All posts by Samantha Rushworth

Coding a Blue Bot

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Today in 2A we worked collaboratively in groups to describe a series of steps to program a Blue Bot. We had to plan a route to program the Blue Bot to follow a path and write a sequence of steps (algorithm). We found out that we had to test our algorithms and debug if they were unsuccessful. Trial and error played a big part in getting our Blue Bots to the correct location using an accurate algorithm.

Check out a video of a Blue Bot in action: 

Hafsa – I had to debug because it didn’t work the first time.

Mo Yan – We created an algorithm that made our Bee Bot go to all the planets on the mat.

Word Mania Update

Wow, what an amazing thing to see! This morning when I logged onto Literacy Planet to see our updated scores, I was so surprised. All of your efforts are really standing out and our score proves it.

Currently we are sitting in 35th position on the National Leaderboard and 2nd place in our local region.

Keep up the hard work! We will be checking on our scores in class to monitor our efforts. Keep playing and aim for those high scores.

Well done to everyone who has contributed so far!


Good Morning Year Two Community,

It is that time of year again, the WORD MANIA CHALLENGE is here! We would love to see all students and parents involved in the challenge. We need everyone to jump onto Word Mania and play as many times as you can to build up the highest possible scores. Last year our Year Two students achieved a tenth placing on the National Leaderboard and won some amazing prizes.
Together we can achieve great things, so let’s get playing!

Accessing Word Mania:
Word Mania is accessible on desktop and mobile devices. Simply log in to LiteracyPlanet on desktop and click on the Word Mania icon, or can download the free Word Mania 2018 app (iOS and Android). Students use their LiteracyPlanet login details for Word Mania.

How to Play
Word Mania is an interactive online word building game. Players are given a board of 15 randomly generated letters, and have three minutes to create as many words as they can. Every valid word formed earns points. Longer and more complex words score higher, and scores can be boosted by building valid words consecutively, and using special Gold and Diamond letter tiles. Word building uses various literacy skills: phonemes, morphemes including affixes and plurals, spelling, word recognition, vocabulary and word knowledge. Students can play as many times as they like, and the sum of the highest 50 game scores by at least five students from the same grade will be their school’s score for that year level.

$350,000 in Prizes!

Word Mania Dates:
Practise – Thursday, May 17 – Sunday, July 29.
Competition Round 1- Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.
Competition Round 2 – Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10.
Final Round – Wednesday, August 15 to Friday, August 17.

For more information visit:


Independent Reading in 2A and 2I!

Wow, this morning Mrs Fernandes and I were so excited during our reading session that we had to video the amazing effort put in by our grades. The independent reading that was modelled by all was absolutely fantastic. We had our students making fabulous seating choices, reading independently, showing excellent stamina skills, practising personalised reading goals and engaged in their ‘just right’ books.

2A reading beautifully!

2I and their fantastic reading!

We self assessed our efforts to identify how we think we went during this time:

Andriana – We did a great job in reading because we were nice and quiet and not screaming and running around the room. 

Rishi – I like how people weren’t walking around the classroom they were sitting and reading quietly. 

Harvinjeet – We were good independent readers because we like reading books . 

Fifa – I found it easier to read today. 

Kaushik – I stayed in my seat the whole time and didn’t stop reading. 

Such a proud moment to watch the effort put in by everyone during this reading session.

Check out our video and leave us some feedback, we’d love to hear from you! 

Welcome Back to Term 2

Welcome back to Term Two!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday and now in preparation for the new term there are a few reminders to get us on our way.

Arriving at school and attendance:
It is essential that students are attending school every day and arriving to their classroom at 8:50am. Our classroom instruction commences at this time and if students come any later they miss out on important learning time and social interactions with their peers. Across the Year Two cohort we will be celebrating 100% attendance and punctuality when we achieve this within our rooms.

Writing Seeds:
It would be great to see children bringing in seeds/writing prompts from their holiday experiences. This will help remember the wonderful moments they’ve had over the holidays and stimulate ideas and creativity in writing.

Please ensure that if your child has an iPad to bring in every day. It needs to be fully charged and have all required Apps downloaded and updated. This is really important as we will be using them on a daily basis as a learning tool throughout the term.

2018 P-2 ACPS Student iPad App List 

The Year Two Teachers are super excited to be back and we look forward to seeing all your smiling faces Monday morning, ready to learn and start some new discoveries this term. 

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week!

During week 8,  we celebrated Cultural Diversity Week. We had a parade with all the Year Two students and got to share our cultural outfits with everyone. We worked collaboratively with our grades and were respectful to other classes as we walked around the basketball courts.

2A went to different classes and took part in lots of multicultural activities. We learnt about the diverse cultures in our communities. We got to make a plate of food to represent the food we eat in our own homes with Miss Barba. We also got to colour and dance with Mrs Fernandes and created some masks and lanterns with Miss Davis and Miss Sahin. We had a class discussion with Mrs Rushworth and identified the purpose of the  ‘Welcome to Country’ statement. This is part of our Assembly routine and acknowledges the traditional land owners of Australia.

Throughout the day, we tried different cultural foods in our classroom and found that our classmates and their families have come from many varying countries.


Overall we enjoyed all the activities and celebrations and had a lot of fun working with other students and teachers.

Student reflections:

Angad – I learnt that in China they have nice lanterns.

Julian – I had fun with Miss Barba making our own food.

Jasmine – I had fun with Miss Sahin. I liked making a lantern.

Mia – I had a lot of fun in Miss Fernandes’ class because we danced and coloured.

Fifa – I enjoyed the parade because we got to see everyone and their clothing.

Cassandra – I enjoyed all the activities we did.

Toshani – I enjoyed doing the drawing, colouring and dancing with Miss Fernandes.

Izaan – I enjoyed colouring the mask with Miss Sahin.

Wania – I enjoyed dancing with Mrs Fernandes.

Hafsa – I learnt that we should use teamwork so we all get along.

David – I learnt that the Egyptian mask had a snake on it because it had connections to the Pharaoh. Also, there were head coverings.

Creating respectful relationships in 2A!

In 2A we have been working hard to create a classroom environment that promotes our school values. We have been working together to build on our knowledge of our peers and have used this knowledge to accept each other for our unique differences. We have embraced a positive approach to making sure our daily learning experiences are encouraging everyone in our room to ‘do their best always’ and to feel respected in our classroom community at all times.

2A worked in teams to take on the Cup Challenge to build a cup tower using resources. Through collaboration, discussions and sheer determination we achieved some wonderful results.

By learning about our peers it has encouraged every individual to learn about themselves. We have found out a lot of important information about how we learn and how our feelings can impact on our learning. By using the Zones of Regulation as a guide we have been able to identify the different emotions that we may face throughout our working day. Our aim is to be in the green zone to ensure that we are ready to learn. Check out our amazing brainstorm identifying key vocabulary that fits into each zone!

This week in 2G…

This week in 2G we have been focusing on reading, comparing, ordering and renaming 4-digit numbers. We have enjoyed practising these skills while playing mathematical games like Mastermind, Race to the Moon and Rhino Race.

We have also been learning about community in class. We have learnt about different jobs within our community and the different types of communities including rural, suburban and urban communities. We have also been looking at our family communities and created our own family trees.

Year 2 Communications

Thank you to all parents, guardians and students for such a wonderful transition into Year 2, 2018. We really appreciate all the support and interactions that we have already had in regards to learning experiences within the classrooms.

We highly encourage all family members to be involved in your child’s learning throughout the year. To do this we have a range of communication methods that you can access for each class. Our wonderful and enthusiastic students will contributing to these with their work, feedback and photos displaying the learning they have been involved in. We would love if you could access these and look through them as a family to discuss the learning experiences. Class teachers and specialist teachers update these regularly.

The Blog can be accessed by using the following link:
Checkout class tweets by following the links below:


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2B –

2C –

2D –

2E –

2F –

2G –

 2H –

2I –


Compass is also used to send out reminders about important events coming up. The Year 2 teachers put up a Compass post to encourage parents to check out new Blog posts.

We encourage you and the wider community to reply and give feedback on our posts. We look forward to sharing these in our classrooms and to have parents involved makes it even more special. This allows us to be connected and gives you an insight into our learning experiences.

Kind Regards, Year 2 Teachers

At the Play Pod with 2A and 2I

Today 2A and 2I joined forces and went outside to enjoy the sun. During this session we were able to use the Play Pod learning space at ACPS. We got to know each other a little more and were able to model our amazing teamwork skills.


Check out some of our reflections: 

Mia – We played with some scraps and barrels to make a Nutella factory. 

Toshani – I was playing with my group and we built something that we wobbled on and fell off. We felt a bit scared but we had a laugh. 

David – I made a shelter for myself and then I played with Julian and Angad to make an obstacle course. Then we started to make a trap and we had lots of fun. 

Julian – I made a truck with Angad, Logan and David. I was in the barrel and I was hot. Then I got out of the barrel which was a truck and drove it. 

Aryan – I helped make an obstacle course which has jumping, rolling and going up and down. I made it for other people to go on, I collected the scraps for my group. Getting all the scraps made me very tired so I needed to rest. 

Binoy – When we were in the barrel we had fun and we were spinning each other. We were taking turns at hopping in the barrel. Izaan and I pushed Logan and then we swapped to give each other a turn.