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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Science journal

Week 1: Starting to think about science: Gathering and Interpreting Data.
Today we did a experiment with slime and dumped it over Mr Anderson. It looked cold and slimy. I put myself on multistructural because I did help in some way by asking questions and pouring water in. We tried to make it slimier and we put vanilla essence in so it smelled good. After 7 minutes it went back to rotting egg smell. Overall I think I put myself in the right spot. It was funny to watch it when it went all over Mr Anderson.

Week 2: Balloon Rocket experiment
Today I am confident in my observations because I can tell what it has done. eg if the Balloon has only traveled a little distance, you have put too much air in it, so if you put 3 breaths of air into the balloon it go further along.

Week 3

At school we did a balloon rocket experiment. We took two chairs, threaded a straw through the string and then sellotaped the balloon to the straw. We blew up the balloon and then
videoed it. We let the balloon and when we'd finished we recorded our observations.

Trial 1
It sounded like a plane going up into space.
The movement it started and stopped.
The dissidents was 2m 43 cm.
The shape was like a rotting apple when an apple rotted it stink and that what the Balloon looked liked.

Trial 2
It sound like a plane going up.
The movement it went slower than trial 1.
The dissidents was 1 m 57 cm.
The shape was like a lemon  getting cut up.
I think this one did go is fast because I did this one with string and the wool on the string fur got in the way and travelled slower.

Trial 3
It sound like when you hold your breath and let the air out .
The movement was it stayed straight when flying and went in circles.
The distance was 2m 24cm.
The shape looked like apple shrinking.
This one was done with fishing wire and went much further too.

Trial 4
It sounded like when you open a ca .
It's movement was like a tv stopping and starting .
The distance was 2m 30cm.
It shape was like popcorn deflating .
This one went faster because the fishing wire was smooth so it went fast and further than the others.

With paper:
It sound like nothing.
The movement of the Balloon went in a spiral..
The distance was 1m 54cm .
Its shape was like a rocket going up into the air .
This one with the paper was much quieter than the other ones but it went in loops and went slower. I think it was because the paper stopped the balloon a little bit. When the balloon was without paper, it went faster.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Responsible citizen reflection

At the start of term I was unistructural  because I did learn a little bit about it last year but I know a lot about responsibility now. I. see it every day and I do it myself people took pictures of it to show what it means. People took pictures of hockey coaching.

I am extended abstract at being a responsible citizen because I use several strategies to be one in our community and I know when and why to use them. I can teach others to be responsible citizen in our community.

This term I taught younger kids how to play hockey. I taught  them to push pass, sweep and dribble the ball. We took data of that and what they need to work on. By the end of the time they had learn everything they need to learn and are really good at hockey now.

My project help people be responsible citizen by teaching them how to play. Now they can teach others how to play.

The challenge that we faced was that because they didn’t know how to play, they couldn’t get into position. We spent 5 minutes to get them ready.

Overall we had fun teaching them and we had some hard times while doing it but we enjoy it.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Responsible citizen

Responsible citizen

Are you a trustworthy person? 
A trustworthy person has an important role to play in our community because if you're not trustworth, people would steal things. Like, if you asked someone if they could clean your house while you're away they could just steal something. If everyone was trustworthy you could feel safer and like you trust that person. A person I know that is a trustworthy person is Neve because you could trust her to look after your ipad and not lose it and she would follow by that rule. So that's why I think she's a trustworthy. 

Do you follow the rules?
If there were any rules then there would be stuff  everywhere. People would be hitting, punching, kicking and kids would be allowed to drive cars. So I think we do need laws because the world would be a safer place. People I see following the laws are the police because if they see someone who isn't following the laws then they will tell them what to do better.

Are you a role model?
Being a role model is important because say if we pick up a bit of rubbish then little kids will do the same thing and it would be a clean happier place. If won't being a role then people would just walk over all the rubbish so I think everyone needs to be a role model. I think Darren is a role model because he encourages people to pick up rubbish so that's why I think he’s a good choice.

Do you care for people?
If we don't care for people the world would be a sad place because if a child fell down and hurt them self bad and no one helped them, that would be terrible. But if we did help them then everyone would feel good about it. I think  a person who cares about people is duty teacher because they will go sort the child out.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ko Ruby ahau

I am a Ford Focus ready to learn, reaching for the stars every day.

I am a sky tower, unbearable, unstoppable and ready to face my fears.

I am a tree, learning something new every day.

I am a strawberry, sweet and friendly.

Ko Ruby ahau.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Hard out hockey

On a cold, freezing morning at 8.00 I head off to hockey. I check I have my drink bottle and all my gear. We all run on the field, tackling, passing, running, hitting, everything. I'm  happy and excited. Are we going to win, tie or lose?

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hide and seek

Sitting, waiting, ready for them to say go, 
I sprint down the gravel path, 
prickles poking in my hand. 
Come, get in the bush. 
Quiet.  Cars race past.
Do they think were escaped from school?
Don't breathe.
Don't scream.
Don't turn around.
You look around nervously
Your legs are stiff. 
Why did we hide here? 
Don't move the leaves. 
Children run,
hiding in the bushes. 
Now we've been found.
I shouldn't have hid here. 
Well that was fun, but I'm going to win tomorrow.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish in the Pacific Ocean. They noticed that if they found rubbish in the ocean, it usually meant they were getting close to land.  Because of this, we infer that most rubbish in the ocean comes from land. 

We wondered if the rubbish in our playground might have a similar trend.   We decided, before lunch on Wednesday last week, to go and find out. 

We split the school into 12 sections on a map.  Each section had a group of ️scientist (us!) to make observations and inferences.

We put a red dot on the map wherever we found a piece of rubbish and collected all the rubbish.  
After lunch we went back, and noted with a blue dot, any new rubbish found in our area.  We also collected this rubbish.   This is our map, showing where we found rubbish, both times.


We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph.  

Our observations and inferences:  

The red dots on the map show that we found most of the rubbish in places that were sheltered. We think this is because the wind will push it all into the bushes.

We think this might be because the wind has blown rubbish left on the ground by students into the bushes where it has been trapped.  The spikes on the bushes help to trap the rubbish.  Some children might hide their rubbish under buildings at lunchtimes. Some people might be throwing the rubbish over fences too.  Rubbish gets blown from the field into the ditch and can’t be blown out again. 
We need to improve on this because we want to have a better environment because if we just leave rubbish around it will take ages to break up.
We recall that most of the rubbish is around bushes. Why you must ask? Well it's probably because it starts off on the ground and drifts away into the bushes or people are either lazy and aren't bothered to put their rubbish in their lunchbox.        

We think that some certain areas attract more rubbish that others, like Te puna they hardly have any rubbish ( that's probably because they haven't learnt off us hopefully they don't) . The most rubbish was around the bins and in the bushes  the most type of rubbish we got is plastic wrap and we found a lot of that. 

There could be some problems with our data because we didn't do the dots under the buildings and there is heaps of rubbish under the buildings around the school. We couldn't go under the buildings because of safety issues.
The wind might impact this as rubbish would fall out of their pockets and then the wind would spread the rubbish throughout the whole school.

We have learnt that some of the children that play on the playground not all of them but after they have finished eating they can't be bothered to put the rubbish in the bin because they are probably  playing a game or just don't want to so they drop it on the ground and other people don't pick it up.  We probably need bins very close to the playground so then they want to use them.


After we made these observations and inferences, we were left with questions as to why people in our school failed to put their rubbish in the bins! Why does so much end up back around the school after one break time? Maybe it is falling out of people's pockets? Perhaps it's the winds fault? Or maybe the students of Waimairi school are dropping it on purpose?

Since then, we have recorded how rubbish was dropped at morning tea and lunch. Basically, we spied on the school! We, as scientists, have completed an investigation into why rubbish is ending up on the ground. On Thursday the 18th of August, we went out at morning tea and lunchtime to make observations of you all, collecting data to find out how rubbish gets on the ground.

We split up into 12 groups. At morning tea we spread ourselves around the whole school to observe. At lunchtime we spread the 12 groups around the lunch eating areas and observed what happened to the rubbish. 
We have made inferences from our observations and here is what we found:



At morning tea time, Waimairi school dropped 205 pieces of rubbish. That's 2 out of 5 people on average who dropped rubbish. 110 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, which is more than half of the rubbish we observed being dropped. We also saw 46 pieces of rubbish dropped without the person realising that they had dropped it, often as they were walking.We also saw rubbish being dropped from pockets.

The places we found that rubbish had been dropped the most, were the Te Puna block, the walkway down to Ara Atu and the playground behind room 13. We think this might be because people playing in these areas may not understand why it is important to put rubbish in the bin. We also inferred that since there's big bushes at Ara Atu, people think they can hide their rubbish there.

Also, there is no rubbish bin in sight of the playground in these areas, so people lazily drop it instead. We think that most people do this because they think that they can hide it, or can get away with dropping it, even when they know it is wrong. And they do get away with it! Why don't people take a little walk over to the bin to put their rubbish where it belongs? 



At lunchtime, 219 pieces of rubbish were dropped throughout the school JUST during lunch eating time. That's 2 out of every 5 people in the school on average. that is a large amount of people to be dropping rubbish.
From what we saw, 79 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, and 44 were left where people were eating. 

Just like at morning tea time, we think that around the school most of the people drop the rubbish because there's not enough rubbish bins around. Although there are already some bins, there only a few, and sometimes not in the best places. 
We also think that some children might not be able to reach the bins because we observed the bins are quite a bit taller than some junior children. Younger students also may not understand why it is bad to leave rubbish on the ground.

We could maybe get more and smaller bins to show others that bins are valued around the school but we think most of the kids already know about why we shouldn't  drop rubbish - because it will cause lots of problems for the animals in our environment and make our school look messy.

We spotted some differences between Morning Tea and Lunchtime. At lunch-eating time, more pieces of rubbish were dropped than the whole of morning tea time, even though morning tea is longer than lunch eating time. We think that more rubbish was dropped at lunch because more food is eaten at lunchtime and there would be a bigger chance of rubbish flying out of their lunchboxes. Lunch food is also more likely to have wrappers. However we also inferred that people might deliberately litter so that they don’t get in trouble for walking to the bin - as we are not allowed to stand up during lunch eating time.

Under the classroom is also a common place to put rubbish. But the reason  that people drop rubbish there is because they think no one will notice. But we did! But if you think that you get away with it, then you are wrong because we see rubbish everywhere, even in sneaky places where people will think you can't see it.

Overall, 424 pieces of rubbish were dropped in the 45 minutes we were observing that day. That’s almost one piece of rubbish per person. If nobody ever picks this rubbish up, then by the end of the week there would be 2120 pieces of rubbish floating around the school.  Many people dropped their rubbish on purpose, but also accidentally, leaving it where they ate or hiding it.

We think if we all work together our school can be cleaner by just simply walking  to the bin, because just doing a simple thing like that will help to make a big difference. But we also think that during lunch eating time we should be allowed to stand up to walk to the bin to put our rubbish in it. We will be discussing this with the teachers. This means people will be less likely to throw it in the bushes, under the buildings, leave it where they were eating or just throw it on the ground.

We also plan to write to the board of trustees to see if we can have more bins built permanently into the areas that we’ve observed to gather the most rubbish. We also need bins that are the right size for younger kids as well.

So what is the most important thing for you to remember from today? Do not drop rubbish on purpose. It’s pretty simple.  Please walk the few metres to the bins, otherwise we will all be swimming in a pool of rubbish.