Sunday, 9 April 2017

Solo map

       Solo map                                                                   

I am relational because I will walk my bike around the school and I will pick up rubbish I will ask someone to do something and I will be polite I will walk by bike because If I go around a corner I might hurt someone. I pick up rubbish because the whole school could fill up with rubbish. I will ask someone to go somewhere because I could get hurt and nobody would nowhere I am I will be polite because I might hurt someone's feelings.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

My metaphor Poem


I am a dirt bike, I love to get dirty and do tricks.
I am a tower, as my learning is always growing.
I am A YouTuber, I teach people things.
I am Berry's,I am sweet.
I am  Burger King, I make burgers.
I am A hat, I try to stay on the top.

Ko nakia ahau



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Hide&seek

                        Hide & seek
                                                                     98 99 100
I feel scared in side.
I whisper to my friend,
“I’m going to be found! I’m going to be found!”
Don't move. don't breath.
I can here the teacher rustling through the bushes.
We sprint straight past the teacher.
We're going to be found!
Sh! don't make a sound.
We can see shadows in the tree.
The teacher’s foot steps prowling away.
Phew we're lucky.
Keep quiet! Tuck your feet in.
We can see someone in front of us.
His shadow glazing in the sun.
He’s going to give as away.
“Sh” we say.
We see the teacher talking to him.
Here she comes prowling towards us.
We're next we're next.
Sh! tuck your feet in!








Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION: RUBBISH AT SCHOOL



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.

PHOTO OF OUR DOT MAP HERE


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

Our observations and inferences: 
  
We observed that the red dot rubbish (we picked up before lunch) is around buildings, near fences, and in bushes, especially tussock bushes and in the ditch.
 
We think this because when the wind blows it carries the rubbish from on the ground into the bushes, and gets trapped in the spikes on the plants and can't get back out. 
We also think that when the wind blows it blows the rubbish from on the field into the ditch, and when it's in the ditch it's trapped and can't get out again. 
With the fences we think that the wind blows and when the Rubbish hits the fence the fence trapped the Rubbish. We observed that the Rubbish under the classrooms are usually empty yogurt packets and yogurt lids. The other Rubbish under the classes might've blown up against the  and classes and then when the wind blows again in goes through the gaps in the classes.

As you can see not all parts of the map are the same. Most of the rubbish again is near the classes, bushes and around the sides of the field. Mostly around Daren's shed there is a lot of rubbish, and in the forest near Daren's shed as well.

We think that parts of the map are different because people might sometimes purposely drop rubbish in the bushes and underneath the classes. People do this because they either can't be bothered to put their rubbish in the bin, or they think that if they put the rubbish there no one will find their rubbish. 

Another reason could be the wind could just blow the rubbish under the classes.Their might be not that much rubbish in the middle of the field because… People might have rubbish in their pockets and then the rubbish flies out the falls onto the ground. The the wind blows the goes near the fences and in the dich. 

As we said in the second paragraph usually the rubbish underneath the classrooms are yogurt packets and lids from yogurt packets. Sometimes it's glad wrap. The rubbish up against the fence are usually foil chip-packets and glad wrap.   

We think because glad wrap is probably easier and lighter to fly with the wind. If the rubbish is flying low it might get caught in the bushes or the classes/fences might trap the rubbish. Especially if the bush is a tussock the rubbish will be completely trapped in the spiky leaves and unable to get out of the bush.

We probably  made some mistakes with our data because we may have missed some pieces when observing them. Also we might need to pick up more rubbish on a different day in the same areas, to see if we pick up the same amount as we did last.Some groups were looking closely at the rubbish and some weren't.

The wind might pick up the rubbish where the rubbish originally was at dropped, and taken it somewhere else. Then that might keep happening until that area is loaded with rubbish.

We have learnt that there's more rubbish than we thought there was going to be. We also learned that we dropped most of the rubbish by Darren’s workshop when no one goes there. But the wind must blow it there because no one picks it up.

To try to fix this we could pick up rubbish each week as a school.
People are very lazy because they want to play instead of walking to the 
bin, and drop their rubbish. We could put our rubbish in the bin to make the school more tidy.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

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:


MORNING TEA FINDINGS

PIE GRAPH OF MORNING TEA OBSERVATIONS HERE




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? 


LUNCHTIME FINDINGS

PIE GRAPH OF LUNCHTIME OBSERVATIONS HERE

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.


                                                                     





Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Pokemon go speech 😺

This year my speech was about Pokemon go and how it can make the world a better place. We were learning how to make a hook. My hook was a question, for example “have you played pokemon go?”  and to structure my speech, to use language, to persuade, connect. My speech went well. I can use one part of the speech structure.
I can use one idea to connect the point of view. I need help to to use a language device to persuade and connected with audience. I felt scared at first but when I presentation my speech I felt good. Please click here to listen to my speech or read it below.


Hi fellow Pokemon go fans teachers and classmates



Have you played Pokémon go?

What type of Pokémon go player are you? Are you a secret player, or a go out with your friends player, or a by yourself player?


Pokemon Go can help make the world a better place.

There has been a lot of talk about Pokemon Go since it's release a few months ago.Some of it is good some of it is not so good. When it first came out everyone was playing it and having lots of fun then people started to get hurt so it lost some of its coolness and people wanted it banned.   Someone was playing pokémon go and walked into a pole and had a cut on their head and another person walked on to a train track and got hit by a train. Another person was walking into forest and found two dead bodies my explanation is that they walked into a lure and got shot.


I don't want to ‘rub anyone up the wrong way’ but I think banning a game because a small handful of people got hurt is not the answer.


I think this game is great because it has helped get a lot of people to go outside and taking in some exercise who would otherwise have sat inside doing nothing.


I'm all for games that involve getting people motivated and also target their enjoyment of computer gaming after all no one's really going to get  fit sitting inside staring at a screen all day.


I do how ever think some improvements can be made to help lessen the chances of injury.


Some of these improvements could be:
Being able to hold your phone lower when catching the Pokemon so you can see what's around you instead of directly in front of your face like it is now.

A motion sensor that will beep when you're about to walk into someone or something or the surface level is about to drop or get higher.

It needs a busier that will been when you're about to walk into something.

I think these two things would greatly lessen the risk of injury and make the users much happier knowing they can concentrate on playing without worrying about checking around them at the same time and they would be more likely to play the game for longer which would help increase their daily exercise amount.  So I’m going to send my ideas to the game creators to use.  That way we can all enjoy it without injuring yourself.





https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/pokemon-go-speech-1

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice



I think New Zealanders are good at welcoming people because they say nice things to people like they say “hi there how are you?”  But 55% of immigrants feel judged based on their skin colour. Most people can be prejudged about their cultures because of their skin colour. 

This year we have been learning about prejudices. Prejudice is when you  judge someone before you know them. People can be prejudiced about different cultures, religion, sexism and ageism. For example if someone with a different skin colour comes up to a person and ask if they can play with them and the person says no because you have a different skin colour you might hurt us, this makes people sad. Why does prejudice exist? Because people think before they know. I think prejudice is a bad thing because it’s not nice to say things like that to other people. What we could do to stop prejudice from happening is stop judging something before you know.
 
We interviewed immigrants from other countries .  We learned about how we can make immigrants feel welcome:  saying hello, smiling, including & inviting to a party. We talked about what makes immigrants feel unwelcome: staring at the immigrants  & pointing at them. We talked about what tips or advice immigrants have for how we can help immigrants feel included. They said make a conversation, host a welcome party, be kind, include, saying hello, invite them to do something.

                  Overall summary
It is important to make changes because some people don't feel welcome when they come to New Zealand. We should make changes because we want to make people feel welcome in our community. If we do theses things it will make the world a better place. 
 


Sunday, 29 May 2016

The tallest tree

            The tallest tree                                                                  
 I felt scared when we put on the safety gear. I had to have the right size gear to climb the tree. We started to climb the ladder. I put my foot on the tree. It was then I felt terrified. I put my hands on the tree and I felt better. Then I started to climb the tree. So I reached for the wooden hand grab above me.  My hands shivered, as I clutched on to the pole.  I felt like I would faint. I started to abseil down the tree. I held nervously onto the rope but I was not allowed to. My team shouted you can do it.  I can't do it I thought to myself.  Just a little further.  I finish with a thud and I feel proud. I didn't make it to the top but at least I tried. 

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In this writing I was learning to use connecting words to change from short to complex sentences. I went well because I used some complex sentences and joint on short sentences for example  my hands shivered, as I clutched on to the pole.  I felt like I would faint.
My next step is to use complex sentences more in my writing.