Staying cool in the art room!

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Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Art, Specialists | Posted on September 17, 2018

Let us never feel like this guy in the art room again!
Chelsea and the students have been very busy in art drawing sketches of what they would like to be when they grow up!! Bell Fundraising have turned these sketches into artwork which will be printed onto Tea Towels. Each class has their own unique artwork. 
Funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards the new air conditioner in the art room. So please, if there’s ever a time to buy up big, it’s this year! 
Tea Towels will be on sale on QKR! for $12 each and, as you know, make a wonderful Christmas present!!  Orders will be open until the end of the school holidays.

MY Body! What I say GOES!

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Posted by kerryg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 6, 2018

As a continuation from last weeks, ‘I know my body’ session, today we focused on recognising feelings. To drive the students’ learning, we read the book ‘My BODY! What I say Goes’!. Whilst reading, rich discussions of the following feelings occurred ‘safe, unsafe, uncomfortable and comfortable’. Students’ developed a good understanding that if they feel unsafe or uncomfortable they should talk about their feelings with a trusted adult e.g. parents, family members, teachers and professionals such as doctors etc.

As a follow up activity, students identified their ‘Safety Network’. They traced their hands, and in each finger, they listed a trusted adult (5 in total).

All students practised saying aloud ‘STOP! It’s my body…what I say goes’.

Next week we will dig deeper into these feelings by further discussing the identified ‘5 Body Safety Rules’.

What a great success this Health & Human Development unit has continued to be!

Grade One team.

Health and Human Development- “I know my body”

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Posted by mariabell | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 30, 2018

This week, Grade One students learnt about body parts. We focused on correctly naming all parts of the body. We further discussed, though there are some parts we keep private, there is nothing bad about them, they are just private. As expected the lesson began with a symphony of giggles, however concluded with students labelling and discussing private parts in a mature manner.

Here is a diagram of the body parts we became familiar with and labelled today. We are certain discussions on this topic will continue at home.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email your child’s classroom teacher.

Grade One Team 🙂

Literacy Week

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Posted by mariabell | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 25, 2018

Literacy week is always so much fun! Dressing up as our favourite story book characters, Mr Men Maths, story book based activities and making our very own Mopoke with the Grade 3s are just some of the ways we celebrated this year. We had a ball and look forward to celebrating learning through literacy every week!

Grade 1/2 Art Club

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Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Art | Posted on August 24, 2018

This term Chelsea and Xenia are opening the art room on Fridays in the second break to do an Art Club with Grade 1 and 2 students. The club is a great way for students to create more art outside their structured weekly art lesson. The club also allows students to form friendships with students from other classes. The club is capped at 25 students, but once each project finishes a new group of 25 students can start. The students are currently creating some beautiful toucan artworks, using paper plates, tissue paper and paint. Keep an eye out on the arts blog: http://bellpsarts.global2.vic.edu.au for photos of the finished toucans!

Health & Human Development in Grade One

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Posted by kerryg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 9, 2018

With Health & Human Development scheduled to begin in Week 6, attached is a brief outline of the curriculum content the students’ will be engaging within.

We are all super excited to continue the program, as last year was a complete success.

Happy Reading!

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The Grade One team

Refugee Week Celebrations

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Posted by mariabell | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 21, 2018

Thank you to everyone for all of your food drive donations. We collected heaps to donate to people in need! We had a great time dressing in flag colours today and learning about different cultures. 

Refugee Week Donations

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Posted by mariabell | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on June 7, 2018

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Hi Everyone!

Here is some information on the types of food you can donate for our Winter Warmer food drive. We will be collecting donations from tomorrow until the 22nd June. Bell P.S made a huge difference to the lives of people seeking asylum last year (we filled up a ute tray a couple of car loads!). Every little bit helps so we will love to get as many donations as possible.

Thank you for your support 🙂

Letter Writing

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Posted by kerryg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 25, 2018

The Grade Ones have highly enjoyed their Letter Writing Unit. What a success it was!

Students mastered the art of letter writing as each of their letters included all essential parts; Date, Greeting, Body, Closing and their very own signatures.

The unit began with a BANG as the students received letters from the teachers ‘Friendly Monster Friends’, which they also responded to.

The highlight of the unit was walking to the local Post Box, to post their letters, which were written to a family member or friend. Now we all wait in anticipation for the responses.

Have a look at the excitement and sense of achivement each student display.

 

 

Reading Comprehension

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Posted by mariabell | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 14, 2018

Being a good reader isn’t only about being able to read the words fluently and with expression. Its also about having a deep level of understanding of the text. Here are two documents that you can use at home with your children to help them develop the skills needed to gain that deep level of understanding of texts.

The single sheet is based on literal comprehension of texts. You can start with asking your child these questions when they read to you.  When they become confident with their answers, give you lots of information about the text and show you that they are fully understanding the story line move onto the other document.

The second document gets a little more complex as it mainly focuses on inferencing. Students will need to use their prior knowledge as well as clues in the text (pictures/ words) to make valid inferences about the text. These questions are good to ask when students are reading books with more complex ideas that require them to look outside of the information given to them, to have a really deep understanding on the text. This level of thinking is pretty much required at a Grade 2 level so if your child is finding them a little tricky right now that is totally understandable. Keep practicing them while reading and even if you don’t get up to these questions this year keep them handy for Grade 2.

Reading Comprehension Questions Handout Literal-1u19ecr

Reading Comprehension Questions handout for families Inferential-1an151x

 

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