20 June 2018

Finally.... Winter Sport Rotation!

Today we finally made it out for our winter sport rotation. It was pretty chilly but we still had a good time doing some dribbling, passing and shooting! Thanks for taking us Miss Jeynes!


18 June 2018

Learning to 'USE EVIDENCE'

Today we learnt about a new science capability 'Use Evidence'.

We explored a range of evidence about recycling, the process, and using plastic to create energy. We picked out and identified key information and ideas. Following this, we were given 5 thought bubbles of statements about main ideas. We then had to either agree or disagree with the statements and provide evidence from the information that supported our decision. Whilst this was difficult at first, we soon got the hang of it and then had a go at writing our own thought  bubble statements. We swapped our statements and repeated the justification process.




We then had a lengthy discussion about what were the skills that we used and learnt about during this activity that showed our 'using evidence' science capabilities. We all reflected on and wrote an explanation about the skills we had used. 





Week 7's Plastic observing, inferring and wonderings!



What house hold plastic will float?

Last week we 'Engaged with Science' by conducting an experiment to see what house hold plastics would float and which would sink.
We learnt about fair testing, how to write a scientific report and how when variables change, it can influence the results of the experiment.

In the first experiment we tested which plastics would float and sink in water that was still and not moving. When we repeated the experiment we made the water move representing the waves and currents in the ocean. Interestingly the results were very very different.

Here are some examples of our reports, conclusions we made and data we gathered. The students did very well to relate their findings to the big picture of plastic pollution in the oceans.








11 June 2018

'Dear Jacinda' Poetry

We were inspired by a poem written to Helen Clark by a student sharing their thoughts about the plastic problem. We decided that we would write our own.














24 May 2018

Wonderful Wheels!

Between episodes of rain over the last 2 days we have all managed to get out and do some wheeling! We have all had an awesome time, even with a couple of grazed knees! Thanks to the Matai year 8s who organised the days.


Catching Fire. Would you rather...?

In class we are reading 'The Hunger Games Catching Fire' as our shared novel. Each week we do a learning task to show our comprehension and understanding of the book.

This week we wrote short explanations in response to 'would you rather' questions.
We could choose between:

  1. Would you rather be friends with Katniss or friends with Peeta?
  2. Would you rather live in the capitol or district 12?

Here were some of the students responses:


What more would you want than to live in the place you belong? That’s right I would rather live in the bright, rich capitol where I can dye my hair pink and it would be normal. I have always lived my life with boring people that never understand my life. My dream is the capital, they are all weird and crazy!

By Briar

I would rather be friends with Katniss because she could teach me valuable skills like how to hunt and how to shoot a bow. Her mother is nicer then Peeta’s and I could buy cheese from Prim and I could buy Katniss’ prey. I would love to have a friend who was a winner of The Hunger Games. And if I was Katniss’ friend I know she wouldn’t let me starve.
It would be an honor to know
The Girl On Fire.

By Elysia

I would rather live in the capitol. The capitol is wacky and totally Over The Top. I absolutely love the amount of moolah they have. I would rather live in a rich city of wack. My dream city is the capitol. There perfect, pretty, pink world is like….. Awesome. I would totally live there.

By Maia

I would rather be friends with Peeta because he is very kind and thoughtful. He doesn’t care about who you are he believes that you should be respected with kindness and love. When you are sad he will always be the one to cheer you up, i would love to have a friend like him. He doesn’t judge you for who you are hell treat you like any other person. He has his moment but they aren't major.

By Amelia

Science integration!

Part of our weekly must dos in literacy involves us completing this on our classroom wall. Each week Miss Fleet puts up a new picture and using our observing and inferring skills we record our thoughts and wonders.

Here's this weeks thoughts!






Buddy Class Fun!


We had a fun time yesterday teaching our buddy class the rakau. They were pretty good! Thanks for having us Room 1!

22 May 2018

Interpreting Representations!

Over the past couple of days we have been exploring the following representation:

We worked in pairs and in small groups to write questions about what this cross section diagram was showing. We swapped our questions with others to see if they understood what the diagram was showing. We then wrote some questions about what information the diagram did not provide, therefore would require more research.

Below are some of our summaries we wrote about this diagram:

Briar, Beka, Amelia and Milla -This is a cross section diagram of the ocean and it is trying to tell us where it goes. On fact that it says is that less than 1% of total plastic ends up on the surface of the water.  Some plastic is washed up on coastlines as it shows us. We know that animals ingest plastic and die because it told us and showed a picture of a bird eating plastic. It tells us what plastic sinks and what doesn’t. Some plastic ends up on the bottom all ripped up.

Annabel, Sophie L, Olivia and Ana -This diagram is a cross-section and shows us the cycle of plastic and how far plastic goes.It shows us where plastic flows from. Some facts about plastic, the 3D angle of the ocean and sand. It also shows us marine life and the cycle of how plastic sinks. This diagram shows different ways plastic kills animals and how much plastic is on the surface of the ocean. Some research statistic tells you that plastic is washed up along coastlines, how plastic enters into the ocean. About marine life, how much plastic is on the ocean surface, that some plastics sink to the bottom and kills most marine life.

Questions that we need more research for:

  1. How much plastic is in the ocean?

  1. How many habitats are plastic destroying?

Ashlee and the K/Calebs - This is a cross section showing how plastic gets into the ocean and what happens to it. This gives facts and good information about plastic and it shows what it does like if it floats or sinks.
It tells us that marine life eats the plastic. This is a very good factual cross section that was easy to use and help us with our learning.

Sophie M, Mikayla and Anna -
The diagram shows us of  how the plastic ends up in the ocean and  different ways of how it develops and of how the animals eat the plastic.
The heavier plastic is the one that ends up in the bottom of the ocean. This cross section shows us how the cycle of how it happens and where it ends up and of how the plastic resolves. This cross section also shows us how the marine life is dying.
It shows us different ways it could end up in the ocean.

Abbie, Ruby, Georgia and Brileigh -
This diagram shows the cycle of what plastic goes through in life. Our marine life is ingesting plastic and birds and fish are getting endangered. It shows how plastic sinks and resurfaces by the current of the water. We have discussed our questions and answers and now know clearly why this is happening. This cross section shows us  the disadvantages of plastic in our world.

Is it heavy plastic that sinks to the bottom of the ocean?

How much plastic do the marine animals eat?

Lila, Rielli, Emily and Maggie -
This diagram shows how plastic is transferred in the ocean.It also shows how deep plastic can go.It shows that allsorts of plastics can move far away from were they wet originally like boardwalks rivers beaches.

Questions
  1. How does plastic biograde?
  2. Why does less that 1% float on the ocean surface?

George, Jay and Christian -
This diagram shows many facts about our oceans and the plastic in them. It shows the life cycle of plastic in the ocean, and what happens when it enters the water. It uses scientific words about what is happening and how it is affecting our seas. It is in 3-D and contains facts, and also what happens when plastic waste makes its way into the ocean.

11 May 2018

Mothers Day

       

                                      Image result for been a mum is the most important job in the world quote

Today the Year 6 children spent time talking and reflecting on the amazing job their mums do for them. Thank you Mums!



My Mum

My mum is one in a million she isn’t like your ordinary mum she works hard for me and
my family, she makes the best food for us. She helps me when I need it the most and
lets me do the sport I really want to do. My mum is the best that you could even dream
of having. Her glasses look amazing on her and her can do attitude, wanting to achieve
more and more everyday. She has a very loving heart towards her family.

Dear Mum, You always think of dreams and solutions for all of my ideas. And you are always there
to kiss me goodnight. You make my life happy and full of love and laughter. Thank you very much
for all you do for me. Even if is a small drink or meal it means a lot. You have loved me
uncontrollably my whole life for ten years, almost eleven.

09 May 2018

Te Manawa Science Learning

Yesterday Room 5 had a very interactive and hands on day at Te Manawa conducting and participating in a range of activities and experiments focused around how we experience different types of weather (our science focus from term 1).  The students were encouraged to observe and gather data about what things they could see happening in their experiments, interpret representations and make models, make calculations based on their results, and explain why certain things happened using scientific language and understanding. 

The students enjoyed their day and were really engaged by the activities and experiments.





02 May 2018

Classifying and grouping plastic!

We have collected a range of different pieces of plastic from our homes and around the school. On Tuesday afternoon we completed a very interesting task where we grouped the plastics in many different ways. Some of the groupings included: hard and soft, recyclable and non-recyclable, sizes and recycling numbers.
Some of the discussions around why and how plastic is different, how it looks and feels different, and has different uses was extremely interesting. We learned that plastic is made up of polymers and all plastic items are different because of what they are made up of or how they are made.








Our Plastic Lunch!

Over the past couple of days we have been learning within science capability 'Gather and Interpret Data'. As a class we gathered some data about how much plastic is in our lunch boxes. In small groups we discussed how we could display this kind of information, then with all of our ideas and thoughts we created a table to show our data results. Whilst this was quite a simple task, the discussion about the most easy, effective way to display these kinds of results was interesting and we certainly had some great ideas about how to show our collection.