Friday, 21 November 2014

Worser Bay School's Got Talent

Do You Have a Special Talent?

Enter Worser Bay Schools Got Talent
Bands, Singles, dance/gym, Duet, are all Welcome
Monday 15th December- Wednesday 17th December
There will be two age groups:
0-3 Monday 15th
4-6 Tuesday 16th
Final Wednesday 17th 

Bring your own instruments or Costume.

Please Read the Blog for More Information.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How to Prepare Good Interview Questions...

"We went to the Photography Department at Victoria University. We met Colin McDirmuird. We had to interview him about how photography has changed. They had some old cameras and they also showed us some panoramic  picture views around Victoria University" 

We have started to plan our own trips that link with our inquiry. We have been talking about what makes a good interview question...

It is a good idea to record the interview so that you can go back and listen again.  

 Types of questions

Open-Ended: "Tell Me About..."

Clarification: "What Did You Mean by ..."

Fact-Checking: "How Do You Know..."

Follow-Ups: "Is There Anything I Haven't Asked..."

Remember that it is a conversation between you and the interviewee. 

Have your questions prepared before you go.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Designing Inventions

Innovation and Invention in Surfing and Surfboard design

In our surfing workshop we looked at surfboard innovation and invention. We discussed how people have invented, innovated and experimented with different surfboard designs to try to improve the way that surfboards work. This included lengths, widths, shapes, tails, noses, fins, leg ropes, deck grips and even wax! All of these design changes can alter the way the board performs in different surf conditions.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Innovations in Waterproof Technology: Properties of Materials

Innovators and Inventors must choose the right material for the purpose of their product. We also need to think carefully about what materials we use when we are inventing...

Friday, 14 November 2014

Blacksticks Visit

We had the some of the Blacksticks (woman) come in, they told us a little bit about themselves and they also answered questions we asked like: How many sticks do you go through? And How many times do you practice a week?

We also got autographs from them! Here are some pictures:


By Gretel

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Stay Safe Online

We have been learning about staying safe online...

By Isabelle and Embla:

By Nea:

By Jack M

Stay safe online from Matariki on Vimeo.

By Eloise:

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Student Run Workshops

Here is another workshop. This one is looking at rounding and compensating.

Student comments:
"It was good teaching other people my strongest strategy".
"It was fun learning different peoples ways of problem solving".
"It was good to be taught not by a teacher, but a student".
"It gives other people a chance to share what they know about maths".

Student Run Workshops

We have been looking at some of our subtraction strategies again. Some of us have been able to run workshops for others. Here is a reversibility workshop in action.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Staying Safe Online

This week we will be looking at how to stay safe online. 

WBS Acceptable Use of Technologies 2014

My School Values:

  • Respect ourselves
  • Respect each other
  • Respect the environment

The same values apply when I am online and when using the school’s technologies.

Some ways in which I can show what this looks like when using school technologies include:

  • Respect ourselves

·       I make sure that there is an adult in the room when online
·       I report anything to an adult that makes me feel uncomfortable
·       I look after my body and mind

  • Respect each other

·       I make comments in a positive, friendly way
·       I use manners  
·       I support others in their learning

  • Respect the environment

·       I take turns when sharing technology
·       I treat all technologies with respect and care
·       I use technology as a learning tool, not as a toy

I have read and understood this and I have shared with my parents

Blogs are used in each class as part of sharing classroom learning. The links can be found on our school website under the Blogs link; photos and videos of the students are often used.

Day 5- Sampling the Sea Floor in Antarctica. Virtual Field Trip

What does benthic mean and what sorts of animals live in the benthic community?
What do sessile (non-moving) creatures tend to eat?
What types of feeders are sea urchins compared with sea stars?

The benthic community from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

What are the scientists trying to work out?
How are results recorded?
What can Sal and his team do to improve the accuracy of their results?

Sampling the sea floor from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

How does Rebecca catch fish from under the sea ice?
What does Rebecca use to attract the fish?
What does Rebecca want to find out from these fish?

Ice fishing from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

Sampling antarctic sea floor

By Arthur

Benthic communities  

  • Benthic animals are animals that live on the bottom of the sea bed.
  • They eat differently.
  • Sponges will eat really small stuff.
  • Bigger things like starfishes will eat slightly bigger things
  • The food web

           Sampling the sea floor

  • They take things with them to take samples.
  • They take samples from different places.
  • They have cameras with them at all times.

            Ice fishing

  • There are 2 species of ice fish.
  • The ice fishes are very low down in the food web.
  • They drill down to get to the sea ice.
  • There is a light on the end of the fishing rod to attract the fishes where it is dark.
Sampling the sea floor in Antarctica

The Benthic community.

What does benthic mean and what sorts of animals live in the benthic community?
What do sessile (non-moving)


Benthic animals living on the bottom attached to the bottom don’t move as much as sea stars and worm like creatures. If you take something out of a food web it isn’t a food web anymore. If something comes out of the food web the food web could collapse.

Sampling the sea floor

They point a machine at the ice to see how brown it is. Sometimes just go around with a normal waterproof camera.

Ice Fishing

If there’s snow covered fish you have to dig through the snow, looking at fishes muscles, you can look at the ring to see how old a fish is.

By Milly and Anna

Friday, 7 November 2014

Funky Friday: Children Running Workshops on the Beach!

Today we went to the beach. Children ran their own skills workshops. The workshops were things like cricket, karate, music, football, drawing and sand castle making. What a great day!

Funky Friday! from Matariki on Vimeo.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Fitness: otherwise known as PUNISHMENT!

Punishment from Matariki on Vimeo.