Under the Sea Sing-Along!

We are having fun exploring what lies under the sea for our Integrated Studies topic.

Next time we have Prep to Grade Two Assembly it will be our turn to lead, and we thought we’d sing one of our favourite songs, Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid movie.

Here is a video with the lyrics (words to the song). 2KM and 2KJ students might like to practise singing at home and everyone else might just like to have a sing-along!

What is your favourite song from a movie?

What fascinates you about life under the sea?

Melbourne Cup Day

Today is Melbourne Cup Day!

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It is called “the race that stops the nation”.

Here are some Melbourne Cup facts:

  • The race is 3200 metres long.
  • The race is for horses aged three and over.
  • It is held on the first Tuesday in November each year.
  • The first Melbourne Cup was held in 1861.
  • 2011 is the 151st Melbourne Cup.
  • The race is held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
  • It is run as a “weight-for-age handicap”. That means the weight of jockey and riding gear is adjusted to a certain amount depending on the horse’s age and how well it has gone in previous races. Some horses carry more weight. Some horses carry less weight.
  • Race day in Melbourne is a public holiday. That means no school or work for people in Melbourne.
  • Many people like to bet on the race or particpate in a “sweep”.
  • The famous horse “Phar Lap” won the race in 1930.
  • The present record holder is the 1990 winner “Kingston Rule” with a time of 3 min 16.3 sec.

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We has a sweep in 2KM and 2KJ today. That means everyone pulled the name of a horse out of a hat.

It was a very exciting race and it was a “photo finish” at the end!

First place with the horse Dunaden was Morgan (2KJ) and Millie (2KM)

Second place with the horse Red Cadeaux was Charlotte (2KJ) and Andrew (2KM)

Third place with the horse Lucas Cranach was Sophie (2KJ) and Ella (2KM)

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Fashion is very important at the Melbourne Cup. We had our very own “Fashions on the Field” competition. The students had to design an outfit for the Melbourne Cup.

The winner of the girls was Ella (2KJ) and Mia (2KM).

The winner of the boys was Morgan (2KJ) and Ryley (2KM).

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Here is a slideshow of all our Melbourne Cup action.

What a fun day!

What horse were you going for in the Melbourne Cup?

What did you think of our Melbourne Cup activities?

What other sporting events do you think “stop the nation”?

Operation Christmas Child Update

Recently, we had some special visitors come to tell us about Operation Christmas Child. You can read about that here.

Most of the students in 2KM and 2KJ have been busy collecting some special items to fill up our shoeboxes for less fortunate children overseas.

Some of the things we donated were small toys, soaps, pencils, shoes, clothing, toothbrushes and books.

We also wrote a letter for the boxes to tell the child all about our class.

2KM and 2KJ filled up seven shoeboxes.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan paid for the postage online so we could get a special tracking code. This tracking code will let us find out where the boxes go! It will be fun to follow our shoeboxes.

Here is Ella, Leo and Hamish with our shoeboxes that are all ready to be sent off.

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What did you donate?

How does it feel to give something to someone else?

What special things do you do at Christmas time?

How many days are there until Christmas?

The Grade Two Activity Night

Tuesday 18th October was the Grade Two Activity Night at Leopold Primary School.

Excitement was high and everyone had a terrific time on the night!

The Activity Night started at 5pm and finished at about 9.15pm. Luckily, Wednesday is a holiday for the Geelong Cup (horse race) so we can all have a sleep in!

Watch this slideshow to see how our night unfolded…

Thanks to our special helpers Mr D, Mr Mac, Mrs Geoghegan, Mrs Mullen and Nate who helped out on the night!

What did you enjoy most about the Grade Two Activity Night?

Have you ever been to an event like this before?

If you were planning an Activity Night, what other activities could you have?

Operation Christmas Child

Today we had a Leopold Primary School parent, Tim, and his friends, Kristy and Peggy, come to talk to all the Grade Twos about Operation Christmas Child. This is a project that the Grade Two team is supporting this year.

Operation Christmas Child

Tim, Peggy and Kristy told us that there are a lot of children around the world who have a very difficult life and don’t get presents like we do. We learnt that we can make a difference by donating a small gift to a child in another country.

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Each class is collecting small gifts to put in a shoebox. The shoebox will then be sent overseas and will make a child very happy at Christmas time.

The shoeboxes might go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea or Thailand. We will be able to track our shoebox online to find out where it goes!

Peggy and Kristy gave us lots of ideas of what we could donate to our Operation Christmas Child shoebox. Some ideas include small toys, things for school, soaps, hair accessories, sunglasses, thongs etc. Anything that is used, breakable or food cannot be donated.

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We learnt that some children in other countries are extremely happy just to receive anything at all. They don’t care what colour it is or where it came from. Look at this boy in Uganda. He received a shoe box of presents. He didn’t care that it was pink or smaller than the other boxes. He is over the moon!

2KM/2KJ students who want to donate to our project should send along their gift by Friday 21st October.

Families or anyone else who wants to prepare their own shoebox can visit www.operationchristmaschild.org.au to find out more information. Note: there is a $9 postage cost per shoebox.

This is a video we watched about boxes being delivered to Papua New Guinea and Cambodia.

What do you think about Operation Christmas Child?

What ideas do you have for shoebox donations?

Have you ever supported a charity or helped someone before? How did you feel?

We’re Back for Term Four!

Today is the first day of Term Four in Victoria, Australia .

It is the last term of school for us before our long summer holidays. When we return to school in February next year, the 2KM and 2KJ students will be in Grade Three!

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It was terrific to hear that everyone in 2KM and 2KJ had a fantastic two week break. Over the holidays many students visited new places, went to the movies, enjoyed bike rides, saw their friends and watched Geelong win the AFL Grand Final!

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We have two new students joining us for our final term. Dana is in 2KM and Morgan is in 2KJ.

Dana came from Mandama Primary School, where Mr D (our new principal) used to be the principal! Dana likes playing netball and she enjoys playing in her cubby house and on the trampoline with her younger sister, Lauren.

Morgan came from Nazareth Primary School. Morgan enjoys riding his bike, playing soccer and playing with his brother, Morrison and sister, April.

Here are Morgan and Dana with Leo!

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Over the holidays our new school building was finished! The five Prep classes will be moving into the building this week and some of the Grade One and Two classes will move into our building.

Here is the outside of the new building.

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Here is the inside of the building.

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What did you do on your school holidays?

Do you have a question for Dana or Morgan?

What do you think of our new school building?

New Student Blogs…and Happy Holidays!

This was an exciting week in 2KM and 2KJ because we started…

Glitter Words

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have a system where students are able to earn their own blog if they leave lots of comments on our class blog and our blogging buddies’ blogs.

Congratulations to Keira, Kayla, Alana, Ava, Ella, Amelie and Jordi!

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Check out the new student blogs and please leave them a comment!

 Keira’s Exciting Blog

Kayla’s Lovely Blog

Alana’s Animated Blog

Ava’s Awesome Blog

Ella’s Fantastic Blog

Amelie’s Adventures

Jordi’s Joyful Blog

The holidays are the perfect time to check out these new blogs and our other student blogs too! You can also find links to all of the 2KM and 2KJ student blogs on our sidebar.

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 Today is the last day of Term Three. We’ve had a very busy ten weeks and we’re looking forward to a fun and exciting final term in 2KM and 2KJ. We’ll be back at school on Monday 10th October.

What do you think of the new student blogs?

Do you have some ideas for what our new bloggers could post about?

What did you enjoy most about Term Three?

Do you have a learning goal for Term Four?

2KM and 2KJ Dinosaur Conference

At the end of each term, students at Leopold Primary School complete a Dynamic Assessment Task to celebrate their learning.

Grade Two students have been learning all about dinosaurs this term. To demonstrate their learning and understanding, we held the

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Students were asked to perform an interview in pairs. The task involved…

* Students taking on the roles of a journalist and a palaeontologist

* Researching facts about a particular dinosaur

* Writing out a news script with a partner

* Students completing a self-assessment rubric about their script and interview.

Check out the terrific interviews from the Dinosaur Conference below!

What did you think of our interviews?

Did you learn any interesting facts about dinosaurs?

What would you like to write a news script about?

A question for parents: What was your favourite subject at school?

This blog post is for parents and anyone else who would like to comment!

In 2KM and 2KJ we enjoy doing lots of different subjects. Some of the subjects we do in our classroom are…

A two hour Literacy Block

independent reading

Maths

 Mathletics

Technology

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Integrated Studies

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We also have three specialist subjects each week. Over the year we do Physical Education, Music, Art, Indonesian and Computers.

This got us thinking…what did the 2KM and 2KJ parents enjoy at school?

We’d love to hear from parents, family members and our other global visitors, so please leave us a comment!

What was your favourite subject at primary school and why?

Skyping a Dinosaur Expert

This morning 2KM and 2KJ were very lucky to skype with Jenni from the National Dinosaur Museum (NDM) in Canberra!

We thought of some very interesting dinosaur questions and Jenni answered them for us on Skype. We learnt so much and we are so grateful that Jenni gave up time in her busy schedule to help us all learn more about dinosaurs!

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Check out the summary Miss Jordan typed while the students spoke with Jenni.

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What did you learn from Jenni?

What else would you like to ask a dinosaur expert?

What other sort of expert would you like to skype with?