1/2ST’s ‘How do you make a movie?’ Inquiry


Posted by saratat | Posted in ICT, Integrated Studies | Posted on May 28, 2016

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1/2ST have recently launched their new inquiry in conjunction with the Bell Interactive Film Festival (BIFF). We are investigating, ‘How to make a movie?’

Learning through Inquiry has lots of different stages. So far we are in the ‘Finding Out’ and ‘Sorting Out’ phases, where we have immersed ourselves in the technology and analysed what works and what doesn’t.

We have been exploring different iPad apps that can help make different types of movies and different parts of movies. The three key apps are:

  • iMotion which is used to make stop motion films. Stop motion uses a special movie making technique where you take photos of objects that move in small increments in each shot. When you look at the photos altogether and speed them up, the object comes alive and it looks like a film!
  • Garage Band which is used to compose music using digital instruments. Various instruments can be layered on top of each other to create a band or orchestral effect. Different music can make you feel different emotions and we talked about how this can add to the overall effect in a film and change how the audience feels.
  • iMovie which is mostly used to make live action films (regular videos) but can also be used to link and layer other movie making techniques. For example, we exported our iMotion films into iMovie and then were able to layer sound effects, music and voice overs so that each element could be heard and seen at the same time! Pretty cool huh?!

Our favourite movie making app thus far has been iMotion. We have been practising the stop motion technique by making sets for characters to move through. We have loved working in teams and fine tuning our creative and digital skills in film making!!!

Incredible Inquiry Celebration


Posted by moya | Posted in Celebrations and Special Days, Integrated Studies, Uncategorized | Posted on September 19, 2014

Yesterday the 1/2s had a wonderful celebration of all their inquiry learning. Children have developed a range of skills throughout the process and enjoyed the chance to share their understandings and ideas. Wonderful learning for everyone, even the teachers!

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Some of our reflections from 1/2L –

If you see some rubbish on the ground pick it up and try not to litter because it affects the animals – Maggie

World War II was actually bigger than World War I. We study war so we don’t have it again – Zach

You need to plan everything before you start – Josh

I enjoyed inquiry because you get to design great stuff – Winter

Design was good because we built what we planned – Harrison

I learnt about the 12 best indigenous players in the AFL – Sunday

I designed a scarf – Connor

I saw people working really hard on their designs and I also learnt to work hard – Arel

You use different materials to design different things. You wouldn’t make a playground from paper – Winnie

I learnt what cats eat and how they use their claws – Verity

Before you design something you need to figure out what materials to use – Alice

It would be better if you put your rubbish in the bin so it’s doesn’t blow away and go to the ocean – Jessie

Designing is more fun than it sounds because you end up with something that might be a surprise – Henry

I learnt that designers might change their design because it might be tricky or take too long and that’s ok – Liam

I decided to do design because we could design what we wanted and we had fun – Sienna

I planted a sunflower – Archer

I learnt how much rubbish there was in our school and would like to change that – Poppy

My work was about gum nut babies inspired by some really, really old gum nut baby books – Sam

If you want to make a really good design you often need to take your time – Sarah

I researched and found that eight million people died in World War I – Riley

I loved planting the plantar box gardens with succulents. We chose succulents because they can be planted without roots. They grow well without water and sun – Violet

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!

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!

Fish Classification with Dan Borg


Posted by rylee26 | Posted in Integrated Studies | Posted on October 25, 2013

On the last day of term 3, Dan Borg visited 1/2C, 1/2K and 1/2L to share the work that he does as a water scientist.

We learned that scientists catch fish with: a net, a fishing rod and with an electric rod.

He also taught us to use a key to identify different creatures by looking at characteristics such as colour, shape, whether it has legs and whether it can swim. We even got to observe real fish that Dan caught locally and brought it to show us.

Thanks to Dan for teaching us do much about being a water scientist and for making our learning so fun!












Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Posted by moya | Posted in Integrated Studies | Posted on September 19, 2013

Today the Suns group were with Moya to finish off our science water rotations. We learnt about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch which was discovered in 1997. The Garbage patch is a big collection of plastic rubbish floating in the pacific ocean, somewhere between California, Hawaii & Japan. It is where most of the rubbish from land and the ocean ends up. We learnt that 80% of the rubbish is from land (us!) and 20% is from sea traffic. It is huge, twice the size of Texas to be precise. Gigantic! All the rubbish got there because of the circular currents called gyres. It’s really bad for animals as they think it is food and they eat it. We think it’s a big problem and would like to help stop it.

We watched this video too – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Think back to 1997 – you find the garbage patch, what would you do? We came up with these ideas that we would pass on to people from the past (they also help us now too!) –

  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Recycle things when we can
  • Reuse old things when we do craft
  • Put our rubbish in the bin and clean up rubbish when we see it. Use a recycling bin when we see one.
  • Choose tap, drink tap water from reusable bottles.
  • Use reusable containers in our lunches
  • Use plastics that are biodegradable
  • Learn more!

One Two’s Wild Adventures


Posted by Lauren | Posted in Integrated Studies | Posted on September 16, 2013

The one twos of Bell Primary packed their bags and jumped on the bus, ready for a fun filled day at the Latrobe Wildlife Sanctuary. After a relatively short drive up Plenty Road we arrived full of happiness and excitement! Andrew from the Sanctuary was there waiting for us, along with our parent/grandparent volunteers.

After we ate morning tea and broke up into class groups we for a  lovely stroll through the regrown River Red Gum forest. We saw kangaroos (some of us), some very big old trees (one of them had a scar from the Wurrundjeri people who used the bark to make a raft and the branch looked like a rhino), centipedes and millipedes, a very old car, rainbow lorikeets nesting in trees, ducks, animal poo, wonderful wetlands and beautiful spring flowers. After that we fished for water creatures with dip-nets, designed our own wetland (on paper), practised talking to frogs, learnt about different types of pollution and how long they take to break down, we  looked through microscopes to identify freshwater invertebrates, went on a wildflower walk and we ate our lunch in the Ironbarks Hut.

After a lovely day in the outdoors we hopped on the bus full of chatter but a little bit tired. Before we knew it we’d zoomed back to school. Thanks to all our fabulous helpers and volunteers, we loved having you enjoy the experience with us!

“When we looked under the mats most people saw a skink but I didn’t get to. ” Maddy

“1/2L’s teacher at the Sanctuary was called Mac. ” Ben

“I caught two tadpoles and three bloodworms in my dip-net.” Amelia

“When I looked under the microscope I think I found a giant backswimmer, a tiger beetle and lots of other tiny bugs swimming around.” Sam K

“We saw heaps of kangaroos while we were walking through the sanctuary.” Eve

” Birds were flying around my head.” Arel

“I enjoyed it and I know everybody else did too. We haven’t stopped talking about it.” Jacinta

“Andrew told us to walk like a chicken to not make it too dusty, so Tom and I were singing walk like chicken, instead of walk like an egyptian.”  Liam K

“On the bus on way there I was thinking about what it would look like and what we were going to do.” Lily

“When we went on the bus, I felt sad we were leaving but happy because I had enjoyed myself so much.” Bonnie

“I enjoyed using the microscopes and I even saw kangaroos as we drove out on the bus.” Henry

“When we were walking I could hear the wind blowing softly.” Mira

“I enjoyed doing all the activities, my favourite was fishing with the dip-nets.” Tom Mc

“When we were fishing with the nets I caught a tadpole.” Kyan

“I couldn’t wait to get there, I nearly died with excitement.” Emily

“I liked looking at all the insects and bugs that were under the mats.” Lydia

” I enjoyed the talking like a frog.” Tom C

“We heard lots of frogs throughout the day.” Ruby

“I liked looking in the microscopes.” Jessie

“I learnt there was an insect called a backswimmer. I identified him by using the invertebrates sheet.” Joel

“I caught a bloodworm. It was red.” Abby



Grade 1/2 Water Safety


Posted by milica | Posted in Integrated Studies | Posted on September 12, 2013

The Grade 1/2 students that didn’t go to swimming lessons this term worked on a really fun Water Safety unit at school with Judy and Ms S.  We learnt all about how to stay safe around the pool, the beach, at home, around rivers and other waterways. In a role-play activity, each group re-enacted a water safety rule and the class had to guess which one it was. We also designed our own water safety posters and learnt all about the different danger and warning signs. Here is some of what we learnt:

I learnt that you should only swim between the red and yellow flags. – Thomas 1/2C

I learnt that you shouldn’t swim in the dark because you can’t see and it can be really dangerous. – Litara 1/2G

I learnt that you need to check how deep the water is before you dive in or you could break your spine. – Sam 1/2K

I learnt that after you finish mopping you should empty the bucket because little kids might drink it or fall into the water. –  Eve 1/2L

I liked working on the water safety signs. – Jessie 1/2K

I loved designing the posters. – Shubhey 1/2G


Paper water cups


Posted by Lauren | Posted in Art and Craft, Integrated Studies | Posted on September 2, 2013






Here in 1/2L and K we’ve been making awesome origami water cups. It was a nice, quite, calm activity to do on the first hot afternoon of spring. We folded our cups from a square of paper and then we got to test them out at the drinking taps. They actually worked! It was so cool!!

“The cups were an awesome thing to make.” Bonnie 

“My cup got so wet.” Taj

“My cup was a success!” Elliot

“My cup got drenched, then ripped. I enjoyed it anyway.” Maddy

“Mine ripped on the bottom and the water fell through.” Theo

“When we made the cup, I felt excited about testing it out.”Ellison

“The cup made the water taste terrible after you’d drunk out of it once.” Romy

“My cup got very wet but I’m going to reuse it.” Leon

“I got a bit confused when I was making it but I worked out how to fold it the right way.” Lola

“My cup was soaked!” George

“I rated it 7 out of ten.” Vas

“I enjoyed making the cup and I give it ten out of ten.” Henry W

“I got really frustrated when I was making the cup but I kept trying and in the end I got it right.” Edwin 


If you’d like to have a got at home, click on the link and follow the instructions. It’s easy! And fun!




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