Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cry Baby Moon

We are learning about writing Narratives.  We read the modern Maori story "Cry Baby Moon."  We all wrote a retelling of the story and created a vivid, pastel and dye piece of art to go with it.

Coopers Retelling of Cry Baby Moon from Courtney on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Money Week

We were given a $200 budget to do our grocery shopping for our family for one week.  We worked in small groups searching the countdown website for bargains and collating our own lists.

Here are some of our discoveries...

Healthy/Gluten free options are more expensive.  However if you were only buying necessities and no “treat-type” food you could still shop for healthy foods within our $200 budget.

Sometimes specials are a trick with the original price being only 10¢ more!

49¢ = tricks you thinking its cheaper but really its 50¢ eg.$14.99 looks better than $15.00

Supermarkets use the Swedish Rounding System.  Any number under 5 is rounded down and any number over 5 is rounded up.

$3.23  = $3.20

Scan this QR code for more on Swedish Rounding

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment

Our two Jack's organised this experiment with our whole class.  We then published our findings from the experiment in different forms.  Talie used popplet to mind map her interpretation.  Have a look...

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Zac's Speech on Dreams

Zacspeech from Courtney on Vimeo.

Zac was away for speech finals so I thought we would share his speech on our blog.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Haast Eagle

Haast Eagles


Haast eagles or Harpayornis moorei is the largest ever eagle in the world, but sadly is extinct. The haast eagle lived in the south island of New Zealand 


The Haast eagle lived in the south island of New Zealand and where the Moa lived.


Haast eagles females are larger and heavier then males.The females weighed 10 to 15 kgs and males 9 to 12 kg. There wingspan where 2.6 m or 3m males again were slightly smaller.


The Haast eagle hunted their food by watching from above and swooping down for the kill. They preyed on Moa's, ducks , rails, wekas and pigeons.

Cause of extinction

Humans settlers (1280) preyed heavily on the flightless bids of NZ and making the Moas extinct so the Haast eagles didn't have their main source of food.  Habitat loss was also part of this.


The Haast eagle are extinct and lived ages ago and their was probably so much to learn from them but sadly they are extinct. Hopefully no more endemic birds in NZ go extinct.

By Jack G

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Some very late videos from our Art Gallery Trip

As part of our motivation for our production this term we visited Auckland Art Gallery were we explored shape, movement and line.  We interpreted different artworks and in groups created movements that portrayed the pieces of art.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Olive's Sloth Report

2 toed sloth

The Sloth

The Sloth is a mammal.

The Sloth go in trees Sloth do go on land. Sloths can live to be 40 and sloths can sleep up 20 hours a day! Sloths are great swimmers. Sloths move 13 feet a minute.

The sloth’s main predators are Jaguars,Snakes and Eagles.

The sloth’s habitat is in South America and in Tropical Rainforests and some are on Barro Colorauo Island.

The Sloth only has 2 or 3 claws so it not to good at killing prey. All sloth have 3 claws on their hind limbs.

2 toed Sloth eat leaves and fruits. The 3 toed Sloth eat mostly leaves.  They also eat bugs, rats, small mice and birds eggs if they can find them.

Sloths are slow mammals but are very good in water.  They are an interesting animal.

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Black Forest

I clumsily slip and hit my head on the black decaying wood.  I painfully get up and continue my jog down the crimson leaf path.  I land swiftly on the leaves they crack like bones and tear away before my eyes, I run around a twisty bend and the forest seems alive, the trunks and twigs groaning in the viscous wind, my jog turns into a fast paced run to race back home.

Jack G (Cameo Writing)

Friday, 4 July 2014

Minecraft Colonies and other colony creations

Our inquiry over the last two terms has involved learning about colonisation.  To show our learning about survival in early colonies we designed our own colonies; shelter, food supply, water supply, safety and good health were all considerations we needed to take in planning and creating our colonies.

Coloniy from Courtney on Vimeo.

SCARLET RIVER TOWN from Courtney on Vimeo.

Zack and Wyatt's Colony from Courtney on Vimeo.

Phoenix's minecraft colony from Courtney on Vimeo.
Praful will post yours when it has finished processing...

Alien Colonisation By Alice and Shea

Alleins by Alice and Shea from Courtney on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Oliver's Homework Report on Llamas

Llamas are a funny kind of animal. You find them in South America where there are over 7 million Llamas. Now there are 158,000 in the US and Canada. The primary home for llamas are the Andes the longest mountain range in the world.

Fully grown llamas can weigh up to 200 kg and be as tall as 1.8m [ 6ft ]. Baby llamas called a cria can weigh up to 14 kg.
Llamas can live for 20-30 years with good care They have very soft wool which is lanolin free. This allows them to live at high altitudes.

Llamas are smart enough to be taught simple tasks and they are used for work. They were domesticated about 6,000 years ago by the Aztecs.

Female Llamas are used for milking and males are used for moving large objects. Llamas are very strong and can carry 25-30% of their weight that means that if the were 200 kg they could carry 50 kgs. Their fat tallow is used for candles.

A Quechua girl and her Llama.jpg

"A Quechua girl and her Llama" by Thomas Quine - A girl and her Llama. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Homework Stars!!!!

These people made amazing efforts presenting their homework in different ways last week.

Zack's Wooden Book Advertisement

Maya's Fortune Teller Research

Letishas Home Work - Small from Courtney on Vimeo.