Offline and Online coding

This week we finished Hello Ruby and revisited the concepts of coding we introduced over the last two weeks – programming, directions and loops.

We spent time pretending to be robots and programming each other! Our partner had to program us to create a cup tower using only directional language such as “pick up cup, move cup to the left of the first cup and put down cup.” We found this both very funny and challenging! However, once we got the hang of it, we were pretty good at it! We realised that we could use loops and instruct our robot partner to repeat a step if we needed to.

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We continued working with the BeeBots and this time created pathways for them to follow. This was a bit tricky as it was a two step process – create the pathway and estimate directions for the BeeBot to follow. We sure are loving working with the BeeBots!

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Next week we’ll investigate the BeeBot yellow app on the iPad as well as the BeeBot mats.

Miss Crowther

Weeks 3 + 4: Hello Ruby – An Introduction to Coding


This week we met Ruby, a small girl with a huge imagination! In Ruby’s world, anything is possible if you set your mind to it. As Ruby embarks on her adventure to find gems her day has left for her, we are introduced through storytelling to the basic concepts of coding including: data structures, patterns, algorithms, code, computational thinking, debugging, loops and sequences.

We have also been investigating code through Kodable, which teaches the basics of computer programming in a fun and engaging way!


We learnt how to write lines of code!
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We also used BeeBots to program robots in real life! We practised our left and right turns and recognised patterns to create loops!

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Next week we’ll find out if Ruby can find the rest of the hidden gems. We’ll also keep exploring code on the iPad and BeeBots!

Miss Crowther

Week 1-2: Photo Grid

Welcome back to Term 4! What an exciting and busy term ahead we have planned!

For our first two weeks back we’ll be having an experiment with the app Photo Grid. It’s an extension from Pic Collage which we mastered back in Term 2!

Photo Grid lets you be more creative by inserting photos freestyle, adding borders or frames, backgrounds, stickers, emojis and text.

During Week 1 we read the story Henry and Amy by Steven Michael King. 
Henry always felt out of step with the world around him. When everyone looked up, he looked down. If he thought it was going to be a sunny day, it usually rained. Amy could do everything right, She never tied her shoelaces together, or forgot her umbrella. Amy showed Henry everything she knew, but deep down she wished she didn’t always have to be so perfect. So Henry showed Amy how to dress funny and roll down hills sideways. Together, they could be serious or silly, right-way-round or upside down. As long as they were together they could do anything!

We got to interview a buddy in our class and find out what makes them unique. Then we used Photo Grid to create a shared grid that included photos of us!


During Week 2 we read the story What Does it Mean to be Green? By Rana DiOrio. Drawing on two sides of your paper instead of just one. Walking to the park instead of getting a lift. Turning off the water while you brush your teeth. A young boy and girl explore all the different ways they can be Green over the course of a day. They discover lots of amazing facts (like our food travels an average of 1,500 miles to be on our plate!) and realise there’s so much they—and we—can do to save our world!

We learnt how to save images from a Google to search and insert them into our Photo Grid. We created grids about what you can do to be environmentally friendly.



Next week we move onto coding!

eSmart Week

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This week is eSmart week! Did you know that Oatlands Primary School is an eSmart School? We have worked very hard as a school community to reach eSmart status. To do this we have developed new curriculum, created policies and built partnerships in the following areas:

-School Organisation
-Plans and Policies
-School Community
-Teach Practices
-eSmart Curriculum
-Community Partnerships

The eSmart framework provides us with a guide to the correct policies and practices for our whole school to implement change processes to support the creation of a cyber-safe or eSmart environment. You can find more information about the eSmart process, as well as parent and family resources here:

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We are proud to be an eSmart school!

Miss Crowther

Instructional Books: How to tie your shoelaces

This week week we finished our second last session using Book Creator. We worked with a partner to create a procedural text for the prep students about about how to tie your shoe laces. We watched a few videos for inspiration and to see the different ways that people describe a process. Sometimes people sing songs, sometimes they say a rhyming poem, or sometimes they just explain instructions in easy to follow steps. Below are the videos we watched.


We thought it would be easy to explain how to tie your shoelaces, but it turned out to be quite a challenging process! We included photos, videos, text, shapes, drawings and voice recordings to describe each step needed to tie your shoe laces. We realised that when you have to slow down the process, it can be very difficult to explain! Next week when are books are finalised and published to the iBook store, we will post some examples for you to read!

Miss Crowther

Origami Cats & Book Creator!

This week in Info Lit, we continued to explore our theme of procedural texts. The last couple of sessions we have looked specifically at procedures for recipes. This week we looked at how a procedure can be used to make an origami cat! Below are the easy steps to follow to create a cute paper cat!

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Once we had a practice go with white paper, we all made a good copy using coloured card. We also had to document each step by taking photos, videos or voice recordings. We used this to insert into Book Creator, where we created our own step by step origami cat book. I was really impressed with the very cute and creative cats that were made but guess what? Silly Miss Crowther forgot to take photos of them! I hope everyone who took their cat home was able to share with a mum, dad, brother, sister or grandparent how to make their own origami cat. If you’ve forgotten, then you can use the steps above! Next week we will finish our step by step books and post them to the blog!

*Reference: the original photos and origami cat instructions have been taking from: 

Miss Crowther


This week we moved our procedural text focus to popcorn! We read the story Popcorn by Frank Asch. This story follows Sam and his his Halloween party.  On Halloween night, Sam invites all of his friends to his house for a costume party. As his guests arrive, each one brings the same treat—popcorn! They make it all, and soon the house is overflowing with popcorn. What will Sam and his friends do with so much of this tasty treat?
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This week we used Book Creator again to create a simple procedural text about how to make popcorn. Below are some photos of us documenting each step!

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Click on the links below to read through some Year 2 student eBooks!
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Click on the link below to watch a Flash version of Popcorn!

Miss Crowther

How to Sneak your Monster into School

This week continued our focus on procedural texts by reading How to Sneak your Monster into School by Chris Francis, a story about a boy who explains the very sneaky and funny steps he takes to sneak his giant monster into school.

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We then followed steps to make our own monster. We were very creative and gave our monsters eyes, tongues, teeth, horns, ears, hair and spots! Some of our monsters were happy and others looked really scary!

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Below is a digital version of the story, you may like to share it with your family or friends.

Miss Crowther

Stone Soup and Book Creator

This week in Information Literacy we have been exploring Book Creator, we’ve even had a go at recreating the story Stone Soup by Tony Ross.  We have learnt how to:

  • Draw and label a front cover
  • Insert new pages
  • Insert text and change the font, size and colour of the text
  • Draw pictures to match the text

Next week we will look at how to record audio and video to insert into a story. Below is some of our work so far.

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Miss Crowther

Welcome back to Term 3!

A very chilly welcome back to Term 3! We hope you enjoyed your holidays! This term, we are investigating procedural texts. procedural text is a piece of writing that gives you instructions on how to do something. We are looking at how procedures are used in fiction stories.

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We read Stone Soup by Tony Ross, a story about a clever hen who manages to stall a hungry wolf’s plans to make a meal of her by persuading him to taste her stone soup first. We followed the instructions in the book, adding a different vegetable each step to create the perfect stone soup.

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We also explored Book Creator app and experimented with inserting text, pictures and sounds. Throughout this term we will be using Book Creator to create our own procedural texts.

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