1/2C’s Plant Experiments


Posted by rylee26 | Posted in Integrated Studies | Posted on November 29, 2013

This term, the 1/2s are conducting experiments about plants. 1/2C started a class experiment in late October with broad bean seeds. We made a brainstorm and thought of ideas of how we could grow plants in unusual conditions. Some of these ideas included: watering our beans with coke, watering with coloured water, growing a bean in cement and growing a bean in wet sand. It was very fun because we actually got to try out our ideas.

Below is a list of wonderings or ideas that we all had about the experiment:

I wonder if the salty water will make it look dry. – Hugo

I wonder if the milk will go all gloppy. – Sarah

I wonder if the coke one will explode. – Mitchell

I wonder if the milk will stink. – Ettie

I wonder if the plant (that beans don’t like to be near) will die because it is near the bean. – Kisha

I wonder if the juice will make the broad bean taste like juice. – Freya

I wonder if the blue food dye will make the plant all blue. – Evan

I wonder if the plant in the cement will die because it’s roots can’t come out of the cement. The cement could block the roots. – Leo

“Thank you” and some plants might “grow up”. – Rhianon

Coke Experiment: I wonder if it will work or (this is what I want to happen) it will turn coke flavoured. – Max

I wonder if the broad beans will grow in the food dye mixture. – Sophia

I wonder if the cement will stop the plant from growing. – Ben

I wonder if the plant with food dye will end up being really weird colours. – Dulcie

I wonder if some will grow and some will die in a week. – Thomas A.W.

I wonder if the coke will still make the bean grow but when you put your finger on it and put it in your mouth it tastes like coke. – Darcy

I wonder if the food dye will make plant turn blue. – Ruby

I wonder if the coke will make the seed crack. – Jemillah

I wonder if the blue food dye bean won’t grow because it doesn’t have any soil inside the cup. – Charlie

I wonder if the coke will explode on everyone. – Angus

I wonder if the cow poo will stink. – Tinu

I wonder if the coke will make the seed crack up open but not grow. – Ed

I predict that the plant the will grow into a bean stalk… watch out, there is a dragon! – Dean




Terrific Trees


Posted by moya | Posted in Art and Craft, Integrated Studies, Science | Posted on November 29, 2013

We’ve been looking at trees with Moya over the last few weeks during our science rotations for our integrated unit on plants. It’s been wonderful to watch everyone be so excited about our topic and gain new knowledge each week as we’ve travelled around the classrooms and visited different teachers.

Looking closely at trees, we discovered –

  • Roots & their role in helping the tree stay strong and stable but also taking up the nutrients and water from the soil
  • Leaves – how a tree breathes and feeds. We even talked about evergreen and deciduous tree leaves.
  • Bark – helps protect the tree. It can’t stretch as the tree grows so it splits or peels as the wood inside it grows.
  • Trunk – supports the leaves and branches of the tree contain the pipelines to move the food around
  • Tree rings – record the trees age, every year a tree grows a little more a new tree ring is made

We also went for little nature walk around Bell Primary and looked at our beautiful trees, even passing through the avenue of honour. Did you know that trees are the largest plant in the world? They also live the longest. Some trees live hundreds of years. How cool!

We decided trees are really important, here’s our reasons why –

  • People sometimes use them to protect their houses
  • trees give us shade
  • they help us breath by releasing oxygen into the air
  • their roots keep the dirt from washing away
  • they provide homes for wildlife and humans
  • they clean the air by taking the carbon dioxide out and storing it inside them
  • they help us everyday by making lots of things we use

Then we had a close look at a tree stump and and looked at the ‘new’ sapwood that carries the water and minerals from the roots to the leaves and. The middle of the tree is called the heartwood, it is the old, dead sapwood and is very hard a strong. It was amazing seeing all the rings. We came to the conclusion that trees are quite similar to us in some ways, like the heartwood is the skeleton holding the tree up and the bark is similar to our skin.

We then created some beautiful tree ‘cookies’. You’ll have to wait until the 12th of December, our exhibition night, to see our pieces of art, but here is a sneak peak until then!

More Adventures in Narnia


Posted by Lauren | Posted in Art and Craft, Celebrations and Special Days, English | Posted on November 27, 2013

Instead of walking through the school gates this morning, the 1/2s of Bell Primary stepped thorough the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. There were fauns, lions, versions of the four Pevensy children, Kings and Queens, beavers, a sparkly crowd of terrifying White Witches, even a robin.

We began the day with a magical parade, a chance for photos, then went back to our classrooms. In 1/2LK we began the day by making gorgeous crowns – for once a King or Queen of Narnia, always a King or Queen of Narnia. We began by cutting our cardboard strips into crown patterns. Moya and Lauren measured them to our heads and stapled them (not to our heads) then we painted them with water colours. They looked lovely but we made them even more beautiful by sticking on decorations and glitter. Everyone’s crowns looked wonderful, they were all so different!

After morning tea we settled down to watch the BBC version of Narnia and eat Turkish Delight!


“I enjoyed watching the Narnia video. I’m dressed as Peter.” Will

“I’m getting scared watching the movie, the witch is scary!” Violet

“I’m getting scared too, my eyes are popping out.” Joel

“I thought the white witch was going to look different.” Goldie

“I really enjoyed making the crowns and decorating them. And thanks to mum for a great costume.” Ben

“Every single time the white witch yelled at someone I said “nice one” in my head.” Vas

“I’ll turn you all into stone!” Ruby

“Thanks mum for helping me make my really great Peter costume.” Henry

“I am Aslan, I feel awesome!” Arel



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ Narnia Day


Posted by bettytzelepis | Posted in Celebrations and Special Days | Posted on November 27, 2013

Remembrance day & poppies


Posted by moya | Posted in Art and Craft, Celebrations and Special Days, English | Posted on November 15, 2013

Remembrance day is a day for Australians, and all the countries in the commonwealth, to pay their respects to people who have died at war. Yesterday at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we had 1 minute silence across the whole to pay our respects. You might have seen people around wearing red poppies that’s because poppies were among the first plants that grew on battlefields of northern France during World War I. Some people believe they are red because of the soldier’s blood that had been shed.

Poppies are flowering in Melbourne at the moment and we were lucky enough to have some in vases on our desks. We spent some time looking at them and then we did the most beautiful sketches. After lunch we came back and brainstormed poppy words and ideas and used our brainstorm to write poems about poppies and why they are special to Remembrance day. We then published our pieces on computer, after writing and editing. You can see some of our artwork and poetry below.

Poppies look like red bunches of ripples.
They are happy and delicate
but hearts, broken hearts attached to long pieces of gold covered in green.

Red as a ruby glittering,
As if they are red paint, drawing for the first time,
As if the sun is getting up in the morning.


A drop of blood, it sparkles, it shines,
In a thankful world.
It’s teary, it’s sad, it’s happy.
It’s a dead war, it’s a lonely place.

The petals look delicate and the pods are like elven caps,
The stem as spikey as a prickle,
I feel sad in a happy way on Remembrance day.


It looks like delicate pillows of fire.
As scorching hot as magma streaming in the sun,
Thoughtful, happy, thankful, sad.


Sad and droopy, crinkly and red.
As fragile as a cup.
Poppies make me feel sad, dreadful and teary.
Poppies like to grow in sad places.



Ferns and Mosses


Posted by bettytzelepis | Posted in Science | Posted on November 13, 2013

During science rotations in Betty’s grade we have been learning about mosses and ferns. We looked at lots of different fern varities and even discovered that ferns have been around since the dinosaurs. In fact, ferns were food for the herbivore dinosaurs.

We had a go at having a close look at moss and how it reacts to dry and wet conditions. When the moss is dry it is rough, prickly and straight. Within seconds of being watered it turn fluffy, damp and lush.

We made our own fern fronds in class…after we put all the fronds together…we made our own fern.


Question – How do you know if a fern is a girl or boy?

Answer – Ask one of the grade 1/2’s for the answer!

Place Value rotations


Posted by moya | Posted in Maths | Posted on November 8, 2013

On Thursday afternoons in 1/2LK we have been doing place value rotations. Our learning intention for these lessons is to practice and apply our knowledge of place value. We are working on ordering and reading numbers, making larger numbers, thinking about the columns involved in place value, the role of zero and how many different groups of thousands, hundreds, tens and units make up each number.

We have been doing a range of activities to help us consolidate our understandings –

  • I have who has
  • Building numbers with hundreds, tens and units
  • Place Value mystery game
  • Making the largest and smallest numbers – with playing cards and dice
  • Matching numerals to the words, picture representations and sums
  • Writing numbers from the expanded form

Some people think it’s easy but place value is a little bit tricky and it makes my learning curve go up. Joel

Place value is really fun because we get to do lots of games and activities to practice. Kyan

I like place value rotations because it helps me work out where I should put numbers in columns to make larger numbers. Lola

Place value helps me to put numbers in the right places and read bigger numbers. Anna

We know place value is really important for our number sense and think it’s really fun too!


Fabulous Flowers


Posted by Lauren | Posted in Art and Craft, Integrated Studies, Science | Posted on November 7, 2013


Why do flowers exist?

This is the question the 1/2s have been looking at in Lauren’s science lesson. We came up with lots of reasons but it turned out we were looking at the question in the wrong way.

We discovered that flowering plants are called angiosperms and that they have been around for millions of years. Artists love flowers! We learnt about Vincent Van Gogh and  Claude Monet and a famous Australian artist, Margaret Preston. They did a special type of painting called “still life.”

Then… we went into the playground and picked our own flowers. We arranged them in vases and did our very own still life drawings of our very own flower arrangements. They are so incredibly beautiful!

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