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 »
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 »
This week during Maths, 3/4 have been learning about the perimeter (fence) and the area (field) of rectangles, squares and polygons. They worked in small groups and compared areas by measuring the area of rectangles (including squares) by counting the number of square centimetres. They also worked out perimeter with familiar objects around the classroom by exploring efficient ways of calculating the perimeters of rectangles such as adding the length and width together and doubling the result. Here are some pictures of them at play!
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In Prep G we have been learning about Multiplication! It has been very exciting learning this completely new concept for the students.
Students began exploring multiplication by creating equal groups using play dough.
They worked out their answer by creating their equal groups, then showed their working out through drawings.
We continued our practice using counters to make equal groups!
We then explored worded multiplication problems. Students created their own cookie posters, multiplying the number of cookies by the amount of M&M’s on each cookie.
We are excited to keep learning and practicing our multiplying skills!Read More »
On Monday some lucky Belle Vue Preps went to visit their old kindergarten!
We visited Bellevue kinder just down the road, and spoke to the 4 year old group about all the wonderful things we get up to at school.
We made a book for them to keep, to help them in their transition to school.
We loved seeing our old teachers and friends from kinder, and answering questions from the kids about what school is like.Read More »
This term our Prep students have been learning all about Animals throughout their integrated studies topic ‘Staying Alive’.
Throughout this topic we have been learning about:
-Living vs Non-Living Things
-Endangered and Extinct Animals
-Animal Habitats and Diets
-Classifying animals into Animal Groups including mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, amphibians and birds
-How we can help protect animal habitats
To celebrate our learning, on Friday we had Aussie Wildlife Displays come and run an incursion with us! We got to touch and learn about many different animals, including different pythons, lizards, a black cockatoo, a quoka, a wombat and even a baby crocodile!
We had a fantastic time! It was amazing to see all these animals – some of them being severely endangered!
Thank you Aussie Wildlife Displays for a fantastic Incursion!Read More »
This week we were very busy judging our stories for the Belle Vue Book Awards!
All the students worked very hard in Term 3, and wrote their very own picture story.
We went through the whole writing process:
- We made a plan for our story which included: characters, the setting, the problem, the solution and the WOW words we wanted to use
- We then began writing our stories
- We edited as we wrote
- We came up with a title and blurb
- Then we drew all the illustrations
After we finished our books, we all read each others amazing stories.
Then came the judging process! Here you can see some photos of us hard at work, making sure we scored each book fairly.
We judged the books on 4 criteria:
- Uses a variety of punctuation i.e. … !!! ?
- Does it have a clear beginning, middle and end?
- Does the story have lots of WOW words?
- Do the pictures match the words on the page?
Maybe the two students above didn’t agree when judging this book!
We worked in pairs, and got to review and judge 3 books. We weren’t allowed to judge our own book!
We scored the books out of 5 for each criteria, so the most a book could receive was 20/20!
We then used number lines to add up the scores. Ms Woodhouse took our score sheets and announced our two short listed books for the award ceremony on Monday.
We loved the whole Belle Vue Book Award process and we can’t wait to hear the winners, and listen to their stories!
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