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NB: I have moved to a new school now so this blog is no longer active.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)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

March 1st News

We were shocked to hear about the Earth-quake in Chile and the Tsunami scare. It reminded us of the Samoan Tsunami last year and, more recently, the cyclone that hit the Cook Islands.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Water water everywhere!

Today we started learning about water. We discovered that water is ALL OVER THE PLACE! We made pictures on the computer. How many places can you find water???

HINT: Living things all contain water
Picture created by Rionne and Shannon. Post your answer as a comment

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Jeremiah's Reading Adventure

Jeremiah is learning how to read!

Room 12 News

22 Feb 2009

23 Feb 2009


Wiremu and Logan. Our voices were clear. We needed to manage ourselves better so that it made more sense.

Sarah and Julia. We wrote a good story. We need to speak louder.

Mele and Mereana. We think we need to speak louder. It was sad that there were people not listening propery in the background.

Siaga and Emma. Siaga had a good loud voice. We both need to look at the camera.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Oral Language

Responding to the Herald article on the Shark Attack

We are developing our oral language skills. We are using the webcam so that we can reflect upon our own oral language. As the year goes on we will all be able to see how our oral language and presentation skills progress.

Jaws and us

Shark Attack in the News!

Today we read about a Shark Attack in the News! This involved a bronze whaler shark.

Rain Poetry

A Wonderful Poem
By Jayden

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Self Portraits

Mrs J says "Great use of colour here. I love your nose!"

"Wonderful background here. You have managed yourselves very effectively and the results speak for themselves!"

"I love your pony-tail. That must have been very hard to do with a touch-pad mouse!"

"Fantastic eyes - a great use of the paint shape tool!"

"Fabulous hair and fabulous Mainfreight M!"

Beautiful sky effect! Fantastic teeth!

Here are some of our self-portraits using Microsoft Paint

Research Skills - Sharks

Some of us saw JAWS on TV so we decided to research Sharks. We are making 'mini research projects' using SMARTboard software. We are looking for facts about our chosen shark's habitat, food and enemies. We are also learning to add animated gifs to our presentations.

Water Slides - Team Building

Mrs Jorgensen set us a challenge.

We had to construct a miniture water-slide. We tested it with a marble. We had to make sure that the marble made it to the bottom without falling off the side.
We had to use many of our Key Competencies to do this. For example we had to "Manage Ourselves", "Participate and Contribute", Use our "Thinking Skills" and "Relate to Others"

Buddy Feedback - Shark Writing

We are learning to give each other feedback. We are learning how to do it for swimming and for writing. Here are some pictures of us talking to our buddies about our narratives. We were looking for the problem and the solution in the story. We were also making sure that the story was told from the "shark's point of view".