Author Archives: DePrada Rachael

Multiplication in grades 1 & 2

Multiplication in grades 1 & 2

Over the past two weeks, grade one and two students have been learning all about multiplication. They all understand that multiplication is a repetition of equal sized groups, and that these groups can be organised in different ways. For this activity, students were given a magic number and had to investigate how many different multiplication equations they could make that equalled their magic number. Some students used unifix blocks to help them. Here are some photos of 1/2 D hard at work last Friday.

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Growing Sunflowers

Growing Sunflowers

Grade 1 & 2 are learning all about things which grow this term. As part of this unit, students planted sunflower seeds and have been observing their changes closely. Last week we decided to replant the seeds into our garden beds because they were getting too big for their seedling trays. Here you can see some of the students out in the garden, carefully choosing ideal places for the sunflowers (with plenty of sunlight, and protected from strong winds). Everyone had a great time!

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Seed Scientists

Seed Scientists

As part of the grade 1/2 integrated unit ‘Watch it Grow’ students examined a range of different seeds. They learnt that seeds have all of the information required to grow an adult plant and that seeds can vary in terms of shape, size, colour and even location on a plant. For this activity students had to look at a range of seeds, draw a labelled diagram of the seed and predict the plant, tree or fruit that the seed came from. On this page are some pictures of the students hard at work being seed scientists – it was a very exciting activity!

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Spelling in Grade 1/2

Spelling in Grade 1/2

At Belle Vue Primary School we use the Words Their Way program to teach spelling rules and patterns. Students are all given an initial spelling assessment which is then used to separate the student into spelling groups which target their specific learning needs. In the grade 1/2 area students are provided with words each fortnight, which they cut up and sort. They then practise these words over a period of two weeks. After their word sorts this week, students used icy pole sticks to spell their words on the floors or tables. Some of these pictures show the students hard at work sorting their words or making them from icy pole sticks … or maybe just having a great time learning!

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Learning to Code

Learning to Code

Coding is a really important skill that all children of the 21st century need to understand. Inevitably, technology will be part of many future jobs and therefore it is essential that students learn how to code (and understand code) so that they can thrive in the future.

Coding activities can be classified as “plugged” (using computers or technology) or “unplugged” (not using technology). Over the past few weeks the grade 1/2 students have been completing unplugged activities, using simple codes to represent movement forwards, backwards, left, right and to shade a shape. On this page are a few photos of grade 1/2 learning how to be code masters!

For further information about coding and it’s importance, please refer to http://www.theedadvocate.org/why-learning-to-code-is-so-important-for-children/

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Monday Fun-Day!

Monday Fun-Day!

Mondays are always fun days in grade 1/2! Students work with all grade 1/2 teachers to participate in sport, music, and art-based integrated activities.

Below are some pictures of the grade 1/2 students who created some collaborative artworks this week about different communities: urban, suburban, rural and seaside communities.

These are also on display outside 1/2 A if you would like to come and see them.

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Loving the Library!

Loving the Library!

With term 1 well underway, students across the school are enjoying a variety of activities and extra curricular programs. Grade 1/2 students have been enjoying learning in all areas of the school, particularly the library. Here are some of the reasons why 1/2D loves the library:

“We get to look at lots of tricky books.”

“There’s so many things to look at!”

“I like to draw and read with my friends.”

“Libraries are such cool places”

“It’s just fun.”

Here are some photos of us enjoying the library.

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Evaporation Experts in Grade 1/2

Evaporation Experts in Grade 1/2

During Term 2 in Grade 1 & 2 we are learning all about water. Last week we investigated the water cycle.

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Improving our writing in grades 1 & 2

Improving our writing in grades 1 & 2

During Term 1 all grade 1/2 students have been working hard to improve their writing! We have written lots of different text types, but during term 1 we have focussed primarily on recounts and retells.

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Paddle Pop Stick Spelling

Paddle Pop Stick Spelling

Each week in grade 1/2 we have a chance to learn some new spelling words. We like to learn our words in creative and different

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