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. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl

The Kevin group have been exploring Roald Dahl's stories and have created descriptions of some of Roald Dahls colourful book characters. 
 By Pearl

 By Nikita

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl

Last week was Roald Dahl's birthday so the Anges group looked into Roald Dahl's birthplace and the country where he lived for most of his life. Here is what they found out. 
Wales and Norway - Summary/Statements

Population - Sameera
The population of Wales is 3.063 million which is under the average population, meaning that their country is quite small. The population of Norway is 5.233 million, this is also under the average population which could mean that Norway is small, just like Wales.

Food - Samarah
Whatever country you go to there is always traditional food. Norway and Wales both have stews or soups. Norway has a traditional dish called Lapskaus, it is a thick Norwegian stew of meat and potatoes, some people even add more vegetables and spices. The dish can be made in multiple ways. In Wales they have Cawl otherwise known as a soup, the main ingredients are Carrots, Potatoes, Swedes (Rutabaga) and Meat.

Location -  Ranya  
Wales is located near England and is part of Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Norway is part of the continent Europe and is located near Sweden. Wales is 20,761 km² and Norway is 385,203 km². The climate in Norway is really cold and is a good place to go skiing and Wales is more of a wet country because in the UK it is more wet and warm.

History - Nuha
All the countries have sacred history.  In Norway, the time from 800 to 1050 A.D was called the Viking Period.  There, Norway was not one united country, but separate little kingdoms.  On 7th July 1905 Norway’s union with Sweden dissolved and Norway was declared an independent country.  Wales went through a range of ages such as the ice age and the stone age.  Also in the 3rd century Christianity arrived in Wales.  Few of the Christians were Martyred by the Welsh.  However the persecution of Christian ceased very soon after.

Native wildlife - Chantelle
All countries that you can visit will have a form of native wildlife, these are normally animals, birds or plants that can only be found in that country. Some of the wildlife that are classified as native to Wales are the goshawks, grey seals and the Red kites whereas some of the native wildlife in Norway are the eurasian lynxes, elks and reindeer  

Languages- Sherlyn

Both these countries have languages that are special to them. In Wales the official languages are Welsh and English. 508,000 people speak welsh in Wales and 562,000 people speak English in Wales. In Norway the official languages are Norwegian, Nynorsk, BokmÃ¥l  and in the north of Norway they speak Saami. They also speak english but it’s not an official language.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Roald Dahl Writing

Created by Roald Dahl, the BFG is a wonderful character who collects dreams which he shares with children during the night. After reading about some of the Dreams the BFG has collected we wrote our own dreams and just like Quentin Blake we created illustrations to go with them. Here are some of our dreams...

My Dream

This frozen moment in time was when I is about to shoot a goal for the Silver Ferns. My defender waved her sweaty hands everywhere. The smell of  people’s doh nuts swept in the air. I is the first Indian Silver Fern and I couldn’t controll the excitement. Everything seemed to be going in slow moshin, the human beans were in silence wondering if I could score. Standing strongly the net winked at me. The coach had her eyes super glued to the cort. I winced as I let the ball glide into the eerie silence. Plop! Slipping out of the dry white net it bounces on the ground with a giantlicicous thump. A smile grows on my face as my dream that was called impossible by everyone,  was finally granted.

By Sameera

My Ringbeller Dream

This dream is about when I is winning the Women's Rugby World Cup. It is time for the prizegiving ceromoeny, the human beans all lined up getting their shiny gold medel. Next is my turn I is feeling shaky. Shvers went down my spindels, feeling very nervous, my knees were trembling, I is getting the gold medel. I is getting the most speshal award, am I right or left? I felt like I was on a Rollercoaster, Kiddles and Human Beans is cheering loudly for me as I receive the award. My team lifted up the trophy up into the air. I is feeling very proud that we won.

By Samarah

On My Whay to Hoggwharts

In this dream I is going to Hoggwharts, the school in Hairry Potter, the place where Potter learns his majic from. I is boarding the Hoggwarts Express after crossing the wall between platforms 9 and 10. The steam is pouring out of the train and lots of students are going inside. There are lots of mugle parents, like mine who are looking at the train. The train makes a booming noice. My mummy is crying. This is a phizz-whizzing day for myself. Many not human beans are helping kiddles. The mummys give a kissy to their kinddles, my daddy gives me a kissy. I say babye. Sweat pours down my spindle. I is speshal.

By Pearl

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

On my way to work

WALT Describe a moment in time
- Present tense 
- Describe what you think, see and feel
- First person - I, we, my, 
- Descriptive language - adjectives, verbs, similes,
- Range of sentence starters

On my way to work

“Come on, come on…” I mutter while I wait for the lights to change. I look up with boredness hoping that I would finally get to work in time. But instead of seeing the peaceful sky I am surprised to see a furry, tall creature. My bushy moustache wobbles while my knees knock together. It’s sharp red toenails hang off the edge of the new pavement while his hungry, enormous eyes stare at me. Bits of leaves and twigs stick to his stomach like a little child on their first day of school. “Why hello there” he says in a smug voice that makes my pearly white teeth chatter. As if it was a grumpy troll a thought storms through my brain. Will he hurt me?
By Sameera

Waiting on the crossing lights to change, I see a super colossal shadow heading towards me. As I was trying to hide, a car pulled up to the crossing lights and the driver had gasps. I did not even dare to look back. “Come on come on” I mutter as I wait for the lights to change. Oh oh. The super colossal monster stands right next to me. Bye bye world I think to myself as the monster which looks 50 times bigger than the hulk says in a low voice “Sup Greenhead.” That was my code name for NASA. How did he know? “Hello?? Are you deaf or what?” Shaking, I reply,  “Good morning whoever you are.”  “What you don't know my name?” Who could he be? I think to myself. “I’m Maximus, man.”  “Oh” I reply. The crossing lights changed. Both of us have a NASA suitcase.
By Viraj

Praying for the lights to change, I check my watch hoping I’ve still got time to reach work, before my hot headed boss would spit on me with anger.  Soon enough I feel the air becoming cold, and a dark shadow starts craning over me.  ‘What in the world is going on’ I start thinking.  Long hot pink nails come forward beside me.  Large feet are attached to the nails, and white furry legs go up a kilometre.  A NASA briefcase was in the grip in the ‘things’ hand.  I realize it is my friend from the NASA rocket launch.  “Good morning Jessica, I thought I’d never see you again,” I say.  With that we walk of to the other side of the road together.
By Nuha

As I stand on the pavement ready to cross the road I suddenly encounter enormous blue feet right next to me. “AHHH,” I screech. Slowly I stare up at his hair covered face. My eyes were about to pop out when I saw his face he had ears that were on his forehead, he had light blue eyes a tiny mouth and a long pointy nose like a witch.  The snow coloured fur on his body probably meant he was from a cold place. My eyes scan over the rest of his body. He was holding a briefcase and the large letters on the bag spelt NASA MONSTER RESEARCH. He had pink toenails and a black circle on his torso. The sun shone on his watch reflecting on me and blinding me for a second. Seconds later when the crossing opened, we walk over the gray road. “See ya,” he says in a low voice.
By Hemish

“Morning Sherlyn,” came the deep rumbling voice from beside me. I turn around to find myself near a huge, snow white monster. Hesitating I YELL “ Umm Good Morning Fred.” The traffic light seems to be taking forever. “Hurry up traffic light,”  I mutter to myself. Whenever I am near Fred I feel awkward everyone stares, babies cry, girls scream... It’s crazy. My lips are getting dry and I start sweating more than a kid after doing cross country. The traffic light finally turns green. “Took you long enough,” I whisper. I start jogging past Fred but he is to fast. After a while I find myself hiding in a rubbish bin in an alleyway. Could this be my life? I wonder. I decide that Fred is probably already gone to work so I get out of the bin and leave. But I am wrong he is there waiting for me to come out. There are these little boys crowded around him patting him like he was a dog. I can’t blame them his fur is really soft but he was not even close to being a dog he was a GIANT MONSTER!!! Parents start screaming and grabbing their kids away while giving me disgusted looks.. I feel so embarrassed but it isn’t my fault, it’s his. Bravely I say “Fred, I need to tell you something,” but he rudely interrupts me by saying ”Sherlyn, STOP distracting me I got to go to work!’
By Sherlyn

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

An invasion of Yellow Crazies

After reading 'An invasion of yellow crazies' by Allan Burne the Stuart group have created posters to warn about the danger of carrying this invasive Ants species back to NZ. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

The Tale of Despereaux

The Agnes group has been reading the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. It is a story about an usual little mouse called Despereaux and the various characters he meets while living in a castle. The group have been exploring the characters in the story.. here is some of their work. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Congratulations Sameera!

A huge congratulations to Sameera for receiving Edmund Bear this week. In the school holidays Sameera raised over $550 for the Red Cross to go towards the crisis in Syria. Her efforts have shown not only our school values of personal excellence and respect but also show her compassion and concerns for others. 
Well done Sameera, we are really proud of you!

Descriptive writing - DADWAVERS

In writing this week we have been learning about DADWAVERS. This is a mnemonic to help us remember and use a variety of descriptive sentences. 
Here is our first attempts to use this system to describe a setting and characters. 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Once in a lifetime

WALT use descriptive language when retelling moments in a narrative. 

Up high in the sky the large wooden boat drifted slowly towards its destination. The old man, wearing a red bandana, looks out at the fading evening sky.  He wonders to himself about what he is doing up here and how will he ever find what he is looking for. Distracted by the darkening sky, he watches as the glowing pink clouds, which look like fluffy cotton candy, float across the reddening sky. All by himself, it was quiet and peaceful.

By Sahar and Amelia

The lonely old man stared down into the clouds where the rusty rudder from his airship had fallen seconds ago. He felt devastated and worried with  no idea what to do next.  As the broken rudder fell out of sight he was deep in thought about how he was going to get back home.  He had been trying to turn his ship around when disaster struck. Now he was stranded as his ship floated aimlessly in the darkening sky.

By Ranya and Nikita

Flying through the evening sky, everything seemed to be ordinary. Ahead in the distance, the turtles and I see something peculiar, a strange hovering blimp in the middle of the orange sky!? As we get closer we notice the huge wooden pirate ship hanging from the underside of the blimp. We all stare curiously as the we see an old man standing in the middle of it. Wondering how he mysteriously appeared, we glided closer to have a look.

By Ali Zain and Jeremiah.

Old timer Keen heard some very peculiar sounds coming from the orange clouds. The scruffy man wasn’t very sure about it, so he rushed to have a quick look in his telescope and as soon as he peeked through the scope he was shocked to see a colossal turtle  unknown to mankind drifting lazily towards his chocolate coloured ship. The Oversized beast was more  heavy than 10 elephant's stacked together. He ran as fast as he could  to get a rope…

By Dev, Torres and Johann.

Thrilled, my heart raced as the large emerald coloured flying turtle flew above me while I stared at the unusual but extraordinary sight. The shells of the amazing turtles gleamed in the shining sun. I felt like slapping myself to find out if I was dreaming but couldn’t get myself to do it. My eyes were fixed in a gaze. I could feel the stares of every passing turtle, probably wondering why an old man was in the air alone. There was still hope of finding precious land, if I quickly made a plan.

By Pearl, Tanishka, Nuha and Maarya

Snap! The sky-pirate stared in horror as the rope broke apart releasing the large turtle. Feeling disappointed, he watches the turtle follow the others as they fly away into the distance. The enormous turtle now looks like a microscopic pigeon as the final turtle glided away into the glowing sunset. A feeling of despair overcomes him as he realises his last chance has gone. He is worried he will be stuck in the clouds for the rest of his life. “What am I going to do?” he wonders to himself. His head droops as he considers how he will survive, when all of sudden he hears one last cry. Looking around he sees a baby turtle approaching, flying a long way behind the others.

By Viraj and Kishan

The old man stood helplessly on his floating sailing ship as the giant turtle slowly approaches. It flies low and close to the side of the ship. The little turtle cries out to his family up ahead. As the sky pirate looks at the turtles flying off into the dusky horizon he glances back at the smaller turtle. He realises this is his last chance. “I could be stuck here forever” he whispers to himself. With positives thoughts running through his head he steps up to the edge of the ship. He climbs up onto the wooden railing. Calculating the timing in his head, he aims for the large smooth green shell. Taking a enormous breath, he closes his eyes tightly shut and he makes the leap. As he falls through the sky he crosses his fingers….

By Sebastian and Krish

Hoping to land on the Turtle’s back, The scientist let out a sigh of relief when he landed safely onto the Turtle’s colourful back. The little turtle’s back, which was carved with weird patterns, was smooth. Whilst he glided through the evening sky, he thought about being free and being the first person to sight a  unknown myth. Only thing he dreamt about the reward he would get when he told everyone of his adventures. The old pirate’s mission was complete. Curious about where the turtles will take him, the colony of turtles was now out of sight and disappeared into the abyss...

By Samarah and Lujein

To watch the full narrative : Literacy Shed - Once in a lifetime