Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Moe Show - Recycling

The stinky recycling goes into the recycling bin and the enormous huge truck comes with smelly rubbish inside. The trucks holder looks like some kind of machine, then it holds the recycling bin and puts the rubbish inside it. It takes the rubbish to a gigantic factory full of rubbish outside, and they put rubbish inside it. When they put it inside there is a huge stinky machine full of rubbish. One side goes to paper, and one side glass, and one side bottles. The bottles get heated like lava, and when they’re done heating they are like the sun. After they get cool they make new bottles and put sweet juice or cool water inside. They they put the lids on and sell it to awesome shops.
- Written by Ali Komial

One day there was a man and I saw him put rubbish in the bin so I came and I helped him. I told him why we put rubbish in the bin. So I said “You need to put your rubbish in the bin because the rubbish man makes the rubbish into new things so it does not waster the rubbish.” I see a machine that can sort the rubbish in order. The bottles go where all the hot bottles are. All the papers go in the recycling bin so the earth is happy. We do not want the poor sea animals to get trapped or the earth will be sad so that is why we keep our rubbish in the bin. All the metal gets smashed. All the bottles get smashed into little pieces.
- Written by Trisha

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Our school environment

Today we went on an amazing Aotearoa Toanga hunt on a partly cloudy morning around the school. We were very enthusiastic. Miss Berry told us the rules. “No screaming, no shouting and don’t go on the dangerous teachers’ carpark”. We went in friendly groups. All of us went outside. Our class saw…green lawn grass, we saw a nice beautiful bird, we saw a bug, we saw a gooey icky spider web, and we saw soft dried bark, and hard digging dirt. We went back into our nice warm comfortable class.

Written by Ali Komial

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Today when I came home from school there was a tiger in the hallway. Me and my brother Jakeb we set out a trap. The trap worked because we put cheese in the trap.
"Yes!" shouted Jakeb. "It worked. It worked," said Jakeb.
I said, "Yes".
We tried to ring the zoo.  "Shhhh," I whispered because the tiger was sleeping. The zoo was closed.
"No," I said.
"No," said Jakeb.
"Oh no," I said.
The zoo is closed. What would we do. We thought and thought. Jakeb had an idea. It was brilliant because the other trap failed. We....dun...dun...dun...

Written by Lorenzo


Today when I got home from school and opened the door, I couldn't believe my eyes! I saw a magnificent tiger in the kitchen! He guzzled all the juice. The he raced to the living room. I was so shocked when I saw him. Then he ran to my room and gobbled up all my food. He was so furry. He was naughty. When I went to my Mum's room, he was munching up all the pillows. Then he ran out the door and left a huge mess around the house.
"This is going to take a long time to clean up!" I cried.

Written by Fiona


I got home from school and opened the front door and saw a tiger. I was shocked. I screamed. He was walking somewhere. Uh on! He's heading to the dog cage. I think that he's going to eat the dog! But I've got an idea! I am going to distract him. I know what to do. I'm going to give him some meat. Yay! I got my dog back. Now that naught tiger's gone!

Written by Jasmyn

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Creative Writing

Today we watched a video clip of a whale swimming next to a boat. If you clip on the link above you can have a look too.

We brainstormed all the words that came to mind when we watched this clip.
- magnificent
- incredible
- couldn't believe our eyes
- miracle
- calm
- shiny
- sparkling
- blowhole
- excited
- exhilarated
- pristine
- rare

 We then had to imagine that we were one of the people on the boat and we did some writing about what we saw.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Skittles Experiment

We did a skittles experiment last week with Room 6. It were trying to find out what happened to skittles when we added them to water. First we separated the hot coloured skittles and the cool coloured skittles. Next we created a pattern with skittles around the outside edges of a paper. Then we carefully poured enough water into the bowl for it to be touching the skittles. Last we waited and watched....





We found out the the outside coloured shell on the skittles dissolved into the water and made some interesting marbled patterns. We are learning about the word dissolving. We know some other things that dissolve, like raro juice sachets.

Here are some of the patterns we made with our skittles:

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Science Roadshow

Last week we had the science roadshow come to our school. We found it really interesting and loved to try all the different experiments they had set out for us.

What's better than some photos of what we did?

This experiment was a favourite for most of the boys! You pull the lever up, then press it down with as much force as you can. The gas from the air goes through the pipes, and then pushes a ball up into the air! We tried to shoot the ball really high. 

This is Lorenzo testing his reaction times. He had to press a button when the red light crossed directly over the red light.

There was a metal detector that we could use to find solid things made of metal. Here is Manshika pulling a heavy chain up and down over a wheel.

Here is Jay doing is fingerprints by dipping them into an ink pad then pressing them onto paper. Everyones fingerprints looks different. This is Manaia testing which materials are magnetic and which aren't.

Ali Komial is generating power to turn the blue light on by winding the handle. He was using all his strength to make the handle wind really fast!

Fiona is checking out how the matter inside a solid, liquid and gas move about. The pompoms stayed still for a solid, vibrated for a liquid, and bounced all around for a gas. This is Kymani doing races with a heavy metal wheel down the ramp - you were only allowed to give it one push!

 Here is Trisha and Arav checking out the inside of a human body. They were pushing a marble through his intestines! And these girls and picking up different solid materials and seeing how different they weigh.

A cool part of the roadshow was when Fiona was picked during a show to help out. She had to put on a white plastic cover and stand under a bowl of cornflour slime. The interesting thing was the slime didn't come out. It is a solid when you push on it, but acts like a liquid when you pick it up with your fingers. It's called oobleck slime.

Ka'nan was also picked out from the crowd during a show to help the scientist. He had to tip a liquid into a beaker which created a reaction. The scientist said it's a little like toothpaste!

We had a great time at the science roadshow! We can't wait to do even more experiments in class this term and find out more about science!!!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Our balloon experiment.

This week we have been looking at an experiment with baking soda, vinegar and a balloon.

Here are some stories we wrote about it:

Today we did a cool scientific activity. But first we needed vinegar and baking soda and a squishy balloon. Next Miss Berry put baking soda in the balloon. Then Miss Berry put the balloon on the plastic bottle. Then Miss Berry had to move out of the way!

Yesterday our class did an interesting thing. I was so excited to watch Miss Berry put the squishy balloon over the bottle. I thought it was going to pop. But it didn't. I was so shocked too. I liked to watch it. I had so many feelings about that. I thought it was going to pop on my face but it did not pop on my face and Miss Berry had to run away from it. Our class was so so excited to watch but I was more excited than them.

Yesterday our class did an interesting scientific experiment. First Miss Berry showed us a squishy balloon, liquid vinegar and dry baking soda. It reminded me of icing sugar. Next Miss Berry put the dry baking soda in the squishy balloon. The liquid vinegar goes into a plastic see through bottle. Then the balloon with the baking soda went in the bottle and the balloon expanded. It was so excited. Miss Berry ran and covered her head. It was quite funny.

Today our class went outside. We had baking soda and a squishy balloon. Next the balloon started to expand. It was an incredible thing.
Jay Reddy

Solids, Liquids, Gases

We have been learning about the terms solids, liquids and gases. We have been finding out what they are. We did a quick little experiment in class to see how gas creates bubbles.

We blew through straws into water mixed with dish washing liquid. We created lots of bubbles which we learnt is filled with gas! We tried to pick them up...but they often popped. Why is that?

We noticed that when we blew into water without any dish washing liquid the bubbles didn't stay. Our teacher told us that we breathe in a gas called 'oxygen' and we breathe out a gas called 'carbon dioxide'. They are hard words to remember!

Some of us went home and did the experiment at home with our families. Awesome stuff!

We are all scientists on a learning journey.

This term we are learning all about scientists. We are finding out who scientists are, what scientists do, and even conducting some experiments ourselves as scientists!

Last week we did some writing about what we think scientists are. Most of us think scientists mix potions...but we aren't sure why or what they are making. We were wondering if doctors are scientists who mix medicines? Are their some evil scientists that are in some movies we watch? What are chemicals?

We've got lots to find out this term! We are looking forward to going to the science roadshow next week on Thursday! Apparently we are going to be doing lots of different experiments ourselves!!!!!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you have an amazing holiday break. Looking forward to seeing you back at school next term.

Here are some photos from a day at school when the Easter Bunny showed up! We went on a Easter Egg hunt following clues that the bunny had left us. We ended up finding a basket full of treasure - yummy chocolate easter eggs and an easter pencil for everyone!

Over the holidays it would be great if you kept up with your reading. Here are some challenges you can do at home over the break. Stay safe and see you term 2!

Miss Berry

Monday, 10 April 2017

Equal Schmequal

We have been learning about balance scales in maths. A balance scale acts like a seesaw. A heavier weight pushes down and lifts the lighter side up.

We read the story 'Equal Schmequal' by Virigina Kroll. It is about some animals who are trying to figure out how to get fair teams for tug of war. They use a seesaw to balance out their weights.

We had lots of fun using balance scales at school to find out the weights of different things. We have been using words like 'lighter', 'heavier', 'equal to', and 'balanced'. Our teacher might put more photos up of this later.

Just like a seesaw or balance scale can find equal weights, we have learnt that you can also have balanced numbers. We looked at this problem:

We know that 9 and 1 makes 10. So if there were 3 marbles in the yellow bag, there would need to be 7 marbles in the blue bag to make 10 altogether. That would make the two sides balanced or equal.
We checked using real marbles on our set of balance scales. We were right!

We then made up our own balanced numbers. Have a look at how we did!

This is our first time doing this with numbers. We know we are only going to get better at doing this! Maybe you could do some with us at home! :)