Learning and Teaching
Learning at Mount Eliza North Primary School takes place in a stimulating and challenging environment. Our curriculum is designed to ensure the fullest educational development with programs focusing on the needs and abilities of each child. An active involvement in the learning process stimulates creativity and curiosity to build a solid foundation for success in secondary years.
The multi-age classroom is an environment where the teacher provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on each child’s needs. It recognises that students not only learn differently but at varying rates. We promote a diverse environment where children do not feel the need to compete, only to do their best. They develop a positive self-concept and enjoy being both the nurtured as a Prep, and the nurturer as a Year Two.
Multi-age classroom teachers become adept at developing lessons with differentiated assignments that appeal to the various developmental levels in the class. Students are the beneficiaries. Younger and older students are catered for by the depth of questioning and the actual task assigned to the individual student. During their three years together, student and teacher relationships grow and a strong bond develops between student and teacher.
Students in the Middle School are learning to accept the consequences of the choices they make. They are encouraged to set short-term goals to improve and manage their learning. Students are beginning to identify their strengths, weaknesses and learning habits, as they strive to improve in all areas of the curriculum.
The Senior School staff value each student and every family within our community and we strive to make student learning stimulating within the best possible learning environment.
As teachers in the Middle Years of Schooling, our role of empowering students with knowledge, skills and understanding of learning is paramount in the formation of independent thinking. Your child will be encouraged to become more independent and responsible for their own learning. Our learning environment at MENPS is one in which each individual is valued, respected and encouraged to do their best at all times.
In the Senior School we foster effective learning environments that are:
• Cooperative and Supportive
• Student centred
In the Senior School we promote:
• Choice and ownership
• Independence, autonomy and self-regulation
• A strong sense of connectedness by planning meaningful and authentic activities
• Metacognition and higher order thinking
• Reflection and self-assessment
As an International Baccalaureate School, we aim to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Students will listen, respond, improvise, compose and perform using voice, musical instruments, music generating music software and body movement. They will evaluate and reflect upon music of different styles, eras and cultural contexts
Opportunities for student participation in Choir, Ensemble, School Band, Drum Band, the recording of a CD, School Concerts and Eisteddfod enhance students’ abilities and appreciation of music and the performing arts.
Instructional lessons for flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, drum kit, guitar, violin, keyboard and singing provide parents and students with affordable and convenient opportunities for greater music development and further participation in performance.
The Musical Soiree and Open Night performances enable students who undertake extra and optional programs to perform in front of a large but familiar audience.
The whole school takes part in a bi-annual concert over two evenings.
The conceptual understandings are divided into the strands Creating and Making and Exploring and Responding to the arts.
Mount Eliza North Primary School provides weekly art classes for all students which are taught by a specialist teacher. The art room environment aims to promote creativity, inquiry based learning and development of fine motor skills. We also cater to all individual learning needs and abilities. Children are introduced to a wide variety of experiences using different materials and techniques. Art displays are placed throughout the school showcasing our students’ artwork.
The annual Mt Eliza Art Exhibition is a community event held on the school premises during term four. All students have work on display and for sale, alongside works of local and renowned Australian artists.
All prep students have two 30 minute Perceptual Motor Program sessions per week. Parent helpers assist with the successful running of this program.
Students in grades prep to grade 4 attend swimming sessions at Somerville Health and Aquatic Centre. Water safety is the major focus of this program.
The students in grades 3 to 6 are placed into four House groups; Grevillea, Acacia, Melaleuca and Boronia. During sporting sessions house points are awarded.
Students in Grade 4, 5 and 6 attend the House Swimming sports and the House Cross Country and Athletics Competition involves students in grades 3 to 6.
Grade 6 students play inter-school sport during Term 2 against neighbouring schools and attend an all-day Lightning Premiership at the end of the term.
Capable students are given the opportunity to participate in swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, football, netball, hockey, cross country and athletics at the District, Division, Region and State levels.
Our students are encouraged to participate in camps for students in Years 2 – 6, the school swimming program and in our Bike Education program in the Senior School.
In the early years, students are introduced to basic vocabulary through songs, games and activities. Their writing skills and phonological awareness are addressed as in the first language classroom. Students become aware of differences and similarities in the vocabulary and structure of the two languages and are encouraged to infer meaning and try out new lexical items and language forms.
As children advance through the school, they are encouraged to use the second language more independently and accurately. Students are introduced to a variety of text types, ranging from procedural texts to poetry. The language used for instruction and discussion in the classroom becomes more French dominant and students use the skills they have been practising to comprehend and respond in the target language. The learning is enhanced by the introduction and reinforcement of thinking and recording skills, such as note taking and looking at things from differing points of view. The trans-disciplinary nature of the course uses other subject areas such as history and geography as a means of considering French language and culture and vice-versa.
The overall objective of the French program at Mt Eliza North is to help equip our students with the necessary attitudes and skills to become effective language learners both in their first language and in second language learning, whether they continue with French or begin another language when they reach secondary school.
The Library Program supports the International Baccalaureate Program as well as providing skills specific to research and using a Library. The Library is promoted as a place for learners and its purpose is to meet the learner’s needs.
This means the MENPS Library:
• provides access to information
• provides supportive resources for the curriculum
• encourages inquiry learning
• is a stimulating environment for teachers and teaching
• is a learning centre for learners
The library is opened twice weekly at lunchtime; once for Multi-age students and once for grades 3-6 students. Open spaces and soft furnishings provide an environment in which children can relax and enjoy reading and researching.
Other points to note:
• The annual Book Fair is held during Education Week each year and is a fundraiser for our library.
• The school library also houses books about child and family health and wellbeing issues which are available for parents to borrow.
By providing effective experiences and modes of operation, our children have opportunities for more effective learning.
Our Perceptual Motor Program develops students social skills and self-esteem. Confidence grows, problems are solved, language skills develop and fundamental sports skills are learned which will enable the child to move competently into the major games and activities.
Children become self-assured people, aware they have a place in the world, and aware of the contributions they can make to that world.