Monday, December 7, 2009

Captial E ONTV and Te Papa visit

Well what a glorious day! Long may it last!

Room 9 had an awesome day. First we went to ONTV at Capital where they made a new show. The show was filmed live and the kids did absolutley AMAZINGLY! Everybody had a job and they all took their jobs seriously and were very mature about them.

Here is the end result...

In the afternoon we went to Te Papa to learn more about Maori Customs and Protocol.

The children had the opportunity to go inside a wharenui and learn from some EXPERTS!

What an amazing day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


EOTC week is nearly here. It all started with the National Children's theatre company production that yr 5/6 children saw today! Muritai was a test audience for a play called "End Game".

Some lucky few had the opportunity to give feedback to the director about the play, saying what they liked about it and changes that could be made before it goes on tour in June/July 2010!

Room 9 is going to Te Papa and Capital E next Monday. On Tuesday 8th December we have the bike ride to Pencarrow Lighthouse. On Wednesday it is the fun day in school and Thursday is the day at Days Bay.

Room 9 are very much looking forward to next week and we will update you with our adventures!

Many thanks for reading Room 9's blog!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

Modes of communication

For Inquiry this term Room 9 are learning about how we keep connected with people throughout the world using different modes of communication.
This week we brainstormed all of the different types of communication we knew and then ranked them in order from what we thought was the oldest to the newest.

We want to find out if we are right so we have developed some questions that we think will help us confirm our answers.

We would really like as many people to answer these questions as possible. Please leave a comment with your answers along with your name and your age (if you don't mind!)

Can you please make your responses really specific so it helps us with our inquiry.

1) How old were you when you sent your first letter?

2) When was the first time you emailed?

3) What was your favourite way of communicating when you were 10 years old?

4) How did you normally communicate from the ages of 16-18?

5) How old were you when the cell phone was invented in 19?? ?

6) What was your first type of communication other than face to face?

7) Did you use a spring back telephone?

8) Were messages in bottles “in fashion” when you younger?

9) Have you ever used or known someone to use pigeon to send a message?

10) Did you ever have a penpal?

Friday, November 6, 2009


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Text in Contemporary ARt

Colin McCahon
Colin McCahon
Rosalie Gascoigne
Rosalie Gascoigne - Metropolis (1999)

In Art we are looking at Text in Contemporary art. We have been looking at Rosalie Gascoigne's work and Colin McCahon two New Zealand artists who have used text in their art.

We are now creating our own art inspired by Rosalie Gascoigne's Metropolis..........coming soon!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wharenui homework

I love the homework this week!
This week you have to design a Wharenui - Meeting House.
See below for the criteria.

1. The wharenui is at least the size of a shoe box.
2. The wharenui is made out of at least 3 recycled materials. Eg twigs, leaves, shoebox, scrap material, unwanted material.
3. The wharenui has an apex roof.
4. The wharenui has one modern design. Eg a glass window, a solar panel, the colour of the front is not traditional.
5. The wharenui has Maori traditional designs.

You need to draw and label your Wharenui design in your homework book first. Collect your materials from home, outside, the beach, or even the bush. Think about how you will put everything together, ie strong glue, sellotape, and wire. Have fun!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This week Room 9 are learning to say a pepeha to introduce themselves.

Pepeha are sayings that emphasise a person’s origins and connections with the land and their whakapapa (genealogy) conveying a great deal of meaning and cultural information.

This is the format we will be using.

Ko _____________________ toku waka. (canoe)
Ko _____________________ toku iwi. (tribe)
Ko _____________________ toku maunga (mountain)
Ko _____________________ toku awa (river)
Ko _____________________ toku kainga (place you live)
Ko _____________________ toku whanau (family name)
Ko _____________________ toku whaea (mother)
Ko _____________________ toku matua (father)
Ko _____________________ toku ingoa (personal name)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wearable Arts 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


This week the children of Room 9 started their personal inquiry on an aspect of New Zealand history. The idea is for every child in the class to become an expect in one area and then teach someone at home about what they have discovered.

We started by making a big question that we wanted to know the answer to. This is an open question that required lots of information to answer it. We then thought of sub questions that would help us answer the big question.

Last Thursday we used the www to find the answers to our questions. It was tough going because we had to do a lot of skimming and scanning to find the correct information quickly.

We still have a lot of information to find. It is really important to use other sources to find information like looking in reference books and asking an expert!

Below is the rubric we are using to to reflect on the learning process and to help us keep on track.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Wearable arts! Decision time

On Friday the children in yr 5/6 will have to decided which group they would like to participate in for Wearable Arts. The groups are Nature, Maori/Pacifica, Settlers and Kiwiana. Your Wearable Art will reflect and represent an element within the group.

Think about what your focus will be. Remember it is not a costume it is ART!

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Rabbit and the Elephant - by Freijah, John and Will

The Rabbit and the Elephant

There was once a small rabbit and big elephant who lived in the forest. One rainy day, a tree fell onto the rabbit’s home. The rabbit was frustrated and terrified because her five babies were in the burrow.

Rabbit was so upset she was crying and screaming for help. Out of the forest came a huge, tough, blue gray elephant. Rabbit was a little scared of the of the elephant. But Rabbit was amazed to see that Elephant was in time to pick up the tree trunk off the burrow.
“Thank you so so much Mr. Elephant. You saved my babies!” Said Rabbit. “I thought if I help you, you may help me in future.” Said the Elephant.

The next sunny morning, hunters arrived in the forest. They were hunting for the rabbits to eat when they saw the elephant. They shot the elephant with a spear gun A spear pierced the tough, hairy, wrinkly skin of the elephant and fell straight to his side. The elephant made a terrible noise which scared the hunters away.

The rabbit saw the Elephant in pain and it jumped on to the elephant and gnawed and pulled at the spear with her sharp teeth and claws.

The Rabbit and the Elephant became really good friends because they helped each other.

“Little friends may prove to be great friends.”

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Rhino and The Mole - by Room 9 and written by Hannah Godard

The Rhino and The Mole

On a very hot day in the desert in South Africa, a Rhino was sleeping. Under the ground a Mole was digging and came right up into the Rhino's back. The Rhino got very very mad and pinned him to the ground.

The Mole said "Please don't hurt me, I may be useful one day!"

So the Rhino let him go. Later that day the Mole was digging and he felt the earth shake. He could smell gunpowder and he could hear Rhino running. Quickly he dug a trench and the hunters fell into it. Rhino ran off as fast as he could.

Later he came back and thanked Mole for waking him up.

"Little friends may prove to be great friends"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Fables - which moral fits?

Room 9 are looking at Fables this week.

Have a read of this fable and try and work out what the moral of the fable is at the end. Put your answer in as a comment.

The Lion and the Mouse

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.

"Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed awaythe ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?"
said the little Mouse.

Is the moral:

A) "Do not count your chickens before they are hatched."

B) "Little friends may prove great friends."

C) "Appearances are deceptive"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Who are we? Where are our ancestors from?

Each day this week the children in room 9 have been sharing with each other where they were born and where their parents, grandparents and great grandparents were born/from. We have lots of families who came from Scotland, Ireland and Holland. The main reason for coming to New Zealand was " for a better life".

What was my ( Miss Edwards) reason for coming to NZ from Scotland 11 and half months ago - For a better lifestyle than that in the UK at present! Things don't change that much over 160 years obviously!

Wearable arts!

Term 3 is all about Wearable Arts. For art this term you need to design and create an outstanding piece of art you can wear for our Wearable Arts Show. Its best to start thinking about your piece of art now along with what types of materials you wish to use.

The video below is a collection of photos from the 2007 show. It might to helpful to give you some ideas.

All That Rubbish!!!!!

WOW look at all that rubbish that only 5/6 created at lunch time. We are aiming to have a nude food day. Which means no glad wrap no paper packets....basically your lunch will be nude in your lunch box!!!!!! Hopefully it won't get too cold!!!!

Get thinking how you can get your lunch box rubbish free!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sunset - Art June 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Today Room 9 went on their Take Action For Water day trip, unfortunately the weather turned out to be not too flash! Half the class tested the stream water and the half went on a bush walk with Miss. E and Mrs. Steele.

But soon the heavens really opened and we had to abandon the trip and head back to school. Despite the poor weather and the children having to miss out of 2 thirds of their trip Room 9 behaved really well and appreciated the time and effort Callum from the TAFW team had put into the trip.

Good luck to Room 15 with their trip tomorrow, we hope they have better weather than we did!

Monday, June 15, 2009

World of Maths

Room 15 and 9 had a great afternoon on Monday during 'World of Maths.' We took part in a variety of maths problem solving activities that really challenged us. We had to work in teams to follow the instructions and read the information carefully to get the right answers.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Cityscape Sunsets

Today room 9 were painting cityscapes at sunset. Room 9 were learning to blend colours together to create an effective sunset painting. Our first focus of the day was to look at a number of photographs and paintings and to observe what colours, and what affect the light has upon those colours in the pictures of sunsets.

The picure above was the simulus for todays lesson. Room 9 did really well and I look forward to them finishing the pictures on Monday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



YOU NEED: WARM CLOTHING ( This is very very very important.... its quite chilly at the moment)

Gloves, scarf, beany, poly props, fleece, layers. Remember you can take off layers but you can't make clothes magically appear!

A water bottle, food and a morning tea snack.

Its going to be a really exciting day!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Longfin eel - by Daniel

An Introduction to the Longfin Eel. By Daniel Naylor

The Longfin eel lives in pools of rivers in small forests. It is brown, long and has gills. It also has two fins for swimming and a back one for direction. It has two eyes on the side of its head so it can see left and right. The longfin eel has two feelers on its head to feel what is in its way.

The way a longfin eel breathes is that it swallows water and pumps it over its gills and pumps it back out of its body. The longfin eel eats banded Kokopu and Redfin bullies.

A longfin eels life cycle: it starts as an egg in Tonga, it turns into a leave shape larva which floats back to New Zealand. It turns into a glass eel then to an Elver, and finally an adult. A Longfin eel can live up to 80 years but passes away when it has given birth to her eggs.

Watch out for my full report in a couple of weeks.

By Daniel Naylor

Banded Kokopu Brief introduction by Will and John.

We have been learning about Banded Kokopu. Banded Kokopu live in the stream in pools under banks, rocks and logs. They have gills, fins, tails, a body, eyes, scales and a mouth.

Banded Kokopu have a life cycle: It starts as an egg which is laid on the forest floor in autumn when the river floods. In the stream the egg turns in a larvae which then turns into Whitebait.

Whitebait are almost see through and humans eat them. After that they turn into an adult and it starts over again.

A Banded Kokpou eats orbweb spiders, cased cadissflies, wetas and mayflies.

Read our report in a few weeks and find out more!

Will and John

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Cross Country