On Tuesday and Wednesday of week 8, the years 5 and 6 students held their Enterprise Days. This was the culmination of almost two terms worth of learning and hard work as the students organised their own pop-up market on the Belle Vue grounds.
As part of the Enterprise unit, students explored the issue of children’s rights around the world. They investigated and compared the lives of children in different countries, living in vastly different circumstances to themselves and researched charities that focused on returning children’s rights as determined by the UN. Students examined how charities raised money and resources, before taking the opportunity to raise a little money themselves.
Using the design process the students developed products, games and food to sell to the younger Belle Vue students. They engaged in market research and sought feedback from peers and teachers to improve their ideas. The result was two excellent days of business and an amazing $1330.10 raised for various charities.
Well done to all the year 5 and 6 students! And thank you to everyone who participated, donated or contributed to the Enterprise Market. Your business was much appreciated!Read More »
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember…
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is even if we’re apart,
I’ll always be with you.”
On Tuesday 11th December 2018 the Belle Vue community celebrated a momentous occasion – the Graduation of our current Year 6s.
The night was full of exciting, funny and heart-warming stories, led by our wonderful graduates who each shared an engaging speech with the friends, families and teachers in attendance. Each student was asked to share a special memory from Belle Vue, something they had learned throughout their primary years and what they would most miss from their early education.
The students also got the chance to reminisce with a commemorative slideshow, displaying photos from across their years at Belle Vue Primary.
At the end of the night, the graduates farewelled their guests with a graduation dance to the song ‘I lived’ by One Republic.
We wish our Year 6 graduates all the best for next year as they transition into High School. We hope they continue to display the school values they have learned over their time at Belle Vue, continuing to face their education and lives in general with a positive growth mindset. To paraphrase A.A. Milne, you can always be braver, stronger and smarter than you were yesterday.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
From ‘Winnie the Pooh’
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Term 4 is flying by – students have been keeping very busy and having lots of fun in the Italian classroom.
Prep – just finished a unit on ‘la famiglia’ (family) – they are beginning to notice that in Italian nouns are either masculine (boy words) or feminine (girl words). We have now started learning about ‘le stagioni’ (the seasons) and ‘il tempo’ (the weather).
Grade 1/2 – have been learning about ‘il trasporto’ (transport) – they are learning to name them as well as respond to the question ‘Come ci vai a scuola?’ (how do you get to school?)
Grade 3/4 – have been learning about ‘la famiglia’ (family) and learning to identify and use singular aggettivi possessivi (possessive adjectives) so as to describe the members of their family.
Grade 5/6 – have been learning how to conjugate and understand regular verbs in the present tense and are now commencing a unit on ‘i negozi’ (shops) and ‘il cibo’ (food). They will use new vocabulary to participate in simple transactions (to order/purchase goods).
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25th October 2018
Grades 5 and 6 enjoyed becoming CEOs of their own smoothie company in our Mini-boss Smoothie Bar Incursion
On Thursday, the Grade 5 and 6 students were involved in an incursion as part of our Enterprise Unit. As part of this incursion, the students all become CEOs of their own smoothie company, working in teams of 5 to develop a marketing plan.
But first up, the new companies had to develop some teamwork skills – as a group they were asked to build a paper plane… with one hand behind their back! Once folded, each team nominated a pilot to fly their paper plane as far as they could, with the winning team scoring a bag of lollies. Congratulations to Pilot Ryan and his team!
Back inside, students were intorduced to the ‘6 Step Plan’:
As new smoothie companies, they were required to go out and do some market research, quizzing their classmates about their favourite ingredients and flavours, before developing a recipe for their company’s smoothie.
Meanwhile, some of the team focussed on developing brand names and slogans for their company – this was an important part of the 6 step marketing strategy that the students had been introuced to.
Once they had figured out the cost of ingredients, each company made their first smoothie, taste testing their recipe before making any adjustments to improve the quality. Then it was time to make their final smoothie, which they could share with potential customers (classmates) and get some valuable feedback about their company’s work.
Finally, the day culminated in each company presenting a pitch to the ‘sharks’ (better known as the teachers) who selected a winning presentation from each class.
A truly fantastic day! We can’t wait to utilise all the knowledge we gained as we start to develop our own enterprise projects in integrated studies.Read More »
3/4 used unifix and MAB to become little architects to demonstrate and calculate the Volume (L x W x H) for appropriate buildings. They used their buildings and their objects to determine the volume by using the familiar metric units (cubic centimetres).
See below pictures of their work in progress – showing great team work!
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What a fantastic day we had celebrating Book Week at Belle Vue!
We started our day off by having a parade – showing off our wonderful costumes! Students and staff of the Belle Vue community dressed as their favourite character from a book that they treasure. Everyone looked brilliant!
Students then enjoyed exploring some of the 2018 shortlisted books through rotational activities.
We ended our day with a fantastic incursion called ‘Treasure Hunt!’
Thank you to everyone who contributed to such a fantastic day!Read More »
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!
See the upcoming newsletter for more wonderful photos & reflections!Read More »