Learning at Mount View Primary School
What does learning look like at Mount View Primary?
Mount View is an accredited as an International Baccalaureate World School implementing the Primary Years Programme and continues to develop an international perspective in education. The school’s curriculum framework incorporated the eight learning areas aligned with the Victorian Curriculum. In addition, a range of extra curriculum and other opportunities are provided to students. These include learning programs in specialist learning experiences in Physical Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Languages (Mandarin).
At Mount View PS, it is our goal for our students to be motivated, compassionate, life-long learners helping to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. We aim to provide challenging and engaging programs which promote inquiry and reflection to develop internationally minded citizens. We prepare our students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, values, understandings and courage to undertake a positive, productive and rewarding role in the world. To achieve this end, we aim to develop independent, confident and resilient learners.
The Victorian Curriculum is the Prep to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. Mount View PS uses the Victorian Curriculum to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.
The Victorian Curriculum promotes learning in the following domains: English and English as an Additional Language; Mathematics; The Humanities (Civics and Citizenship, Economics, Geography and History; Science; Technologies (Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies); Languages Other Than English (Mandarin); The Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts); Health and Physical Education and Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social).
Further information about the Victorian Curriculum can be located at:
IB – Primary Years Programme
International Baccalaureate (IB) Philosophy
Mount View Primary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is authorised to provide the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP).
International Baccalaureate (IB) Philosophy is as follows…
- To instil in our students the knowledge that will make them better learners and better people
- To ensure that we send them off into life with the skills they really need to grow and develop in a successful, happy way.
- To develop international education that creates a better world.
The Primary Years Program (PYP) offers an education that focuses on teaching students to think critically and independently, and how to inquire with care and logic. The IB prepares students to succeed in a world where facts and fiction merge in the news, and where asking the right questions is a crucial skill that will allow them to flourish long after they’ve left our programmes.
At Mount View Primary School, Literacy is taught through the balance of explicit instruction and inquiry learning.
The Literacy program is characterised through:
- Teaching a variety of comprehension strategies to support students in understanding increasingly sophisticated multi-modal texts.
- Explicit instruction of writing for a range of purposes, using a variety of genres.
- A writer’s workshop approach to develop responses that are language rich and show deep level thinking.
- Both explicit instruction and structured inquiry of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Small group student focus groups on tasks chosen to meet individual needs and interests.
- Ongoing monitoring and assessment which informs future teaching.
- Learning tasks that are purposeful and engaging.
- Authentically linking English learning to the Unit of Inquiry.
The school also participates in State and National programs, such as Premier’s Reading Challenge and Book Week.
EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Mount View has a community of diverse cultures and many bilingual students and families. The EAL (English as an Additional Language) program supports and develops newly arrived students who have little or no English language.
EAL specialist teachers liaise with classroom teachers, support staff and parents to ensure the program links with individual progress and classroom learning engagements.
The students generally attend two small group sessions of EAL per week to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The supportive small group setting allows the students to interact with each other and the teacher. They develop language and learning skills that enable them to function more successfully in the classroom and wider school environment. The program complements the classroom learning by providing intensive instruction and revision of the structure of the English language. An emphasis on understanding and using new class focussed vocabulary assists their oral language, which increases their confidence to interact within their classroom environment. Varied resources, activities and experiences help develop these explicit skills.
S. T. E. A. M @ M.V.P.S
S.T.E.A.M is a transdisciplinary approach to inquiry within the areas of: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, which builds students’ capacity to solve problems using critical and creative thinking.
At MVPS we engage with S.T.E.A.M throughout our various units of inquiry in order to develop our students as 21st century learners. Various hands-on learning engagements encourage students to be innovators, solve problems by harnessing their curiosity about the world around them.
What does S.T.E.A.M look like?
- design briefs
- hands-on inquiries
- coding inquries
- constructing and engineering
- drafting and designing
- asking questions
- exploring technology
- team work
At Mount View Primary School, we support the right of all members of the school community to access safe and inclusive learning environments, including digital devices, digital resources and online spaces. Through Digital Technologies we equip students to effectively participate and engage in a rapidly changing world transformed by technology, students must be cyber-ready and cyber-safe to minimise any unacceptable behaviour.
As an eSmart accredited school since 2019, we embrace the benefits of technology and how it enhances our learning programs. We are committed to educating our students on how to be smart, safe and responsible when using technology both within our school and the wider community.
Our vision is to develop balanced, creative, collaborative and curious learners with the skills to leverage the latest technologies and digital tools to communicate, engage, inquire and inspire
As part of our process to support safe and responsible online use, students are presented with an annual ‘Digital Learning Acceptable User Agreement’ which provides guidelines for acceptable online behaviours.
As part of our committment to developing ourselves as digital citizens, the Mount View community participate in a continuous Cybersafety Curriculum as well as National events such as: Safer Internet Day and eSmart Week.
For more information on eSmart Schools, please visit their website https://www.esmart.org.au/.
Mount View offers a comprehensive Specialist Program involving weekly engagements in the following areas:
Click on the images above to find out more about our Specialist Programs.
Circle Solutions at Mount View Primary brings students and their teachers together in an enjoyable atmosphere of cooperation. It is a time set aside each week when students and their teachers sit in a circle and participate in games and activities designed to increase their understanding and valuing of self, understanding and valuing of others and positive relationships.
Circle Solutions is both a philosophy for healthy relationships and a positive pedagogy for learning them. It is based on research evidence found in the fields of resilience, positive psychology and neuroscience.
Circle sessions establish understanding, values and behaviours for learning to be and learning to live together that are reinforced outside these sessions in school and community contexts.
Circles are a safe and positive way to develop:
- Self-awareness, knowledge and skills
- Knowledge, understanding and acceptance of others
- Pro-social behaviours
- A sense of belonging and connectedness
- A focus on positive, solution focused thinking
- Resilience, increased emotional resources and wellbeing
- Collaborative decision making, conflict resolution and problem solving
Circle solutions activities and games lead to a more effective learning environment by:
- Raising self-awareness and skills that promote healthy relationships
- Focusing on strengths and positives that make people feel better about themselves and others
- Increasing tolerance by seeking what is shared by the group
- Inhibiting bullying behaviours
- Promoting a sense of belonging and reducing stress by having fun
- Constructing solutions together as a group
- Increasing student engagement
- Building on strengths to support positive change
- Promoting cooperation