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NB: I have moved to a new school now so this blog is no longer active.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

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FlashMob Haka!

Something very special happened at our leaving assembly :)

Check it out

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Bar Class Reflections

Describe the lesson you taught.

"I teached them how to play the guitar, it was challenging teaching them all at once, next time I would like more guitars. I learnt that I am like a teacher"

".First we taught them the basic like bowling and batting. We had a bowling practice first. They got to have 6 bowls each then they each had a turn at batting. But if they made a mistake we would teach them how to do it properly.After we finished the basics we played a game of cricket.we played on the field next to the hall.

Reflect on the lesson you taught

The enjoyable thing was we had fun doing our arts and carfts and there were heaps of smiles on our visitors faces. What was challenging was cleaning up the work and running out of glue. What i could've done was get enough glue sticks for the glue gun so it won't run out. What i learned was that teaching something about your culture can be fun and interesting.

Teaching them was fun because it gave me something to do and they enjoyed it.
It was hard teaching them and it was hard to teach Shayden how to dougie becuase his leg kept going right up. So i concentrated on his hands and body instead.
I learnt that everyone learns things differently - what i found easy, they found hard.

I found it easy but they were finding it kind of hard. I learned that its good to teach people something that they don't know.

I liked seeing them have fun on the computers.

The enjoyable thing was teaching people and being able to connect with them.

Should we use bar-class in our regular class schedule?

Yes because it would give the teachers a rest. Sometimes i am put in a group and told what im learning. It would be nice to choose.

I think kids should teach other kids to do math and reading
and writing.

yes because i learn from them better because i feel more relaxed around them.

i would like that because when you are with other people they talk about other things but teachers just only talk about what we are learning...

Yes - Because it will be really good for your friends because they will be able to listen more often.

This would be better because we could choose what we wanted to do and sometimes kids are better at teaching each other because we help each other and understand each other.If we didn't get something we could ask the teacher and then go back and teach each other...

yes because its nice learning from other kids and if i think that they have a done a good job i could let them play.

I like being taught by other kids because we can chat about other things at the same time.

I would like to be able to choose what i do. you shouldn't always have to stay in the same group and learn what the teacher wants you to.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Bar Camp Reflections

We have been having a Bar-Camp in Room 12 over the past two weeks where we have been putting on workshops and teaching each other new skills.

We put the name of our workshop on a chart and then we are allowed to go to which ever one we want to. We have had cool choices. Teach me how to dougie, change a tyre, side-stepping touch rugby, island art and gaming.

Tomorrow we are looking forward to Taiaha, more touch skills, choreography to the Lion King and wood-carving with real tools!

We use this form to design our workshops.

Here are some movies of our bar-class last week.

Today we are reflecting on our learning in another google form.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Room 12s Bar Camp

Today we are preparing for our first ever bar camp. We are figuring out what we are going to teach each other. We have some cool topics already!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011


This week we are all practicing very hard for our cultural performances that will be performed at our school's 50th Jubilee this Saturday. While we wait for our practices we are writing making and will soon start filming our animations. We have I Can Animate on one computer and we will also be trying to use the cameras and imovie apps on the ipad.

We tried out planning on page 34 or the Making Clamation in the Classroom e-book that we downloaded for free.

Our stories are ranging from renactments of the three little pigs, the opening ceremony, and even a horror story about a dark shadow!

Playdoughmation day 1 on PhotoPeach

Thursday, September 15, 2011

RWC Perspectives

This week we have been discussing how different people see the same things differently.

We are exploring this in the context of the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony. Some of us were at Eden Park, some were in town, some didn't watch it at all and some were at home watching it on TV. We are writing stories and making movies illustrating our different experiences. We are also busily making an Eden park display with QR Codes. We will post pictures soon. In the meantime check out our imovies and puppetpals interpretations of this historic event.




BMPS NEWS Term 3 week 7!

Thanks to Vae-Rose for her stunning art and the inspiration.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Something Zesty to start the week

Do you remember this guy?

Check this out!

Mrs T-J

Questions from room 12...

Do you think that any of these tricks looked easy?

Do you know the name for when a cyclist rides up a wall?

How long do you think it took for him to learn these tricks?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

more RWC ads

We're feeling very proud of these - we can now all edit on our own. Mrs T-J can put her feet up and drink coffee - she's happy about that!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hockey Day One - Survivor By Tupou


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

William Webb Ellis

Yesterday we read about the history of the Web Ellis Cup. This is what we found out...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Get Well Vae-Rose

On Monday Vae-Rose had a bad accident at school and badly damaged her finger. She has had two operations.

Room 12 have made her this video. They did it all on their own. Mrs TJ did not help AT ALL!

Mrs TJ is VERY proud of Vae-Rose for being so brave and she is very proud of Room 12 for being so clever!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

by khayah

Bart was angry as a bull. Ralph went around saying duck and Bart had a crooked crown and they have a huge house a giraffe Bart yelled out with angry eyes he said ''say gose you stuipid freek!''

duck duck!!

There was Bart looking angry and annoyed from the game. His cheap paper crown with celloteap to hold it up on his head was crocked . As Ralph repeatedly went around the circle saying '' duck duck duck duck ''. he said it over and over until Bart lost his temper and yelled out to Ralph,
''say goose you stupid freak!!'' then Ralph 's feeling's get hurt and he runs out crying

duck duck duck-by conrad

It was Bart's birthday. They played duck duck duck goose. It got to Bart. Bart was sitting angrily. He was annoyed he shouted in a loud angry voice "say goose you stupid freak." Because Ralph just kept saying "duck duck duck". Ralph ran home with tears on his face.:D

DUCK, DUCK, DUCK................................

Face with boredom as Ralph goes on and on saying duck, duck, duck.
Bart feeling rage inside of him, his cheap looking, little purple crown hanging
crookedly on his little yellow head.

Fat little Ralph is still going round and round hitting every bodies heads
still saying "duck, duck, duck..."
Bart still sitting there more and more anger pouring into his mind.

Ralph is near Bart getting closer and closer still saying "duck, duck, duck..."
Ralph nearly hits Bart on the head until suddenly,
Shouted Bart with so much anger that poor little Ralph gets so scared that tears
fill up in his eyes.
As he runs away crying like a baby (what a crybaby)
every body just sits there silenced.

Duck duck duck!!!

Seeing Bart sitting on the floor with a deep frown on his face and his cheap looking crooked crown. "Duck, duck, duck" hearing Ralph with his high - pitched squeaky voice. Ralph gets up to Bart DUCK! "Say goose you stupid freak" shouts Bart. "waaa waaa waaa" Ralph waddles off like a penguin crying as if waterfalls were coming down from his eyes.

duck duck duck by nelson

In the Simpson cartoon Bart is having a party. They're playing duck duck goose
but Ralph is not saying goose. All he's doing is running around in circles
tapping them on the head saying 'duck'. Bart is getting really frustrated and angry the
cheap crown on his head is crocked and purple but when his had enough he yells at Ralph and says to him,
"Say duck you stupid freak!" and Ralph runs away in tears

Duck Duck By Jasmin

When Ralph started saying, "duck duck" Bart was getting bored. When Ralph was up to Bart, Bart said to Ralph ''Just say goose you stupid freak!''

Ralph was very very sad Ralph had tears coming out of his poor eyes. Ralph was very upset when Bart called Ralph a stupid freak.

duck duck duck By danielle

Bart was sitting with his arms crossed and with a purple paper hat on Bart's yellow head. Ralph went round and round saying "duck duck duck..."
Then Bart said to Ralph
"say goose you stupid freak...."
Then Ralph went home with a sad face with tears coming down his poor eyes.

birthday at bart's house - by Imo

Bart was sitting with his arms crossed and Bart had a very tired and angry face. He was disturbed by Ralph. Ralph never stopped saying "duck duck duck..." Bart was going to pop because Ralph never shouted goose. Half of his family was asleep and his mum was bored. Then bart says "SAY GOOSE YOU STUPID fREAK." AND Ralph ran crying to the door slammed the door very hard. His family woke up because the door was slammed.


In the beginning Ralph was patting peoples heads saying "Duck,duck,duck..." for about one hour

While Ralph was saying duck, Bart was very angry at Ralph. I think he even wanted to murder Ralph too. So when Ralph patted Bart's head Bart said "Say goose you stupid freak".

Then when Bart said "Say goose you stupid freak!" just for like five seconds Ralph just started crying and he ran away...

..........THE END.........

Duck Duck Duck But No Goose . By:Zanitha

A quiet afternoon in a small neighborhood full of DUCK DUCK DUCK but no goose.
Waiting for Ralph to say goose,the people that are playing know that this game wasn't a good game to play besides no games are good to play with Ralph unless he's playing with Casper.

The only good game to play with Ralph would be hide and go seek because you can run straight away from him and he won't even know.

All of Bart Simpson's family came and now they are sleeping. This was a bad idea. A few hours went by and Bart get so frustrated that he screams out of nowhere
Ralph's tears flows down like a water pipe has just cracked open out his eyes and then the teary Ralph runs out in tears.
I bet you every one's happy that he left

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

After School News Crew Week 9

Just keeps getting better and better ...

Boo and Kitty - By Danielle

The door squeaked open and inside was Boos toys. Boo give the toys to Kitty she was happy. Kitty said
"Come here you!"then they went to the bed
"Kitty has to go now"
Then kitty leaves and Boo gets out of her warm light pink bed. Boo opens her closet and says "boo" but kitty was not there and boo's face is a sad sad face.

Basketball STARS

Both BMPS Girls and Boys Basket Ball teams are UNDEFEATED! "We are the champions!"

Last Good-Bye: By Zanitha

Watch this scene and then check out the writing below :)

Hearing the screeching door opening,Kitty looks directly at Boo in a sad kind of way. Suddenly,Boo gets so happy that she runs through her room, picks her well known toys and passes them to Kitty and Kitty says,
"Oh that's cute!"
While Boo picks another toy and squeezes it, Kitty says,
"That's very nice."
A few minutes later, Kitty carefully tosses the toys on the ground and picks Boo up saying
"Come here you."
They both laugh together in joy and happiness.
While Kitty tucks Boo in her warm pink bed,Kitty Says....."Kitty has to go now."
Boo points to her closet where they first met each other and then Kitty said
"No-ones coming out of your closet to scare you anymore."
Knowing Boo's sad face, Kitty gets it too.
His big blue eyes get watery and then he leaves her room through the closet.
Boo can't bare not to see Kitty again so she jumps out of her bed, goes towards her closet, and says "BOO."
But kittys not there.


As kitty wriggled the handle of the door it opened with a squeaky noise.
As soon as Boo saw her room she ran in squealing, looking around and then retreating to pull her friend kitty into her room.

Boo ran around her room picking up her toys and giving them to Kitty,
"oh that's cute, that's very nice!" were Kittys compliments on Boos toys.

Kitty ditched the toys on the floor and picked up Boo saying,
"COME HERE YOU!":) They both started laughing and Kitty tucked
Boo into her bed and they smiled at each other.

Then Boo pointed to her door and said something in her high pitched baby talk
and then pointed to the door.
"Nothings coming out of your closet to scare you anymore."
"Kitty" said Boo
"Kitty has to go." Kitty replied.
Boo stood up in her bed and embraced Kitty.
They stayed like that for a while and Kitty's big blue eyes were turning all watery with tears of sadness.

He finally stood up and went to the door-before leaving he looked back at Boo with even more sadness than and then turned back around and left.
When the door closed Boo got up and and ran to the door (she thought it was a joke)
and opened the door and said.........BOO but he wasn't there.

By Mele

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After School News Crew Week 8

School is cool!

A live cross to Australia

Exciting sports results

The Weather


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Hold onto your hats!!!!

Today we had the coolest surprise. We all got super warm wooly hats! We were so happy we broke into song :)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

class news

It was a rainy day today so we couldn't get out for fitness - so we did some old fashioned news instead..

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

After School News Crew Week 5

Yay - we shot outside today - we had a wee bit of trouble with our mic so some of the sound is not so great. The main thing is we had FUN. Special cross-over from our friends at Bellaire Primary too!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

After School News Crew Week 4

The BMPS NEWS CREW had to shoot everything inside on this rainy rainy day. Luckily we have a green screen to brighten everyone up!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

should the onc-ler chop down trees

I strongly believe that the once-ler should not be allowed to chop down trees.Because it is harmful to the people who live there, and it causes pollution and there will be no oxygen.

Firstly it is harmful to the people who live there can you imagine if somebody destroyed your property? You won't have food and shelter because it has been taken away.

Secondly it causes pollution. Do you think it is alright if your lake, river or sea was polluted? You could probably die! Pollution makes water poisoness and yucky.

Thirdly there will be no oxygen because trees provide oxygen and with no oxygen you will die.

Therefore i strongly believe that the once-ler should NOT chop down trees Because it is harmful to the people who live there, and it causes pollution and there will be no oxygen.

Monday, May 16, 2011

wiremus broken thumb

This happened by me playing soccer on Friday.It was from me standing on the
soccer ball and falling over and landing on.It is badly bruised and the nurse told
me that it was broken too.She said that one of the bones had a crack in it.My dad
was very sad because i have basketball for my school next week and he was looking
forward to seeing me play.I have to have the cast on for 4 weeks.

Should the Once-ler chop down the trees

I believe that the once-Ler should be allowed to cut down the truffula trees.This is because the Thneeds make him rich.It makes more space in the land and it will make more useful stuff.

Firstly the Thneeds make him rich, because some people need thneeds to keep them warm and comfy.The thneeds are nice around cozy,warm fire's.

Secondly, I think that if there were more space in the land the Bar-ba loots can play more game, and there would be some more space to make a road for the cars to drive along.

Finally, the Thneeds make alot of useful things like paper,jumpers,jackets,pajamas,scarfs,rain coats,and all sorts of useful things you can think of.

There fore I strongly believe that the Once-ler should be allowed to cut down the truffula trees because the Thneeds make the Once-ler rich.There would be more space in the land, and the Thneeds make more useful things.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Should the once-ler be aloud to cut down the trees?

I strongly believe the once-ler should not cut down the trees. Its because the barbaloots will have no shade, no food and also not enough oxygen.

Firstly the once-ler should not cut down the trees because the barbaloots will have nothing to eat and will have to leave the land. Also food helps us to survive.

Secondly because the barbaloots wont have any shade. Trees give us shade to protect us from the sun. If there were no shade we would have sunburn and the worsts SKIN CANCER!!! which you could die from.

Thirdly because the barbaloots wont have enough oxygen. Oxygen helps us to breathe. If the trees were cut down the barbaloots wont be able to breathe properly.

Therefore I strongly believe the once-ler should not cut down the trees because there will be no food, no shade and also not enough oxygen.
I can prove that Mr Onceller should be aloud to cut the trees down because he can give the barbaloots space,donate money to the hungry barabaloots and NO-ONE CAN STOP HIM

Should Mr Onceller be aloud to cut the trees down?
Well,Firstly I can prove he should cut the trees down because he can give the barbaloots space,for example,if he wasn't aloud to cut the trees down,the poor barbaloots would bump into nearly every tree and be hurt.

Secondly I believe that the Onceller should be aloud to cut the trees down because he can make heaps of money for his family and if he has some money left,he can donate the money to the hungry barbaloots.For example if he was not aloud to cut the trees down,his poor family and the poor barbaloots would have to look for their own food.

Finally i strongly believe that Mr Onceller should be aloud to cut the trees down because NO-ONE CAN STOP HIM

Therefore I have proved that Mr Onceller SHOULD CUT THE TREES TO MAKE THNEEDS

By Zanitha

Monday, May 9, 2011

the once-ler should be able to cut down the trees

We looked at this blog where the students wrote arguments about the Lorax. We are trying this out ourselves.

This is Mele's argument, she is arguing that the Oncler should be able to chop down trees. She is nearly finished it and is working on her conclusion

Have a read:

I really believe that that the once-ler SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CUT DOWN TREES.
This is because he is helping other people who need thneeds. When he cuts down the trees it helps makes the houses which provides shade and privacy and there is no law against it!

Firstly, I TRULY believe that the once-ler should be allowed to cut down the trees because
if he didn't then there wont be any thneeds for the people and they would get cold and very
sad. For an example if there was winter and the people had no clothes to wear they would get very very sick and may end up in the hospital!!!

Secondly people think that the trees provide shade and shelter. Well that is true BUT when we cut down the trees then we can make them into houses which provides shade and also provides privacy!!! My point is that if we all lived under the tree then it will provide shade but no privacy
and that would be very very embarrassing, and if it was raining it would actually go through the trees and make you wet and that is my point.

Finally I STRONGLY believe that the once-ler should be allowed to cut down the trees
because IT IS NOT AGAINST THE LAW! So since it is not against the law then that
means he is not doing anything wrong therefore he should be allowed to cut down the trees!!!

therefore i believe that the once-ler should be allowed to cut down the trees because
he is helping other people, he is helping to provide shade and privacy and
it is not against the law!
what if you had no money and had to look for a job and finally you found one but
people keep on criticizing you?
would you like that?
people are just trying to make money here! what is so bad about that?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

World Cafe ReDuce ReUse ReCycle

Today we tried the World Cafe approach to learn about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling

In the world cafe we gott into groups of 4-5
Answer questions on the big piece of paper
After two minutes the oldest or youngest kids had to swap
Then the blue hats had to swap
Then the hair-tie people had to swap

When we swapped we shared the information we got in the other group.
(by Wiremu)

We learned:

having smaller showers
walking to school
going on a boat instead of a plane
Use a blanket instead of a heater
Bike instead of car


Use a tyre to make a swing
Wear hand-me-down clothes
Make a car our of a box
Use glass jar to save money in
Use glass jar to keep pens in
Use scraps to make compost
Get a long cylinder can as a piggy bank
Turn real hair into a wig
Reuse icecream containers as lunch box


Put recyclable material into the recycle bin
Recycle the good parts of old computers
We discovered we had questions about recycling:
What do they do with the glass?
What do they do with the plastic?
How do they recycle petrol?
How can we recycle water?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Room 12s First Celebrity Endorsement

Thank you Mr Dallow for all your great tips. The Room 12 News AFTER-SCHOOL crew will be in touch with our New and Improved Show!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ukulele New Learning

This week we started learning to how play the ukulele.

We hope we are ready for assembly on Friday!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Our sports shed

Hi Zoe here are some pictures that Nooroa and Emma took of our sports shed.

Your sports shed looks nice and colourful. We want to colour our bins now, did you buy them like that or did you do it? Were you allowed to paint them?

Raniera thinks it looks really tidy :) Now we want to tidy ours!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Zanitha explains...

How she uses the Graffiti font.

Our Oak Tree

This is our Beautiful Oak Tree

Today we are going to try and get it protected so that people in the future cannot cut down our tree.

Jayden wonders "What if they break the agreement?"

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Story of Katikatia

One of our friends from BPS in Australia asked about this story. We couldnt find any information about it on the Internet. So here is our version of it for you.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

bey blades

at bmps people play with bey blades
like thes ones.
there are all deffent
bey blades.
some can go farst some
can go slow.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


We are telling you about our Soap Box Adventures on our Soap Box Blog!

polyfest vids

We are having trouble with our imovie so until we fix it our videos are uncut...

Part one (zanitha and mele)

Part two (Zanitha and Mele)

hi guys my name is jayden and i will be talking about the ASB polyfest.the ASB polyfest is about all cultures come together and cook island so i go to the cook island stage.there are other cultures like the samoan stage the tongan stage the nuiean stage and last but not least the maori stage.the food at the cook island stage was yummy in my was crowded with many people.thanks for listening.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Sketching to trance music

Ms Buist said...
That is an awesome sketch Kaitlyn! Tell us more - why do you listen to jazz while you are sketching? So today we mixed it up a little with some Trance

Seems to work just fine ...

Here is Zanitha's sketch

Google Doc Madness

We have been working with Google Docs for a couple of weeks now. They are cool because when you are on google docs you can chat to other people while you are working.

If you write something it saves really fast by itself so you dont lose your learning.

You can let people into your document.

You can add to it anywhere with internet we have been doing it at our parents work, at home, at the internet cafes in town, and at the library and out our Aunties house. Mrs TJ can see it on her phone too!

We have been sharing our doc with our friends in Australia. They asked us some questions and now we are making a new doc about stories from our cultures.

Group 1 and 2 are making a report about brains on their google doc.

Michelle drew a picture for her google doc and put it in.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Our Afternoons

In the afternoons we listen to Jazz and Sketch. Today's fabulous sketch was by Kaitlyn!

Monday, March 7, 2011

How we raised funds 4 Chch

The TLC worked very hard to oraganise a fundraiser for Chch eARthQuaKe! We all had a great time at the Bring and Buy, Cake Stalls, Car Wash, Pay and Play and the After School Disco! Watch the Movie to see how much money we raised!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Jelly fish and Quake News

Week 4 top news stories:
Jelly fish in Eastern Beaches
Christchurch Earthquake

Monday, February 14, 2011


My superheroes name is Bat girl.

My superhero has beautiful long, long red hair.
She is very tall and thin.
She has black wings which she can fly with.
She has a black, yellow and red suit.


Her superpowers are:
she has the ability to read peoples mind,
she can fly with her bat wings,
she can turn invisible and she has a sword that turns people into a
type of animal that she wants.
she has red eyes that can shoot laser beams and she can
teleport anywhere, whenever she wants.

Her weakness is sadness.
her weakness is sadness is because whenever she is very sad
she cannot use her power and the only way to make her powers work
again is to either make her sad or angry.

She has a secret hideout all the way in Arizona.
it is hidden deep in a forest and only her and her family have the code for it.
they use the secret hideout for emergency meetings
but she only goes there when shes lonely
and sad.


Monday, February 7, 2011

the learning tent

Here is our Learning Tent
We are working in the tent. It is hot inside, but it helps us to concentrate because we dont get disturbed by what other people are doing.

We are going to shoot our news show from the tent so that there are no distracting things in the background. We wonder what the sound will sound like.

Friday, February 4, 2011

We're Back!

Yay - we started back on Wednesday. Our year 5s are now year 6s and we have a whole lot of new year 5s! Here is our news report on Cyclone Yasi...