Thursday, 7 December 2017

Kitekite Falls

As part of our 'Environment' inquiry this term, we took a trip with Room 4 and 5 out to Kitekite falls near Piha. It was part of our learning about things that affect our native bush in particular the Kauri dieback. Here is a quick look at our trip.  

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gru group reading

The Gru group have been reading 'Running wild' by Michael Morpurgo. It's an interesting adventure story about a boy caught in the Indonesian tsunami. With the help of his friend Oona, (The elephant) he survives the initial tsunami before becoming lost in the jungle. 

The boys have really enjoyed this story and then were asked to break the story into its main parts to retell the story. They created these amazing diorama's to show each part of the story. 

At the start of the story we learn that Will has lost his father, a soldier in Iraq. In their grief, he and his mother go to stay with Will's grandparents. Will's mother decides that they need a break so books them flights to Indonesian for Christmas as a surprise for Will. Here is Michael's diorama showing Will on the plane looking out the window at the beaches.
As a special treat, Will's mum arranges for Will to go on an Elephant ride, as Will loves Elephants. At first Will is a little worried and Oona seems quiet and stubborn. All of a sudden Oona flees the beach, charging into the jungle with Will on her back. As they climb up a hill, Will turns back to see and hear the huge waves of the Tsunami hitting the beach where he and his mother just were. Here is Ali Zain's diorama showing the waves hitting the beach. 

With only the clothes on his back, Oona and Will explore the jungle. Surviving on fruit and water they learn to communicate with each other. One day they come across a family of oragutans. They are friendly to Will and he meets the mothers and their babies.  It is at this point in the story that Will gets separated from Oona. This is Jeremiah's diorama of Will meeting the orangutans. 

After months in the jungle, Will is captured by poaches led by Mister Anthony who are trying to smuggle the baby orangutans and sell the skins of tigers. After killing the mothers, the babies and Will are captured and kept in cages. Will is scared as the men keep threatening him. This is Torres Diorama showing Will's capture. 

Will is held by the poachers for several days. While there he befriends the cook who only works for the poachers because he is scared of them. 

After more than a year in the jungle, Will comes across Doctor Geraldine, a lone scientist who has devoted her life to the saving  the threatened orang-utans.  After locating Will's grandparents they come to visit him. He decides that he doesn't want to go back to England and instead chooses to stay in Indonesia with Dr Geraldine and help her to protect the orang-utans.  Here is Pratham's Diorama showing the end of the story with Will choosing to stay with Dr Geraldine. 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Authors circles

What can you see? 
What can you hear? 
How does this image make you feel?

Using this image for writing this week we have written descriptions to entertain our audience. After writing, editing and re-crafting we decided to share our writing with each other using 'Author circles'. After a little oral rehearsing we got into small groups to read our writing to our audience. Here is what it looked like.. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

#2 Experiment - Compost in a bottle

Our second experiment was to see how composting works and to test what would compost the fastest - Worms, Bokashi mix or fertiliser.  We created 4 identical 'Composts in a bottles' with equal layers of newspaper, soil and food waste. In one bottle we added tiger worms (Composting worms), another we added Bokashi mix and the last two we used blood
and bone fertiliser. 
We then placed 3 of the bottles in the dark cupboard and left one at room light. 
Now we just have to wait to see what happens...

Cultural day

This week was the celebration of Chinese language and Diwali so on Friday we had a cultural dress up day to celebrate all the different cultures that make up our school community. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

#1 Experiment - Coloured flowers

As part of our science inquiry this term we are carrying out experiments to help us learn about the environment. Today we carried out our first experiment in order to find out how plants get their nutrients. First we took 5 white flowers of the same kind and placed them in jars with equal water and food colouring. We then observed them over the next 24 hours. Here is what happened...

After 24 hours we only noticed a slight change in the yellow and blue flowers but after 48 hours the colour change was easy to see. Heres what each colour looked like, can you see the food colouring? 

The blue and yellow food colourings definitely worked best. 

Friday, 29 September 2017

Art Term 3

This term we have been learning about Collage. Here are our final products.