Interdisciplinary Learning / STEM

Interdisciplinary Learning at NGPS

Newport Gardens Primary School has a commitment to structured, purposeful, Interdisciplinary Learning that engages students actively and promotes collaboration, problem solving and digital literacy. This involves a learning process that moves students from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level, being able to apply what they have learnt in a meaningful, new context.

Students across the school will engage in:

Exploring, wondering and questioning
Experimenting and playing with possibilities
Making connections between previous learning and current learning
Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
Collecting data and reporting findings
Deepening understanding through application of a concept
Making and testing theories
Researching and seeking information
Taking and defending a position
Solving problems in a variety of ways
Having choice in the way to present their learning

The Victorian Curriculum is used as the framework to plan and monitor Interdisciplinary Learning, embedded in the curriculum teaching of Science, History, Civics and Citizenship, Geography, Economics and Business.

The General Capabilities (Ethical, Personal and Social, Intercultural and Critical and Creative Thinking) are ingrained in the learning process and provide students a greater opportunity to develop these skills across a variety of Curriculum areas.

How we teach STEM

STEM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!

Students follow a process of Design Thinking to solve problems through Investigating, Generating, Planning, Producing, Evaluating and Communicating.
Students and teachers engaged in STEM make more real-life connections so that school is not a place where you go to learn but instead becomes the entire experience of learning itself. We are always learning, always growing, always experimenting.

At Newport Gardens Primary School we are committed to embedding quality STEM teaching and learning opportunities into the curriculum from Foundation to Year 6. Students develop their skills to think scientifically and logically, problem-solve and collaborate to create solutions for problems that are posed. This is supported by our STEM Specialist program and is directly linked to the Digital Technologies and Design Technologies curriculum.