Science Week...

We are focusing on getting to know the plants and animals around us...in our school, at our home, at the beach, at Brooklands and the Waimakariri River, and where we go on holiday.

Use your eyes to discover the Living World in our back yard, then use this website to find out names, habitats, foods, life cycles, predators...anything you are curious about. Let's share what you find by posting it on our Blog!

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Bird study...

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Click on the picture to have a look at this article in NZ Geographic about something new that scientists have found out about a seabird near Kaikoura...

There is also lots of interesting information about other NZ birds at http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/

Our class visited Spencer Park on 10th March and we were introduced to 3 ecosystems in our "back yard"...we saw a variety of birds, water life, and plants, and heard some amazing facts, including that some of these species are very endangered.


To help identify birds, water life or plants that we might see, look here (for birds) or here (for birds, insects, spiders, water-life trees & plants)


Our Science focus this year is about being curious and observant.

In the first term we tried growing some "mystery seeds" and some seedlings found in the gardens around the school.
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This wasn't totally successful as we sometimes let the plants and seedlings dry out, and they died.

It was interesting to see the variation in seed and seed pod types...
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We are continuing to experiment with growing native tree seeds and seedlings, as well as some pants for the vege garden.

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A big part of this project is managing to keep the plants alive, and recording our observations and measurements in a clear journal.

This year has started with some discoveries in the playground...

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We now have woolly bear caterpillars in an insect box in our room and we are watching to see how they progress through their life cycle.

Look at this website for lots of pictures and information about plants and animals in NZ...


What's new?

This year we have begun learning French. So far we have learnt some basic greetings, how to spell our name (- in French), and count to ten. Each person has researched famous French buildings, and presented the information in poster form. The next poster will be about a famous French person...due early Term 3.

With language learning, it is really important to practise regularly - every day if possible. Use the "Oui" resource book you have, or go to the French page on this wiki

In Term 3 we will be working towards the Ouruhia Spring Burst, with money-making schemes in mind! One suggestion has been to make soap (read about ways of making soap, and the science behind it here) ...any other ideas for things we could make or sell?

Also this term we hope to practise for an Ouruhia Idol talent quest, learn how to make a podcast to share our learning, and continue to do lots of little **Science experiments** to arouse our curiosity, discover basic Science principles, and practise methodical and logical ways of recording Science notes.

We have a class camp coming up at the end of Term 3 or early Term 4 (date to be advised), so there will be lots of build-up for that (including getting fitter for tramping).

On the arts scene, I want to put a real focus on playing instrumental music (percussion and tuned), as well as learning some harmonies and parts for our assembly songs. We will be doing a class item at the end of year concert, so any singing, playing, dancing ideas you have, let us know!

Our Learner Disposition to focus on especially this term will be THINKING.
  • When doing Science, be curious.
  • When looking at your own progress, be reflective, organised, and determined to problem-solve.
  • In presenting your work, and in the arts, be creative.
  • Be thoughtful, critical and questioning about what you hear, see or read.
  • Be keen to learn.

Have a great term. Make every post a winning post. What can you achieve by the beginning of October?


LEARNZ Ocean Acidification Field Trip - Global Warming in Antarctica

This will be our focus from 29 Oct - 2 Nov. We will be looking at daily diaries, video and picture clips, finding out about the work that Scientists are doing in Antarctica, and thinking about the wider issue of Global Warming and what we can do about it.

Please share this page with friends and family.

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Go to...

The Homepage and read the Background Pages to find out more about this fascinating topic

LEARNZ Geospatial Field Trip
This will be our focus from 29-31 August. We will be looking at daily diaries, video and picture clips, listening to audio-conferences and planning and asking questions.

Go to...


...to read background material about How location based information is helping the rebuild of Christchurch

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Antarctic Exploration
When we were on our camp we learnt about an Akaroa man, Frank Worsley, who was captain for Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition.
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Google Maps - Antarctica

Google maps have added some 360 degree views of the features in Antarctica.

Scott’s Hut

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South Pole

Katrina Hall
Gateway Antarctica - Centre for Antarctic Studies and Research
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Direct Tel: +64 3 364 2136
Fax: +64 3 364 2197
Ext: 6136

We are soon going to do Podcasts again!
Watch this space.

Try selecting some photos on your camp science topic, write a sound track, and record it using Garage Band. When finished, click "Share"/ "Export podcast to disk"... which will save it on the desktop, ready to upload to this wiki page.

Here is a very rushed example (which needs polishing), but it gives you an idea of what can be done.

Have fun.

We all are learning how to use VoiceThread
Here have a go.

Our Fun Wild Hair Day, Thursday 2nd June 2011

Now we are going to make our own podcasts. Watch this space...

Alex's Podcast:

Alex's Podcast(edit):

Lauren's, Keely's & Eilish's podcast:

Christopher's Podcast: