Shin Ee’s Fractured Fairytale

Over the last few weeks, Shin Ee has had the opportunity to collaborate with some other grade twos in an extended writing class.  During these sessions the group had to work together to write a fractured fairytale.  We were lucky enough to listen to Shin Ee read the finished product today.  It was amazing! It was creative, detailed and thoroughly entertaining.  Well done Shin, we are all very proud of you.

Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present


This is one of my favourite Christmas stories.  It is set on Christmas Eve.  Father Christmas has just returned home after a long night of delivering presents. He has his pyjamas on and is about to hop into bed when he discovers a present in his sack which he has forgotten to deliver.  This present was meant for Harvey Slumfenburger, a very poor boy who only ever gets one present a year, his present from Santa. Harvey lives on top of Roly Poly mountain which is far, far away.  His house is not easy to get to and Santa faces many hurdles along the way, however he is determined not to let Harvey down.

It is a wonderful story which highlights the Christmas Spirit.  It illustrates beautifully that the gift itself doesn’t matter as much as the journey involved in the gift giving.  The last line in the story ‘I wonder what it is?’ encourages us to speculate on what we think Harvey gets from Santa.  We had a lovely ‘Circle Time’ where we all shared what we wanted Harvey’s present to be.  Some suggestions were very thoughtful –  money, warm clothes, even a scholarship so that Harvey had access to a good education!  It’s great to see that all of our work on empathy has paid off!!

Here are some of the gifts that we hoped Harvey would receive…



Water Detectives!

On Wednesday morning our eager 2KR Detectives reported for duty, ready to complete a very important mission! They had to investigate how much water we use when we brush our teeth. First, each Detective had to predict how much water they thought would be used, when the water was left running for the whole two minutes of brushing time. They were all extremely surprised that a lot more water was used than they predicted and we needed to use a second two litre bottle!  If you look at the first picture in the photos below, you can see how much water we actually used. It’s significantly more than the amount of water that was used when we turned the tap off in between rinsing, as you can see in the second photo. We also discussed how much toothpaste we should use and we decided that we should stick to the recommended ‘pea sized’ amount, so we don’t have to use too much water to rinse our mouths. Will you turn the tap off next time when you’re brushing your teeth? We certainly will!


After the experiment, we all had a go at being water wise teeth brushers and completed a report for our bosses, Detectives Koudmani and Robertson. Mission accomplished!

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Wet Day Fun

Getting creative during our wet day timetable…..