CBL – Questions

In CBL this week, we are coming up with questions that we want to answer about our Discovery topic.

A few students want to learn more about space. They all have different questions:

  • Akasdeep wants to learn about space and his question is “Why is the moon in Space?”
  • Manraj wants to know “How does space make gravity?”
  • Yazel wants to know “How many stars there are in space?”
  • Aisha wants to know “How does the Moon move?”
  • Dimitri wants to know “How is it that some stars are a million times bigger than our Sun?”
  • Nayonika wants to know “How did stars form?”
  • Prabhleen wants to know “How beautiful is space?”
  • Feyza wants to know “How do black holes form?”
  • Sirat wants to know “What did aliens discover?”
  • Irem wants to know “Who created space?”

Some students are learning about science and technology:

  • Eliah wants to know more about science and his question is “What does it feel like to be a Scientist?”
  • Zion wants to know “What does technology know?”
  • Josh wants to know “How do you make potions?”
  • John wants to know “Why iPads have Siri?”

Some students want to know more about Dinosaurs:

  • Senitha wants to know “Why do Dinosaurs have sharp teeth?”
  • Jett wants to know “Why does T-Rex kill other dinosaurs?”
  • Joshua wants to know “How did dinosaurs grow so big?”

Some students are learning about the Earth and animals:

  • Gisele wants to know “How are animals made?”
  • Anuk wants to know “Why do explorers explore dangerous jungles?”
  • Melissa wants to know “How do animals stay together?”

These questions will help guide our learning for the rest of the term, especially when we visit Scienceworks and the Melbourne Museum in a few weeks time.

In the meantime, students will spend the rest of CBL this week creating iMovie’s based around their topic and question. We are all looking forward to seeing them.


Gracias! Thanks for a fun Carnaval Week


Las week we had a fantastic time at ACPS showcasing our work in Art, Performing Arts and Spanish.

During Term 1 students were very dedicated and learnt songs, dances or organised displays.

On Tuesday and Wednesday at lunch time many students gathered at the courtyard to watch some performances and then have a dance. It was fantastic to see older students being so helpful and showing real leadership by undertaking some tasks, dancing and playing safely with younger students. Both days were a bit sunny and it was so much fun to dance outside!

Tuesday lunch time concert. It was a perfect day!

On Thursday we had our dress up parade! It was fantastic to see so many creative costumes!


James Fedoruk
Teachers brought their best costumes too! Mr Fedoruk is now a Spanish matador.

During session 5, the entire school got together at the Gym to enjoy some samples of the performances students from Red and Blue group have prepared. It was fantastic, all performers were enthusiastic and displayed their best work. students watching the performances also showed their school values by being attentive listeners and encouraging the performers by clapping and cheering. It was a great whole-school event. Thanks to the parents that attended the event.

The displays were colourful and everybody had a positive comment about how the gym looked.

Continue reading Gracias! Thanks for a fun Carnaval Week


On Friday April 22nd the entire Aitken Creek Primary School came together to commemorate Anzac Day. It was our very first Anzac Day assembly as a whole school and was run by our Year 6 Student Leaders with support from Mr Pearson and Ms Huntly.

The entire school – all 930 students plus teachers and parents – did an outstanding job of being respectful and solemn during the assembly. It followed the structure of an Anzac service with The Ode being read and The Last Post being played followed by a minute’s silence and the Rouse. Student Leaders from Years 3-6 also presented and laid wreaths of remembrance that had been created in their classes.

Thank you to all who supported our first commemoration assembly. Our school looks forward to continuing this respectful remembrance of those who have served for our country in the future.


One student in the school thought about what he has understood and learnt about Anzac Day and wrote a poem. It is shared here to celebrate his thoughtful remembrance of those who have served:

A poem written by Cohen (4D):

The Diggers may lay

young or old

They may rest in peace

with their broken hearts and souls.

The poppy shines bright

black, purple, red

The disastrous war

is where they were being lead.

Today some live

and today some lie

The dangerous war shall be where they die.

Reading, Writing, Maths and CBL with MaKey MaKey’s.

Where did we begin?? With the CBL big idea of ‘Discovery’ what better than to discover something new and exciting!

It all started with a reading session whereby students needed to read about MaKey MaKey’s on their webpage. Students reading  skills and strategies were put to the test and they were able to ask many questions during reading to help to clarify and comprehend.

In Maths, students then began to investigate direction and the language used for direction by playing Super Mario Bros. They needed to think about how we were able to control Mario using the keys and the instructions/algorithm that the keys were giving to the character.IMG_4815

➡️ Tells Mario to move right

⬅️ Tells Mario to move left

⬆️ Instructs Mario to jump

With this in mind students were then to create their own game controller. This could be in any design of their choice, however the buttons needed to give the same directions that were needed in order to play and move the character. With engagement at a high students were able to use their knowledge of direction to help them develop a ‘usable’ game controller.

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So where to next…. With creative and complex game controllers students were then required to give instructions on how to use their controller. They needed to inform the person using their controller what buttons they needed to press and the direction that it would move the character – in other words write a list of instructions. Students were able to give clear and concise steps to use their controllers through their great choice of vocabulary.

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Next we called in the super helpful Grade 6’s to show us how to use the MaKey MaKey’s. We called them ‘experts’ as they had used these before, they gave us some fantastic examples of how they had used them previously.

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IMG_4830From there students split into groups where the experts gave them a mini lesson on how to use the MaKey MaKey. Students were able to build on their vocabulary With words such as; circuits, connector cables, alligator clips, inputs, outputs, conductive materials and more!

Then it was their turn! The challenge to create a game controller that could be used to play Super Mario Bros. They were all very excited to get using them. With circuit boards and many different coloured wires it was important that the students documented the steps that they were taking in order to create their game controller.


They needed to record and sequence the steps that they were taking in order to build their controller. Students needed to use descriptive language and the technical words they had just learnt to ensure that they were giving clear directions on how to build and use the MaKey MaKey’s.

Once they had written the step it was time to play!

Check out the video to see their hard work paying off!

Testing out our MaKey MaKey!


Grade 2 Interaction Time

As a Grade 2 teaching cohort, we started noticing that our students were missing their friends in the blue/red timetabled classes. We began to notice this trend when we were looking at solutions for our previous CBL topic of “Community”. A lot of the problems that came up were that, we do not see blue timetable kids, and that there isn’t enough interaction between all of the Grade 2 students.

So the Grade 2 teachers decided that we needed to do something about it, as we ourselves do not see each other that often. This topic was discussed over the school holidays as we thought of many ways we could utilise the facilities within our school and how we can integrate it into our planning. It was mutually decided that we would book our PlayPod for a session where all our students could play, discover and create as a whole cohort. They could interact with one another and have fun at the same time.

It was so good to see everyone playing together!
It was so good to see everyone playing together!

All students were introduced to the entire Year 2 team which was fantastic. We all got to get to know our students outside the classroom. Play, teamwork, communication and cooperation were promoted and encouraged throughout the session.


All the materials were being used and it was the first time we had seen the PlayPod empty. Every single piece of scrap/material was with the students and used as a slide, or a castle, or a dress and it was a brilliant sight to see.


 The feedback from our students was incredible. They all really enjoyed being outside and around the peers they have been together with since Prep. All students showed amazing initiative and worked as a team – making sure everyone was included and know one got hurt.

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It was extremely exciting watching everyone join together as one Year 2 Community and it is safe to say we Discovered a lot together as well.  It was a fantastic notion put forward by our students and we all loved being together.  We would like to create a new tradition by regularly interacting as an entire cohort.

From the Year 2 Team.

Active Time!

Year 2 students have started off on a positive note during their Hot Shots Tennis Program (Sporting Schools) which is being held at the Hume Tennis Courts.

All students have been asked to sign up to P.E Showbie to learn even more outside school hours.

Every week, Miss P will post an Active Time (challenge) video for students to watch and learn at home with their family. The aim of these videos is for students to prepare themselves for their next lesson, to gain prior knowledge, to practise their skills and to share their learning with the whole family.

It has been great to see Alycia and Levi from Mr Munro’s class providing feedback to Miss P about how they went with the Active Time challenge.

As the year goes on, students will begin to create their own Active Time videos and share these videos with their classmates.

Come and see Miss P for your Showbie password.

Here is an example of an Active Time video.


Miss P 🙂

Paying our Respects to the Anzac’s

Throughout this week 2F have been learning all about the Anzac’s why Anzac Day is so important to the people of Australia and New Zealand.

We learnt that the reason the Poppy was such a big symbol for the Anzac’s was because, the Poppy was the only flower you could see in the surrounding areas around the battlefield. It became a symbol of remembrance and lots of people wear a Poppy on Anzac day to honour those who lost their lives while fighting for our country.

Our Poppies.
Our Poppies.

Alongside 2A we worked as a team to create Anzac Biscuits. This was a fantastic learning curve for our students as they were able to follow a procedural text in order to help bake the famous biscuit. We also learnt that the Anzac biscuit was created over 100 years ago. Soldiers used to take the biscuit on their long journeys as they did not have a refrigerator to store lots of foods, and it was also a nutritious treat that was easily transported to troops.

Working as a team to make Anzac Biscuits.
Working as a team to make Anzac Biscuits.

2F also listened to The Last Post and practiced their visualisation skills in order to imagine what it would be like to listen to that piece of music everyday. It was very touching to hear our students say “Lest We Forget” at the end of The Last Post.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in he morning; We Will Remember Them.

Lest We Forget

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2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

 The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Aitken Creek Primary School is excited to be participating.

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 9 September 2016.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and can choose to have their name included on the online Honour Roll. If you would like your child‘s name to appear on the Honour Roll, please sign the attached form and return it to your school.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Parent Consent Form

2E takes it’s first steps on the discovery highway.

Welcome back to 2E and  it’s amazing learning community, it’s been great to  be welcomed into such an amazing community of learners. My name is Paul Munro and I’ve been so lucky to be asked to work with 2E on our  learning journey.

This term we will be working on the Challenge Based learning theme encapsulating Discovery. 2E has really embraced what this means.

Ramin & Alycia can’t wait to discover about spiders.

Mel sees travelling the World and learning about different cultures as her way to finding true discovery.

Ali & Jude see the act or recording their world in still or moving pictures as a way of finding something truly new.

Nick & Priya are so interested in  the worlds animals survive in.

Munazza, Juliet, Zahra, Emerson & Nenorta are enthralled about how plant life and their world exits on our earth.

Peter is interested in Science and making people invisible and Alfie, Levi & Lucas are enthralled with worlds that exist in space and how they can make discoveries.

Mehul & Jason can’t wait to find about how the human body works.

Simrat & Rumeysa are interested in times past when Dinosaurs ruled the earth.

I can’t wait to fill you in on our next discoveries.

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