Over the past two weeks, grade one and two students have been learning all about multiplication. They all understand that multiplication is a repetition of equal sized groups, and that these groups can be organised in different ways. For this activity, students were given a magic number and had to investigate how many different multiplication equations they could make that equalled their magic number. Some students used unifix blocks to help them. Here are some photos of 1/2 D hard at work last Friday.Read More »
Grade 1 & 2 are learning all about things which grow this term. As part of this unit, students planted sunflower seeds and have been observing their changes closely. Last week we decided to replant the seeds into our garden beds because they were getting too big for their seedling trays. Here you can see some of the students out in the garden, carefully choosing ideal places for the sunflowers (with plenty of sunlight, and protected from strong winds). Everyone had a great time!Read More »
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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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 »
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 »
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 »
The Year 1/2 students have made an excellent start to the year settling in to their new classrooms and getting to know each other. In Maths we have been working on addition, subtraction, and mapping. In English we have been working on predicting, learning new spelling words, anagrams, and homonyms, and in Writing we have been writing recounts, adding descriptive words to sentences to create interest, practicing letter formation, and structuring stories (beginning, middle, end).
We have been having a wonderful time working together to make the most of our learning opportunities and giving everything our best shot.
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Mondays are always fun days in grade 1/2! Students work with all grade 1/2 teachers to participate in sport, music, and art-based integrated activities.
Below are some pictures of the grade 1/2 students who created some collaborative artworks this week about different communities: urban, suburban, rural and seaside communities.
These are also on display outside 1/2 A if you would like to come and see them.Read More »
With term 1 well underway, students across the school are enjoying a variety of activities and extra curricular programs. Grade 1/2 students have been enjoying learning in all areas of the school, particularly the library. Here are some of the reasons why 1/2D loves the library:
“We get to look at lots of tricky books.”
“There’s so many things to look at!”
“I like to draw and read with my friends.”
“Libraries are such cool places”
“It’s just fun.”
Here are some photos of us enjoying the library.Read More »