This term’s integrated topic is “Watch It Grow”. The Students are learning about living things and what they need to survive and grow.
The 1/2 students have planted their seeds and are keen to look after them and watch them grow!
We recorded the planting process in our “Watch It Grow” journals.
We are also checkinig them regularly and updating our journals to describe their progress and why some are growing and others have not sprouted yet.
It has been exciting to watch the seedlings sprout and the students are engrossed in the topic.
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During week 3 our Prep students were learning all about measuring capacity!
We discussed terms such as ‘full’, ’empty’ and ‘half empty’ and practiced measuring the capacity of a range of containers.
We predicted the capacity of containers, ordering them from least to most, then checked to see if we were right!
We used water, sand, rice and pasta! It was lots of fun!Read More »
As part of the grade 1/2 integrated unit ‘Watch it Grow’ students examined a range of different seeds. They learnt that seeds have all of the information required to grow an adult plant and that seeds can vary in terms of shape, size, colour and even location on a plant. For this activity students had to look at a range of seeds, draw a labelled diagram of the seed and predict the plant, tree or fruit that the seed came from. On this page are some pictures of the students hard at work being seed scientists – it was a very exciting activity!Read More »
At Belle Vue Primary School we use the Words Their Way program to teach spelling rules and patterns. Students are all given an initial spelling assessment which is then used to separate the student into spelling groups which target their specific learning needs. In the grade 1/2 area students are provided with words each fortnight, which they cut up and sort. They then practise these words over a period of two weeks. After their word sorts this week, students used icy pole sticks to spell their words on the floors or tables. Some of these pictures show the students hard at work sorting their words or making them from icy pole sticks … or maybe just having a great time learning!Read More »
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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Coding is a really important skill that all children of the 21st century need to understand. Inevitably, technology will be part of many future jobs and therefore it is essential that students learn how to code (and understand code) so that they can thrive in the future.
Coding activities can be classified as “plugged” (using computers or technology) or “unplugged” (not using technology). Over the past few weeks the grade 1/2 students have been completing unplugged activities, using simple codes to represent movement forwards, backwards, left, right and to shade a shape. On this page are a few photos of grade 1/2 learning how to be code masters!
For further information about coding and it’s importance, please refer to http://www.theedadvocate.org/why-learning-to-code-is-so-important-for-children/Read More »
Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveysRead More »
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 »
Our prep students had a great time celebrating their first Multicultural Day at Belle Vue Primary!
We learnt about and celebrated all our different cultural backgrounds! All students looked fantastic dressed up in an outfit that represents their cultural background!
We learnt about lots of different cultures around the world, created harmony paper chains and also learnt about Chinese New Year and created Chinese Dragon masks!
We loved the incursion performance about two sailors who discovered lots of different countries!
All students enjoyed an Italian lunch which included Pizza and Gelato! It was delicious!Read More »