One of Prep W’s favourite activities is Maths Play Based Learning!
On Fridays we explore counting patterns, ordering numbers, dominoes, number puzzles and a whole lot more.
A popular activity is putting together the 100 square.
The children work really well together to find the right numbers, and pick up on the patterns within the 100 square.
It’s a very satisfying feeling when it is complete!
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We have been keeping busy in the Italian classroom.
All grades have been focusing on greetings, getting to know you language and learning how to express how they feel in the Italian language.
The prep students have been learning basic words and gestures to respond to the question ‘Come stai?’ (How are you?). They have also been learning the greeting song ‘Ciao Buongiorno’.
The grade 1/2s are focusing on words for greetings as well as learning new ways to express how they feel. Next week they will begin creating un ‘orologio delle emozioni’ (an emotions wheel).
The grade 3/4 students are focusing on greetings as well as the most appropriate context for using specific greetings. They are also learning how to express how they feel and are creating ’emoji’ posters.
The grade 5/6 students are learning getting to know you language, adjectives to express how they feel and exploring new language using ‘un dizionario’ (a dictionary) to share aspects of their own identity. They are completing a ‘tutto su di me’ writing task (all about me).Read More »
The 2019 Preps have made a wonderful start to their schooling!
Every single day is met with enthusiasm, laughter, kindness and a can do attitude!
Here’s a selection of photos of what we’ve been up to!
*Meeting and playing with our buddies
*Clapping & dancing in music
*Counting and making numbers with play dough
*Matching pictures to their starting letter
We can’t wait for even more!Read More »
The 1/2 students conducted an experiment exploring the properties of uncooked pasta as part of the Spot the Difference integrated unit.
Students had to work in teams to build a tower out of uncooked pasta and marshmellows.
We used words like straight, strong, brittle and long to describe the uncooked pasta and we discovered that these were the properties that enables us to build our towers.
Do you think we could have built our towers with cooked pasta?Read More »
Grade 3/4 had an interactive lesson learning all about the states of matter – solids, liquids and gases; and identifying properties of each. We had fun learning about Ooblek (goop) with an ooey-gooey ending from sticky to solid so students could see first hand and understand the states of matter involved in this experiment.
We looked at how how solids are packed tightly together and move slightly in place, liquids are close together but they can flow and move around and gases move around freely and quickly and bump and bounce off each other. We demonstrated this as a class pretending we were particles!
See the pictures below with the fun we had getting ‘sticky’!Read More »
1st November, 2018
The Grade 5s and 6s have been learning how to send coded directions to robots!
It is an exciting time is ICT for the Grade 5s and 6s! After spending a lot of last term learning to code computer games using ‘Scratch’ we have now moved on to using this same program to send directions to robots!
The Edison robot can be linked to the computer through the headphone port on our computers.
Using a special, step by step program on the scratch website, we have been able control Edison, getting the little robot to follow a paper map from a start to finish point. Using the computer we plotted out a course and exported the directions, before sending Edison on his way. Our aim was to get him as close to the map line and finish point as possible.
It has been great fun learning to use the Edison robots and Scratch program – we can’t wait to have another turn next week!Read More »
The 3/4’s embarked on a journey that brought a lifetime of memories. What a wonderful, challenging and enjoyable 3 days we had at Campaspe Downs! Emotions ran high leading into the camp, but as soon as we settled, the adventures began. Not only did the Year 4 students help, guide and mentor the Year 3’s to make them feel comfortable and at ease, but ALL of our happy campers overcame challenges they thought they would never dream of doing.
Starting with climbing up a 10 metre wall, then onto building rafts, heading up high in the sky on the giant swing and possum glider and the much anticipated flying fox – one of the highlights of the camp. The staff at Campaspe Downs are also to be commended on their energy, helpfulness and guidance during our 3 day adventures.
Our 3/4 students are still reliving memories in class with writing a recount of their favourite activities and adventures. What a great way to end the year!Read More »
This term, in our integrated unit Spot the Difference, the 1/2’s are learning all about the ways in which heating and cooling can impact on or change different substances.
We will be learning about the properties of different objects, and exploring how these properties change when we change the object.
This week, students investigated what happens to an ice cube when it’s exposed to heat.
Students first came up with different ways they could melt the ice cubes. They then worked in teams to make predictions about which methods would melt the ice cubes the fastest, and which would melt them the slowest.
After recording their predictions, the teams decided which member would test which method. Students got into groups to test each method.
Students recorded their results and at the end, groups discussed whether their predictions were accurate, and possible reasons for their results.
We had a lot of fun doing our melting ice experiment, even though the ice was very cold!
These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes outside in the sun.
These students tested the method of holding the ice cubes in their hands.
These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes into cool water.
These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes on their tongues!Read More »
Last week Prep W and Prep G students were lucky enough to have a visit from Coral and Morgan (Great Dane) from the Responsible Pet Ownership Education Program.
We learnt how to look after our pets and keep them safe by:
- getting them micro-chipped
- taking them to the Vet for yearly check-ups and vaccinations
- making sure they are wearing their collar with identification
- ensuring they have water every day
We also learnt to recognise:
- times when we should leave dogs alone
- the warning signs given by dogs
- how to safely approach and greet a dog
- what to do if we are approached by an aggressive dog
Some lucky students got to practice how to safely approach and greet a dog with Morgan the Great Dane. He was such a beautiful and gentle dog (and humongous!) They practiced asking the owner for a pat first, approaching the dog slowly with a closed fist and allowing it to smell them, then gently patting the dog’s side. All the student’s loved meeting Morgan!
Thank you again to Coral and Morgan from the Responsible Pet Ownership Program for coming in to visit us at Belle Vue!Read More »
In Prep, our Integrated topic for this term is ‘Weather in my World’.
This week the ‘Big Question’ we explored in Prep G was ‘how and why does it rain?’
We began by thinking about when after it rains and there’s puddles on the ground, where does the rain go? Does it just disappear? How?
We looked at the water cycle and learnt about how rain can evaporate into water vapor and go up to the sky to make clouds.
We looked at videos and discussed how clouds go a darker colour when it may rain soon! We learnt that it begins to rain, snow or hail when the water vapor gets too heavy in the clouds.
We then tested this idea with a ‘Rain Cloud in a Cup’ experiment! We created our rain clouds using shaving cream, and predicted how many rain drops (made up of food colour & water) we thought the cloud could hold before it ‘rained’. We then did a ‘write up’ of our experiment – drawing diagrams labelling the materials we used and explaining what we learnt from the experiment.
We had so much fun and are looking forward to more weather science experiments throughout the term!Read More »