Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never see light? Today, as part of our inquiry unit, we were blindfolded so we could experience what it would be like to not see light. Our classmates had to lead us around doing different things.
Here are some of the things we thought about this experience:
I felt cold because I was in the dark. (Ziggy)
Now I know what it feels like to be blind (Jasmine)
I was nervous because it was scary (Acacia)
It made me hot because my eyes were cramped (Zoe)
I was shivery because I was nervous I would bump into things (Evie)
I never want to be blind again (Ava)
Why do we need light? What do we actually use it for?
What else does the Earth provide for us that we need?
As part of our inquiry unit, we had a visit from a local police officer. during her visit, she told us a lot about her role as a police officer and why she decided to become one. We also learnt a lot about how we can stay safe. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you didn’t feel safe? Do you have a safe person you could talk to about this? Do you know how to cross the road safely? How to stay safe in a shopping centre? we learnt that there are many different types of Police Officers such as undercover police, mounted police, forensic police, etc. They all have special jobs to do.
This week, we have had so many wonderful learning experiences. This morning, we had a visit from Belinda Murrell, the author of the Lulu Bell series. Her illustrator, Serena Geddes was also there. We heard about where Belinda got her inspiration for her stories and also got to observe Serena completing one of her illustrations. It was a fascinating morning.
Yesterday,K-2 were privileged to go to the Opera House to see a performance of “Aston’s Stones.” This was an entertaining play with a message about ‘appreciating the small things in life.’ We had a play in the Botanical Gardens as well and were able to admire all of the sites that the Harbour has to offer.
Today we have been learning about Cezanne’s art. Cezanne often painted the French countryside because that is where he lived. His paintings were quite realistic although he didn’t use sharp lines in them. He used blocks of colour and split his painting into shapes. Sometimes he even used a knife to put some of the paint on to give it texture.
Below is one of Cezanne’s paintings. We are painting our own landscapes using Cezanne’s style. Stay tuned to see how we are going with them.
Here are some of our paintings. We were really happy with our colour choices when creating our own Cezanne landscapes.
Today we attended an Anzac day service to remember the brave soldiers who fought in wars for our freedom. We learnt many interesting things about who the Anzacs were and where they travelled to fight. After listening to the last post, we stood for a minute’s silence to remember those who fought.
In the classroom, we read a story called Anzac biscuits by Phil Cummings and Owen Swan. The language in this text is so descriptive that we are going to unpack it further this week. This led to the girls asking many questions such as: Did the Anzacs fight anywhere other than Turkey? Why were they fighting? What made Anzac biscuits last long enough to reach the soldiers?
After focusing on pirates in Literature in the classroom, we had a pirate dress up day today. We wrote pirate descriptions about our pirate characters, concentrating on paragraphing our ideas. We used QR reader on our Ipads to follow clues for a treasure hunt. We discussed many things about pirates.
Do you know why there were originally lots of pirates in the Caribbean Sea? Have you ever wondered why some people became pirates?
Year 2 pirate day
2014 has been a busy and exciting time for 2S so far. As a stimulus for our inquiry unit, we visited Long Reef for an excursion to explore the natural and built features of the area. The highlight of the day was investigating the rock pools with our AUSECO guides where we found many different creatures we would never have known were there. We learnt a lot about how and why we should care for rock pools.
We wondered many things about rock pools on our return:
Do sea slugs ever run out of slime?
Where do rock pool creatures go when the tide comes in?
Does a hermit crab need to be in the water for a certain time to be able to survive?
How do sea stars breathe?
Have you ever wondered what it would have been like living in Sydney 200 years ago? We have been wondering about this a lot lately during our “The Way We Were” inquiry unit. Today we went with Yr 1 to visit Vaucluse House. We discovered so many things and realised how hard it must have been having no electricity, no water running out of taps, no shops to buy clothes and food from and no toilets that flush!
This animoto shows some of the things we did on our excursion.
K-2 had a fantastic day competing in the K-2 Splash carnival yesterday. This slideshow shows some highlights.