A snapshot of what all grades have been upto in term 3 so far –
Prep – Our prep students have been busy learning colours – they are extending on their prior learning of colours by attempting to learn the meaning of other colours not previously explored. This includes recognising the colours visually, orally and in written form. We are now commencing a unit on ‘gli animali’ (animals) where we will learn animal names as well as notice that in Italian the sounds that people associate with animals are different to the sounds we think of for animals in Australia
Grade 1/2 – Are exploring ‘I giorni della settimana’ (days of the week) and ‘I mesi dell’anno’ (months of the year) and other language associated with these topics. We will use this knowledge of language learnt to express the date and when our birthdays occur. Students are currently learning a poem ‘La settimana dei fiori’ (The week of flowers).
Grade 3/4 – Students are exploring language associated with ‘il viso’ (our facial appearance). They are noticing that in Italian adjectives come after nouns, that the adjective must ‘agree’ with the noun, i.e. instead of occhi azzurro it’s occhi azzurri (both noun and adjective must have the same letter on the end) . Students are learning to express what they look like as well as make observations about the charactistics of others.
Grade 5/6 – Students have been exploring ‘I numeri’ (numbers 1-1000) as well as language associated with ‘la matematica’ (mathematics). They have been using this knowledge to solve mathematical equations. The students are now starting a unit of work on ‘che ore sono?’ (what time is it?) They will learn to ask the time, express the time as well as use the Italian language to express what they do at different times of the day.Read More »
With term 2 drawing to a close, here is what all the grades have been up to in the Italian classroom.
Preps have been learning about numbers and body parts. We have learnt about the story of Pinocchio, been memorising nouns for body parts and been singing along to ‘La Canzone di Geppetto’ (Geppetto’s song) and ‘Testa, spalle, ginocchia e piedi’ (Heads, shoulders, knees and feet).
You can practice at home too:
We have also been playing ‘Simone Dice’ (Simon Says) and making ‘Pinocchio’ puppets. Here is a photo of our wonderful work.
Grade 1/2 have been learning about ‘lo sport’, we have been noticing similarities between the English and Italian language. We have also learnt to express whether or not we play a sport. Students are now exploring ‘I pasti’ (meals) and learning nouns for various foods they eat at different times of the day. We used this new vocabulary to explore the concept that in the Italian language nouns are gendered (they can be masculine/boy or feminine/girl). We have also learnt to ask our friends what they eat/drink for various meals.
Grade 3/4 have been learning nouns for foods, recognising those nouns in singular and plural form as well as expressing their likes and dislikes in relation to food. They have learnt to ask how to a request goods in Italian and they are now writing a role play where students request to buy items within a store.
Grade 5/6 have been exploring countries and nationalities as well as learning the correct use of articles and articulated prepositions at the front of nouns. They have explored this idea that adjective (i.e. nationality) spelling changes according to the gender of the subject. Students have been writing a role play in which they apply this grammatical knowledge. The role play is centred on getting to know the cultural heritage of another person and their family – i.e. Da dove vieni? (Where are you from?), da dove viene tua mamma? (Where is you mum from?) etc.
It’s hard to believe another term is drawing to a close, time flies!
Wishing everyone a safe and happy upcoming break,
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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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