Welcome to our 2010 blog for our Room 2, Year 2 class of children at Botany Downs Primary School in Auckland, New Zealand. We hope you enjoy looking at the work we do this year.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Reflections of our year in Room 2.

I loved doing maths because it was fun. HS
I loved learning to use "Toondoo because it was fun making up stories. JC
I liked learning things at "Bible" time. Our teacher was really nice. ES
I liked doing all the art escpecially the picture we did for the calendars. ChP
I enjoyed reading because we had interesting stories. DH
I liked the "Big Day In" because we had fun games and a movie. MH
I liked playing games on the computer on wet lunchtimes. MW
I liked the "Big Day In" because we watched a "Franklin" movie about Christmas. AS
I enjoyed the cross-country and having mufti days. KF
I liked the "Big Day In" and Athletics. I came 3rd in the cross-country too. PH
I enjoyed everything especially maths. TC
I enjoyed doing Mathletics because it is awesome. DN
I think it was great doing maths because there were fun games for us to play. CP
I liked going on trips. The Museum one was the best. JG
I enjoyed doing art. The calendars were the best to do. SH
I liked doing art. I liked the "Maui and the Sun" pictures best. TH
I liked doing Christmas activities and doing things on the "mimio". AR

I liked going to the Marae because I got to speak on the Marae. LB
I liked playing in the sandpit at lunchtime and making tunnels. PC
I enjoyed art. We made lovely stars that looked like flowers. KM
I liked Jump Jam. The "4 minutes" one was the best. MW

Our Big Day in

We had lots of fun things to do during our "Big Day In." We were lucky to have fantastic weather that day.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Road safety again


zebra crossing

The boys have been busy again making Toondoo road safety cartoons.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Road safety

road safety

LB and AR made this Toondoo to show that when you are little you need an adult to help you cross a busy road. They had lots of fun making this toondoo.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Our holiday Wordle

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Art for calendars

We have made pictures of the sun on paper printed like jigsaw pieces. Our pictures were glued onto other paper with some of the jigsaw pieces cut out. We hope our parents will buy our calendars,.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Holiday activities question

What would be a really great activity to do in our next holidays?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Maui and the Sun animated movie

This is the movie of Maui and the sun that we made. First we drew the pictures on Kidpix using a mimio pen on the big whiteboard. Ms H showed us how to cut around things and move them. We had to save lots and lots of pictures. When we tried playing our movie on kidpix it went too slow so Mrs H put it on Moviemaker. We had to add the sound to our movie as well. We are really proud of our work.

Our Class taking the School Assembly

On Friday morning our class ran the school assembly. It was great to see some of our parents there to see us up on the stage. Here is a movie taken of us on the stage with our poi song. The song is called E rere taku poi. We have learnt the poi actions to go with the words of the song.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Assembly on Friday

This Friday
we will be running the assembly.
We will be showing our art and the movie
we have made of Maui and the Sun.
We will also be singing for you and using the
poi we have made . We hope our
mums and dads
will be able to come to see us.

Our homework question this week

Tell us about your favourite book or story. Why do you like this story?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Our Maui and the sun artwork

We have read the Maui and the sun story and have done artwork for it. We drew the pictures with crayon and then dyed our pictures with yellow, orange and red dye. We think our pictures look great. We hope you like our slideshow of them.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Our Homework Question

What is your favourite TV programme?
If you are 5 or 6 or 7 years old open the comments box and leave an answer to the question.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our Maui and the Sun stories

Maui and the Sun
The sun was too fast. Maui said to his brothers, “The sun is too fast. We should make the sun go slow.” But the brothers said, “The sun will burn us.” Maui said, “We can build a wall of rocks so we won’t get burnt.” So they made flax rope. Then they hunted for the sun. When they got hot they knew they were at the sun. Maui said, “When you see the sun, catch the sun and don’t let go, so I can stop the sun.” When the sun came up, Maui said, “Throw your rope and hold it tight.” Maui hit the sun and the sun said, “Don’t kill me.” Then Maui said, “I will not kill you, but I will make you go more slowly.” So the sun went slow and Maui and his brothers were happy. PC

Maui and the sun
The sun went too fast. So Maui and his brothers got an idea. There were short days and long nights. So Maui and his brothers made some flax ropes. Then, when the sun rose up, Maui and his brothers attacked, and Maui hit the sun. Then, after Maui and his brothers hit the sun, Maui’s brothers said, “We can leave the sun now.” Then they left the sun and the sun was really slow. Then Maui and his brothers were really happy because the brothers got to do some work.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Our "Digikids"

We have made some of our classmates "digikids". They are good at doing things on the computer and mimio and can help other children when they don't know what to do. We have two "digikids" each day and they have tasks to do. They also wear badges so we know who we can go to for help.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Space Story

One day when the rocket was flying it broke down. They landed on Venus. They thought they would find something and they looked and looked and looked but they did not find anything. So they looked again, but they still did not find anything. They looked for an hour.
Along came an alien. He asked, “What is the problem?”
“We broke down.”
“You can use mine.”
“What about you?”
“I have a spare one.” They all felt happy. Sometime they visit each other.

The Stuck Duck

Once upon a time there was a duck. She went for a swim in the pond but it was too muddy and she got stuck. No one came. She waited two days. At last the pig came. “Are you stuck?” asked the pig. “Yes,” said the duck. The pig called the cat and the cat could not pull the stuck duck out. So the cat called the cow, but the cow could not pull the stuck duck out. The cow called the horse and the horse pulled the duck out. The horse felt good because he pulled the duck out.

Making our Alien Pictures

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Aliens and the Underpants

One day the Aliens were coming to Earth to steal some underpants to make big underpants for their statue to celebrate underpants world. The Aliens like underpants. It is funny. The Aliens went inside the home and looked and looked in the drawer and they found some underpants. When the people woke up they were surprised and angry. The Aliens went to their spaceship and went home to bed.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Queen's Baton visits Botany Downs School

Today there was great excitement at our school when the Commonwealth Games baton arrived from Howick Primary school as part of the relay around the commonwealth countries. We made flags to wave to welcome our visitors and the baton. We thought the baton looked really beautiful with the red, white and blue colours shining. We learnt that the Queen had written a message and it was inside the baton. The message will be read out at the commonwealth Games in India, in October. Some of our Year 5 and 6 children ran in the relay to take the baton to another school.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Year 2 children learning a Heart Jam dance

We are learning a special dance to improve our fitness. Later this term the whole school will be dancing this Heart Jam dance to raise funds for heart research. Heart Jam is lots of fun. It is like Jump jam and we all love doing that. We are trying to learn the dance by watching a DVD that is being shown on the big screen in the hall.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

We are making flags for ANZAC day

We have been learning about ANZAC day. We have been reading some stories to learn about the First world war. Today we read the Bantam and the Soldier written by Jennifer Beck. It is about a New Zealand soldier in the war, who looked after a bantam he called Bertha. We have made some New Zealand flags to show you.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Using the laptops in the classroom

Today we had a pod of 4 laptops in the classroom. We worked on them in pairs and learnt how to turn them on and log in. Then we had to find out where Kidpix was in the programme files and open it. We had time to make pictures on kidpix. Some of us made amazing space pictures and others of us just enjoyed finding out what the tools did. Perhaps we will be able to show you some of the pictures we made. As you can see by these photos we really enjoyed our time on the laptops today. The rest of the class will have a turn tomorrow.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Our Poem of the Week about rockets

Listen to us reading our poem called Rockets. We have a new poem each week to take home for the weekend. We are really enjoying reading our poems. We have it in our poetry books and have to make our own illustrations for it. You can see some of our work in the video

Thursday, March 25, 2010

We made a video of our Library

We love going to the library every week. There are a lot of books there that we enjoy reading. We are allowed to take home a book each week to share with our families.
Today we took a video to show and tell you about our school library. This is our first try with the new flip video camera and it was great fun using it.

We hope you like our video.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Skip counting

Here's a good website to practise skip counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.

What makes Ten?

We have been using euipment to show we know "What makes 10" We took all the photos ourselves. We love using the maths euipment.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Our Visit from Starlab

I went to watch Star lab and I liked it. We learnt about three stars and I liked it. It was fun so, so, so fun. I saw the moon and I saw the stars.


Yesterday I went to Star lab with Aaryan and I saw Mars and it was red. Then I saw a shooting star. It was fun. I saw planes and it was dark.


I went to Star Lab and I saw Orion. Orion is a giant and he is a star, a very big star. We touched rocks from space.


Yesterday Room 2 went to look at the Star lab. We saw Orion and the Southern Cross. We held a rock. It was fun


The other day we went to Star lab. We learnt about Orion. We had fun and we learnt that people live in a Space Station. I liked it.


Yesterday I saw the Southern Cross and Orion and I aw the Seven Sisters. I went to Star lab and when we were there we held a moon rock and we saw the Space Station.


Yesterday we went to Star lab and we learnt about space. I saw Mars. It was cool and we saw Jupiter and we saw the moon. We saw the Earth and we saw Orion and we saw a red star, a yellow star and a white star. We touched a rock.


When my class went in the Star lab dome I learnt that planets do not shine and I learnt that there are pictures and there are moon buggies on the moon.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Our "me" art

We have made some pictures of ourselves.
This art was done in lots of different steps. This is what we did...
  1. First we drew ourselves in pencil.
  2. Next we drew over our lines with black "sharpie" (but we didn't do our head.)
  3. Then we coloured in our bodies with pastel.
  4. After that we dyed the background with blue dye.
  5. Lastly we glued a photo of our faces onto our bodies.

Don't you think we look GREAT!!!!!!!

"Me" unit

We have been getting to know each other at the beginning of the new school year.

We have made graphs of eye colour, number of people in our families, hair colour and favourite things. Here is one of our graphs. You can see that a lot of the children in our class have brown eyes.

We have also been talking about our families and drew our families in a house shape.

We have been practising our manners as well. We think our class is the greatest!!