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Spot the Difference – Science in 1/2

Spot the Difference – Science in 1/2

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!

 

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These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes outside in the sun.

 

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These students tested the method of holding the ice cubes in their hands.

 

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These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes into cool water.

 

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These students tested the method of putting the ice cubes on their tongues!

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Coding with Robot Cars in 1/2!

Coding with Robot Cars in 1/2!

Today the grade 1/2s had an amazing time in their ICT/coding sessions!

 

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We got to use a robot car with a camera and virtual reality (VR) goggles!

 

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Students got to wear the VR goggles to ‘look through’ the camera which was attached to the robot car. This was very fun!

 

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We saw how Mr Ric used mBlock (which is programming software on Scratch) to program the robot to move its wheels and flash the message ‘hi’.

 

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We can’t wait to learn more about robots and how to program them!

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How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?

Students in grades 1 & 2 have been exploring money over the past fortnight. During this time they have added up totals, converted between dollars and cents and learnt all about Australian currency.

For this activity students were required to use a pricelist for a theme park and plan their day. They recorded the things they would do, the foods they would eat and even the items they may buy from the gift shop. They then calculated the cost, using notes and coins as required. Here are some photos of the children hard at work.

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Throwback to Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day!

Throwback to Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day!

Throwback to Grandparent’s and Special Friend’s Day in 1/2B!

And what a beautiful day it was!

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Money Matters in 1/2 D

Money Matters in 1/2 D

In grade 1/2 students have been learning all about money. At the moment they have been exploring the connection between dollars and cents, and thinking about the change they will receive for purchasing different items.

For this activity students needed to demonstrate their understanding of how many cents make up one dollar. They used coins to try and make their “magic number” as many ways as possible. Students had magic numbers that ranged from 100c – 3000c.

Check out some of the great work they did below!

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Multiplication in grades 1 & 2

Multiplication in grades 1 & 2

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.

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Growing Sunflowers

Growing Sunflowers

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!

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1/2 “Watch It Grow” Planting Session

1/2 “Watch It Grow” Planting Session

This term’s integrated topic is “Watch It Grow”. The Students are learning about living things and what they need to survive and grow.

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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.

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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.

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It has been exciting to watch the seedlings sprout and the students are engrossed in the topic.

 

 

 

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Seed Scientists

Seed Scientists

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!

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Spelling in Grade 1/2

Spelling in Grade 1/2

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!

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