the student. In the event of task completion, classroom teachers may assign additional activities for further engagement.

Raz Kids - Foundation to Year 6

Raz Kids serves as a tool for assessing students’ learning in Spanish Reading.

At School:

Students undertake a placement test when they first sign in to Raz Kids. Within the Reading Program, students pursue their personalised learning goals through assigned tasks.

Student Use at Home:

Students have the opportunity to extend their learning by completing assigned tasks at home. Supplementary resources such as videos and explanations are provided to aid comprehension.

Parent/Carer Engagement:

Parents/Carers can support their child’s learning by accessing the platform as the student. In the event of task completion, classroom teachers may assign additional activities for further engagement.

Office 365 - Year 3 to Year 6

Microsoft 365 is an integrated suite of productivity tools designed to enhance collaboration, communication, and efficiency across various learning tasks and projects.

At School:

Students utilise Microsoft 365 tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams for some of their learning tasks. These tools facilitate document creation, data analysis, presentation development, and team collaboration.

Student Use at Home:

Students have the opportunity to extend their learning from home by accessing the suite of tools remotely.

Parent/Carer Engagement:

Parents/Carers can actively monitor their child’s progress by logging in as the student. Additionally, students can maintain collaboration with their peers using various applications and may require monitoring by parents/carers.