Week 5 in the Italian classroom

Prep students have been busy learning the different names for animals. We have been learning to sing the song ‘Il Coccodrillo Come Fa?’ and using the song to help us learn the names of the animals. Students have also developed an understanding that in Italy, children associate different sounds to what we do with some animals. The song shows us this.

You can sing along at home too.


Grade 1/2 students are exploring vocabulary associated with ‘la famiglia’ (family) and developing an understanding of how to recognise masculine nouns and feminine nouns. Today we completed a word find using some of this vocabulary!

Grade 3/4 are learning vocabulary for various fruits and learning to recognise how to identify singular and plural words for fruits.

Grade 5/6 students are developing a rich understanding of what school is like in Italy and drawing comparisons between school in Australia and school in Italy. We have been working on Venn diagrams in order to show this learning.


The girls working hard on their Venn diagrams

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Whats on nel aula d’italiano

Week 2 of Term 3 and all grades are hard at work in the Italian classroom.

Preps are learning names for animals and developing the understanding that culture influences representations of sounds such as those made by animals. Today we are using ‘Il Coccodrillo Come Fa?’ song to help us learn words for various animals as well as learn the sounds that they make.

You can sing along at home too.


Grade 1/2 are continuing to explore ‘Gli opposti/I contrari’ (Opposites). We have been playing games like memory and charades to help us remember the vocabulary. Check out some of the work we have been doing.

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The grade 1/2 students ‘Opposti’ display

Grade 3/4 students are learning how to conjugate ‘avere’ (to have) in the present tense so that they can write sentences using the ‘subject-verb-object’ sentence structure. Using this knowledge, this week, the students will write some of their own sentences.

Grade 5/6 students are learning about what school is like in Italy and drawing comparisons between school in Australia and school in Italy. Today they completed some online research to develop their knowledge.


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What we have been up to in the Italian classroom…

Term 3 has flown, we have been keeping very busy!

Preps have been learning body parts using songs such as ‘La Canzone di Geppetto’ (Geppetto’s song) and ‘Testa, spalle, Ginocchie e Piedi’ (Head, shoulders, knees and toes). They have been working hard on cutting and pasting the words for body parts and sticking them onto the body.


Colouring in


Cut and pasting

Grade 1/2 have been learning ‘verbi’ (verbs) to describe things they like doing (mi piace) and things they do not like doing (non mi piace). Today we played charades using different verbs!

Grade 3/4 are in the process of performing their role plays that they wrote. This role play involves them engaging in a conversation with their friend surrounding the borrowing of stationary items.

Grade 5/6 recently started looking at the topic of ‘La Casa’, they have been exploring grammatical rules such as how to pluralise nouns and sentence structures so as to describe how many different rooms they have in their house.



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An update on our learning in the Italian classroom…

The Preps have been busy using ‘Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) to learn about numbers. Below is some fantastic work completed by Sophie.

Sophie's (PW) 'Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio' number cut and paste

Sophie (PW) Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio number cut and paste


The preps are now beginning to learn about the story of ‘Pinocchio’, using ‘La Canzone di Geppetto’ (Geppetto’s song). The story of Pinocchio is supporting their learning of  vocabulary associated with parts of the body.

Grade 1/2 students have finished exploring colours and days of the week using ‘Il Lupo che Voleva Cambiare Colore’ (The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour) story. Below is Lachlan’s fantastic work he recently completed.

Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore cut and paste by Lachlan (1/2P)

Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore cut and paste by Lachlan (1/2P)

Grade 1/2 students are now exploring things they like to do, by exploring verbs (‘doing’) words.

Grade 3/4 students have been learning vocabulary for objects found in the classroom, as well as exploring definite and indefinite articles and how to pluralise definite nouns. The 3/4s are now about to apply some of their learning by writing a role play where they ask class mates to borrow items of stationary. They will present these to the class in the coming weeks!

Grade 5/6 students have been busy presenting their fantastic research to the class based on their ‘festa’ (celebration) of choice. The presentations we have seen so far have been fantastic, bravissimi!


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Term 2 nel aula d’italiano

Here is what we are up to at the moment in the Italian classroom.

Preps are currently exploring numbers 1-10 and developing their ability to recognise numbers as Italian words. We are doing this using ‘Il Piccolo Bruco Maisazio’ (The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Grade 1/2 students are exploring colours, days of their week and their listening comprehension skills using the story ‘Il Lupo Che Voleva Cambiare Colore’ (The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Colour).

The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour

The Wolf Who Wanted to Change his Colour



Grade 3/4s have begun learning vocabulary associated with objects found in the classroom and are now learning to conjugate the verb ‘avere’ (to have) in the present tense and using this knowledge to describe objects found in people’s possession within the classroom.

Grade 5/6 students are extending their learning from last term by engaging in a research task based on a famous ‘festa’ of their choice that is celebrated in Italy. They will present these to the class in the coming weeks.

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Buona Pasqua & Buone Vacanze

Recently all the students have been learning about ‘Pasqua’ (Easter) in Italy and have been engaged in discussions surrounding the similarities and differences between Easter in Italy and Easter in Australia as well as learning vocabulary associated with Pasqua.

Preps: Made ‘Buona Pasqua’ posters for their ‘Mamma’, ‘Papà’, ‘Nonno’ or ‘Nonna’ (Mum, dad, grandpa, grandma).

Grade 1/2: Made ‘pulcini’ (chicks) in the shape of ‘l’uovo di pasqua’ (Easter eggs).

Grade 3/4: Made Easter gift labels with Italian Easter greetings on them.

Grade 5/6: Made Venn diagrams which outlined their understandings of the similarities and differences between Easter in Italy and Australia.

Wishing everyone a fantastic holiday break and for those that celebrate, Buona Pasqua (Happy Easter).

Buona Pasqua

Happy Easter



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Multicultural Day

Last Wednesday (22nd March, 2017) 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 making a Chinese dragon, learning about foods from around the world, making an Eiffel Tower out of Lego, learning how to play the European sport; ‘fist ball’, and learning where in the world your classmates and their families come from (just to name a few).


Making Chinese Dragons

After recess we had the pleasure of engaging in a ‘multicultural dance’ incursion. Emilio from EPR Productions was engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. As a whole school students learnt about the cultural roots of various dances such as the ‘Tarantella’ from Italy, an African war dance, and ‘Flamenco’ dancing from Spain as well as learnt how to do these dances! The incursion was fantastic and the kids thoroughly enjoyed learning some new dance moves. The incursion was followed by a second learning rotation.


Learning the Tarantella dance

The students then had a special lunch provided by our wonderful PFA that consisted of pizza and gelato whilst listening to some Italian music. After lunch, students discussed and reflected on the day’s events as well as developed their understanding of the significance of Harmony week.


Enjoying gelato al limone

Multicultural day 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 Multicultural day was. Everyone contributed in a positive way to making multicultural day 2017 a memorable one, grazie a tutti (thankyou to everyone) and auguri (congratulations).

 – Signorina Piacentini

Here are some student reflections from the day:

“My favourite part was dancing some dances from around the world because it was fun.” – (Kasra, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was drawing a boomerang because we got to listen to some aboriginal stories.” – (Livinia, Prep W)

“My favourite thing was making the Eiffel tower out of Lego.” – (Julius, Prep W)

“I enjoyed the music because I learnt how to do dance moves. I liked the pizza and gelato, it was the best. Ice cream rules!” (Chris, 1/2D)

“I enjoyed the dancing. It was very active. I learnt to do a spider dance from Italy.” (Quinn-tessa, 1/2B)

“My favourite part of today was the cultural dancing. I loved the Flamenco and also the Tarantella.” (Abi, 3/4H)

“I enjoyed doing the Tarantella dance because I liked linking arms. I learnt that the dance was made up because people said that when a tarantula bit you, you would do a crazy dance!” (Mia, 3/4W)

“Today at Belle Vue was multicultural day. We celebrated some people’s cultures and learnt a few dances that are traditional in some countries. We played Fist ball with Mr. G and learnt some skills. At the end we played a match with Mr K. Everyone enjoyed it and had fun whilst trying something new. Afterwards we went to Ms Raymond’s room and learnt A LOT about Aboriginal dreaming. It was really interesting to learn about their beliefs. We made some art about our learning. Finally, we had a lesson on dancing with Emilio who has travelled the world. We learnt the Tarantella, the Flamenco and an African war dance. They were awesome dances and fun to learn. Today was a fun day in the week!” (Sebastian 5/6G)

“I felt that Multicultural Day was to celebrate how different cultures come and live together. I really enjoyed doing the Aboriginal drawing and learning about the Aboriginal people’s myths and stories about how the world was created.” – (Kenneth 5/6R)



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Some of the fantastic work the students have been doing…

Below are some samples of the fantastic work out students have been doing in the Italian classroom, bravissimi!

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Poesie Acrostiche’ (acrostic poems) by the Grade 5/6 students

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‘Orologi delle emozioni’ (Emotion watches/wheels) by the Grade 1/2 students

Poesie Acrostiche

The students showing off their great work!

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Buongiorno a tutti! Bentornati (welcome back) to another year of learning in the Italian classroom and benvenuti (welcome) to all the new students and families at Belle Vue Primary School.

All classes have all been busy busy, it is hard to believe that we are already approaching the 5th week of term 1!

The preps have learnt how to use basic greetings, have begun identifying with some Italian colours and numbers and are learning songs such as ‘Ciao Buongiorno’, ‘Cinque Scimiette’ (Five Little Monkeys) and ‘Dieci Piccoli Indiani’ (10 Little Indians).

Grade 1 and 2 students have been exploring colours and greetings and are now learning to express ‘le emozioni’ (emotions) in Italian.

Grade 3 and 4 children are exploring greetings and numbers and have learnt how to introduce and describe themselves, including their ‘viso’ (facial features).

Grade 5 and 6 students have been exploring greetings and using their prior knowledge in Italian as well as their research and dictionary skills to write ‘una poesia acrostica’ (acrostic poem) using their given name.

Multicultural Day is coming up on Wednesday 22nd of March, students can start thinking about their multicultural dress ups for the day. This year, as a change from previous years, students will be watching and participating in a ‘multicultural dance’ production run by EPR Productions. They will also have the opportunity to take part in an Italian classroom lunch. This will operate as a lunch order. We encourage all students to get involved in this shared lunch experience! More information will follow in upcoming newsletters so stay tuned!

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What we are upto in the Italian classroom…

Preps are currently making family finger puppets to help them to learn family member titles. We have been singing along to the song ‘La famiglia della dita’. Follow the link to sing along at home. Next week they will start learning the days of the week in Italian!

Making 'La Famiglia della dita' (The Finger Family)

Making ‘La Famiglia della dita’ (The Finger Family) puppets.

Singing along to ‘La Famiglia della dita’ song.

The grade 1/2 students have finished learning how to express what they eat for various meals and are currently learning modes of transport ‘il trasporto’.

The 3/4 students have been engaging in discussion about all things culturally and historically Italian and are now doing a mini research task on a topic that interests them. They are soon going to present their research findings to the class.

Grade 5/6 have been learning how to express the time and how to write/use reflexive verbs. They are using this knowledge of time and reflexive verbs to write sentences that describe what they do in the morning in order to get ready.







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