5/6 Blog

Interschool Sports in 5/6

Interschool Sports in 5/6
A major highlight of our Grade 5/6 program is Interschool Sports. On a weekly basis, our Grade 5/6 students compete against local schools. In Term 1, students are learning how to play softball, cricket, hot shoty tennis and volleyball.
Participating in Interschool Sports not only encourages healthy and active lifestyles, it provides our students with opportunities to develop the lifelong skills of teamwork, getting along, communication, persistence and resilience. The aim of Interschool Sports is to develop an enjoyment of physical activity, develop community relationships, display sportsmanship and positive attitudes, and to reflect our school values of ‘Pride’, ‘Responsibility’, ‘Respect’, ‘Commitment’ and ‘Integrity’ at all times.
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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!


…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).


Shield Making





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!


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.


IMG_1775 Gelato cart



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!


Signorina Piacentini



Preps looking amazing!


Grade 3/4s looking wonderful!


…and again!


See the upcoming newsletter for more wonderful photos & reflections!

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Belle Vue’s Buddy Program

Belle Vue’s Buddy Program
At Belle Vue Primary School, we believe in teaching the ‘whole child’ and supporting students’ academic, social, emotional and personal wellbeing. A major highlight for Grade 5 students is our Buddy Program. Throughout Term 1, students have been getting to know their new prep buddies for 2018.
By participating in collaborative sessions each fortnight, Grade 5 students experience a variety of engaging activities with their buddies. So far, students have participated in play-based learning, dancing, reading and book making. Students have also created ‘Buddy Books’, ‘How Buddies Help Each Other’ posters, and portrait drawings. Throughout the year, students will be engaging in STEM activities, scavenger hunts, sustainability sessions, writing and reading sessions, and craft experiences.
 We believe that our Buddy Program is fundamental in enhancing our students’ social and emotional wellbeing, as students learn to mentor, encourage and learn from their peers. Through this program, we support our Grade 5 students as they develop positive relationships, friendships, responsibility and compassion, as well as fundamental communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
Lastly, by targeting students’ academic, social, emotional and personal wellbeing, we aim to build confident, happy and motivated students who enjoy school and have a strong sense of community connectedness.
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Programming and Robotics

Programming and Robotics

Throughout the year, students in year 5/6 have been lucky enough to work directly with our computer technician Ric, building up their understanding and skills in programming and robotics.




The learning started with students using computer programs and resources such as excel, flash, scratch and brainpop (blockly maze), to learn the basics of programming.






Students have since worked in teams to manually put their robot cars together. They are now learning about how the robots work and how they will provide their robots with the set of instructions they will need to perform particular tasks.




The next step is for students to start writing the codes and seeing the results in their moving robot cars!






Our students (and teachers!) have already learnt a lot from Ric, and we are excited to continue learning in this incredibly important area of education.




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Maths in Year 5/6

Maths in Year 5/6

In grade 5/6 at Belle Vue, we try to make maths as hands-on and realistic as possible. It’s important that students learn by doing and can see the connections between what they are learning and the real world.




Above are some of our students measuring the distance their paper planes traveled in order to record data, make graphs and calculate range.


Kyra Marcello M


We recently completed a unit on mapping and location, where students used a map of the school to write directions for a partner to follow. They had to use a grid reference, scale and compass or the Cartesian plane to accurately direct their partner around the school grounds.




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Australian Democracy

Australian Democracy

Throughout term 2, the grade 5/6 students have been studying Australian Democracy. Building on from our first hand experiences in Canberra earlier in the year, we have explored the roles and responsibilities of government, the Australian democratic system, operations of parliament, the electoral process, along with looking at Federation and the different experiences and perspectives of Australian democracy and citizenship throughout history.

To help students in gaining a deeper insight into Australia’s history and political system, we like to make the lessons hands on as much as possible. In the attached photos, we can see grade 5/6 students participating in role play scenarios of the electoral process and passing a bill in parliament.

Election Process

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Hockey 7s

Hockey 7s

Belle Vue would like to congratulate our Hockey 7s teams who represented our school with great sportsmanship and pride on Friday 16th of June.

For the majority of students, the day was their first exposure to the game of hockey. The students positivity and support towards each other throughout the day was outstanding and all players should be proud of their efforts.

A special congratulations to the boys team who successfully took out 3rd position overall!


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Multicultural Day Aboriginal Dreaming

Multicultural Day Aboriginal Dreaming

Earlier this year, Belle Vue celebrated our amazing diversity of cultures with our annual Multicultural Day!




Students got to participate in a variety of activities with a focus on different cultures. In one of the activities that the grade 5/6’s participated in, they learnt a bit about the Aboriginal people’s Dreaming.




After students shared what they already knew with each other, they watched a video that showed the journey of the Dreaming; from the spirit of all life, to humans.




The students found it really interesting to learn about Aboriginal people’s different beliefs.




Students were then asked to represent a part of this Dreaming in drawings. All the 5/6 students contributed to one large shared drawing, working together and joining their drawings to each others’.



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First Aid

First Aid

Recently all students at Belle Vue participated in the First Aid Schools Program provided by St John Ambulance Australia.




Our grade 5/6 students learnt the basics of first aid including DRSABCD, putting someone in the recovery position and CPR.




The grade 5/6s took a lot of new information away from the session, as well as some confidence that they could be helpful in the unlikely event of an emergency.



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Grade 5/6’s Camp in Canberra!

Grade 5/6’s Camp in Canberra!






Recently, the grade 5/6s travelled to Canberra for our camp. We visited some really enjoyable and interesting places, like the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport, Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Capital Exhibition, the National Museum of Australia and the High Court of Australia.







We got to see where Politicians work (including inside the Speaker’s office!), practised our own election, got a bill through the House of Representatives, had a go at being portrait artists, tried many different science experiments, watched the journey our country has taken over 40,000 years, made national buildings out of lego, saw world class athletes training, heard how the judicial system works, smelt what it was like living on a submarine and commemorated a fallen soldier.







We now know so much more about our country’s past and present, how we came to be the nation we are today, and how our Democratic system works.





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