Welcome back to term 2!
We are now back into the swing of term in the Italian classroom. All the grades are busy learning about different elements of the Italian language.
Preps are learning to count 1-10 and recognising Italian numbers in their written form.
Grade 1/2 are learning words for ‘lo sport’ (sports), did you know that lots of words in Italian are the same as the English word – il tennis, il netball, il cricket or are very similar – l’atletica (athletics), lo sci (skiing)
Grade 3/4 are learning about ‘il cibo’ (food), are learning to express their preferences for various foods as well as identify with the gender of a noun in both it’s singular and plural form.
Grade 5/6 are exploring strategies to decode foreign language and in the process are learning about the ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ (Comedy of the Arts) characters.
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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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MEASUREMENT – HEIGHT AND LENGTH
3/4 have been exploring measurement in maths and comparing their height to the width of a long jump to see if how far they can jump depends on their height. In groups, they used a tape measure, chalk and an an outside space to do long jump (no run off). First they measured each person’s height and recorded it under their name. Then each person jumped as far as they could from the line drawn with chalk and no run off. They then measured this distance and recorded it under their height to compare. See them in action below!
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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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Throughout the year, students in year 5/6 have been lucky enough to work directly with our computer technician Ric, building up their understanding and skills in programming and robotics.
The learning started with students using computer programs and resources such as excel, flash, scratch and brainpop (blockly maze), to learn the basics of programming.
Students have since worked in teams to manually put their robot cars together. They are now learning about how the robots work and how they will provide their robots with the set of instructions they will need to perform particular tasks.
The next step is for students to start writing the codes and seeing the results in their moving robot cars!
Our students (and teachers!) have already learnt a lot from Ric, and we are excited to continue learning in this incredibly important area of education.
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In grade 5/6 at Belle Vue, we try to make maths as hands-on and realistic as possible. It’s important that students learn by doing and can see the connections between what they are learning and the real world.
Above are some of our students measuring the distance their paper planes traveled in order to record data, make graphs and calculate range.
We recently completed a unit on mapping and location, where students used a map of the school to write directions for a partner to follow. They had to use a grid reference, scale and compass or the Cartesian plane to accurately direct their partner around the school grounds.
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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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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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What an amazing day and night we all had last night!! Our annual Mid-Year Concert was the best yet – each and every student should be extremely proud of their efforts.Read More »
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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