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An update on our learning in the Italian classroom…

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.

Sophie's (PW) 'Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio' number cut and paste

Sophie (PW) Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio number cut and paste


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.

Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore cut and paste by Lachlan (1/2P)

Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore cut and paste by Lachlan (1/2P)

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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Term 2 nel aula d’italiano

Here is what we are up to at the moment in the Italian classroom.

Preps are currently exploring numbers 1-10 and developing their ability to recognise numbers as Italian words. We are doing this using ‘Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ (The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Grade 1/2 students are exploring colours, days of their week and their listening comprehension skills using the story ‘Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore’ (The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Colour).

The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour

The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour



Grade 3/4s have begun learning vocabulary associated with objects found in the classroom and are now learning to conjugate the verb ‘avere’ (to have) in the present tense and using this knowledge to describe objects found in people’s possession within the classroom.

Grade 5/6 students are extending their learning from last term by engaging in a research task based on a famous ‘festa’ of their choice that is celebrated in Italy. They will present these to the class in the coming weeks.

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Buona Pasqua & Buone Vacanze

Recently all the students have been learning about ‘Pasqua’ (Easter) in Italy and have been engaged in discussions surrounding the similarities and differences between Easter in Italy and Easter in Australia as well as learning vocabulary associated with Pasqua.

Preps: Made ‘Buona Pasqua’ posters for their ‘Mamma’, ‘Papà’, ‘Nonno’ or ‘Nonna’ (Mum, dad, grandpa, grandma).

Grade 1/2: Made ‘pulcini’ (chicks) in the shape of ‘l’uovo di pasqua’ (Easter eggs).

Grade 3/4: Made Easter gift labels with Italian Easter greetings on them.

Grade 5/6: Made Venn diagrams which outlined their understandings of the similarities and differences between Easter in Italy and Australia.

Wishing everyone a fantastic holiday break and for those that celebrate, Buona Pasqua (Happy Easter).

Buona Pasqua

Happy Easter



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Multicultural Day

Last Wednesday (22nd March, 2017) 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 making a Chinese dragon, learning about foods from around the world, making an Eiffel Tower out of Lego, learning how to play the European sport; ‘fist ball’, and learning where in the world your classmates and their families come from (just to name a few).


Making Chinese Dragons

After recess we had the pleasure of engaging in a ‘multicultural dance’ incursion. Emilio from EPR Productions was engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. As a whole school students learnt about the cultural roots of various dances such as the ‘Tarantella’ from Italy, an African war dance, and ‘Flamenco’ dancing from Spain as well as learnt how to do these dances! The incursion was fantastic and the kids thoroughly enjoyed learning some new dance moves. The incursion was followed by a second learning rotation.


Learning the Tarantella dance

The students then had a special lunch provided by our wonderful PFA that consisted of pizza and gelato whilst listening to some Italian music. After lunch, students discussed and reflected on the day’s events as well as developed their understanding of the significance of Harmony week.


Enjoying gelato al limone

Multicultural day 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 Multicultural day was. Everyone contributed in a positive way to making multicultural day 2017 a memorable one, grazie a tutti (thankyou to everyone) and auguri (congratulations).

 – Signorina Piacentini

Here are some student reflections from the day:

“My favourite part was dancing some dances from around the world because it was fun.” – (Kasra, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was drawing a boomerang because we got to listen to some aboriginal stories.” – (Livinia, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was making the Eiffel tower out of Lego.” – (Julius, Prep W)

“I enjoyed the music because I learnt how to do dance moves. I liked the pizza and gelato, it was the best. Ice cream rules!” (Chris, 1/2D)

“I enjoyed the dancing. It was very active. I learnt to do a spider dance from Italy.” (Quinn-tessa, 1/2B)

“My favourite part of today was the cultural dancing. I loved the Flamenco and also the Tarantella.” (Abi, 3/4H)

“I enjoyed doing the Tarantella dance because I liked linking arms. I learnt that the dance was made up because people said that when a tarantula bit you, you would do a crazy dance!” (Mia, 3/4W)

“Today at Belle Vue was multicultural day. We celebrated some people’s cultures and learnt a few dances that are traditional in some countries. We played Fist ball with Mr. G and learnt some skills. At the end we played a match with Mr K. Everyone enjoyed it and had fun whilst trying something new. Afterwards we went to Ms Raymond’s room and learnt A LOT about Aboriginal dreaming. It was really interesting to learn about their beliefs. We made some art about our learning. Finally, we had a lesson on dancing with Emilio who has travelled the world. We learnt the Tarantella, the Flamenco and an African war dance. They were awesome dances and fun to learn. Today was a fun day in the week!” (Sebastian 5/6G)

“I felt that Multicultural Day was to celebrate how different cultures come and live together. I really enjoyed doing the Aboriginal drawing and learning about the Aboriginal people’s myths and stories about how the world was created.” – (Kenneth 5/6R)



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Some of the fantastic work the students have been doing…

Below are some samples of the fantastic work out students have been doing in the Italian classroom, bravissimi!

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Orologi delle emozioni’ (Emotion watches/wheels) by the Grade 1/2 students

Poesie Acrostiche

The students showing off their great work!

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Buongiorno a tutti! Bentornati (welcome back) to another year of learning in the Italian classroom and benvenuti (welcome) to all the new students and families at Belle Vue Primary School.

All classes have all been busy busy, it is hard to believe that we are already approaching the 5th week of term 1!

The preps have learnt how to use basic greetings, have begun identifying with some Italian colours and numbers and are learning songs such as ‘Ciao Buongiorno’, ‘Cinque Scimiette’ (Five Little Monkeys) and ‘Dieci Piccoli Indiani’ (10 Little Indians).

Grade 1 and 2 students have been exploring colours and greetings and are now learning to express ‘le emozioni’ (emotions) in Italian.

Grade 3 and 4 children are exploring greetings and numbers and have learnt how to introduce and describe themselves, including their ‘viso’ (facial features).

Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring greetings and using their prior knowledge in Italian as well as their research and dictionary skills to write ‘una poesia acrostica’ (acrostic poem) using their given name.

Multicultural Day is coming up on Wednesday 22nd of March, students can start thinking about their multicultural dress ups for the day. This year, as a change from previous years, students will be watching and participating in a ‘multicultural dance’ production run by EPR Productions. They will also have the opportunity to take part in an Italian classroom lunch. This will operate as a lunch order. We encourage all students to get involved in this shared lunch experience! More information will follow in upcoming newsletters so stay tuned!

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What we are upto in the Italian classroom…

Preps are currently making family finger puppets to help them to learn family member titles. We have been singing along to the song ‘La famiglia della dita’. Follow the link to sing along at home. Next week they will start learning the days of the week in Italian!

Making 'La Famiglia della dita' (The Finger Family)

Making ‘La Famiglia della dita’ (The Finger Family) puppets.

Singing along to ‘La Famiglia della dita’ song.

The grade 1/2 students have finished learning how to express what they eat for various meals and are currently learning modes of transport ‘il trasporto’.

The 3/4 students have been engaging in discussion about all things culturally and historically Italian and are now doing a mini research task on a topic that interests them. They are soon going to present their research findings to the class.

Grade 5/6 have been learning how to express the time and how to write/use reflexive verbs. They are using this knowledge of time and reflexive verbs to write sentences that describe what they do in the morning in order to get ready.







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Term 4 nel aula d’italiano

Term 4 is well and truly in full swing now! All grades have been keeping busy.

Preps have been busy learning to count past 10, as well as consolidating on their number and colour learning by doing activities that help them to recognise Italian numbers and colours in their written form. They are now learning vocabulary associated with ‘La Famiglia’ (Family).

Grade 1/2 students have been learning how to use a junior Italian dictionary so as to find appropriate vocabulary to describe the foods they eat at various times of day (colazione [breakfast], pranzo [lunch], merenda [snack] and cena [dinner]). This week they have been learning how to put these nouns into a sentence that describes what they eat at meal times.



Work sample of dictionary activity students engaged in.


Sample of activity where student must write a sentence to describe the foods they eat at various meal times.

Grade 3/4 students both at the end of last term and in the past two weeks have been writing a short paragraph to describe themselves. This week they have shared this writing with the class so as to practise their oral speaking and comprehension skills. They are about to start a unit on Italy and Italian culture.

Grade 5/6 students have been consolidating on their knowledge of numbers, they have learnt ordinal numbers in Italian and are now beginning a unit of work on time and reflexive verbs (in an effort to describe what they do at various times of day).





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Term 3 wrap up

As we reach the final weeks of term 2 the grade 5/6 students are busy finishing off their Italian migration research projects. Through this work, they are developing an appreciation and understanding of the Italian migrant’s experience in Australia. Bravissimi!

The grade 3/4s have been learning how to talk about themselves and others in the present tense using the verb ‘essere’ (to be) and have also learnt how to express their likes and dislikes (mi piace e non mi piace) in relation to their hobbies/interests. They have used this learning to write a paragraph about themselves, bravi!

Prep and 1/2 children have recently started a unit of work on L’Italia. We have looked at all things Italian such as famous monuments and iconic foods.


Here are the prep girls showing off their writing on their ‘Che cosa è?’ (What is it?) Worksheet. Buon lavoro!

Well done on a fun and productive term everyone! Buone Vacanze (Happy Holidays)!

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What is happening in the Italian classroom…

Preps are currently learning about ‘Le Stagioni’ (The Seasons) and ‘Il Tempo’ (The Weather). We have even started learning numbers past dieci (ten)!

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Here is some fantastic work the preps recently completed.

Grade 1/2 children are expanding their language learning by using aggettivi (adjectives) to describe animali domestici (pets).

Grade 3/4 have just finished learning how to express their likes and dislikes (mi piace e non mi piace) in relation to hobbies and have started learning how to conjugate the verb ‘essere’ (to be) in the present tense

Grade 5/6 students have recently started a unit of study on ‘migrazione’, looking at the migration of Italians to Australia and the impact Italian migration has had on the Australian way of life and culture.


Grade 5/6 girls reading some extracts from ‘Per L’Australia’ (a book focused on Italian migration to Australia) for their research project.


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