IB Corner - What is Conceptual Learning?

At our last Curriculum Day, the teachers were involved in lots of learning around the PYP programme, in particular how to teach for conceptual understanding. A concept-driven curriculum means the learner constructs meaning though critical thinking and the transfer of prior knowledge and understanding. When the students learn this way, they can also make links across the subjects. In the Primary Years Programme (International Baccalaureate), a balance is sought between acquisition of knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, demonstration of positive attitudes, and taking responsible action. This means that, through our programme of inquiry, students at Mildura West learn not just facts and information (knowledge), but they also learn how to do things (skills), how to understand and organise knowledge (concepts) and how to put their learning into action (action). Our learners are able to reflect on their learning and identify how their learning is supporting them to develop the attributes of the Learner Profile.

A few practical examples of the difference can be seen below.

Topic Based Learning Concept Based Learning
  • The First Fleet consisted of 11 ships and arrived in Botany Bay in January, 1788
  • Historical events, such as the arrival of the First Fleet in Australia, can be viewed from different perspectives.
  • The Australian Federal Government is separated into three branches: The Executive, the Judiciary and the Legislature.
  • The Australian Federal Government is a system and it is made up of different, interconnected parts
  • There are five major food groups and we need to eat different amounts of each to eat a balanced diet.
  • We can use evidence to inform our choices about a balanced diet.

 

Cultural Diversity Week Harmony Day - FRIDAY 22nd MARCH

On Friday 22nd of March, the students of Mildura West Primary school will be celebrating Harmony Day as a part of Cultural Diversity Week.

We would like all students to wear an item that is orange i.e. socks/ribbons/t-shirt/shorts/arm bands as this is the colour to symbolise that we all belong. 

If there is any students who wish to dress up in their traditional cultural costumes please contact Belinda or Annie.

Why orange?

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect our cultural diversity Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world. Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Facts and figures

•nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was

•we identify with over 300 ancestries

•since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia

•85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia

•apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi

•more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

These facts are taken from ABS 2016 Census Data. Check out the Australian Bureau of Statistics website

Student Clubs

Student Clubs have started at West, and many students are busy planning for activities which interest them. The Grade Three and Four Games Club was a great success on Tuesday with many students turning up to play board games together. Well done to the organisers. Stay tuned for more clubs beginning next week.

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Next week students in grades 4 to 6 will be participating in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge as part of the school’s Digital Technologies program. Students will be working in teams to solve problems on the Bebras website. As part of the competition’s privacy policy we need to ask permission from parents. Can we please encourage all students to get their signed notes back as soon as possible. (See Mr Branson if you need a new one)

Mother’s Day Stall – PLEASE HELP

For the past few years our School Council subcommittee have run the Mother’s Day Stall. It’s been terrific. We do not do this as a fundraiser – it’s purely for the purpose of “celebrating mothers/carers” in our community. However, we will not be able to have one this year if we do not find a co-ordinator. You do not need to be on School Council to co-ordinate this stall and there really is not that much to do for this event. We have very clear steps in place for it to go ahead. We would love it if someone could take it over. Please contact the office if you can help us.

Whacky Wednesday Canteen Specials

Each Wednesday the canteen will have a special item on the Menu. Keep your eyes on the newsletter each week for the special.

 

Whacky Wednesday Deal (13/03/19):

Pizza Subs $3.50

 

Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

School Photos

Academy Photography will be at school on Friday, 15th March for School Photos.         

Please make sure that students are at school nice and early as the photographer will begin at 9am.

All students are required to wear full School Uniform.

 

Each child has an individually named photo envelope to take home. One envelope per child has been printed, but alternate families are welcome to pick up a second envelope from the office

  • If your child did not receive an envelope, please collect a blank order form from the school office.
  • Family Photo order forms are also available from the school office.
  • All students need to return their envelope

whether they order photos or not.

  • The office will collect orders up until 8.30am Friday 15/3/19

 

There are 2 ways to pay for photos

  • Pay online at www.academyphoto.com.au using the individual code that appears on your order form (students will still need to bring the order to school)
  • Send cash or cheque, along with your order in the supplied envelope.  You must have correct money, as the photographer will not have change.

 

The school cannot accept EFTPOS or BPay in this case, as the money goes to the photographer on the day.

Common Assessment Task

The first CAT (Common Assessment Task) report is going up.  You can view teacher feedback and even leave a comment. We know that student’s outcomes improve when parent engagement is high. So log on, have a look and chat to your child about their work.

The first round of CATs will be:
Prep- Maths- (Online- Monday, Ungraded)
Yr 1/2- Writing- Descriptive Writing (Online- Friday)
Yr 3/4- Learner Profile Attributes (Online- Friday)
Yr 5/6- Writing (Online- Friday)

To log on, enter your parent code (The first three letters of your last name and a four digit code- ie. ABC0011)

You can log in at www.mildurawestps.vic.jdlf.com.au  or via the mobile apps available in the Android and iTunes stores – search for Compass School Manager.

Compass Support
If you need help please call! A password reset is easy! If you would like further assistance please make a time to meet with Darrel Branson or Luke Jeffers. We are here to help!

Prep Information Session

Parents of Prep children - Don’t forget that our information session regarding your child’s learning is on next week.

Date: Wednesday, 6th March

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

R.S.V.P: Monday, 4th March

Remember to let your child’s teacher know if you are able to make it. Prep parents please note, as of Monday 4th March prep students will attend a full week of school 

International Baccalaureate “Recapping our Journey”

Mildura West Primary School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and we are pursuing authorisation as an IB World School this year.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes.

There are over 4,200 IB World Schools in 109 countries. More than 75,000 teachers and more than one million students worldwide. A wonderful network for teaching our students.

 

WHAT IS PYP? (PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM)

  • • A curriculum framework for young learners aged 5-12
  • • Founded on a philosophy that recognises a child’s natural curiosity, creativity and ability to reflect
  • • The PYP generates a stimulating, challenging learning environment to nurture and promote a love of life-long learning
  • • It is transdisciplinary, meaning students learn across subject areas while investigating big ideas

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