Learning can be tough on the brain, especially with back to back lessons in the morning and afternoon!
As part of our Ready to Learn Plans and lessons around the wellbeing framework of the Berry Street Educational Model (BSEM), students in 3G aim to have a 3minute brain break in-between some sessions as a quick break and opportunity to re-group again after some solid focus and great learning.
Brain break activities can vary, depending on students’ mood, personal choice… and sometimes the weather! The most popular choices for our active bunch is a brisk walk/ 3 laps around the Astro Turf outside, or something simple and social like a thumb war. Today students opted for some laps outside, thumb wars or independent reading.
Can you write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words?
STORYATHON is an exciting and free online event for Year 3 to Year 8 from Australia and New Zealand. Students are challenged to write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words.
Writing microstories is fun and provides students with an opportunity to celebrate writing. They’re tiny narratives challenging students to tighten their language, experiment with words and focus their message.
Grade 4 students have been given their own unique username and password and over the next few weeks write microstories at home on the following themes
- Mythical Creature
- Weird Adventure
Parents, you have a bit of homework yourself. We challenge you to write your
own microstory. Your theme is Space. Post your story in the comment section or bring it in with your child to share.
We look forward to reading these microstories.
Here at Bell Primary School, we’ve been using the Berry St Educational Model as part of our Wellbeing while at school. Morning Circles, Ready to Learn Scales and Brain Breaks have made their way into our daily routines.
Brain Breaks have proven especially popular. Brain Breaks are little activities, exercises and games ranging from 30 seconds to 2 minutes long, which give children a break during a lesson, allowing them to refocus and complete learning with new energy.
Some things we’ve used as Brain Breaks have been Memory Tag, Topic Talk Cards, exercise (like star jumps) and many more.
Have a chat with your child about the kids of brain breaks they use. Maybe you could come up with a few more and add them in the comments below.
Thanks to the Grade 3 and 4 families who came along to our first Bell Primary Family Maths Night on Wednesday! What a great opportunity it was to share some of the maths learning from our classrooms with families. We hope you had fun – the teachers who were there definitely enjoyed sharing our love of maths!
For those who missed out (or those who were there but want to try some of the games again), instructions for all the games played on the night can be found at this dedicated website: bit.ly/bellfmn
On this website there is a link to give feedback about the event. We’d love to hear from those who attended on the night.
On Tuesday the grade 4 students started their health and human development lessons.
In lesson 1 we explored all the different ways our bodies change as we continue to grow from birth to childhood then adulthood. The students came up with a wonderful list of ways we change like growing taller, growing hair under our arms, face and around the genitals.
We spoke about that these changes happen during puberty and people begin puberty at all different times and that changes happen to everyone at different stages.
We labelled all the parts of sex organs for physical males and physical females and spoke about some people are born a physical male or female but they may not feel like they belong to that gender and identify as transgender.
What a wonderful sea of purple we see across the school today!
This morning 3F and 3G have joined together to enjoy a morning of sharing, celebrating and discussions around diversity, inclusion and families.
Students have drawn their varied family structures/units and then we read the story ‘And tango makes three’ by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, a heartwarming story that shows us that all kinds of love can create a family.
On a side note, special mention to Maggie Everard from 3G who entered the Moreland writers competition and won FIRST PLACE with her amazing story about a Giraffe escaping the zoo and causing chaos at Melbourne Landmarks.
WELL DONE MAGGIE!
Today 4J and 4T explored different angles using technology (ozobots) and manipulatives (pipe cleaners). The students showed an excellent understanding of different types of angles and had fun in the process!