Sunday, 27 April 2014

Welcome to Term 2

Welcome back! Holidays for many of us can be as busy as the school term but I hope that many of us were able to take some well earned R & R.

Term 2 is only a short term and we have a lot happening. This term, Year 2's Literacy will focus on a range of sustainability texts. Texts will include Nim's Island and Where the Forest Meets the Sea. In Numeracy we will continue to explore concepts of length, linking addition and subtraction, 3D Space, Multiplication, Position, Chance and Data. The Wet and Dry Environment is the point of concentration of learning in HSIE and in Science we are studying a unit on Water - The Splash Zone. With such a short term we have many exciting events such as our school fete on Saturday the 10th of May and an excursion to explore a wet environment.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sports Hero's Day

On Friday we celebrated the last day of term with our with our annual Sports Hero's Day. It was a fantastic day do fun.

I hope everyone enjoys their well deserved holiday. Enjoy your Easter and play safe.

Wood Work in Action

On Thursday Year 2 had the privilege to be taught by Mr Kennedy from the TAS Department of the High School. We were able to experience the manufacturing of our Toys for Katoke. Mr Kennedy was able to demonstrate how the car bodies were cut and shaped. He also cut the car wheels using a wood router. Students then spent the time sanding their car bodies and putting the different parts together. Early next term we will continue the process by painting our new vehicles and testing their road safety with some ramp tests.

The feedback from students has been "I love the hands on, it was the best, saw dust and all, except we wish we could have been down their longer". Year 2 are truly blessed to have the opportunity to use the facilities and skills of the teachers in the high school. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Video Inspired Writing

2H over the last week have been taking their knowledge gained through their Visual Literacy unit and putting it into action. We have written two pieces, one on what would life be like if they woke up and they could fly inspired by Alex Fortmann's Flight Video and the second being a recount of the Adventures are the Pits by Porter Vinson. Please enjoy!

The Fox Innovations

Year two have been studying graphic text throughout the term. One such text is "The Fox" by Margret Wild and Ron Brooks. Student were asked to write a new ending as an innovation to the text. It was impressive to observe the varied and rich language used by the students in these pieces of writing, mirroring the language and intentions of the authors.

The Magpie's Adventure

Through the charred forest, over the hot ash runs Dog with a bird clamped in his big gentle mouth. Dog ran all of the way to the mouth of the cave. Magpie felt herself melting into the blackness, "I will be your missing eye and you will be my missing wing" said Magpie. 

One Day Fox appeared. He went up to Magpie and said "do you want to fly higher than you have before?" Magpie didn't answer until he was asked the following day. "I will go with you" he said and so they went. 

Not long later Magpie thought it was a bad idea but it was too late. Fox had stopped in the desert. The sun was well in the sky and the heat was pounding down on her. As Fox bounded away Magpie heard a faraway scream. She could not tell if it was from Fox. She could not tell if it was a scream of triumph. As she laid there she could feel herself melting but she was not going to give up!

by Louella

Magpie's Journey Home

Magpie huddles, a scruff of feathers a drift in the heat. she could feel herself burning into the nothingness. It would be easy for her just to die here in the desert.

Then she thinks of Dog waking to find her gone.

Slowly, jiggly-hop, she begins her long journey home. She sees Fox heading to Dog, she thinks of Dog running to get her. Magpie thought, "I wonder if Dog will come to get me from the desert?"

Magpie could see lots of other birds in the sky urging her on. Then she reached him after seven days of walking. Magpie told Dog what had happened to her, "I had to go through the forest, it was very dark and scary". She told him about how she saw Fox run off into the forest and the large green trees that the wind blew causing the shadows to look frightening. 

Magpie said "Dog I am so glad to be with you. I will never leave you again."

by Zoe

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Caterpillar Classroom

We saw the close of our Caterpillar Classroom experiment today with us bidding farewell to pets. This brought a mix of emotions as we were excited to have observed the Helicoverpa Armigera's life cycle but saddened to know that it was finished.

Year 2 investigated the moths that have hatched from the pupae. We were keen to look at the way they had developed and studied some close up through a digital document camera which is like a semi powerful microscope. We saw the wings, legs, antennae, head, thorax and abdomen.

We checked out the eggs that the moths had laid and couldn't believe our eyes when we zoomed in to see that the eggs had already hatched into neonates..... we were back to where we started!

So now our investigation is officially over, although there is one more question.... How long will our neonates last without food? We hypothesised on this and will wait to see if our results match our predictions.

As a way to remember the learning we were pleased to receive our printed 3D moths from Mrs Erwin.

The Clock Tower Student Writing - Visual Representation

The following is a visual representation of Year 2's writing on "The Wall" about the Meaning of the Clock Tower. There have been many amazing insights.