Monday, 2 March 2015

Year 5 and 6 off to camp... See you on Wednesday!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Writing with Murray Gadd

Murray came in to work with us. He told us a story about a naughty dog called Baxter. He inspired us to write our own animal stories. Here are some of them... (more to come)

My Pet Ruby
By Milly

My brother, my sister and I got a got a bright red guinea pig lead. There are two red holes that you clip around her body. As soon as we put it on her, she started zigzagging around her cage. The longer she had it on the faster and wilder she got. We could not stop her from zigzagging around so in the end, we decided to tie the lead to her cage so she couldn't move. When we had tied her up we picked her up and unclipped the lead. Since then we have never put the lead on her again.

Casper- My Aunt's Cat
By Molly A

My Aunty has a cat, a small grey and white striped cat. He is always waiting under my uncomfortable green stretcher. Just waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting to be played with.

But today when I push open the heavy white, window patched door, I couldn't find him anywhere... but wait! What was that small round bump in the middle of the bed under the white patterned duvet? I slowly, carefully, looked under the duvet and there was Casper pulled into a tight ball staring at me with big scared eyes!

The Cat
By Meg
I was three when it all happened. We were going get a cat, a nice friendly cat for me and Jack. Then we came back from the adventure of getting a cat... it was all very well until we had her for one week then something very bad happened. The cat was stalking Me and Jack, she would jump onto me and Jack’s backs with her claws and would pee on my dad clothes. So in the end, we gave her away and got a new cat.

The Very Naughty Cat     
By Burton  

We get lots of cats in our neighborhood, some of them sneak into our backyard.
One day we went looking for bottles, digging amongst the weeds.  We came back with at least 11 or so and put them on our deck railing to dry.

A few hours later one of these cats was tiptoeing through the long grass when it  spied the bird feeder with its old mouldy bread. The cat hurled itself up on to the railing to get at it. It knocked one of the bottles which teetered, toppled and fellSMASH!
A frightened tabby blur skittled into the hedge just as dad came down to see what all the racket was about.

He saw the shards of glass.
“Damn!, it must have been one of those bloody cats again. That was a nice bottle too”.  

And that is the last we saw of that naughty, scaredy cat.

By George

Queenie enters the room with the door left open. She spots a foam carton, she tore a hole in the very top. Whilst there, she spies leftover noodles she gobbles them up until it was sparkly clean. Then she sits on top and does her business! We arrived. I smelt something awful I crept into the play station room and there it was “Typical Queenie” I thought to myself.

Naughty Dog
By Anna

Max’s naughty paws rip the bed, the stuffing goes crazy. His bed looks like a dump  of old demolished things, it looks like a ghost has ripped it’s icy fingers in the bed……. but it was just Max!

His green beady eyes were staring at the bed hoping for it to disappear!

Later when we got back home we saw his bed and Max was frozen, just standing there, staring at us, hoping we won’t get mad!!

The Cat Who Scratched
By Alex B
I was going down into the garden on a sunny Saturday morning. Suddenly the cat from next door jumped off the fence. I went up to it and said “hi kitty”.
I went back up to the house to fetch him some water. When I went back down I gave him the water, but he didn’t do much. So I pushed it forward and he scratched me.

What is in your view? Our presentation is travelling the world!

Our presentation is travelling around the world...

Here is the view from Bhola Government High School in Bangladesh... (Description to come)


It has also been added to by a school in Chicago

 Chicago, Illinois, USA 

 1. What school do you go to?
 University of Chicago Lab Schools

2. What is something special about your school? 
Our school was founded in 1896 by John Dewey, the father of progressive education. Our school includes Nursery-12th grades and is affiliated with the University of Chicago. We are a large school with 6 classes at each grade Nursery-5th.

3. What is something you have enjoyed learning? 
This year, we loved learning about endangered whooping cranes. We also went apple picking in the fall.

4. What do you most like about living where you live?
We love the snow and all four seasons, but we are really ready for spring. We love being close to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and we have so many wonderful things to do here.

5. Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourselves, your culture or your community? 
Our school is very diverse, representing many different countries, traditions, languages, and religions. We have lots of fun celebrating and learning about these differences.

6. Is there anything you would like to share about your learning, your class or your school? 
 We have a rooftop playground.


A very snowy day on the rooftop playground. A science museum is across the park from us.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

What is in your view?

We have created a presentation that we have passed on to other schools. We want to find out what is in their backyard and what is in their view. Today we had a new response from a school in Michigan, USA. 

Rockford, Michigan, USA
playground.jpgSnowy playground in subzero temperatures.

1. What school do you go to?
Rockford Christian School
2. What is something special about your school? Our school is an environmental school, which means we sometimes learn at a camp nearby.
3. What is something you have enjoyed learning? We loved learning about apples since there is an apple orchard close to our school.
4. What do you most like about living where you live? We love that we live in a state that is shaped like a mitten and is surrounded by lakes.
5. Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourselves, your culture or your community? This Christmas, we had a Jingle Bell Post Office where we helped kids and teachers send secret messages to each other.
6. Is there anything you would like to share about your learning, your class or your school? We have a pumpkin patch in the front lawn of our school.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Cricket Madness

It seems that everyone is suffering from Cricket Madness with the World Cup going on and our Black Caps giving us something to cheer about. We spent Wednesday at the Eastern Zone Cricket Tournament and had plenty to cheer about too: great play, great fun, some great skills and plenty of good results going our way. 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Monday, 23 February 2015

Camp 2015: What are you looking forward to?

We have been writing goals for camp. We have been talking about what we are looking to and what we are nervous about...

Yay! We are off to camp. Its that time of the year when the Year Fives and Sixes head off to camp Kaitoke again. Yep, that time when the cabins get messy and the kids go crazy. And, of course the Year Fours join in with the fun; every Year Four is so excited about their very first visit, but some people are still nervous. I asked people what they are looking forward to…

 It will be super fun! - Ben 
 It will be fun sleeping in the cabins and eating the food. - Joab 
Da food -Tom
  Seeing people try new things. - Nicola
  I’m looking forward to the bridge of doom. - Blake 
 Camp is cool. - Burton 
 I am looking forward to a good night sleep (yeah, right)! - John

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Air New Zealand Safety Movie

We have been making our own New Zealand safety videos for a competition run by Te Papa. 

Click here for more information: Instructions

Friday, 20 February 2015

Shaky Wellington

Deb came in today to talk about the physical geography of Wellington. 

She showed us this Gondwana animation:

The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand is on the Ring of Fire

Why is New Zealand wildlife unique? 

What is significant about flightless birds such as the Kiwi and the Takahe?

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Mount Victoria

We went to Mount Victoria to look at the geology of Wellington.

A big thank you to Deb and Will who spoke to us about how the landscape of Wellington was formed. 

To find out more about the geology of Wellington: 

Questions to consider and discuss at home: 

  • How was my backyard made/formed (Geology)?
  • How has our Geology affected our flora and fauna?

Mount Vic Trip from Matariki on Vimeo.

To find out more about tectonic plates:

Zealandia Trip

Today we went to Zealandia. We have been inquiring into what is in our backyards. We found out what New Zealand could be like if there were no pests. Some of us saw things that we haven't seen before e.g. the Takahe and the Tuatara.

Here are some questions to discuss and consider at home: 

  • What is in my backyard (flora and fauna)?
  • What are the environmental threats to flora and fauna in our backyard?
  • What can we do to mitigate these threats?
  • What action can we take which will have positive effects on our environment?

Zealandia Trip by Gretel from Matariki on Vimeo.

Zealandia By Manaia from Matariki on Vimeo.

Here is the Zealandia promotional video:

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

MY backyard

Nic's Backyard from Matariki on Vimeo.

We have been thinking about what is in our backyards. 

We are interested in: 

Fauna - meaning animals and insects 
Flora - plants and trees
Geography - maps and our place 
Artifacts - things that we found i.e. dog houses and play equipment 
Geology - this is about the earth and how rocks are formed

We started to plan our presentations about our own back yard. 

We can present in any way we like. (Nicola has made a short movie about her backyard as an example)

By Emma M and Josie

Janne's plan

Air New Zealand Safety Video: In Our Backyard

We have been making our own New Zealand safety videos. 

Click here for more information: Instructions

Monday, 16 February 2015


Last Tuesday, Hamish brought his three bonsai trees into class and we got to observe and then to sketch them. It was very fun, everybody loved it. There were three tables, one for each bonsai. Here are some examples of the sketches we did. Bonsai trees originated in China and have been carried on for centuries. You have to get seeds of trees that would normally grow quite big, but you try to keep them small by trimming the roots and branches of the tree.


-I liked that they looked like baby trees. Milly
-I liked how they were twisty and twirly. Liam
-I liked the little temple that was on one of the bonsai pots. Emma C
-It looked cool and plastic. Louis
-I liked the reactions of the students when they saw the bonsai and how I could share my passion with the class. Hamish
-I liked how they looked like they were from the past or from somewhere else. Molly
- Pohutakawa tree leaves look like paddles. Joab
- I liked how one of the Bonsai trees had a curve. Meg

By Jude and Oto