Scienceworks Excursion

Last Friday all the grade 2s went to Scienceworks to see how toys are pushed and pulled.

In Scienceworks, we went to this place called the Nitty Gritty Super City.

There were heaps of things to do there. When we arrived we were totally hungry. We had a delicious snack.

After snack, we went into Nitty Gritty Super City. There was a lot of activities to do. I liked the pulleys and making cars.

On the way to back nearly everyone fell asleep.

Everyone had a great time at Scienceworks.

By Jade and Eli.

Here are some photos.

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Our Visit to the Rockpools

On Wednesday the 17th March, the Grade 2s went to visit the Rockpools as part of our Inquiry into the Marine Environment. It was a sunny afternoon and students were lucky enough to find crabs, sea urchins, star fish and a giant elephant snail in the rockpool ramble!

We learnt that there is a Marine Sanctuary in our local area that is protected and no one is allowed to fish there to protect our Marine wildlife.

A huge threat to our Marine Life is Rubbish, particularly plastic bags as animals mistake them for food and they cannot break it down in their stomachs. We are working on using borrow and bring back bags and taking plastic home with us when we find it on our beaches. We hope this will prevent litter and improve the safety of our local marine wild life.

Check out the Take 3 Website for more information about Take 3 for the sea:

Here are some photographs from our Rock pool ramble:

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What is your favourite marine animal and why?

What can you do to protect our marine environment?

Welcome to 2B 2016!

Welcome back to school for 2016. We trust you have had a terrific break and are ready for another great year of learning at Barwon Heads Primary.

Starting Right: We are looking forward to getting to know each other through our ‘Starting Right’ program. This involves establishing routines within the classroom and consolidating understanding of the You Can Do It keys to success: Getting Along, Organisation, Confidence, Persistence and Resilience. There will be further information sent out regarding Starting Right interviews with teachers in the coming weeks.

Sun Smart: We remind everyone that this is a Sun Smart school and it is expected that students will wear hats every day in from September through to and including April. They are also encouraged to bring their own sunscreen to school to apply before snack and lunch times. There will be some available in the classrooms in the near future. Students who do not have a hat can only play in the designated shade area.

Diaries: We encourage parents to support their children by reading with them as regularly as possible. Please return their diary each day with the name of the book read written in the diary and signed each day.

It is very important that students create a good routine for using their diaries to assist them in being organised and well informed.

Reading: Daily reading is an integral part of every child’s routine at this level. We ask that all reading is recorded in your child’s diary. Take home books and word sorts will start to come home in coming weeks, as each teacher determines individual needs. Reading assessment will take place within 3 weeks, therefore take home material will be based on end of 2015 reading levels. It is important for students to read widely and practise their skills with easier material.

The Grade Twos are supported in their reading development by the CAFE reading program. This program provides strategies to support students with building their Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary.

Writer’s Workshop:

Students in Grade 2 will be given a Writer’s Notebook to record their ideas and develop their understanding of the writing process this year. The writing process involves students brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing their work. We would like students to decorate their notebooks in the classroom with pictures and things that interest them. They may already have a Writer’s notebook from last year that they can continue to use this year.

Mathletics and Maths Program:

The Grade 2s will be investigating numbers to 1,000, counting, place value, addition and subtraction in Maths this term.

We encourage students in Grade two to use Mathletics on a weekly basis. Each child will have a username and password that allows them to log on and practise their Maths skills at home.

Word Study: At Barwon Heads Primary, we use the Words their Way Spelling Program to support spelling and word study. Students will be given sorts and word lists in coming weeks to develop their understanding of words and spelling patterns. Students will also need to master their recognition and spelling of sight words to support them with their literacy development. Miss P has sent home a list of these sight words to check your child’s progress at home.

2B Specialist Timetable

Monday Physical Education at 11:30am, Art at 12:30pm
Tuesday Music at 3:00pm
Wednesday Indonesian at 11:30am
Thursday Library at 12:00pm
Friday Assembly at 3:00pm

*Please note that our specialist timetable is subject to change when extra-curricular programs such as swimming occur.


Money Money Money

   Today 3B had an amazing Money Workshop where we learnt about how to spend and save money!

Spending Smart equals saving smart! So we discovered that shopping around to find the best price is a great strategy to save money.

We identified Australian coins and notes and we looked at key cards which can also be used to pay for things.

Taj was a banker and he helped to add and collect deposits.

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What did you learn about money this week?


Angles in our Environment

Did you know that an angle is the amount of turning between two lines that meet?

Today, we learnt about types of lines and angles that exist in our environment.

We learnt that:

An acute angle is and angle that is less than 90 degrees.

A right angle is 90 degrees.

An obtuse angle is greater than 90 degrees.

A straight angle is exactly 180 degrees.

A reflex angle is greater than 180 degrees.

Parallel Lines are always the same distance apart and never meet.

Perpendicular Lines meet at right angles or intersect.


We then searched around the school for these lines and angles.

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We noticed parallel lines on the monkey bars and perpendicular lines everywhere!

‘The corner of the garden bed was a right angle (90 degrees)’. -Ginger


‘Monkey bars were parallel lines also right angle (90 degrees)’.  -Liv

Where have you seen angles?

What do you notice about them?

Our Fabulous Concert and our Handy Helper!

What a fabulous week it has been in 3B! We have been busily preparing for our school concert with our songs from Rio the movie: Rio Rio and Shake Your Groove Thing.

Last night, the Multi-function Centre was full of friends and family ready to watch our performance. I was so proud of the way 3B showed confidence and skill during their dances. We all had a great time watching and cheering.

Here are some snapshots from the night:

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What was your favourite song and performance?

3B have also been lucky enough to have a Pre-service teacher in our Classroom for the last week. We welcome Mr Jones and have been enjoying learning with him.

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Today, Mr Jones and Miss Petz wore items of clothing during Indonesian and students were required to name the items worn in Indonesian. It was a lot of fun!

What are the Indonesian names of the items of clothing Miss P and Mr Jones are wearing?

Silly Science

Today the grade 3s engaged in lots of experiments to develop our understanding of solids, liquids and gases.


“I learnt a new word today, which means that a substance is between a solid and a liquid”- Zane.

“I learnt how to make slime, and mixing Bi Carb soda and vinegar makes a rocket”- Leila

“I learnt a whole new recipe for slime”- Harry C

Homemade Slime

This is a fun and easy slime to make. Make it with white glue for opaque slime, or glue gel for translucent slime.

What You Need:

  • Elmer’s white glue or Elmer’s school glue gel
  • Borax (find in the laundry detergent aisle of the store)
  • Water
  • Two bowls
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • What You Do:
  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup (4 oz) glue and 1/2 cup water. Add food coloring if you want colored slime.
  2. In the other bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.
  3. Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.
  4. The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don’t worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out.

What Happened?

The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it.

Store it in a plastic bag in the fridge, to keep it from growing mould.



“I learnt how to make slime, and how to make a rocket”- Taj Daly

“I leant a new word, and making rockets” Harry S

“I learnt a new word, and also putting pencils through a bag of water, without spilling any”- Mitch

“I learnt how to make slime, and found it interesting when you add Bi Carb soda and vinegar to make a rocket”- Josh

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“I learnt how to make slime, and rockets”- Kayla

“I learnt how to make slime, and also making rockets”- Baz

“I learnt how to make slime, and a new word”- Flynn Wiffen

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“I learnt how to make slime”- Taj Don

“I learnt how to make rockets, and fish with magnets”- Aston

“We learnt how to make slime”- Greta, Sophie and Meg.

“Making a rocket by combining vinegar and Bi Carb soda”- Ginger

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What do you know about solids, liquids and gases?

What would you like to investigate?

Bike Ed

This week the Grade 3s have been participating in Bike Ed. The program helps our students to develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths.

It has been great to see students in 3B develop their confidence on their bikes and so many wonderful helpers assisting with the program.

Here are some snapshots from our skills sessions:

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What rules do you think are important when using your bike on the road?


Today in Indonesian, 3B were learning to name objects and use adjectives to describe them.

Here is a photo of the students playing a game called “Seragam  sekolah saya ada ..” (my school uniform has….) to practice object focus and adjectives in Indonesian.


What new adjectives did you learn today?



Maths in 3B!

This week in Maths, we have been investigating word problems and identifying which operation would be best used to solve the problem.

We made some vocabulary pyramids to help us to look for key words in the word problems to know which operation to use when solving the problem.

In class we are learning about the addition and subtraction strategies that can help us to solve word problems that involve these 2 operations.

Here’s a problem for you to try at home:

Jenny just started working at a French restaurant. Last week, washed 194 small glasses and 657 large glasses. How many glasses did she polish?

What answer did you get?

How did you solve it?

Which operation did you used?

What strategy helped you?