Thursday, 26 November 2015

Otari Bush Trip: What is in our backyard?

We are all standing next to the 800 year old Rimu
Touching, observing and smelling native plants.
We went to the Otari Bush today to wrap up our inquiry, "what is in our backyard". We enjoyed finding out about the native bush. Here is a link to their website

Please write about what you found out in the padlet below:

Movie by Milly

Our Year Six Students

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Research about charities

As part of our inquiry, we have been thinking about how we can give back to the community. One idea is to give some money to charity. During our beach weeks we will be competing in a duathlon to raise funds for one of the charities that we have chosen. Watch this space...

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

ICT Afternoon Group

In the ICT afternoon group, we have been exploring different apps on the iPad. Today we used imovie, imovie trailer and pic collage to display our collaborative group work.

Our disaster posters: As a group, we had to think of a disaster and how we would escape from that place. We had to think about objects that we might need.

This is what we came up with...


End of Term Activities

We are very  busy at the beach and up at the bike park during the last two weeks of the term.  Beach week has been a real highlight for us for the last three years and every year it gets better.  

This year we are adding a few activities to the already exciting programme with bike riding, snorkelling and the stand on boards.  As with previous years the success of the programme is dependent on the participation and assitance of parents.  

Please  add your name to the ROSTER on the day or times that you are available to help.  If it is for the bike day you will need to bring a bike also as we will be riding up to the bike park up Nevay road and will need some adult company.

We also need Year Six parents to take us to and from the Porirua Pool on Tuesday 8th December. Please email if you can help on the day.

Athletics Interzones today

Good luck to these two who will be throwing quoits at Interzones athletics today. Good luck out there!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Penguin House Update

This weekend we went to dad's work and got a crate and broke it up. We started taking the nails out, then we built a penguin house. We didn't screw down one piece so that we can look inside. Looking forward to seeing those happy penguins. 


Friday, 20 November 2015

Finding Guests for the Insect Hotel

Finding Guests for the Insect Hotel

We went for a trip to the bush on Mount Victoria to get some Insects and Spiders for our Insect Hotel.  We had to find rotten trees which insects live inside.  Wetas really love to live in Manuka because they can tunnel inside it so we dragged some good sized branches out of the bush, chopped them up and put them in crates to bring back to school.
We have nearly finished building their new home out of some pallets.  We will be able to keep studying the insects which live in the Hotel next year too!  It is very exciting!

The team building the Insect 4.JPG

Studying a huge Weta!

Some Poetry for Friday

We have been creating comparison poems, focusing on using powerful verbs. Here are but a sprinkling of them.

Spring comes fluttering
down the street
Flying into every nook and cranny
covering them with spring
Delicately opening flowers
Summoning the sun
to shine

                                             By Bella
My thoughts are like fire works
shooting up into the night sky
Glittering and fading away in the distance
Colourful, bright
I can hear them in bed
exploding in my mind
Some don’t pop up as high,
some spin and sparkle like gold

                                        By Alexandra
My thoughts are like a volcano
Some explode with lava and get out of control
Others slip into the water and are lost at sea
Some seem to be unpredictable and could erupt at any time!

                                              By Rory
My thoughts are like stars trapped within a black blanket,
never to be seen again
Others are like fireworks
bursting and fading
But most of them stay where they sit,
shining with excitement

                                                  By Kaia

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Trapping Group Update: Google Hangout with Room 10 at Kelburn School

We are having a Google Hangout with Room 10 at Kelburn School
We have been doing our own inquiries. Our group is inquiring into how we can eradicate pests in the area. We have been designing rat traps and finding out about what bait we should user and how to attract them. We have been using the bite cards from "Good Nature" to tell us what pests have been hanging around.

Today we did a Google Hangout with Room 10 at Kelburn School (the school is close to Zealandia). They are working on trapping too. They first put out ink pads. Then they designed their own traps. Next they put their traps in the bush, but they have a clever rat so they have not caught anything  yet.

By Oto, Hugo M, Teddy and Sam St

This is where we are at with our trapping:

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

How does the MetService predict the weather?

This is our MetService Movie for our inquiry. Last week, we went to the MetService weather centre and found out about the weather. We were interested in the process of predicting the weather in Wellington.

Hope you enjoy…

From George Hunter and Chester

Here we are forecasting the weather..

Friday, 13 November 2015

Poems about our friends

In Matariki and Mahutonga, we have been writing poems about our buddies... Here are some of them:

Keenman (Jack K) by Jude

Outgoing and adventurous, the curious type of course,
a speedy, jokey, boaty guy,
an all round awesome force.
Music ringing through your ears,
Hitting 4’s all day,
Pulling flips and eating chips,
always having your say.
So that’s all for now, but man, there’s much, much more.
So keep on being awesome, and you’ll stay that way for sure.

Burton by Gretel

You really love your Football,
You're good at the game,
you dream about it day and night,
your friends are all the same!

Your favourite animal is a beaver,
you like the colour blue,
you like to play the sport floorball,
so you bought a stick that was new!

You returned a little while ago,
from a trip to Singapore,
we think you really liked it there,
and really wanted more!

Were all moving on this year,
we hope to keep in touch,
and if you have a party,
we’d like that very much!

Chanel by Asha

Chinchilla, dogs, cats,
you have so many pets,
rabbits, turtles, kangaroos,
you're always at the vets!

We know you love ballet,
we know you like to dance,
do you prefer jazz or salsa,
or do you like to prance?

At capoeira you are fantastic,
cartwheels kicks and all that,
maybe it’s because of gymnastics,
doing handstands and splits on the mat.

Now it’s time to say goodbye,
the beach is where we’ll find you,
kayaking, surfing and sunbathing,
that’s where you’ll find us too!

Tom by Burton

We know you like to protect beetles
of course, not the band
You protest in front of parliament
taking a strong stand

You’re really good at football
and running really fast
You shine at athletics
You are never ever last

In the green forest you like beavers
your favourite colour is green
you hate presenting in assembly
the most we’ve ever seen

Floorball is a talent of yours
We know you love the game
hockey, swimming , cricket
they’re not really the same.

We’re off to EBIS together
we will have so much fun
Learning happens forever
it’s never, ever done!

Milly by Molly

You are my best friend Milly,
you love to laugh and play,
you really are quite silly,
but you are fun everyday.

You really love your sport,
we've played hockey, cricket, soccer,
you're great on the tennis court,
but croquet is just a shocker!

When you’re older you might be a swimmer,
and swim heaps of lengths,
and you could almost be a winner,
because of all your strengths.

Sadly you're moving to Wanganui next,
but I’ll surely see you there,
I will contact you on email or text,
and Worser Bay gossip I’ll share.

Liv by Betty

Your bright orange hair
looks like the evening sky
do not even ask me
I have no clue why.

You say that you're a tomboy
but I don’t think so
it doesn't really matter
even that I know.

You really like music
singing, piano
you want to learn guitar
from head to toe.

You say I’m your BFF
you have a temper too
but that makes me think
I should not mess with you.

Assembly Friday 13th November

Well done to our amazing presenters
Principal Awards for collaboration

We shared some of our poems that we have been writing about our friends:

Khailin Poem

I’ve heard a name been called
Over the years that I've been in school
Of the master of fiddling
but you really are quite cool

You really have a passion
you’re a fan of the dinosaur
Often playing with a ruler
you give a loudish roar

You are as fast as a lizard
chasing me around the place
trying to catch me
you always win the race

Next year I will miss you
Have fun wherever you go
you are a true, great friend
I wanted to let you know.

By Louis

Meg by Molly A

Meg you are my friend,
your favourite colour blue,
You always carry a smile,
and that is very true.

You like to plant in the garden,
your greeny blue eyes skim,
you do a handstand and a flip,
you have learnt those at your gym.

You really love your animals,
your earrings are quite cool,
your really tall and cheeky,
and you love to swim in a pool.

You are my BFF, so nice,
you’ll be there just for me,
you are just like an owl to its feathers,
Together we are free.

Hayley by Emma R

Remember lamby, your toy,  you carried around
I have known you since we were small
the lamb went everywhere we went.
I can always give you a call.

We share many fond memories
that I will never forget.
We’re both the biggest 1D fans I know
Share our love for Salmon, Cream cheese and Camembert in a baguette

We burst out in many laughing fits that's true.
Playing with each other most afternoons
is a regular thing for me and you.
The best mud pie chefs through and through.

Trust me I know a best friend when I see one
And trust me I know A best friend looks just like YOU!!!!!!!

Elliot by Lucie

As she walks into school,
with a twinkle in her eye,
you always can tell
she’s ready to rhyme!

She loves the chocolate pokie,
her favourite colour is blue,
she’s always in the classroom,
learning something new!

She has red peachy hair,
her hair is in a bob,
she has freckles everywhere,
and she is never very scared!!

She loves playing netball,
to catch the ball, intercept and lots more,
she is very good, that we can’t deny,
with a big loud roar!!!