We are a year 5/6 (9-10 year olds) class from Bairds Mainfreight Primary School in Auckland, NZ.
You can see some of our learning that took place in Room 12 in 2010 and 2011.
NB: I have moved to a new school now so this blog is no longer active. You are still welcome to comment and look at the great fun we had over the past two years.
Thank you for all the lovely comments :)
Contact : (@taratj on Twitter)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
We looked on Google to see what Okahau meant. It means Warrington.
We know that we taught some kids how to do blogging in Warrington but that's about it.
Mrs T-J had the capsule in her bag. We had a look...
What does this tell us about Okahau?
The people down there are interested in beach stuff like crabs and shells. They are beach people, they might like to surf, they like collecting stuff. They love being around the water, they like nature. They love being surrounded by water. They like adventures. They like nature. They find out new things.
The Crabs taught us that they have crabs at their beach - we think that they might like to eat kai moana.
The seaweed smelled yucky and it smelled different from Auckland. It looked like sea food. We think Warrington must smell salty and beachy.
We saw mini shells. They were really cool and they reminded us of the beach. They must have little small sea snails. We wonder if they have pipi. They had curling colourful patterns. We have shells like that at our houses.
In our cultures we make beautiful jewelery out of shells - Do you?
We looked at big shells too. This tells us that they have different sized shells down there...
I think that this is dried seaweed. I know that seaweed is in the ocean and that some animals eat it. It tells me that this person likes seaweed. It makes me think about the deep ocean...
These tell me that this person loves the ocean. I know that these are everywhere on the beach. It makes me think about sand.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
100 Rupee is roughly around NZ$3.00. So these kids live on just 43 cents a day. With that money they could buy 2 lollipops.
These children haven't even been given an education and work from as young as 5 to 17.
More than 22,000 children injure themselves in work related accidents.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
He didn't know how to crawl
He was small
He was tiny
He wanted hi mum all the time
He couldn't roll over
He couldn't make noises
He didn't have teeth
He couldn't communicate
He couldn't stand
He couldn't grab stuff
His hands were closed
He fell a lot
He couldn't balance
He had no hair
He was sometimes scared
Relates to people (see video)
Interacts with us
He can communicate with his Mum
Now he knows everyone
He can grab lots of toys
He is getting stronger
He can sit on his own
He's not that tiny anymore
He can crawl
He can point
He can stand up
He doesn't want his mum ALL THE TIME
He reads book that are appropriate for him (with his mum)
He bites his Mum
He moves around heaps
He can feed himself
Sunday, November 14, 2010
How many pieces of toast?
What other maths questions do we have?
Is it a tidy number? - Nope
Can you put it in a media player and slow it down? (good question, good thinking)
What is the number before? (ha ha nice try)
They don't start until 7 seconds. What is 1:34 - 7?
How many seconds in 2:34?
How many pieces of toast in 10 seconds?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
For the rest of the term we will be looking at recipes as a part of our writing programme.
We would like any kids or teachers of any level of any schools or ECEs to post their favourite (inexpensive) recipe as a comment and we will try to replicate it for you. We will be filming our process and posting your recipes as a cooking show.
Many Thanks :)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
We discovered that:
Child labour means 'children that work'
They have no running water
They use Machetes and Hazardous equipment
Their houses are poor
The chocolate people tell lies
They hadn't eaten chocolate before
They have no electricity
They work hard (6am - 4pm)
They are our age
They have no sanitation
They dont see their families
They are not allowed to go to school
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
She read us a story about a girl who could not hear without her hearing aides. The story was called "A Screaming Kind of Day". The girl in the story felt frustrated with her brother and mother because she felt like they didn't understand her.
Babies communicate without using words. Nursery Rhymes are a good way to teach babies how to communicate.
While Tanya was here we made up some of our own Nursery Rhymes for Blake...
Here are some of our first attempts
Sunday, October 17, 2010
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Alphabetical Order (Moana)
The one with the most children (Taylor)
Skinniest to Fattest (Jesame)
Youngest to oldest (Laurielle)
Priority to the ones with a medical condition (Moana)
Long hair to short hair (Jesame)
Short to tallest (Ofa)
Ladies first (Jae)
Or play games!
Paper scissors rock
BUT MARY WANTS TO KNOW WHY CANT THEY MAKE MORE ELEVATORS???
Monday, October 11, 2010
Here are the ones we know:
NEEDS mean items you must have
WANTS what you would like but dont really need
DECISION selecting a choice
GOALS what you want to acheive
INCOME - Money you earn
CHOICES - Options you have before making a decision
SAVINGS - money you put away
Here are the tricky ones:
DEBT - what you owe other people
LOAN - money you borrow and have to pay back
CONSEQUENCES - what happens after a decision you make
We had a discussion about PROFIT - the children wondered if PROFIT was ILLEGAL
What do you think???
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
It could be your favourite computer game, your favourite sport, your favourite food, your favourite ANYTHING!
Once you have chosen the thing you are going to explore you are going to find out for me:
WHERE IS IT FROM???
WHO MADE IT???
HOW MUCH DID THEY GET PAID???
WHAT IS THEIR WORK PLACE LIKE???
WHAT COULD THEIR HOME BE LIKE???
How can you tell other people about what you have discovered?
IS IT STILL YOUR FAVOURITE THING???
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I have noticed our blog stats are going up and up over the holidays. I thought it might be you looking at it. If it is leave a comment and tell us what you are up to :)
Today I am off to meet Mrs Wills for coffee and I will get to see her new baby!
Remember if you are posting a comment from home or the library to post as name/url (see the picture below) only write your first name and leave url blank
Mrs T-J xx
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Here I am introducing the Cook Island Cultural group.
Who the? What the ,where the , yes ow yeah what is it? It is the culture festival i totally forgot about it. Did you know that it is tonight? That is so boring, no it is not! The cultural festival is about sharing your tradition with others like Samoa,Tonga,Fiji,Tahiti and Hawaii that brings us together and that is a symbol of life and that's the best thing you can ever have.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
1) what do you think St clair is like?
I think st clair is a place where there are alot of changes happening like bedford street-when they use to have candy shops and hairdresser shops and now they changed it to cafe's and houses.
2) what places look interesting?
The places that interesting to me is the camp store because I love lollies and ice blocks alot!
3)what would you do if you visited?
if i visited st clair i would first go to st clair and see what they have been learning in school and if they really are inspired by our blog.
4)do our post-cards make interested in our place?
yes because I can see how much fun you guys have in st clair!
I think St Clair is really nice (more than before) and I think that it has got more colour. I think that Esplanade is really a nice place. I like how its set. I would go to the beach and I would visit bedford street. I really like your post cards. It makes me want to go to the beach.
I think that St Clair is a great place to go because of the beaches and schools.
What i can see about St Clair is that they have alot of lovely cafes and i love seeing heaps of cafes.
I think that the beach is very interesting to hang out at because I can see that st clair's beach is very calm.
If I would go to st clair to visit,the first place i'd go to is ....
St Clair's school because it looks very lovely.
yes, St Clair's post cards make me very interested and I think that my class will agree.
i looked at the post card with the lifesavers. In the past they tied the rope to the life-savers but
now they get in a motor boat and rescue people.
i like the esplanade and the cafe and bars
If i were there i would explore their neighbourhood.
St Clair sounds like a cool place. It has lots of shops at the beach
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Today is the first day of Spring!
We are going to take a picture of our marvelous tall old oak tree that has been at our school for years. We will be taking a picture of it every day. We are hoping that we can put all the pictures into a movie so that you can see it grow!
"The Oak Tree is a great symbol of BMPS" - Jayden
Day 2 Photographer: Conrad
Day 3 Photographer: Zanitha
Day 4 Photographer: Julia
Day 5 Photographer: Jayden
Day 6 Photographer: Emma
Day 7 Photographer: RJ
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
CRUNCH! I looked down and saw, to my horror, an abundant amount of tinsy winsy little spiraled cracked shells. They looked like a mozaic, but this was not art.
The little shells were moving in a pool of slimy goo. It looked like the inside of caramello chocolate but it was way more slimy and disgusting. The blood was melting down and spreading across the wet concrete.
I looked at my new white shiny hi-topped Nikes. There was slippery slime all over them. I felt sad and angry. Stupid snail, how dare you get in my way and ruin my new shoes.
But then I realized, the snail was far more worse off than me. The snail was DEAD. I started to think about the snail's family...
What if the snail was a kid? would its Mum and Dad be worried about it?
What if the snail was a mother? The babies would have no mother or food (unless they found their uncle or auntie).
What if the snail was about to get married? Would there be a confused snail wife wondering where her fiance was and what she had done wrong?
Suddenly I thought, I don't really care about my brand new shiny shoes. There are far more other people worse off!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
My First Cut
Crash! Sling slice flop, aaahaaaah, blood racing down my leg like hungry gazelles reaching the tip of my toes. Everyone rushing down the stairs trying to see what happened. Blood spreading everywhere. It was like a blood pool. You could see the inside of my leg. My cousin laughing at me. My skin stuck on the carpet. All the pain and blood.
Round and round and round the bandage goes. I tip-toed up the stairs. Scrubber scrubber, scrubber everyone trying to get the blood stain off the carpet. Bounding, bending, blood spreading everywhere.
I could feel the cold blood surrounding me and whispering to me. The cold blood pool was like the water in
Thursday, August 12, 2010
“Disgusting! Please don’t make me eat that!”.
Spat slip, little devils coloured orange, yellow and green. I quickly shoved the whole thing into my mouth. It tasted so yuck I almost vomited. I said I needed to go to the toilet. I ran quickly to the back door throwing the demon out of my mouth. As soon as I walked through the door my Mum said,
“How were your veges?”
I didn’t know what to do so I power-walked into the kitchen.
Six more little demons left to eat.
“I’m not finished yet…”
I was just sitting there looking at my food. I couldn’t stand it so I quickly ate it, chewing chewing. I suddenly swallowed it trying not to vomit.
“How was it?” Mum said.
“It was delicious …”
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
We will be finished the Bridge to Terabithia this week. Check out these quizzes!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
He showed us how he can display many more emotions now. When babies cry it is interesting to see how other people around them react. There were many emotions going on in our class when Blake was upset!
When he felt safe he showed us how clever he is getting. He managed to get a toy out of the fishtank. We were so impressed with his learning and we can't wait to see him again!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Here it is
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
This week Mrs T-J was away in Christchurch so we are doing some research on the world cup.
Our mission is to make a mini-world cup report about the countries in NZs World Cup group (Group F).
We can work on our own or in 2s or 3s.
We are presenting our project as a poster.
It must include the following:
What are the names of the countries NZ played in the 2010 world cup?
Using the Atlas’s what do the flags look like (colours etc) for these countries
Using the internet (or your parents knowledge for homework) What were the scores of the games
Complete the word-search and include it in our poster
Find any other interesting facts and include them in our poster.
Some Facts We Have Found So Far are ...
There was not world cup in 1942 and 1946 because of the World war (Rionne via Emma)
David Beckham's Favourite food in the USA is Chicken and Waffles (Wiremu)
I learned that NZ drew all their games in this world Cup (Mele)
Brazil got to get the original World Cup Trophy because they won it 3 times in a row (Rionne)
The Allwhite uniform was made by Nike (Tuseilda)
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Yesterday we learned to use chalk before we paint, because when you paint over pencil you can still see the lines but when we paint over chalk it melts.
Today we were researching on the computers for kiwiana symbols. We enjoyed looking at the beautiful pictures and symbols of kiwiana. We saw Hokey Pokey ice cream, Pavlova, Kiwi fruit, Kiwi, L&P bottles, gumboots, jandals, buzzy bee, rugby ball, pohutakawa trees, marae, paua shells and the NZ map.
We found a movie on how to draw a kiwi, and how to draw a silver fern.
We learnt how to make cold colours and warm colours in our dye wash. The warm colours were red and orange and the cold ones were blue and green.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This week we are doing an Art Intensive. We are learning about Aboriginal Art. The theme of our Art Intensive is Kiwiana so we are mixing them together.
We have made a dye wash for our backgrounds and we are learning (by making HEAPS of mistakes) how we would like our final piece to look.