Monday, Week 10


Friday is the last day of Term 3. School will finish at 3:00 pm.
There will be an Assembly at 11:30 am to celebrate the ‘Moon Lantern Festival’. Students are invited to wear their traditional cultural costume. Otherwise clothing that is ‘red‘ is fine.

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Following this there will be a shared lunch back at the classroom. All are welcome.
Students are asked to please bring a plate of their favourite cultural food to share. Please label all containers so that they can be safely returned.

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Looks like we have a lovely week in store…

Science – How plants use water
This morning we made observations using our sense of sight and touch. We saw lots of changes happening to the flowers, except for flower 1.

Vase 1: ‘There’s been no change to the flower.’ – Samuel
Vase 2: ‘The petals have turned pinkish/red.’ – Nikka
Vase 3:
‘The flower is going blue from the food dye.’ – Helen
Vase 4:
The flower has started to i.e.. It’s petals have gone from white to a very light brown.’ – Sama

2D Shape and Measurement Investigations #3

Writer’s Workshop
The students were very excited today that they could have some much-loved Writer’s Workshop time.


Friday, week 9

Science – How plants use water

Mrs Papillo brought in some carnation flowers to use for an experiment. We have begun studying ‘water’ and its many uses and want to find out more about how living things like plants, use water.

Using our prior knowledge we think:

  • Plants need water to survive and grow healthy and strong.
  • Water travels through the stem and is used by the plant.


Vase 1 – Flower in water
The flower will die because it doesn’t have any soil. – Amelia
The water will help the plant stay alive. – Amira
The water will keep the plant healthy. – Abbey
The flower with water will survive longer with water. – Luka

Vase 2 – Flower in water with red food colouring
I predict that with both of the food colouring vases, when the stem sucks up the water, the stem will turn blue or red and the petals will change to that colour too. – Seanna
I predict if you put red food colouring inside the vase it will turn the flower red. – Mathew

Vase 3 – Flower in water with blue food colouring
If you add food colouring to the water, then the bud will grow blue petals. – Kai

Vase 4 – Flower with no water or colouring
It might get crusty and will dry up. – Sam
The leaves might fall of and the flower might go brown. – Tyron
The flower without water won’t grow anymore. – Helen

How long will the flower without water live for?
1 week. That’s how long it will take a person to die without water. – Mathew.
3 days. – Tyron

How will the bud grow if it’s not in the water?Mathew
We discussed and looked at the part of the plant that was in the water. We saw and named the ‘stem’ and most students thought that it was the stem that the water will travel through, to get to the bud.

This lead us to think that we could add a fifth vase, with purple food colouring. In this vase we will put a flower upside down so the the stem is pointing up into the air.

Our prediction: If we put a flower upside down in water then it won’t grow.

At the end of our discussion, the students did some scientific recording. They sketched and labelled each of the 4 vases and flowers and wrote their own predictions about how each might grow or change, depending on their conditions. Some great adjectives were used along the way. Check out their thoughts…

Thursday, week 9


Outdoor Classroom Day

Bella: I liked Outdoor classroom day when I made Spring Art with Mrs Handforth because I used my creativity. I used a butterfly and a stick to make my art.

Isaiah: I liked the sandpit activity today because I got to play with the trucks and toys.

Ethan: I liked the sandpit activity because I got to do some digging as well as making.



Wednesday, Week 9

Outdoor Classroom Day tomorrow (Thursday).
Students must wear Sport Uniform, Hat & Sunscreen and bring water bottle.

‘Come Read with Me’


Literacy – Homophones

Students came up with a list of homophones that they knew during our discussion.

We then watched a youtube clip that explained the meanings of the homophones there, their and they’re.

Students then had an opportunity to put these ideas into practice by reading sentences and choosing the appropriate word to suit the context. They accessed a Flipchart to do this.

Extension challenge:


Numeracy – Measurement and Geometry Investigations #2


Area Investigation:

2D shape sorting and classifying:

Can you guess the hidden shape? Asking questions about shape properties:

Sorting shapes based on 1 criteria:

Researching shape families and finding regular and irregular examples:

Tuesday, week 9

Come Run With Me

Djaran: I was feeling sick today but I really did try.

Isaiah: I am really proud of myself today because I bet my goal by 1 lap today.

Kayla: I did much better today because  I ran 10 laps which is 1000 metres or 1 km.

Ruby: I was proud of myself today because I ran 8 laps today, last time I ran 5 laps.


Literacy in 2DH – Editing and punctuation

Today we looked at some work samples from when the students retold the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. Together we listened for the ‘said’ word and then highlighted it, as well as the characters voice. Speech marks were then edited in. Students enjoyed hearing each others’ stories.


Numeracy – Geometry and Measurement

Using property loops to sort shapes. Choose 1 criteria to sort by.

Researching shape families and finding examples of each, using the internet.

Area Investigation – using arrays and multiplicative thinking to determine how much surface area a shape takes up.

Science – uses of water

We shared the book ‘Water’ this afternoon and discovered we knew lots of facts about water.


2DH Prayer – God’s Creation 

Monday, week 9

Tomorrow, 2DH will be hosting prayer at the end of the day (2:50 pm). Please join us in the classroom if you are coming in to pick up your child.

Come Do Worded Problems With Me

This morning’s activity was a combination of literacy and numeracy.  The children were asked to remember their addition and counting strategies to assist them as they worked through the steps of each problem.  Worded problems require the individual to read and understand the problem and apply their numeracy sense to help them solve it!  Reading comprehension plays a big part in getting started on these problems.  It was good to see all the children using their growth mindset and perseverance.

Numeracy – finishing off our Zoo Enclosure investigation.

The students continued to work on their addition strategies when working out the perimeter of their Zoo enclosures.

Brain Break

Moon Lantern making

We loved the way the students were helping one another this afternoon.  Some students had finished their lanterns but then assisted others.   Great teamwork and student relationships.


Friday, week 8

2MP Buddy  Assembly

Well done year 2s!

Guided Reading

Using words from a personal word list and making them with plasticine.

Guided Reading groups

Re reading and Writer’s Workshop

ICT – Speech marks and words other than said.

ICT – magic ‘e’

Numeracy – Measurement and Geometry

Buddies in 2DH – Design and Technology

Today we met with our favourite buddies again, but this time we used teamwork to make lanterns for the Moon Lantern festival. In week 10, Mr White will judge the lanterns made in each class and will choose winners from R-2,  Years 3-5 and from 6-7.

Students displayed creativity, persistence, teamwork and flexibility and worked hard to bring their 2D sketches to life. Here is their progress so far…

Thursday, week 8

Maths mini

This morning we reflected on Tuesday’s Come Run With Me.  The children used their 100 languages  to record their data.

2MP Library

2MP & 3/4 CM Assembly rehearsal

Class Prayer

Prayer hosted by: Seanna, Amelia, Helen and Cam.

Feeling Safe


Last week we drew our hands and wrote the names of 5 people we trust -Kai

Trusted people are people we know, they are not strangers – Shashant

The people on our network are people we know really well – Lolla



Today we recalled the 3 parables we have shared over the past few weeks – The Good Samaritan, The Sower and The Lost Sheep.  Each story holds a message that Jesus wants us to learn and use as we live our lives.  Mrs Papillo introduced a new parable today called The Prodigal Son or the Lost Son.  A message from this story is to forgive others even when you find it very hard because of feelings of anger or frustration.  We plan to be forgivers and reflect on how we have gone in next week’s lesson.





Wednesday, week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

You are invited to our class and buddy assembly this Friday, 15th September.  It will start at 9am and we hope you are able to attend.


Numeracy – 2D shapes and similarities and differences.

This morning we continued to investigate 2D shapes and exploring them by using a Venn diagram to compare their differences and similarities.

Tuesday, Week 8

‘Come Run with Me’

The sun was out today and it was hot! – Phillip
Even with my stomach hurting, I kept going. – Christian
Sometimes when I run I can feel my heart beat. – Harsimrat
Even though my legs were sore I held the pain and kept going. – Arrow
I set a goal today and I accomplished it. I wanted to run 10 laps and I did. – Abbey
I wanted to beat my score from last time, which was 4. I got 5 laps this time. – Rahan
I ran 1800m. I ran 10 more laps compared to last week. – Mark


Maths Mini 2DH

How far did you run? How did you feel?

Numeracy – Geometry
Hidden Shape Game

Warm Up: Mrs Papillo and Mrs Higgs modelled how to play ‘The Hidden Shape’ game.
Mrs H had the hidden shape and Mrs P had to ask questions that could be answered with a “Yes” or “No.”
From the questions asked, shapes were then covered up or eliminated, until there was only one shape left – the hidden shape.

We used our knowledge of lines, sides and corners to help us construct questions such as:
– Does the shape have 4 sides? (Lines that the shape is made up of)
– Does it have parallel lines? (2 lines that will never meet)
– Is it regular? (All sides and angles are the same)
– Does it have any curved lines?
– Does it have a diagonal line?

Main: The students then paired up and played with each other, using their geometric reasoning and questioning skills.

To reflect on our learning, we used a Venn diagram to compare the similarities and differences between 2 shapes. We studied their properties and organised our ideas. We need to know and notice what is different about shapes in order for us to answer questions that help us to eliminate options/possibilities.

Literacy in 2DH – Narrative study

Following on from our numeracy lesson, students once again used a Venn diagram to record their thinking. This time they worked with a partner to compare two different versions of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. We read the second story after lunch and then got to work, analysing what was the same and what was different.

Check out our comparisons…