2G Ephemeral Nature Art


Posted by kerryg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on May 23, 2017

Students in 2G highly enjoyed using their Natural surroundings to create their Ephemeral Art. Their designs were mesmerising! We’re sure you’ll all agree!

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Bottle Flipping Maths


Posted by gabg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 8, 2016

This week during Maths in 1/2C and G we have been trying to work out which drink bottle in our class is the best bottle to flip.

The students worked in groups and used 5 different drink bottles. They flipped each bottle a certain number of times from the same position, collected data around how many times the bottle landed and discussed the variables that could be affecting their results.

The students used the data they had collected and identified the best bottle to flip. Using the best bottle they then tried to work out what is the best amount of water to have in that drink bottle to successfully land as many flips as possible.

It was certainly lots of fun and it was great to see so many excited faces during Maths this week!


The Royal Botanic Gardens


Posted by gabg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on December 1, 2016

Yesterday all of the Year 1/2s visited the Royal Botanic Gardens. A great day was had by all!

Thanks again to all of the parent helpers who joined us.

Here are some photos of how 1/2 G and C spent the day!


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Welcome To Country Exhibition


Posted by gabg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 29, 2016

Today the grade 1/2 students walked to the Darebin Arts Centre to see an exhibition of the artwork from the book ‘Welcome to Country’ that was written by Aunty Joy Murphy with art work by Lisa Kennedy.

While 1/2C, G and A were there we rotated through 3 different activities; collecting natural objects from the ground at the park, listening to the story ‘Welcome to Country’ and viewing and discussing the art pieces.

Once we were back at school the students created their own AMAZING art pieces that were inspired by the art they saw today.

All of the students had a great time today and we would all like to say a massive thank you to all of our parent helpers who took the time to join us today!


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Bell PS Movember Fundraiser


Posted by matta | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 21, 2016

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Multiplication X


Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 11, 2016

1/2ST are revisiting the topic of multiplication. The symbol for multiplication is X

Other words for multiplication are:

  • multiplied by eg .2 multiplied by3
  • times eg. 2 times 3
  • the product of ___ and ____ eg. the product of 2 and 3 is 6
  • by eg. 2 by 3 is 6
  • rows of eg.2 rows of 3

We are working in ‘just right’ Maths groups to develop our skills in understanding what multiplication looks like and different strategies to solve the problems.

To show visually what multiplication looks like we can make arrays. Arrays are neatly arranged rows that have the same amount in each row. Here is an example of an array in the real world. It is a carton of eggs.

multiplication_arayThere are 2 rows (horizontal lines) with 3 eggs in each row.

This can be written as, 2 rows of 3 or 2 X 3

Once students can identify how many rows there are and how many are within each row, they can use one of the two numbers identified to skip count to the answer.

The answer can be found by skip counting by 2s ie. 2, 4, 6! Or is can be found by skip counting by 3s ie 3, 6!

Therefore, the answer to 2 rows of 3 or 2 X 3 is 6!

Can you find any arrays around your house or yard? How would you write them as a multiplication problems?

Once students have mastered this understanding they are working towards identifying and writing multiplication problems from worded stories eg. How many wheels are there altogether if there are 5 cars? Ie. 4 wheels X 5 cars = _____  OR  4 X 5 = _____

Some students are also building their speed and accuracy with known facts. This means that they are aiming to quickly answer their 10 times tables, 2 times tables, 5 times tables, and 3 times tables within 1 to 2 seconds. If they master these, they can move on to their 4 times tables.

Here is a great video from the Khan Academy that explains what multiplication is: Khan Academy YouTube Clip






The Dot


Posted by gabg | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on November 10, 2016

Today in 1/2G we combined our growth mindset session with our fine motor session. We watched the story of ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds. The dot is about a girl called Vashti and her journey through art class from having a fixed mindset where she would say things like “I’m not good at this” to being able to create wonderful art pieces with just a dot in a variety of ways.

To work on developing and strengthening the pincer grip of the students they taped their paper to the underside of the table and went about creating their own master pieces while lying on the floor.

Everyone had so much fun while creating our very own dot gallery and it was great to hear all of the students giving each other such positive encouragement and feedback!


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Tea towels!


Posted by Chelsea Kneale | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 18, 2016

Tea Towels – now on sale!

The children have been very creative with their drawings this year. Each child has contributed to a class tea towel design around the theme of Bell Creative Minds.

Pre-order your Tea Towels through QKR! (preferred) or via the office,with a paper form that you can get by emailing the fundraising committee bellpsfundraising@gmail.com

Only $12 each. Orders due Friday 28th October.

Tea towels are great quality: 100% cotton, water based paint, local printer.

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Subtraction, Take Away, Minus, Difference!


Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 14, 2016

Yes, we are working on subtraction once again in 1/2ST. We are developing and consolidating strategies to support our ability to solve subtraction problems.

Other words for subtraction include:

  • subtraction
  • take away
  • minus
  • difference

Some of the strategies we have been practising in our ‘Just Right’ Maths groups include:

  • counting back on a number line


  • counting back in our heads. For example, if we had 10 – 3, we would count back from 10 3 times: 9, 8, 7! The number we land on is the answer. So the answer is 7!
  • counting back using our fingers


  • using doubles facts, to know our halves facts.
    For example, if:
    4 + 4 = 8, then
    8 – 4 = 4!
  • using friends of 10 and fact families.
    For example, if 6 + 4 = 10, then
    10 – 6 = 4, or
    10 – 4 = 6
  • And regrouping. 
    For example,
    3  1
    -1  2

    Start in the ones column.
    If the digit on top is smaller than the digit on the bottom then you need to regroup!

    Take 1 ten and regroup it to 10 ones

        2   11
    –   1    2
        1    9

    Then you can say,
    11 ones  –  2 ones  = 9 ones and
    2 tens    –  1  ten    = 1 ten.

    So the answer is, 19!



Posted by saratat | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on October 14, 2016


1/2ST have been learning and revising 2D and 3D shapes and their dimensions.

Did you know that 2D shapes have 2 dimensions:

  • sides and
  • corners.

And that 3D shapes have 3 dimensions:

  • faces (the flat parts)
  • edges (where two faces meet) and
  • vertices (the 3D name for corners).

Today we played 2D and 3D shape bingo, where each student had a physical 2D or 3D shape. They also had 1 sheet each. Each sheet had 12 different boxes that listed the dimensions of a variety of 2D and 3D shapes. If you found someone who had the shape that matched the dimensions listed, then that person could sign their name.

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Can you  name and identify some 2D and 3D shapes around your home or workplace? Write to us to let us know what you have found!

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