Last Wednesday, 21 March, 2018 the whole school celebrated ‘Harmony week’ with our annual ‘Multicultural day’. The day started with a parade, students came in wonderful costumes representative of their cultures. It was evident that a lot of thought and effort went into the costumes which was fantastic to see.
The parade was followed by a learning rotation. The kids participated in activities such as origami making, learning how to play the European sport; ‘fist ball’, making Chinese dragon masks, learning how to play French boules referred to as ‘Petanque’ and making pasta necklaces (just to name a few).
After recess the junior school had the pleasure of watching ‘Around the World and Back again’ by Two Friends Productions whilst the middle and senior school engaged in a second learning rotation. After the first show, the middle and senior school students then watched the show whilst the junior school engaged in a second learning rotation. The presentation was an engaging and fun filled story about a Captain and his sailor assistant who travel the world making amazing discoveries. The story explored various continents, countries and their cultures. The incursion was fantastic, it provided lots of learning and laughs and was thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff!
The students then had a special pizza lunch that was organised with the help of our wonderful PFA that consisted of authentic Italian pizzas from ‘Via Condotti’. This was followed by gelato from the ‘Something Sweet’ gelato cart. Students enjoyed either vaniglia (vanilla) or fragola (strawberry). Both the pizza and gelato were delicious! After lunch, students discussed and reflected on the day’s events as well as developed their understanding of the significance of Harmony week.
Multicultural day 2018 was a fantastic success. It demonstrated the wonderfully diverse yet collaborative community we have at Belle Vue Primary School. As a community we were able to lead by example what it means to live in harmoniously in a multicultural community. Students, staff and parents should be proud of the successful day it was. Thank you to everyone for their contributions, Multicultural day 2018 is certainly one we will not forget!
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Term 1 is in full swing now, it is hard to believe that we are already in the fourth week of term!
Preps have gotten off to an amazing start. They have learnt to greet in Italian, can sing the ‘ciao, buongiorno’ song and are currently exploring ‘I colori’ – we have been making mosaic ‘bandiere dell’italia’ (flags of Italy) using ‘verde, bianco e rosso’ (green, white & red).
Grade 1/2s have been focusing on language associated with classroom routine and positive behaviour. Next we will be looking at ways to express how we are feeling in the Italian language.
Grade 3/4 students have also been exploring vocabulary associated with classroom behaviour and routine, they have been learning to use this language in context. Next we will be creating profiles and learning how to use both junior and adult Italian dictionaries.
Grade 5/6 students have been creating a profile on ‘tutto su di me’ (all about me). They are also developing their skills of using an adult Italian dictionary as well developing their Italian vocabulary to describe their interests and preferences.
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This week the prep students finished making their pizze.
Have a look at the finished product, bravi!
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An update on what we have been doing in the Italian classroom.
Preps are learning about all things Italian – last week we read ‘Olivia goes to Venice’ and learnt all about what Venice has to offer.
Today we explored different foods that come from Italy and learnt how to express whether or not we liked particular foods – ‘mi piace’ (I like)and ‘non mi piace’ (I don’t like).
Grade 1/2s are learning about ‘I stagioni’ (the seasons).
The students have been working on creating ‘una scena’ (a scene) for one of the seasons. They then labelled all the things in their scene (in Italian) using resources in the classroom (dictionaries, books and word mats).
Grade 3/4s are learning about Italy and its ‘regioni’ – last week we learnt that there are 20 regions in Italy and each one has unique character/monuments/sites.
Grade 5/6 finished their ‘idioma’ (idiom) posters. They look amazing. Have a look below.
They are now creating their own bilingual short stories for young children.
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Buongiorno to everyone and hope you had a restful and enjoyable break.
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Ciao a tutti,
It is hard to believe that in two short weeks term 3 will be over!
As always, we have been keeping busy in the Italian classroom.
Preps, grade 1s and 2s have been learning about vocabulary surrounding ‘La famiglia’ (family). Grades 1/2s have been using this vocabulary to begin to understand the gendering of nouns rule in the Italian language.
Next week the preps will begin learning ‘la famiglia delle dita’ canzone (the finger family song).
Grade 3/4s have been working on a mini project, they created their own ‘cestino di frutta’ (fruit bowl) and used their knowledge of the subject-verb-noun sentence structure and pluralising noun rule to write sentences that describe what is in their fruit bowl.
Grade 5/6s have been learning about ‘le materie’ (subjects), expressing their preferences and dislikes with regard to various subjects. They conducted a class survey and drew an ‘istogramma’ (bar graph) that displays whole class preferences for various subjects.
Buone vacanze (happy holidays) to everyone!
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Prep students have been busy learning the different names for animals. We have been learning to sing the song ‘Il Coccodrillo Come Fa?’ and using the song to help us learn the names of the animals. Students have also developed an understanding that in Italy, children associate different sounds to what we do with some animals. The song shows us this.
You can sing along at home too.
Grade 1/2 students are exploring vocabulary associated with ‘la famiglia’ (family) and developing an understanding of how to recognise masculine nouns and feminine nouns. Today we completed a word find using some of this vocabulary!
Grade 3/4 are learning vocabulary for various fruits and learning to recognise how to identify singular and plural words for fruits.
Grade 5/6 students are developing a rich understanding of what school is like in Italy and drawing comparisons between school in Australia and school in Italy. We have been working on Venn diagrams in order to show this learning.Read More »
Week 2 of Term 3 and all grades are hard at work in the Italian classroom.
Preps are learning names for animals and developing the understanding that culture influences representations of sounds such as those made by animals. Today we are using ‘Il Coccodrillo Come Fa?’ song to help us learn words for various animals as well as learn the sounds that they make.
You can sing along at home too.
Grade 1/2 are continuing to explore ‘Gli opposti/I contrari’ (Opposites). We have been playing games like memory and charades to help us remember the vocabulary. Check out some of the work we have been doing.
Grade 3/4 students are learning how to conjugate ‘avere’ (to have) in the present tense so that they can write sentences using the ‘subject-verb-object’ sentence structure. Using this knowledge, this week, the students will write some of their own sentences.
Grade 5/6 students are learning about what school is like in Italy and drawing comparisons between school in Australia and school in Italy. Today they completed some online research to develop their knowledge.
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Term 3 has flown, we have been keeping very busy!
Preps have been learning body parts using songs such as ‘La Canzone di Geppetto’ (Geppetto’s song) and ‘Testa, spalle, Ginocchie e Piedi’ (Head, shoulders, knees and toes). They have been working hard on cutting and pasting the words for body parts and sticking them onto the body.
Grade 1/2 have been learning ‘verbi’ (verbs) to describe things they like doing (mi piace) and things they do not like doing (non mi piace). Today we played charades using different verbs!
Grade 3/4 are in the process of performing their role plays that they wrote. This role play involves them engaging in a conversation with their friend surrounding the borrowing of stationary items.
Grade 5/6 recently started looking at the topic of ‘La Casa’, they have been exploring grammatical rules such as how to pluralise nouns and sentence structures so as to describe how many different rooms they have in their house.
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The Preps have been busy using ‘Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) to learn about numbers. Below is some fantastic work completed by Sophie.
The preps are now beginning to learn about the story of ‘Pinocchio’, using ‘La Canzone di Geppetto’ (Geppetto’s song). The story of Pinocchio is supporting their learning of vocabulary associated with parts of the body.
Grade 1/2 students have finished exploring colours and days of the week using ‘Il Lupo che Voleva Cambiare Colore’ (The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour) story. Below is Lachlan’s fantastic work he recently completed.
Grade 1/2 students are now exploring things they like to do, by exploring verbs (‘doing’) words.
Grade 3/4 students have been learning vocabulary for objects found in the classroom, as well as exploring definite and indefinite articles and how to pluralise definite nouns. The 3/4s are now about to apply some of their learning by writing a role play where they ask class mates to borrow items of stationary. They will present these to the class in the coming weeks!
Grade 5/6 students have been busy presenting their fantastic research to the class based on their ‘festa’ (celebration) of choice. The presentations we have seen so far have been fantastic, bravissimi!
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