Author Archives: Raymond Brigitte

Enterprise: The Design Process

Enterprise: The Design Process

Students in year 5/6 have been participating in the Integrated Unit – Enterprise during Terms 3 and 4. The unit has taken them from learning about the lives of children in other countries, and the varying qualities of life some of these children experience, to researching and promoting a charity, and learning about designing, marketing and advertising a product. Students are currently preparing activities and making their own products to sell on our two Enterprise Market Days coming up at the end of Term. All profits will go to the six charities that the 5/6 students have chosen, which support children around the world who do not enjoy all of their basic rights.

Below are photos of some of our students with their ‘bookmark’ design prototypes, which they created when learning about the design process. All students started with a simple, ordinary bookmark, and followed the design process to come up with a new, creative product.

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Here is a student’s bookmark that becomes a hover board.

 

 

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This bookmark turns into a comfortable arm chair at the click of a button!

 

 

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Here is a bookmark that has a hologram feature.

 

 

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This bookmark has a delicious treat dispenser, perfect for those boring books that teachers make kids read.

 

 

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Who needs an iphone, fitbit AND a bookmark when you can have all the features in one handy product? Enjoy finding out your heart rate while you shock yourself by seeing how many words you have read per minute!

 

*All designs are copyrighted to students of 5/6R

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Around The Bay in a Day

Around The Bay in a Day

 

A number of Belle Vue students and their families braved the windy conditions of the weekend and partook in the 50km Around The Bay ride.

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This was initially going to see students go over the West Gate Bridge, however their route was forced to change due to the extreme conditions. Well done to all students and families who participated. We have enjoyed hearing students’ wild weather stories at school this week!
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School Disco

School Disco

As a fun way to finish the term, students were treated to a school disco run by STOMP Dance Company. Students enjoyed listening to their favourite songs, whilst participating in free dance, games and choreographed dances.

 

 

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Bike Education

Bike Education

Throughout Terms 3 and 4, students in grade 5/6 participate in Bike Education every Friday. Students learn about safety aspects of their bike and participate in activities which allow them to hone in on their basic riding skills.

 

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In Bike Ed., students are developing their awareness of potential dangers and are learning how to best combat these and be safe bike riders.
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Balwyn High Visit

Balwyn High Visit

As part of the strong transitioning program for our students, Belle Vue students are annually invited to visit Balwyn High School. All grade 6 students are invited to Balwyn High regardless of the high school they will be going to. This approach aims to familiarise our students with a high school environment, learn about what support structures high schools have to assist students and the opportunities they will experience.

 

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Past Belle Vue students also come and address the current students and are there to answer any questions they may have. This year, students experienced a science lesson in the fantastic science lab facilities that Balwyn High have to offer. This day is a significant part of ensuring students feel comfortable with their transition to high school.

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Location and Directions

Location and Directions

Learning best occurs when it is relevant and students are hands on in exploring the concept. This is an approach we try to take in our lessons where possible.

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Whilst students were learning about location and directions, we had students out in our school yard following directions and using grid coordinates, compass directions and scale to find objects around the school. Students were able to reflect on their understandings on this concept in real time, and were able to see how this skill is relevant to the real world.
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Mystifying Matter

Mystifying Matter

Students in 5/6 have begun a new science unit called ‘What’s the Matter?’, which will be run alongside Bike Ed on Fridays.

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The Primary Connections unit, which ties in with the Science, Mathematics and English curriculums, allows students to learn about matter with hands-on investigations.

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On Friday, students started exploring the different states of matter (solids, liquids and gases) and their properties. Students observed a range of different materials and explained WHY they though they were either solids, liquids or gases.

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Learning First Aid

Learning First Aid

Yesterday, Belle Vue students were lucky enough to have representatives from St John First Aid, come and take Primary School First Aid Awareness courses for all classes.

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The grade 5/6 students showed a good prior understanding of First Aid, as well as a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn more and participate in the demonstrations.

All of the students took a lot out of the sessions. Below are some of the 5/6’s reflections.

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“The session was really fun and simple which made it easy to understand” – Anisha

“I learnt how to put someone in the recovery position and why you put them in it, so they can breathe better” – Alyssa

“In this first aid session I learned about CPR and the recovery position as well as refreshing my mind on drsabcd” – Pharrell

“I found it interesting because if there is someone in danger I’d know what to do other than calling 000” – Steven

“At the end of this session, I think I feel much more confident since I now know what to do in this situation” – Nathan

“I learnt about the steps to take to help the person in need. They are DRSABCD: danger, response, send for help, airway, breathing, CPR and Defib” – Cherise

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State Schools Spectacular!

State Schools Spectacular!

The senior choir will be participating in their first State Schools Spectacular, Massed Choir Rehearsal this Wednesday at the Melbourne Town Hall.

The students have been practising both at home and at school, which is paying off as their singing is sounding more confident and polished. The choir needs to learn 14 songs (alternating from Part 1 to Part 2) for the concert in September.

We are looking forward to finally hearing the sounds that both parts create when put together!

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Hockey 7s

Hockey 7s

During Term 2, Belle Vue participated in the Division Hockey 7s Tournament. Students committed to regular training in and out of school time to prepare for the event. This dedication paid off as both the boys and girls team performing exceptionally well and represented their school proudly.

The boys team were competitive in all matches and managed to win 2 games. The girls team won straight through to the grand final where they unfortunately lost 0-1. Well done to all students involved!

 

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