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CERES Excursion

On the 14th of November, Grade 2A, B, C and D went to CERES Environmental Park for an excursion.

North, east, south, west. That’s the way the wind blows. We can blow bubbles and we can also pick up leaves and drop them to see which way the wind goes. – Krew, Maddy and Sarah

Birds feed their babies by getting worms. Birds use their wings to fly. Magpies swoop people in breeding season. When the magpies are angry, they are ready to attack. Birds build nests to lay eggs. Owls sleep in the day and wake up at night. Birds have sharp claws. – Inkido, Aram and Shahwaiz

In the community garden, there were flowers. That means that fruit or vegetables are going to grow. Some people said it was a food maze. There were lots of plants growing and food like pumpkins, tomatoes, carrots and apples. Everyone could take some fruit or vegetables if they grow it there. – Joel and Zahira

Worms eat compost and then they poop out the compost into dirt to make worm castings. Worm castings mean worm poo. Worms have saddles. When the saddles come off, the baby worms come out. – Hannah, Emma and Maha

We are going to tell you about insects from CERES. When we were digging in the dirt, we found slaters, centipedes and worms. When we were holding the worms, it felt slimy and ticklish. When we saw the worm, we thought it was a girl but then Luke said worms are both girls and boys. We dug and dug and we found a worm and spiders. – Alana, Olivia and Enes

Yesterday we got bird food. We waited for Kim to pour chicken feed into the palms of our hands. We all threw the chicken feed at the rooster and chickens. However, they didn’t eat their dinner because they were probably not hungry.  – Rayshan, Saad, Virraj and Riaz

We learned a lot and had so much fun.

From Grade 2C

Fossil Fuels

Hi everyone,

In grade 2C, we have been learning about where energy comes from. Today Mrs Mladenis read a passage about fossil fuels. We listened out for key words and then used sketchnoting to take notes about what we found out about fossil fuels.

Here are some examples of our awesome sketchnotes:

By Grade 2C and Mrs Mladenis

Maddy’s little lamb

Hi everyone,

Maddy’s mum brought Chops the lamb to school. A few of us had never seen a lamb in real life before. We were super excited! We asked Maddy lots of questions before Chops arrived on the oval. We found out that Chops is not even a  year old yet. He will grow up to be a ram with horns. Chops likes to play hide and seek. He drinks formula because he doesn’t have any teeth yet. Chops was the cutest thing ever! He licked some people, jumped onto Joel and chased Virraj around on the oval.

Thank you to Maddy’s mum for bringing Chops to Aitken Creek Primary School.

From Grade 2C and Mrs Mladenis

CBL Provocations

Hi everyone,

Today Grade 2C were exploring provocations to spark our interests in the Big Idea ‘Energy’. We brought in anything  related to energy and put it on our provocations table to share with the class.

Emma made a model of a treadmill. You use energy when you exercise.

Gurchet brought in a digital diary that needs 3 batteries.

Lots of children brought in toy cars. Cars need energy to take us to places.

Hannah pretended she was ironing her jacket.

We explored the items and wrote down our connections and prior knowledge about them in our Energy Journals. You can have a look at these on our iPads in Book Creator. There were some things that were new to us and we wrote questions about them. We look forward to finding out more about ‘Energy’ soon.

Grade 2C and Mrs Mladenis

2C eSmart Week

Hi everyone,

This week was eSmart week and here are some things we learned:

Do not say bad things on the internet. Don’t bully someone online or you can’t take it off the internet. Do not talk to strangers. Don’t press any other buttons. Don’t say any mean stuff or people will report you to the police. Don’t tell your password.  Keep your identity a secret. By Joel, Inkido, Rayshan and Riaz

On Tuesday we were making heroes for eSmart week. By Zahira

I drew a toothless dragon. He flies everywhere to save everyone. Now he’s the eSmart hero to save people in trouble online. By Krew

If you don’t be safe online, someone could hack your account. By Virraj

Do not tell all your details to someone you don’t know. By Hannah

On the 4th of September we had eSmart week. We watched Hero. We said it was fun to watch. It was very entertaining. We learned a lot of stuff watching the movie like don’t talk to people you don’t know. You should watch it. By Jesaiah, Maddy, Alana and Gurchet

We also explored robots such as Dash.

Dash can change colour. Dash can say anything. By Saad

Dash can move with codes. Dash can walk and turn colourful. By Emma

Dash can blink. Dash has no sensors. By Shahwaiz

You can control Dash using an iPad using Blockly. Dash has 4 circles on it. By Olivia

Year Two Book Week Parade

Dear parents and carers,

Today we had a parade to celebrate Book Week. Everyone came to school dressed up as characters from books. Each grade had a turn to strut down the catwalk and display their creative costumes.

In our writing session, we could choose a character we were dressed up as or another character to describe the inside and outside traits using adjectives. Here are a few examples of our work:

We also created a graph of the different types of costumes including fairy tale characters, superheroes, horror characters and realistic characters. We interpreted the data to find out which costumes were most popular and so on.

Thank you everyone for participating in Book Week. Also thank you to all the families for helping to create and organise some fantastic costumes! We wouldn’t have had so much fun without your help.

2C Oral Presentations

Dear parents and guardians,

This week, we have been investigating people we are curious about who have helped the world in some way.  Some of the people we learned about were:

  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Nelson Mandela
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Henry Ford
  • Galileo Galilei

We used resources to research and take notes. Afterwards, we put together our information to present to the class. We created rubrics to assess how we did in our presentation and we also did a peer assessment. We had to check if we were speaking at an appropriate volume, using eye contact and gestures.

Here are photos of some of our presentations.

Science Day

On the 31st of July, it was science day. In the first session we were experimenting with corn. We had a cup of water and vinegar. First we put some corn in the cup of water and vinegar. The corn sunk. Then we added some sodium bicarbonate and our experiment exploded. Then we mixed the ingredients and we saw the corn starting to jump inside the cup.

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Secondly, in Mr Munro’s class, we did a balloon experiment. We had to poke the sticks inside the balloon without popping it. We put the sticks under the knots because the rubber at the top of the balloon was thicker. Some of us did it! The second experiment in Mr Munro’s class, we put two cups on a balloon and let go of the cups. They stayed on the balloons. The balloon pushes into the cup so it gets tighter and stays there.

In session 3, when we were in Miss Surplice’s class, we played with Oobleck. When we played with it, some parts were liquid and other parts were solid. Liquid is something that you can put your hand through, like water. Solid is when it’s like a brick wall and you can’t put your hand through it.