Reduce the risk of summer learning loss over the holidays by playing dice games. Each family has been given a holiday game pack and some playing dice to help keep learning strong over the school break. Our students have been practicing the games all week. See below for a ‘how to’ guide of how to play some of the games featured within the holiday maths pack.

Belmore South has also designed a parent maths guide to thinking mathematically to explain some of the strategies students use when problem solving. You can access both the holiday maths pack and the parent guide below.

Parent’s guide to thinking mathematically

Parent Maths Guide

First to the Target

100 dice game

Roll and Make dice game

Beat That Dice Game

On the 11th of November, Stage 3 Morse went to the library to learn about robotics with Ms Jun. Ms Jun taught us how to use the robots including the Beebot and Probot. We communicated together about how the robots functioned and Ms Jun spoke to us about engineering and how it is connected to everyday life.

We got to use the Beebot(it is a robot that looks like a bee) which was fun because we were able to make obstacle courses for it, and try to use the controls to get through the obstacle. Another robot we got to use was the Probot(it’s an upgraded version of the Beebot but shaped like a car). We got to use it to try to draw, and we had to pass 4 different levels to get our Probot licence.

We also got to use Dash(it is a robot made with 3 spheres as a body and 1 sphere as a head, with a friend called Dot). We controlled dash with a school ipad using the App – Wonder. Finally, we got to use robotics lego(lego with a motor). There were 3 sets and 3 imacs. We used the imacs to control the motor on the lego, and we got to build our own creations and add on the motors so that we could control its movements.

We found this experience really exciting and interesting, and soon we will be able to use the robots in class. All teachers should use robotics in the classroom because when we learn the skills of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), it will give us a higher chance of us getting a good job when we’re older.

The students in K1-DaVinci are so happy to see their sunflowers growing tall and straight!

We share our opinions to try and change other people’s thinking, so they will agree with us. Our opinions are more convincing when we have reasons or examples to support our ideas. Interesting speakers use a clear and expressive voice, and can add gestures, body language and facial expressions when they speak.

The pairs below were asked to demonstrate 1, 2, and 3 star speaking while giving opinions.

1 star

2 star

3 star

Another year, another wonderful Book Week celebration at Belmore South PS!

In S1 Galileo, we had amazing fun celebrating our love of books and reading. Students shared stories, wrote some creative narratives and of course were busy preparing their costumes for Friday!

Here are just some of our photos:

One of our future poets, Chet, even created a great acrostic poem about reading:

Enjoy books!

Anytime and anywhere!

Dream it

In libraries

Night and day

Go now!

We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Miss Hatzigeorgiou and S1 Galileo

Congratulations to our amazing Wakakirri team of students, teachers, and parents. Your skills in dance, drama, public speaking, art, hair, make-up, stage-handing and so much more were essential in getting us there. This year, we earned awards for participation, public speaking, the spirit of Wakakirri, and the social media competition for our week – what a buzz!

Extended cut: includes video of our performance and speakers:

Highlights: photos only

We took our classroom outdoors and enjoyed our new grassy learning space. K Franklin were investigating volume and capacity using a really fun range of materials, such as sand, water and even curly pasta. Lucky we were outside because our math learning got a little messy!

On Thursday, Belmore South held our annual Athletics Carnival. Races were run, novelties were fun, and happy faces were everywhere. What a fantastic day!

On Tuesday 26th July, Ms Rhodes and Ms Filacouridis lead our staff in Teacher Professional Learning in the area of Numeracy. We examined the importance of developing place value knowledge to assist our students in gaining a deeper understanding of number concepts. We also explored how patterns in counting, grouping of tens and the position of digits is related to understanding the base ten structure of our numeration system. Teachers were involved in updating student performance data in our CAP (Celebrating Students’ Achievement and Performance) room and analysing the data to inform their practice. Teachers shared a repertoire of instructional strategies and are developing goal setting tools to assist our students to take ownership of their learning in numeracy.

Who would have thought ten pin bowling could be so much fun and so educational?! K Franklin love literacy sessions because we practice writing our sight words in really cool ways.