Week 1 and 2 Mappen – Looking Backwards to Look Forwards


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 23/04/2016

We have had a very busy start to our new Mappen topic for this term ‘Looking Backwards to Look Forwards’.

Our focus so far has been on Gallipoli and ANZAC Day. The students have been very interested in the topic so far.

Students have worked in groups to research the significance of ANZAC Day symbols, the duration of the wars that Australia has been involved in and written about what they know or have experienced about ANZAC Day.

Optional Task! ANZAC Day interview


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Tasks | Posted on 22/04/2016

If you are going to the ANZAC Day service, you might like to interview a war veteran. Make sure that you are prepared! Have your questions typed or written with space to write answers, OR have your questions ready and get your parent to film.

Please bring the video into school on a USB and we will share your video at our 3/4 Discoveries Expo at the end of term.


Here are some questions that you could ask them:

  • What is your name?
  • What war did you serve in?
  • How old were you when you enlisted?
  • Where did you serve and for how long?
  • Would you like to share any memories?
  • Thank you for talking to me about your time in the war.

Feel free to plan more questions to ask.

Miss Carey

Week 7 Mappen – Community Services


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 11/03/2016

One of the tasks that students completed this week was to work together to list all the services in the Ararat community that help them. We then categorized the benefits as being for health, happiness or safety.




Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 08/03/2016

“What does my community provide to support my well being and that of other community members across all ages?”

Please write your answer in the comments section below. Make sure you tell us if it helps your health, safety, social life or other.

Week 3 Discoveries


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 23/10/2015

This week we only had a short Discoveries session due to swimming. Everyone started writing some questions that they had about the different types of science. These will hopefully help the students to choose the area of science which interests them most for their research project.

Week 1 Discoveries – Science Immersion


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Science | Posted on 08/10/2015

This week we have begun our immersion period for Discoveries this term. Our topic this term is Science. All Grade 1/2s have worked together to think about what a scientist is and what science is.

On Tuesday and Wednesday all students participated in a huge range of science experiments to get them excited and curious about science. Some of the experiments included, making helicopters, floating and sinking, using magnets and magnifying glasses, how heat changes things, and nature rubbings.

On Thursday, the students will go to different teachers to be immersed in different types of science; for example, physical science, biology including the human body and plants, as well as earth science.

Below you can watch a video with some incredible water science experiments.



Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 04/09/2015

Some of the chickens have finally hatched in Miss Sanford and Mrs Tapscott’s room. Some of the chickens needed a little expert assistance to get out of their egg. We had a look at the chickens today and worked with Miss Sanford’s class to come up with a description about the chickens.

Our Chickens

The chickens are black and yellow.

They grow in an incubator.

They are small.

The chickens look fluffy.

They like to run around and flap their wings.

Their legs are straight.

One of the chickens is sick.

They poo.

By 1/2C and 1/2S

Week 6 Discoveries


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 21/08/2015

This week we started researching our topics. We learnt how to watch videos, pause them and think about the key facts we learnt.

Please keep watching the videos in our Week 5 Discoveries post so you can keep learning about your topic at home.

Week 5 Discoveries – Research


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 13/08/2015

This week we have been filling out thinking tools to find out how much we already know about where things come from.

Below are some videos and links that you can follow to find out more about where your ‘thing’ comes from.


How is steel made?


Why do cows make milk?

From the dairy to the shop



Electricity – various sources

Electricity – interactive




Wool facts and videos

How wool is made. Video


Chocolate facts – KidCyber

The Story of Chocolate – videos

The Chocolate factory

Discoveries – Eggs!!


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 11/08/2015

We had an incubator and eggs brought into our classroom on Tuesday. It will be about 21 days until we have little chickens.

Mr Kean helped us work out what date the chickens will hatch by making a big calendar on the floor and matched with the stages of the chicken growing in the egg.

We can’t wait to watch the eggs hatch and have chickens in our classroom.

Week 4 Discoveries – Research projects


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Uncategorized | Posted on 06/08/2015

This week we have chosen our topic for Discoveries.

Some of the topics for Where Does it Come From? are; electricity, glass, milk, steel, chocolate, wool and wood.

We have written our learning intentions and some questions that we want to find the answers to.

Week 3 Discoveries


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Special Events | Posted on 30/07/2015

On Tuesday we went to Trigg’s farm. It was SO cold! They are a dairy and potato farm. We got to see some cows being milked on the rotary milker and then we got to look in the vats at the milk. After it has been in the vats, a milk tanker picks it up. We really liked seeing the calves, one of them was only a day old and was struggling to walk. The silage was so smelly! They are going to make electricity out of POO!

We got to walk down the road to the potato sheds. Lots of people ran. There were heaps of potatoes! They were all different shapes and sizes. We found out that potatoes can be lots of colours, like; white, yellow, purple, green, brown, pink. They gave Mrs Tapscott a big bag of potatoes to take back to school.

On Thursday, we got to help cook potato cakes. It was good fun. We had to learn how to peel a potato and after Mrs Hind shredded the potatoes we had to squeeze the starch out of them. The potato cakes were yum. This is how we made them:


  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Peelers
  • Electric fry pan
  • Paper towel
  • Food processor


  1. Peel the potatoes
  2. Wash the potatoes
  3. Put the potatoes through the food processor, into a bowl
  4. Squeeze the starch out of the potatoes into another bowl
  5. Put the squeezed potato back in the bowl and add some salt
  6. Heat some oil in the electric fry pan
  7. Make small circles of potato
  8. Put the circles of potato in the fry pan
  9. Cook until slightly browned
  10. Remove from pan and put on a plate with paper towel
  11. Eat and enjoy.

Week 1 Discoveries – Where does it come from?


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 23/07/2015

We started our new Discoveries unit this week, titled “where does it come from?” In this unit we are looking at our clothing and food, and where these products have started from. We have learned that most of our food comes from plants and some comes from animals. We had a go at tracing our food back to its sources.

Mr Kean

Week 2 Discoveries – Living and Non-living


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 23/07/2015

This week we learnt the difference between living and non-living things.

Living things can grow, move on its own, and needs water, food and air to survive.

Non-living things don’t grow, can’t move by themselves, don’t have babies or need water, food or air.

We got to sort some pictures into living and non-living and we then went outside to take photos of living and non-living things.

Week 11 Discoveries – ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Special Events | Posted on 25/06/2015

A huge congratulations to everyone in 1/2C for putting in such a huge amount of time and effort into their research and create projects. They looked fantastic at our exhibition today! 🙂

Thank you, to all the parents, friends and families who came along to see the wonderful and creative projects that the 1/2s have all been working on throughout this very long term.

I have put some photos up on the blog and each child will get a photo and their evaluation to take home tomorrow.

We would love to hear what you thought of our exhibition! Please leave us some feedback below. 🙂

Week 11 Discoveries – ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition TOMORROW!!


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries, Special Events | Posted on 24/06/2015

We have been working super hard in 1/2C to finish our research and create projects ready to share with our parents, friends and the wider community at our ‘Then and Now’ Exhibition.

We can’t wait to see you all there and we hope you like our projects.

We would love to hear your feedback. 🙂

Week 9/10 Discoveries – Then and Now Research and Create Projects


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 17/06/2015

Our ‘Then and Now’ exhibition is coming up on Thursday the 25th of June at 2pm in the Learning Centre and everyone in 1/2C are very busy getting ready for it.

Everyone is working hard to complete their research projects in time and there have been some fantastic creation started.

We are very excited for as many of our parents and friends to come and see our hard work.

Week 8 Discoveries – Choosing Reliable Websites


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 04/06/2015

This week we have been using the iPads for research a lot. We have been talking about how you can know that the information you are getting is correct. We spoke about how Wikipedia is not the most reliable website as it can have many authors. We also spoke about checking the accuracy of the information you are finding out against other websites. An example of this was when Maxi was finding out the year that Ned Kelly was born, he was finding that different websites gave him different answers.

Week 7 Discoveries


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 28/05/2015

This week 1/2C have been choosing the questions that they want to research for their project.

Today we were learning how use books and the internet to find answers to our questions. We learnt to use the contents page in a book and look for key words. When trying to find out answers on the internet we learnt that we don’t write the whole question, just the key words and sometimes we need to chose a synonym for a word. we tried this with Maxi’s question. Maxi’s question was ‘when did Ned Kelly die?’ we decided to type in the keywords; Ned Kelly and die, then we chose the synonyms ‘died’ and ‘killed’. These were the keywords that we looked for in the articles too. Maxi was learning to check to see if the answer was the same on different websites.

Week 5 and 6 Discoveries – Then and Now research projects


Posted by misscarey | Posted in Discoveries | Posted on 20/05/2015

During the last few weeks we have continued to follow the Research Pathway. We have written our learning intentions, used thinking tools and started researching our topics.

We took some time to share our thinking tools with each other. There were a few students who had a go at designing their own thinking tool.

We showed the students the rubric that they will be marked against. Many of the students were excited to see how they could achieve a good mark on their project and are trying to aim high and get 2 or 3 stars. As we were working 1/2C decided that there needed to be a criteria about questions and came up with a 1 star, 2 star and 3 star comment for coming up with questions. The students have already started to self reflect against the rubric and they are being very honest about the effort they are putting in.

You can see the rubric and our extra criteria below.

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