Curriculum

BYOD Program

About the BYOD Program

Digital technologies are dramatically changing how we educate our students. Increased access to electronic devices such as laptop computers or tablets and the explosion of online information enables our students to interact with and create high quality content, resources and tools. 

Through increased access to devices, students can leverage learning that is interactive, differentiated and collaborative. The precise application of technology and quality instruction can enhance learning. The increased connectivity between school life, private life and social life coupled with portable devices and high speed broadband open up the possibility for new models of instruction outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Schools play an important role in introducing technology to children, ensuring it is used appropriately to enable efficient and effective learning and teaching practices and prepare students for life and work.  Many schools are choosing to implement a 1-to-1 learning program in which each student will have access to a device to complete learning tasks.

Why We Choose Apple

The Apple ecosystem for iPads (iOS) provides schools with infrastructure specifically designed for the classroom. Tools such as Apple Classroom, iTunesU and Swift Playgrounds allow teachers to plan for, monitor and distribute specific learning tasks. Integration with Google (G-Suite) is seamless and the ability for students to complete tasks efficiently using a small collection of apps makes learning powerful. 

Our school has excelled in the integration of the iPad into the classroom and we have published a growing collection of materials via our Mackellar PS iTunes U public site and Apple Books. These platforms provide a vehicle for the sharing of best practice and our school is proud of the recognition we’ve received globally as a leader in Digital Learning. Simply put, Apple products provide the tools for teachers to create engaging content in the classroom, and for students to explore and unleash their learning potential.

Apple iPad Devices

There are a range of Apple iPad models for Mackellar Primary School’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Literacy

The school offers a contemporary and inclusive comprehensive curriculum based on AusVELS. We have worked over the last four years to use the learning architecture of the school to ensure the curriculum implemented is both viable and guaranteed. Using AusVELS as the guide, Scope and Sequence documents have been developed in Mathematics and English. The English curriculum is further articulated through the Mackellar Writing Map P-6, which sets out the stages and sequences of writing for all levels of the school. The Mackellar Map sets out in a two year cycle the ‘through lines’ for development of Inquiry Learning Units based in the learning domains of Science, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Health Education. Specialist teachers over the last two years have been developing Scope and Sequence documents for the specialist curriculum areas of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Language – Italian and Library.

The learning programs developed for some of our students being supported by the Program for Students with Disabilities are based in the foundational curriculum A-D and implemented through individual learning plans that are developed collaboratively by parents and teachers through goals set at the Student Support Groups where individual learning needs requiring specific individualised instruction are identified.  Teachers, in their teaching communities develop yearly and term curriculum overviews using all the aforementioned documents. These documents then inform unit and weekly planners whose content is based on the evidence of student learning needs, their identified place on the learning continuums and next step in the learning sequence. Personal Learning, Values and Social Skills along with Information and Communication Technologies are incorporated into all areas of curriculum planning and implementation.

 

Numeracy

Teaching students to be numerate i.e. proficient in working with ‘numbers’ is now referred to as Numeracy and is far more learner centred.  Numeracy extends to an ability to use a variety of mathematical methods to solve problems.

The delivery of our Mathematics program at Mackellar Primary School is based on a structured classroom program that combines the following features:

  • Structured numeracy sessions incorporating a Warm Up, Introduction, Student Activity and a Reflection
  • Stages of mathematical growth
  • Grouping of students based on like needs for focused instruction
  • Specific focus on the consistent use of mathematical vocabulary
  • Continuous monitoring and assessment

The use of hands-on materials is also a strong element of the numeracy session.  Material is manipulated to develop a student’s understanding of a concept and students are encouraged to build their own ways of doing mathematics.

Our Mathematics program builds students understanding of mathematical concepts around the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Student’s proficiency in the understanding, problem solving, fluency and reasoning of these concepts is developed throughout numeracy lessons.

We aim to ensure that our students are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics who are able to investigate and recognise the connections between mathematics and their daily life.

Numeracy sessions are conducted for a minimum of five hours a week.