Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Draw a Stick Man- holiday fun!

I stumbled onto this clever website today:

What to do when you use 'Draw a Stick Man':
1. Draw the coolest stick person ever.
2. Now watch the site animate your stick person.
3. Draw a few things to help the stick person out on their journey.
4. Enjoy the adventure...

Now that's FUN!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

City of Lights

Looking for something to do in Brisbane during the holidays?

We were mesmerised by the laser and light performance at South Bank (which continues until the 24th September). The lights and lasers are choreographed to beautiful musical scores.The best vantage point  (thanks Mrs Reis!) is near the tents under the Wheel of Brisbane.

Year 2s, I could imagine fairies and dancing waves. Can't wait to hear what you thought and saw!

Grovely Station
 We caught the train...

Wheel of Brisbane
waited excitedly in front of the Wheel of Brisbane which was illuminated in this gorgeous purple colour

Lights and Lasers
and watched lights and lasers skip and dance across the river! You might like the water cannons too...

Japanese carp windsocks, paper collage castles and flower contour drawings

Now for oodles of art! 

Mrs Hillier invited us to view 2C's art work. Wow! I was blown away so I thought you may like a peek too...

If any of this art is yours and you would like it removed- no problem- leave me a comment to let me know! If you would like to have credit (your first name displayed) please let me know- I can do that too.

They created these robots after reading a Kenn Nesbitt robot poem.

Flower contour drawings
Mrs Hillier explained that a continuous line was used for the whole of these flower drawings. Their pencils never left the paper!

2C found that they could use the paper that was a base to paint their Japanese windsocks (see below) as a backdrop for their flower contour drawings. Now that's recycling in action!

Japanese Carp windsocks- Koinobori
The class visited Japan on their world trip in SOSE and learnt that Carp-shaped windsocks are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children's Day.

The carp has become the symbol of the Boys' Festival because the Japanese consider it the most spirited of fish, so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.

As Mrs Hillier noted, we wish the same for our boys and girls.

Paper collage castles
I loved these bright paper collage castles. The Year 2s have been learning about different materials and their purposes in Science. We explored vocabulary such as transparent, opaque, translucent, bumpy and waterproof...

Mrs Hillie wrote that 'paper is a thin material mainly used for writing, printing, drawing or for packaging. It is made by pressing together wet pulp. The pulp will have been made from wood, rags or grasses. Paper is matter that has been physically changed'.

Library display

And then we found this display in our library. Oh gosh, just wonderful too!

Around each hexagon are words or possibly quotes pertaining to the book this class explored in literature.

Holidays have begun

We said good-bye to Kevin and Mackensie last Friday. It was a day charged with a mixture of emotions. One thing for sure- my life has been richer for each and every one of the beautiful children I've taught! Kevin, we can't wait to see you again in January. We'll miss you both heaps!

A huge thanks to all the parents for their amazingly generous contributions to the class party! This gorgeous cake was made by Nellie's Mum.

We were spoilt...

Our two little friends who are leaving us...

Friday, 9 September 2011

Monet's water lilies

Miss R has been teaching 2A about France. Miss R can speak French and has been teaching us a few words. Two of our students take French lessons so it's been heaps of fun. Miss R finished off the lesson with this lovely activity: 

Monet Water Lilies Activity

This is a look up close:

Monet Craft Activity Close up

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Miss R found the activity here:

Monet's Water Lilies

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Metre Monsters

We took our Metre Monsters home today...

South Africa

One of the countries we have studied in SOSE is South Africa. Look at 2A's colourful work:

Why have I never read this book before?

Miss R (our wonderful pre-service teacher) brought in this beautifully written book by Colin Thompson to share with us:

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness won the Family Therapists Picture Book of the Year 2009 and Honour Book in the CBCA 2009 awards.

It tackles a brave subject but the class really engaged with the book. 
 We learnt that sadness and loneliness can always be overcome, and to never give up hope.

Look at the illustrations of dogs! Hilarious!

This book ties in with our theme of friendship too. We see how George's friendship with Jeremy helps George to fill the empty space he feels inside. 

It's a special book- don't miss it!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Riverfire 2011

A fireworks extravaganza, "Riverfire", kicks off the annual Brisbane Festival.  This celebration comes only 6 months after people watched pontoons, debris and yachts swirl down the raging river during the terrible March floods. We took photos and videos on dry land that, only months before, had been submerged under several feet of water.

Moss-coloured cobwebs

Eerie dandelions

Fairy dust

Sean's Blog Post

At the start I was a bit nervous because I thought Eliza would cry. A few minutes later, my friend came through the crowd to stand next to me. I felt joyful and less lonely because my friend was there. We stood in the middle of all the people chewing our warm party pies.
I heard the fireworks boom. It was as if an AFL ball banged down onto some-one's boot and exploded into colours. The sky lit up with pretty pink, grass green and white meteors. I was excited when the sparkles came off the bridge like yellow rain. We could smell the fireworks drifting in the air.


"From little things, big things grow!"

Fiery Fury

Friday, 2 September 2011

Happy Fathers' Day- we love you Dads!

Bet you're wondering what we have been up to! We'll show you on Sunday...

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Tra- la! We made stress balls using balloons and flour. Hope you like them Dads...