Cup Phones


We learnt that when we get two cups and a really long piece of string and we put one of the cups on our ears and a second cup on our mouths, and one person listens and one person talks through it we could hear the person’s voice. In the olden days, this is how they made their phones.

What we discovered:

  • Foam cups didn’t work. Plastic cups worked better. 
  • The string vibrates when you talk. 
  • It only worked the string was taut. 

How to Make a Cup Phone 


  • 2 plastic cups
  • 1 piece of string, about 2 metres
  • Pen
  • Pin


  1. Make a hole at the bottom of the cups by poking with a pin and then a pen. If it doesn’t work you can use scissors (carefully!).
  2. Put the string through the hole and tie a knot or double knot so the knot is inside the cup. Put the other end of the string through the other cup and tie a knot so the knot is inside the cup.
  3. Hold your cups so that the string is taut (pull the string tight). One person puts the cup to their mouth and the other person puts it up to their ear. One person talks and one person listens.

We hope you enjoy playing with your new phone!




Olden Day Changes

We have been learning about how things change. 2B has been making interactive images (using Thinglink) about changes from the olden days. We went to Cooper’s Settlement and that’s where we found out all about the olden days… 100 years ago. We learnt lots about history and now we are learning to think more deeply about change. Click or tap on the red dot to read, or watch a video or see a picture.

Classroom – Kate, Jacinta, Addison

Gramophone – Nathan, Sebastian, Avraj

School – Hasrat, Harleen, Olivia

Classroom – Yilkan, Zara

Kitchen – Hannah, Daniela, Isabel

Printing Press – Josh, Rian

School – Willow, Mason, Cooper

Boys and girls – David and Tanush

Excursion Reminder

Just a reminder that our excursion to Bundoora Park is this Monday 13th of October!

You will need to bring your lunch and snack food in a clearly labelled (name and grade) plastic bag. You should also bring a water bottle in your bag. Make sure it is a plastic one so it is not heavy.

You will need to be at school at the normal time – 8:50 – so you do not miss the bus! If you are late you will miss out.

If you normally leave medication at school (e.g. epipen, asthma pump) your parents will need to give this to your teacher before school.

It will be a fantastic excursion!


Competition Winner Willow!

A big congratulations goes to Willow who came third place in the Victorian Spanish Writing Competition.

Willow chose to write about a Spanish Fiesta and came third out of 400 students in the prep to grade 2 category, which is an amazing achievement!

¡Felicidades Willow!

Willow with Senorita Garcia

Willow with her Spanish teacher Señorita Garcia


Welcome to Term 4!

cooltext1744178654Welcome back to our last term for the year! I hope you are all excited to be back and are looking forward to a great term! There will be lots of exciting things happening.


In week 2 we will be going on an excursion to Bundoora Park and visiting the heritage village of Cooper’s Settlement. We will learn lots about what it was like to live a long time ago.

In reading we will be working on heaps of new CAFE strategies, and as always, seeing how many new words we can learn to expand our vocabulary!

In writing we will be working on how to change someone’s mind using persuasive texts. This will be lots of fun! We will also learn about procedures – telling someone ‘how to’ do something.

In maths sharing and division are up first! Then we will keep on getting super fast at our mental maths and so much more!


Our CBL big idea is CHANGE! I won’t give away any more than that but you can start thinking about it to get ready…

Later on in the term is the Grade 2 SLEEPOVER! I’m sure you have all been hanging out for this for year’s one. It is always heaps of fun.


What are you looking forward to this term?
What are your goals for the rest of the year?