Bean Growing Experiment

This term the students in Grade 1/2 have been studying a new Inquiry Learning topic In My Backyard.

Through exploring their backyard and school ground habitats they will understand that living things live in different places where their needs are met. They will also explore what happens when habitats change and some living things can no longer have their needs met.

Observing life cycles of minibeasts and plants students will help them understand that living things grow and change.

Students will learn that living things have a variety of external features. They will recognise common features of animals such as head, legs and wings and will describe the use of animal body parts for particular purposes such as moving and feeding. They will identify common features of plants such as leaves and roots and describe the use of plant parts for particular purposes such as making food and obtaining water.

Two weeks ago the children conducted a bean experiment where they were giving seeds for butter beans and put them in a plastic container and some paper towel and sat them on our window ledge, watering them everyday.  The children have been monitoring the progress of their beans growth everyday and have been excited to see some changes in their beans.

Keep checking on our blog to see how much our beans have grown over the coming weeks.  If were lucky we may see Jack climb down the beanstalk once he has collected all the items from the giant.

Fantastic Gymnastics

For the past two weeks the children have been participating in a gymnastics program with their classroom and Physical Education teacher, Miss Craig. The children participate in Physical Education once a week where they develop their fundamental motor skills and learn strategies and rules to various games and sports.  The children have also been participating in Football Clinics run by SEDA over four weeks where they have be fine tuning their kicking, handpassing and team working skills.

Here are some photos of some of the girls on the ropes and balancing boards.


And here are the boys, have a look at Luke who managed to climb all the way to the top of the ropes.  Well done champ.


Buddy Bear’s Big Adventure by Jasper

th8LB495GYOne sunny morning there was a big purple house and a big furry, cuddly and purple friend. His name was Buddy Bear. After he ate his yummy eggs, bacon and bread Buddy went for a walk to the woods.

Half way into the woods he saw a poor man hungry and sad living under a tree.  Buddy Bear said ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘I am lonely, hungry, tired, thirsty and sad.  The man living under the tree was waiting for someone to take care of him.  “I am 150 years old” said the old man. “Well I could take care of you” said Buddy Bear. “Well that’s very nice young man, by the way what’s your name?” “It’s Buddy Bear.  So do you want to come and live with me in my warm house?” “Yes I’d love to come and live with you.” So Buddy Bear took the old man to his house and took care of him.


Lego Education Centre by Taran

On Wednesday the 13th May 2CR, 2C and 2S went on the bus to the Lego Education Centre.  When we got there, there were lots of puddles we had to walk through to get to the Lego Centre. When we got inside I said “This is awesome!” Just then two ladies came in.  The two ladies names were Mel and Nerida.  We made a roller coaster, a tea cup and a pulley ride and then we went outside and had some snack.  The we made a comfy chair and then we had some lunch and went on the bus to go back to school.

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The Lego Education Centre by Malaika

On Wednesday the 13th of May 2CR, 2S and 2C were very excited because they were going to the Lego Education Centre in the city near the Melbourne Star.  We got there by two Simcock’s buses. I went on bus one it was big and had a lot of seats.  The weather was bad because it was raining and it was cold.  When we all drove there the Lego Education Centre on the outside was not what I expected because it was smaller than I thought.

Meanwhile, Miss Rapinett, Miss Reed, Mrs Chandler and Ashley all were deciding whose grade would go first but during the talk all the grade 2 children could see inside of the Lego Education Centre, it was bigger than I expected.  Although, when the teachers were talking 2 unsuspected ladies came out, they explained who they were, they told us their names were Mel and Nerida.  Then 2S and 2C went inside meaning that 2CR got to eat their snack and got to go to the toilet……..

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Harmony Day By Sithuka

On Friday 20th of March, it was Harmony Day. We were allowed to wear orange and purple. It was a very cold day when we had the parade. Malaika and Ayak told the speech and showed the class canvas. 4WP was our buddy grade and my buddy is Elia. It took about 10 minutes showing the canvas from preps to grade 6. The last thing we did was listen to a song which took about 5 minutes.


Harmony Day by Ayak

On the 20th of March we celebrated Harmony Day at assembly. Malaika and I did a speech, so did our buddies. Our buddies names are Chloe and Leah. The assembly started at 9:15am. We also showed our canvas to the whole school. We were allowed to wear orange and purple. When we went up on stage it was quite scary to speak in front of 500 people at assembly. After we had our parade the people who were at the front got to stand up. After that it was lunch time and we got to eat our lunch with our buddies.

Asian Expo – Thursday 23rd October

Dear Parents and Friends,

On Thursday 23rd October the Grade 3/4 students would like to invite you to Our Asian Expo.

JapanThe children have been working extremely hard over the past 9 weeks with Miss Craig during their Library sessions to research and learn about one of our Asian Neighbours – Japan.  The children have been working in small groups to showcase various aspects of the country including information about the History, Food, Culture and Geography of Japan.  They are presenting their work in a variety of different formats and in the weeks to come will be presenting this information to their peers to be assessed.

The Asian Expo will be held in the BER Building from 2:30 to 4:00 on Thursday 23rd October.  Please feel free to come in and look at not only Grade 4CR’s work but also the work of the other grades in our team.

We hope to see you there.

Camp Update

A quick update from the children away at Camp Rumbug Foster North.
We’ve had a great two days filled with activities, fun, mud and laughter. The weather has been great during the day and we have only had rain at night. Some of the activities we have done have included: The Scare Bear, Titanic, Canoeing and Adventure Bridge Climb. But the most memorable and most talked about activity on camp would have to be conquering the GIANT HILL!!!

We had some amazing dancing, singing and talent acts at last night’s Lodgie’s Got Talent Show.  The tied First Place winners were Kailan and Freyja and Carly, Second Place – Jak and Third Place – Deegan and Omar. Well done to all students who entered the Talent Show, we were certainly entertained! Even Mr Pryor put in a great performance in his fabulous Onsey (have a look at the photo below).





We wish all the Grade 3 campers, teachers and parents a great time and hope the weather is as kind to them as it was to us.

Stay tuned for camp recounts from the kids shortly.