Saturday, June 30, 2012

City Class Visit

After we went ice skating our buddies showed us around the places in the city that they use to help them with their learning. We went to places like the Youth Center, The City Library, Te manawa, Council Buildings and even the FMG building.

Here is a few clips from our awesome day out!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dots Book

We made a digital book using kipix which was inspired by the book 'Press Here' by Henry Tullet. Everyone in the class created 2 pages each and George put it all together as a slideshow. Here it is...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

How deep is the water that made the ice skating rink?

Photo taken by Cooper
Start of the school day: We put two dishes of water into the freezer. One was deep and one was shallow. 
Our Predictions: 
  • The deep dish will freeze first because there is more water
  •  The shallow dish will freeze first because it is smaller
  • The shallow dish will freeze by brunch.

Photo taken by Zara and Sophie B
Before Brunch: We noticed that the shallow dish water had turned completely into a solid. The deep dish had a frozen surface but there was water underneath. There was also bubbles under there as well. Some of our predictions were right! James also told us that the ice skating rink was frozen in layers. We decided to put a layer of water over the shallow dish to see what would happen.
  • How does the bubble get in there? 
  • How many layers made up the ice skating rink in town?
  • Were they very thick?

Photos taken by Ebony
End of the day: The shallow dish with its second layer was completely frozen. The deep dish had mostly frozen but it still had some water and an air bubble trapped inside.
  • What would happen to the air bubble when it was completely frozen?
Digi-nauts- Comment on how your predictions were right or wrong. Using some keywords and things we already know about water, explain what happened with our experiment.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Matariki Celebrations

It was great to see everyone having a go at Ti Rākau. Some bits can get quite tricky. I was so proud of everyones effort.
We will keep practising the moves. Our next step is to learn the words. Watch this clip and and see if you can sing along.
Here are the words:
E hine, hoki mai ra.
E papā Waiari,
Taku nei mahi
Taku nei mahi,
He tuku roimata

Ē aue, ka mate au;
E hine hoki mai rā
Ē aue, ka mate au;
E hine hoki mai rā

Māku e kaute
Ō hīkoitanga
Māku e kaute
Ō hīkoitanga

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

WALT: slope our writing

Well done Sophie W. I like the way you are starting to slope your name! Now you can work on doing the same with the rest of your letters.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Water as a Solid and a Liquid.

Does water take up the same space if it is a solid and a liquid?

When the water is a solid it is ice. When the water is ice it takes up more space because we put ice in a jar and filled it to the top. Then we watched it melt. Now the jar is half full of water now that it is a liquid.
Full jar of Ice.
 At the end of the day the ice had kind of melted

The next day the ice had completely melted and it is now a liquid.
Photos taken by Jett.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Water as a SOLID!

Last Thursday during DT we filled some rubber gloves up with water and put them in the freezer to see what happens. Today we got them out to see what they looked like.

Photos by Aria.

Some of us had some new questions that we would like to know the answer to.
Does water take up the same space as a solid and a liquid?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Indonesian Visitors

Today we had a powhiri for the visiting group form Indonesia. They speak Indonesian and some of them didn't know any English so the had a translator.
Here are some of the things we thought about the powhiri.
"I think the song was cool that they sang in Indonesian" Lachlan
"I felt a bit nervous before they came in" Sophie B
"I was a bit worried I would forget some of the words when we sang the song" Zara
"I feel very proud to be at Russell Street when I here the kapahaka and the school sing" Ebony
"They were wearing hoods, I think that it must be special clothes they wear in their country" Zach
"Maybe they were a bit cold" Zara
"They were wearing heaps of jackets" Rileigh-Kaye
"They were really nice at the end because some of the ladies waved at me" Sophie B
"It might of been a bit different here that where they come from" Thomas
"I saw someone videoing David" Calais
"They had darker skin that some of us" Jett
"They had lots of cameras because David said they were here to see what we do in our learning and take the ideas back to Indonesia to teach their kids" Rilegh-Kaye, Lachlan, Zach

Discovery Time- Week 8

Today at Discovery Time we were learning to explore.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What makes a tsunami?

Photo taken by Thomas
Today we did another experiment to see how a tsunami is created. This is a tote tray full of water to represent the ocean. It had a rise that represented the beach and we made model houses out of clay.

What caused the water to move? 
How is this represented in real life?

Monday, June 11, 2012

It hailed today!

We have been learning about water. This afternoon it started to hail. Here's what the Digi-nauts had to say...

"Hail was like tiny chocolate chips falling from the sky" by Aria
"Vincent found a bit of hail on the ground" by Jett
"The hail felt freezing" by Lachlan
"It actually rained before, then it hailed" by Zara
"You could see the hail on the ground" by Vincent

We know a little bit about the water cycle so we think that the hail was made because...

It got too cold up near the clouds and the sun was not pointing down to the raindrops so the raindrops froze in the sky. Then it fell down to us on the ground. We picked it up or caught. It in our hands it melted in our fingers because our fingers were warmer than the hail.

How does it flood?

Photo taken by Kylie

Today we looked at one of our inquiry questions..."What makes a flood?"

We did an experiment with water and sand.
  • What happens to make a flood?
  • What did you find out about how a flood works?
  • What sort of things do we do to protect ourselves from floods?

WALT: slope our writing

For the first time we tried to add slope to our letters. Some of us found it quite hard. Here is two examples that Ebony thought were really great!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Poem of the Week

This week we took home a song we started learning last week. It is an action song. It is a good song for following directions.
Illustrated by Zara

Friday, June 8, 2012


Today we learned about tessellation. A tessellation is a collection of shapes that fill a paper with no overlaps and no gaps. We went looking for some examples around the school. We are making some of our own.
Thanks to Tane and Jayde for taking the photos.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Poem of the Week

This week we decided to put two poems up on the blog. Can you see why we thought that both of these illustrations were good?