Our Blog

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NB: I have moved to a new school now so this blog is no longer active.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 :)
Tara T-J
Contact : (@taratj on Twitter)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Prize Giving

Today was our prize-giving.

The year 5s gave the year 6s an outstanding gift, a song. This is a tradition at BMPS.

Check it out!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Blake's Farewell

Blake is nearly one! He has grown so much since we first met him.

Good-bye Blake, we'll see you really soon xxx

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Okahau Capsule

Okahau Capsule
We looked at the capsule on the blog and we could see writing on it. When we zoomed in on the computer we saw the words Okahau Capsule.

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.

Talking to our friends in Warrington on Video-Chat

Sunday, November 28, 2010

What are you doing???

Hey Room 12

If you get access to a computer, let me know what you are up to ...

I hope you all have a great 2 days. See you on Wednesday :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Soccer Balls - Where are they from?

In the weeks that I have been researching about soccer balls and how that there are more than 1/8 of the soccer balls in the world that are made by children! I have found that these children are forced to work at least 15 hour shifts every day for only 100 rupee.

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

Gratin de pommes de terre - the process

Yay here is how we made Pascale's Gratin de pommes de terre recipe. We hope that you can see the fun we had. We enjoyed it so much that we worked through the bells. True engagement. We are looking forward to trying some more recipes.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Comparing and Constrasting Blake

He couldn't talk
He didn't know how to crawl
He was small
He cried
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 talks
He can feed himself

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Toasty Maths

How many pieces of toast?

What other maths questions do we have?

Our questions:
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?

Friday, November 5, 2010

In celebration of open education...

The concept of open source and free sharing of technological information existed long before computers. For example, cooking recipes have been shared since the beginning of human culture.

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

Child Labour / Labor

Today we discussed Child Labour in the context of chocolate production.
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

Monday, October 25, 2010

Sun-Hat Ad Challenge

WALT - Script and Film a 30 sec ad for an authenitic purpose:

Now that it is after Labour Weekend it is Sunhat time at our school.

We are very busy today scripting our sunhat ads to share with the rest of the school. Watch this space ...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Favourite Things ... Chocolate?


Here are the brands of chocolate we know:


We will be checking ...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An important warning ...

PLEASE REMEMBER to write your name on your uniform.

Otherwise we have to watch Mrs T-J do THIS!!!!

Camera Operator - Jayden

Roots of Empathy - Communciation

Today Tanya came to school and talked to us about communication.

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


Today we are going to Skype a school in Geelong Australia. We have been looking at their blog this year and have noticed that there are small differences between NZ and Australia. We will be asking them some questions and making some statements.

Check out their latest news.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Immersion - Where is it from?

How is a cartoon made?

What do you think that this means? What questions do you have about this?

Nooroa's Alien Story

Last night I was in my room and then I saw a bright light out my window. I was surprised. It was my first time seeing an immense alien ship on the ground taking my family away from me. I was sad. I had noone to play with me. I was all by myself at home crying in my room. I had noone to cook for me.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Which miner first??

We watched this video and wondered how we could decide who should come out first...

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


Arm wrestle

Maths tiggy


Monday, October 11, 2010

Financial Literacy

We are learning some financial words before we start our inquiry of "The Real Cost of Pets" (FIO)

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

These are a few of our favourite things ...

Where are these from?

Tuseilda - My Elmo Sandles
Zanitha - My Rainbow's end Teddy Bear
Nelson - Halo (PS2 Game)
Conrad (PS 3)
Shannon - Sky tv
Tupou - (PS 3)
emma - My Jandles
Mrs T-J - My iPhone

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Where is it from?

This term you are going to be exploring many of your favourite things.

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:






How can you tell other people about what you have discovered?


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

Happy holidays!!!

Mrs T-J xx

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

culture groups

I'm a little bit nervous about the performance tonight because we are doing it in front of dozens of people.hopefully my boys can do the haka good


OMG!!! I'm so scared of doing the dance in front of dozens of people .
hopefully Iget some money $

cook island

when i was there Mrs Wilson from room 9 was recording us while were dancing
but when we were finished we looked at the video and i said to my self
i need to fix my dancing when we were finished i said i can do it.

Jayden's cultural performance

Video taken by Mrs Wilson in Room 9
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.

cutural festival

i think that cultural groups are a great way to interact with people and to learn about other cultures i bet that our cultural performance is going to be the best

Monday, September 20, 2010

jade, tuseilda and julia

here is the photo peach we made for you to watch answer our quiz
hope you enjoy it!!!

Nature shots on PhotoPeach


PIPA came to our school! They played cool games with us and then we got to perform in front of each other. It was cool. We can't wait to see them again next term!!!

St Clair Wordle

What have we learnt about St Clair?

Wordle: St Clair

Sunday, September 19, 2010

WEEK 10 NEWS!!!!!!

St Clair looks fun

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!

St clair - by Emma

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.

wow st clair

I think that St Clair is a great place to go because of the beaches and schools.
The things that look interesting are the before and after photos and the history
and the shopping centers
If I visited I would go to the beaches and then I would go to
the shop and get the 50 cent lollies.
Yes i haven't even been there and I all ready love the place.

St Clair - by Zanitha

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.

More postcards

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
are cool.
If i were there i would explore their neighbourhood.
by nelson

St Clair Post Cards

St Clair sounds like a cool place. It has lots of shops at the beach
It sounds like the beach is a cool place to go to because I love to go to the beach.
If I were there I would vist the...
St Clair school
I am really interested now that i have seen the post-cards. I think My class will agree too.

Now there are lots of shops at the beach and the houses are new and fancy. But before there were not many shops at the beach - just houses
The houses were old and made of wood.

From Phoenix.

PS Thanks For the chocolate We will send you something back.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Term 3 Round-Up

Here is a slideshow made in PhotoPeach.

Some of the titles are quiz questions. Press the correct answer!

Term 3 Round-up on PhotoPeach

Old Oak Footage

Hi Room 12

I know that you think that the Oak tree will NEVER grow, but look what I found in my picture files ...

What month do you think this footage was taken?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Oak Tree - Day 1 photographer Nelson

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

Easi-speak mics

We are so excited and lucky because our easi-speak mics arrived today. It is taking us a while to get used to them but we have found that they will help us to have better sound on our news. There are heaps of other things that we will be doing with them as well... If your school has done something cool with them please let us know!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Look news

We were inspired by our friends at BPS in Geelong, so we got out of the classroom and reported about the school, around the school!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Things could be worse

A shared story by Room 12

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

Jayden's personal writing

My First Cut

By Jayden

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 Antarctica

Voice Thread Activity

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Logan's Personal Writing


By Logan

“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

Monday, August 9, 2010

Emotions - Roots of empathy

Getting in touch with our emotions. Thank you to Malakai for editing the titles on this film :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Roots of Empathy Blake is 7 months

Wow! Look how much Baby Blake has grown! He can lie on his front and he is NEARLY crawling!

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

Melville Intermediate School's Maths Problem

Today in Maths we had a look at Melville Intermediate School's Problem: Here it is... Here is our video for them

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Our Book

This week we made a book about nature in Otara. The first thing we did was get a camera and we turned it on and put in on zoom. We took close-up pictures of things at BMPS. We had fun taking the pictures. Then we downloaded the photos onto the computer. We put the pictures on powerpoint.

Here it is

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Personal Writing

Hi Room 12

We are going to have a go at some Personal Writing this term. Check out this new presentation tool that Mrs T-J has been playing with today ...

It's REALLY cool!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup Facts

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

NZ vs Italy

NZ vs Slovakia

NZ vs Paraguay

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)

Jeremiah's reading adventure

Jeremiah :-)

I like fish and this is the way we catch them.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Art intensive learning.

Shannon finds a how-to-sketch programme (he found ferns and kiwis)

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

Art Intensive

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.