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Learning to Code

Learning to Code

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/

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Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day

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.

Costumes at the parade!

Costumes at the parade!

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…and more

Costumes at the parade

…and more again!

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).

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Shield Making

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Origami

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Origami

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!

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Around the World and Back Again

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.

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Eating gelato

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!

 

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Preps looking amazing!

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Grade 3/4s looking wonderful!

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…and again!

 

See the upcoming newsletter for more wonderful photos & reflections!

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Year 1/2 Making a Great Start to the New Year

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).

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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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Monday Fun-Day!

Monday Fun-Day!

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.

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Loving the Library!

Loving the Library!

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.

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Poetry in 1/2

Poetry in 1/2

At the beginning of term 4 the students in grades 1 and 2 completed a unit on poetry. We looked at acrostic poems, cinquains, rhyming poetry and using our

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Sustainable Playground Projects

Sustainable Playground Projects

As a conclusion to our Push and Pull Integrated Studies unit, this week the students in grades 1 and 2 presented their sustainable playground designs and models.

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Angles in Grade 1/2

Angles in Grade 1/2

This week for maths the grade 1/2 students have been looking closely at angles. We have identified acute, right, obtuse, straight and reflex angles and had great fun.

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Investigating Forces in 1/2P

Investigating Forces in 1/2P

This week in 1/2P we have been investigating the forces of push and pull. We conducted 2 experiments – making balloon rockets and constructing paper helicopters.

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Money Matters

Money Matters

The students in grades 1 & 2 have been very busy this week learning all about money.

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