Learning and Teaching at Beaumaris Primary School


Learning and Teaching at Beaumaris Primary School

 

At Beaumaris Primary we believe our students need to be active participants in their learning through formal instruction and creative inquiry that includes all areas of the Victorian Curriculum.

 

Our approach Prep – Year 6:

  • ensures a differentiated approach to cater for the learning needs of our students and includes formal instruction, small groups, individual extension and intervention.
  • includes the full suite of curriculum areas in the Victorian Curriculum
    • personalises and engages students in active learning alongside explicit and formalised instruction
    • learning intentions are displayed and provide intentional and purposeful links back to learning outcomes in the Victorian Curriculum.
    • is developmentally appropriate for students in the primary years of schooling
  • makes learning relevant and meaningful for all students
  • places the student at the centre of their learning
  • provides a seamless transition from preschool, to early and upper primary school and beyond
  • addresses the needs of 21st century learners

 

What does learning and teaching look like in the classroom?

Understanding Investigations, Inquiry and personalised learning in P-2

Three Investigation sessions per week of up to 100 minutes duration.

In addition to the implementation of a differentiated approach to the full suite of curriculum areas in the Victorian Curriculum, in Years Prep-2, we provide a learning environment that enables our students to:

-self-initiate, explore, problem-solve and take risks

-think deeply, construct ideas and meaning

-utilise their own understandings and discover new ones

-become interested in endless possibilities and opportunities

-become increasingly intrinsically motivated to learn

- find out, try, have a go and develop resilience.

An important aspect of learning at this level is to ensure there are times during the week when our students are provided with opportunities to expand and practise their understanding of concepts and practise learning how to learn. We plan purposeful, intentional opportunities for our students to construct, create, explore and investigate new learning.

Creative and open-ended learning centres are integral and essential element of authentic play-based curriculum. Where and how we scaffold learning and make the links to the Victorian Curriculum is through our planning, our tuning in and reflection and our work with the students during Investigations.

 

Focus Child, Reporter and Photographer Roles

The key intentions of these roles during Investigations for students include:

  • facilitating the student’s social engagement and interactions with their peers
  • extending thinking and problem solving skills in relation to finding evidence and examples of specific areas of learning that are linked to other areas of curriculum being taught across the day
  • providing additional opportunities to extend and link tools and skills in literacy and numeracy
  • applying aspects of technology as a tool for effective learning
  • building upon each child’s skill and interests
  • providing opportunities for building self-esteem and resilience.

 

Understanding Inquiry-based learning and personalised learning in Years 3-6

Creating engaging inquiry units and structures for formalised learning

Inquiry-based learning at Beaumaris Primary School is developed using the key concepts and learning outcomes within the Victorian Curriculum. Inquiry includes multi-disciplinary learning incorporating a range of curriculum areas. Inquiry prioritises problems that require critical and creative thinking to enable students to develop their abilities to ask questions, design and investigate lines of inquiry, interpret evidence, form explanations and arguments, communicate findings and develop actions.

In addition to the implementation of a differentiated approach to the full suite of curriculum areas in the Victorian Curriculum, we teach a broader range of skills, often referred to as 21st century learning skills which include:

  • Collaboration
  • Self regulation
  • Decision making
  • Resilience
  • Problem solving
  • Learning how to learn
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Effective communication
  • Respectful relationships
  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Research skills
  • The ability to transfer and apply these skills into new ideas and events not experienced before.

 

If you have any questions about the learning and teaching at Beaumaris Primary, don't hesitate to contact the school office by email or by phone.

 

BPS Leadership Team

 

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