Minibeasts

Year Two went on an excursion to the beautiful Botanic Gardens last week. We explored the amazing gardens, used nets to find minibeasts in the pond, dug for minibeasts in soil and looked under logs.

Minibeasts are small animals without backbones, known as invertebrates. They normally live outside in places that are warm and moist (wet), such as between leaves, in soil, in rotting logs and on the sides of trees. Minibeasts include snails, spiders, butterflies, centipedes, ladybugs, leaf insects, ants, dragonflies, worms, grasshoppers and much more!

Last Thursday, we were lucky enough to meet Dr van den Berg, a spider expert! She taught us all about spiders and where they like to live. Dr van den Berg’s presentation included lots of interesting photos of spiders, their habitats and a video of a peacock spider. She even brought in spiders, such as jumping and flat rock spiders, in containers for us to look at!

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What did you enjoy about the excursion?

What did you learn about spiders?

Can you find an interesting fact about a minibeast?

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There’s No Place Like Home!

In Science and Technology this term, Year 2 are learning about living things and where they live (their habitats).

Living things move, grow, need food and water, reproduce and breathe.

Habitats are the natural home or environment of a living thing. For example, forests, deserts, oceans, wetlands, grasslands, mountains, fresh water and the north pole.

Within habitats, there are microhabitats. Microhabitats are small habitats. They are small places, but many animals can live there. For example, under logs, small clumps of grass, under rocks, under bushes, trees, flowers and a rock pool.

Last week, Year 2 predicted what animals they might find in microhabitats around our school. They then explored garden beds, pots, trees and small bushes with magnifying glasses to see what animals they could find.

Take a look at the photos below!

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Click on the image below to play a game. Be a garden detective and find all the small creatures in the garden.

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What animals did you find in our playground?

What animals have you found in a garden, park or beach?

What did you like about the Garden Detective game?

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The 52 Storey Treehouse

On Tuesday 9th August, Year 2 visited the Seymour Centre to watch a play called ‘The 52 Storey Treehouse’ which was adapted from the book written by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

The play was about Andy and Terry’s 52 storey treehouse with fantastic inventions: a watermelon smashing room, a chainsaw-juggling level, a rocket powered carrot launcher, and even a Ninja Snail Training Academy.

It all happened on a special day – it was Andy’s birthday, but Terry had forgotten! To make matters worse Mr Big Nose had mysteriously disappeared, and to top it all off, Jill had fallen into a deep sleep and they just couldn’t wake her up. So Andy and Terry set off on a crazy adventure tackling a world of obstacles including a hungry caterpillar, an angry vegetable kingdom, and a 100 year ninja-snail epic adventure. Eventually, they found Mr Big Nose and rescued him from the evil vegetables with the help of Vegetable Patty.

Take a look at the photos below! We had a lovely picnic lunch at the park before we watched the play.

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What was your favourite part of the play?

What have you enjoyed about the books?

If you could ask Terry and Andy a question, what would you ask them?

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Fractions!

Year 2 have been learning about fractions – halves (1/2), quarters (1/4) and eighths (1/8).

Fractions are equal parts of a whole. 

Watch the videos below to learn more.

Play the fun fraction games below by clicking on the images below!

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What have you enjoyed while learning about fractions?

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Drive In Movie Night!

On Friday 6th August, Kindy, Year 1 and Year 2 had a drive in movie night! That afternoon, everyone was busy being creative as they made and decorated their fancy cars out of cardboard boxes. Everyone then sat in their amazing cars, ate snacks and watched Shark Tale.

Check out the awesome car making and drive in movie photos below!

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What did you enjoy about the drive in movie night?

Have you played with your car at home?

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Sydney Kings

On Tuesday 2nd August, a few VERY TALL players from the Sydney Kings basketball team came to visit St Felix! The whole school gathered in the hall and everyone clapped and cheered when the players came in. Lots of children were chosen to come up and play games with the players while everyone cheered them on.

The team hopes you and your families will go along to the opening game against the Brisbane Bullets on October 8 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park.

Click on the image below to see photos and read the article about their visit on their website!

Sydney Kings - St Felix Basketball Team

Take a look at the video and photos below!

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What did you enjoy about the Sydney Kings’ visit?

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Parachutes!

Year 2 have been busy working scientifically to answer the following research question:

Will a small or a large parachute fall to the ground more slowly?

To answer the question, Year 2 designed and made their own parachute in their group of 4. They had to make sure it was going to be a fair test – which means only one thing can be changed – everything else must stay the same. In this case, we changed the size of the parachutes.

Once our parachutes were made, we tested them from the Year 6 balcony. We found out that larger parachutes fall to the ground slower than smaller parachutes!

Take a look at one group below!

Watch the YouTube video below to learn more about parachutes and how they work.

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What did you enjoy about the parachute experiment?

What did you learn from the experiment?

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