Thursday, June 22, 2017


1). Make the Matariki stars from recycled materials.Make the stars- YouTube video to show how with paper- be creative, what properties might your materials have?

2). MURAL team- Maximum 8.
1 page per class. The  mural should: represent any aspect of Matariki
Eg. end of harvest, seven stars, new year - new beginnings / goals, feast...

3). Research- find out about the constellations. Diagram, Describe, Explain.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Survey for Room 11 Students

Make sure you are signed into your google account. Next, click on this link. Make sure you have 10 minutes to focus. 😄

Exploration Hour survey.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Recycling Paper

In Room 11 we have been learning how to recycle paper. After making a sheet with plain newsprint, we are exploring ways we could alter the properties of our recycled paper to use it for different purposes.

Feel free to post some pictures of your first attempt at recycling paper!

Here are some questions for you to consider and answer on this blog post.

1. What were the properties of your recycled paper? Think about its size, shape, colour, texture, strength etc.

2. What do you want to be able to do with your paper? How will you change the properties of your paper in order to do this?
Some websites that might be helpful in your research:
Whitening paper:
Things that can be made from recycled paper pulp - to get your imagination going!
Paper pulp seed cups:
Gift tags with seeds inside:
Sculpture/Art work:
Paper shapes/decorations:
Paper pulp bowls:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Waste materials. Research, note-taking and report writing.

Step One:
Choose one of the sources below.
Plastics- Tiki the Penguin


The problem with waste in NZ

Step Two:
Watch or read through the site.

Step Three:
What are some of the main ideas?
Write 4 of them into the windmill.

Step Four:
Start recording details in key words onto the windmill.

Step Five:
When you have enough details you can write an information report. You can use the Information Report organiser if you like.

Step Six: What is the subject? Write an introduction like we have practised.

Step Seven:
Each windmill arm is a paragraph. Write a topic sentence that tells us the main idea of the paragraph.
Now put supporting details.

Step Eight:
When you finish the paragraphs, think about a concluding statement- it can give clues to your feelings about the subject by the word choices you make.

Playground Grand Opening

By Ella May and Erana
Image result for thank youto all the people who helped make our playground a better place.
We had a lot of fun trying it out today.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Learning in R11

Current learning in R11 has been about information reports, making notes using key words so we can research quickly and efficiently, and investigating patterns and relationships between numbers that help us solve addition and subtraction problems. We also continue investigating into our unit of inquiry: A better understanding of the properties of materials leads to innovation and responsible enterprise.

A few excerpts below from students:
On Thursday the 25th of May, 2017, Room 11 and 12 went to the University of Waikato and had a great experience learning lots of interesting things about science.

Our  favourite part of going to the university was learning about the properties of heaps of different materials like plastic, glass, and other sorts of materials. By Skyla and Dilni

How can rocks change ? temperature weather
Sedimentary rock can change into metamorphic rock or into igneous rock. Metamorphic rock can change into igneous or sedimentary rock. Igneous rock forms when magma cools and makes crystals. Magma is a hot liquid made of melted minerals. By Moihi and Lucas

University of Waikato Field Trip
In room 11 we have been learning much about science and inventions. On Thursday we went on a field trip to the Waikato University, and they taught us lots about the properties of magnetic material, objects, and other interesting stuff. Room 11 saw a special kind of wire that if you bend it then place a source of heat close to it, it will straighten back to its previous position. I found it fascinating!
The class really enjoyed observing the scientists showing us some crazy experiments that you can do with silly putty.
Rob explained how if you moved away from it slowly it would stretch much longer than if you really tugged hard.
Thank you to the science team for showing us some cool stuff! By Murphy

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Highlights this week, according to Surleen, Murphy, and Caryl.

On Wednesday the 17th of May, we made crystals. It was interesting. I had never made crystals before, that’s why it was interesting for me. First we turned on the fire and placed the pan on top. It heated up in minutes or even seconds. I got to learn if we try again and never give up we can do it, if it seems hard don’t worry, try again and again, it won’t seem hard. I learned lots of new things by making crystals and have to learn more things by keeping focused. By Surleen.

This week (12-18/05/17) I enjoyed Crystal-Making. I learnt a lot about crystals and I'm still learning more about them. Making crystals were also fun but I kinda burnt myself but still had fun (。◕‿◕。) Crystal making is fun and you should try it too! (◕‿◕✿)  By Caryl

Basket ball at lunch

One of my highlights of every lunch would have to be having a game of basketball. It's run by usually Tyrahn and Fou. It’s fun and entertaining. I like to do it, come join in with lebron James And Steph Curryc26-B001BKX0V4-1-l.jpg921da62127ce651a73fa2714e24b1cb7.jpgimages.jpgI hope I see you at basketball. If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you the main parts of basketball. We play on a one hoop court most of the time, so you only go for one spot. I think it's easier. Just ask Fou Murphy and Tyrahn and you can plaaaaayyyyyyyyy! By Murphy