Guest Post – The Marine Discovery Centre

Our trip to the…

Marine Discovery Centre

This guest post is written by Molly (2KJ) and Jordi (2KM).

Today we went to the Marine Discovery Centre! The Marine Discovery Centre is in Queenscliff, which is about 15 minutes from our school. It is a great place to visit to learn about marine life and how to care for the sea creatures. We had great fun and learnt lots of interesting facts!

We got on the bus at 10.00am. We spent an hour and a half at the MDC and got back at school at 12.30pm. We went to the Marine Discovery Centre because we are learning about the sea this term.

Some of the things we did were:

  • Met the leaders, Anne and Jess.
  • Held the creatures in the “feel and touch” pool.
  • Watched Alan, who works at the Marine Discovery Centre, feed the animals.
  • Watched the huge lobster in the tank.
  • Made a rock pool.
  • Explored the different fish and marine animals in the many tanks.
  • Saw flathead fish come out and dig them selves up again.
  • Saw one of our favourite fish, the pufferfish.

We hope you enjoy the slideshow we made…

We had great fun at the Marine Discover Centre! A big thank you to Anne and Jess, who taught us so many new things!

What do you like about this guest post?

Have you ever been the Marine Discovery Centre? What did you enjoy?

What is your favourite marine animal? Why?

“Under the Sea” Posters

Today the students in 2KM and 2KJ worked on mini projects about sea creatures.

Using the netbooks and classroom computers, students researched interesting facts about their chosen marine animal. Some of the animals we investigated were sharks, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, stingrays, octopuses, seahorses and sea stars.

Students found information about the animals’ diets, habitats, lifespans, special features and much more. They had to put the information into their own words and create posters to share what they had learnt.

Under the Sea research

After researching and writing out some facts, students focussed on the presentation of their posters. It is important to make posters bright, easy to read and attractive. We included colourful headings, neat borders and realistic pictures on our posters. Check out some of the students’ work!

What is an interesting fact you know about a marine animal?

Do you have any questions for us about sea creatures?

What posters have you made in the past?

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?

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?

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?

Dinosaurs – The Triassic Period

This term 2KM and 2KJ are learning about dinosaurs.

Last week we enjoyed learning about the Triassic Period. It is the first period of the Mesozoic Era, which was the era of the dinosaurs. The timeline below shows all of the stages of the Mesozoic Era.

Dinosaur timeline


We learnt some interesting facts about the Triassic Period, including:

* All the continents were joined together as one huge continent, it was known as Pangaea.

* There were no dinosaurs at the start of the Triassic period, but there were many amphibians and some reptiles.

* The Triassic dinosaurs were much smaller than the dinosaurs of the later periods.

* The climate in the Triassic period was hot and dry, causing desert like conditions.

* The Coelophysis is probably the most well known Triassic dinosaur. They were small and fast and hunted in packs.

* In the late Triassic Period, the first mammals appeared. They were tiny, about the size of mice, and probably nocturnal.

* There was a mass extinction at the end of the Triassic Period and about 35% of animal species died out.


We created a poster to show profiles of some of the Triassic dinosaurs…



We have enjoyed doing research about the Triassic Period, and the Enchanted Learning and Dinosaur Facts websites have some interesting information. Why not check them out yourself?

Enchanted Learning Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Facts

 What do you know about the Triassic Period?

Do you have a favourite dinosaur from the Triassic Period?

Aboriginal Corroboree and Plays!

Friday 10th June was a very special day in 2KM and 2KJ.

It was the last day for our student teacher, Miss Sonya Brooke. It was also the day we performed the plays we had been rehearsing with Miss Brooke. To make this day even more special, we had a corroboree to celebrate all the wonderful things we had learnt in our Aboriginal unit of work with Miss Brooke!

The first play we performed was called Tiddalik the Enormous Frog.

This is an Aboriginal tale about what happened when the giant frog Tiddalik had such a great thirst that he drank all the fresh water of the world.

The is a big file so we had to make the video and audio fairly low quality. Nonetheless, we thought parents and friends would not want to miss this play!

The second play we performed was called Bohra the Kangaroo.

This is an Aboriginal story about a four legged kangaroo who is punished for dancing around the campfire with the men.

The Corroboree

A corroboree is a ceremonial meeting of Aboriginal people. Corroborees involve dance, music and costumes. Watch the video to see all the fun we had at the 2KM and 2KJ corroboree.

Because our corroboree was held at “night time” the video is a little dark!

Music – “From Little Things Big Things Come” (Paul Kelly) and “Djapana” (Yothu Yindi).

Until the Fire is Out

Here is a song we performed at the corroboree. It is called Until the Fire is Out.

Thank you to Miss Brooke for all her wonderful work in putting the plays, songs and corroboree together!

What did you think of our plays and corroboree?

Have you ever acted in a play before?

Can you share anything you know about Aboriginal culture?