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NB: I have moved to a new school now so this blog is no longer active.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