Monday, June 27, 2011


Ivy was really keen to do MORE SCIENCE experiments.  We wanted to link it to our inquiry 'Against All Odds'.  So we watched a leopard seal swimming to give us some ideas.  We watched the leopard seal swim and glide through the water.  It floated and dived under the water.

Here are some our questions we would like to test...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Global Classroom

The Global Classroom now has a wiki space!  We will be making contributions to the our wiki page over the next 3 weeks:

Check out our page and other school's pages from around the world!  

What can you find out about other schools?  Read the pages from other schools and post a comment to this blog post to tell me 3 facts you have learnt about another country!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Weaving with my aunty Nicole

On Sunday I went to my aunty Nicole, Bill and their little baby Leon`s house.  We did weaving with flax.  At first it was almost easy but at the end it was fun.  My brother Ben made a little cup, and Ben can put water in it so he can drink out of it.  My other brother Luke made a fish.  Luke put beads on it for eyes. My aunty Nicole  has a book of  all the things that you can do with flax. The book is the same as Mrs Paurini's.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Caving - Against All Odds

Imagine you are going on a caving expedition.  Plan your trip!

First we need to ask ourselves questions to help us take responsible risk so we can survive against all the odds!  Here are our questions:

We watched a National Geographic Video to gives us ideas about what questions to ask:

Flax Weaving

First we had to fold paper and cut lines in it.  Next we used strips of paper to make weaving patterns.  This was a practice.   Then we will weave with flax.  We also read a book about flax bushes.  Mrs Paurini said we will make a Voicethread to share our learning! Keep checkin our blog please!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Reading Strategy - Synthesising

Miss Watts taught us a new reading strategy - it was a hard one!  It was called synthesising!  What does this mean? Well...synthesising means making new ideas.  We had to read a story.  Then we had to activate our prior knowledge.  Next we looked for ideas and information.  Then we had to create new ideas about the character's feelings.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Junior Production

We have been making up a dance for our school play "The Farm at the End of the Road".  We are possums!  We were singing the song.  The actions were hard because the music was fast.  We are looking forward to perform.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Scatter Ball

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Our class often plays scatter ball against Room 11!  You have to throw 3 balls as hard as you can high and far.  If someone catches the ball you are out. Once you have thrown the ball run around the 4 cones heaps of time.  Each time you run round the cones you get points for your team.  It is an amazing game!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Mousehole Cat

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We have been reading the 'Mousehole Cat' by Antonia Barber. We have been inspired to create our own   Mousehole Cat art.
  1. First we drew the cats step by step
  2. Then we put wax on the chin, tale, tummy and the chest of the cat
  3. Next we dyed the cat black with indian ink
  4. After that we made swirls with wax on the backgroud
  5. Finally we dyed the background blue

Thursday, June 9, 2011

What does Against All Odds Mean?

Binary opposites are words that are the opposite of each other.  Our inquiry is Against All Odds.  Miss Watts gave us some opposites; responsible/unresponsible, hot/cold, win/lose, succeed/fail, against/for and survive/die.  We had to write down ideas about these opposites and link it to our inquiry.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Skip Counting With The Koura Team

We have been learning to skip count in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 10s.  Skip counting is your times tables.  We have been using arrays to help us.  We wrote on our whiteboards 4 rows of 3 equals 12.  Then we swapped it around and did 3 rows of 4 equals 12.  We discovered it was the same answer!  Wow!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Exploring Our Inquiry Outside of School

My mum thought it would be a good idea to make my birthday party link to our inquiry!  I asked her to make Mt. Everest cake!  My dad booked my party at Vertical Limits.  It is a climbing wall place for you to practice climbing.  In fact I am related to Ernest Shackleton...that is awesome!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hot Water Bottles!

What happens to a hot water bottle after it has been filled up?
Where does the heat go?

Here are our ideas so far....

When you fill a water bottle it is very hot. You don't want to touch it. After a while it goes cold.  I think the heat goes in to the air.  By Ollie

When you fill the hot water bottle it feels hot and after a while it cools down to warm.  When you take it to bed the heat goes into your bed to make it warm.If you are cold and you put the hot water bottle in your bed then it will get warmer.  By Madison.

When you fill a hot water bottel with hot water it feels warm.  After a while it goes cold.  I think the heat escapes out the bottom.  When you hop in to bed it is cold but when you put it in your bed it feels warm.  When the heat touches your skin it touches your bed.  By  Trent

Listen to our Voicethread to hear more explanations:
We will do further research to develop our ideas!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Phonics and Silly Sentences

After minute maths we do phonics. Phonics is when Miss Watts holds up these cards that have words on.  Then we have to stretch the words out, like stretchy snake.  Then we write silly sentences.   They are really funny and you would want to laugh!  We only do two silly sentences.  Here is a example "The jug will not spill if you sit still."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Global Classroom

We are taking part with Miss Fraiser and her class in an exciting Voicethread project.   Room 9 is enjoying listening to other students from everywhere in the world.  We liked it because Miss Fraiser's class are trying to communicate with other people and see the  WOW  in our world.!  We hope they have fun making  it!  We think it's fantastic.  We love it so much we will also add more ideas.