Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

One, two, three, here I come 
it echos in one ear and flies out the other.
 I tuck myself into a bush 
I peek out to see if anyone is coming I hear footsteps of people 
they crush the leaves like seashells at the beach on a hot summer's day.

the bushes hold their breath 
the dirt blows on me in the icy cold air
like a fan on a hot summer’s day. 
I peer out the bush nervously
 as I see the grass dance in the cold wind like a ballerina.
Footsteps get closer.
I wait as silently as a mouse and as still as a rock.
Foot steeps prowl close as time goes by 
my heart pounds louder and louder
as people get found. 
the trees sway in the wind like people's hair in the wind 

people's voices 
crowd the park like at a concert. 

Footsteps creep up behind me 
I hold my breath as if I was swimming

 Is it the teachers? I hear breathing getting closer.
 The people beside me in the bush get found.
 Are we next?
My heart pounds louder and louder
 footsteps creep up behind me
 “found you” a voice says suddenly behind me
 I move out of the 
bush and stumble over to everyone else.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish. 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 scientists (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: 


We observed that most of the red dot rubbish (rubbish found before lunch) was caught up in fences, around buildings and in bushes, especially tussock grass. 

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. 

The rubbish is spread throughout the school unevenly and mainly concentrated around buildings and rubbish bins.
We think this is because the rubbish blows out from the rubbish bins and under buildings. We could stop this by making signs that say ‘close the rubbish bins’ in bold letters or attaching string so that it will open wide enough so that they can put rubbish in the bins but also so it closes.

We think that plastic wrap is attracted to fences because it is light and  the wind carries the it and it gets stuck to the fences and it will easily blow out of  pockets and lunch boxes. 
If you don't put your rubbish in your pockets instead you could put it straight in the bin and that way none of the rubbish will blow away and cause litter, and make our school cleaner.
Maybe the problem might be that there's not enough rubbish bins around the school; by some of the playgrounds, on the field and maybe we could put bins around the playgrounds. That will lower the amount of rubbish in our school.

We noticed that the blue dot rubbish was around the ditch and were the kids sit down for lunch.

The rubbish near the sitting area was mabey from lunch time and were the kids were sitting and the must of just drop their rubbish on the ground and not pick it up. The rubbish in the ditch was maybe from some of the rubbish around the sitting area (like light chip packets, plastic wrap, yogurt containers and snack wrappers) and was blown down to the ditch and trapped in the bushes and sandpits.

There may be some problems with our data. Some of the dots may not be accurate as it would be hard to get the rubbish exactly to scale. Some of the pieces of rubbish may have been missed and not written down therefore we don't have an exact fair test. The only time we looked for rubbish was the 27th July 2016 before and after lunch if we tested the rubbish every day we would have a much fair test.

We noticed that there was more rubbish at the playground before lunch than after lunch. The bigger the playground the more rubbish there is. In most of the playgrounds we found the rubbish next to each other What can we do about it? To solve this problem we can put our rubbish in the bins.


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.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Endangered animals

 This term I wrote my speech on endangered animals
When I was writing my speech I was learning to use metaphors and personification to give more detail in my speech. I think I did really well on my speech because it was well structured for example it was well organised into connections and important parts of the speech and I can also use Ideas that connect.
Link please click here to listen to my speech or you can read it below

 What animals do you know that are endangered? You might know about the big fluffy intelligent pandas from China. even the lions with the big fluffy mains from the Savannah of Africa and maybe the big sleek tigers that stroll through the jungles.

  These are just some of the world' endangered animals there population is lowering  like the kiwi and all of the above some already have become extinct in there home  like the white rhinos from people taking their horns If people keep killing these animals then there won't be any more of them in the world. There are many more endangered animals in the world there are birds and there's probably heaps more that we don't know about.

The most common way for animals to become endangered is not from to is not from killing them it is from people destroying their habits for example have you ever walked over the top of a plant well if you have you may of just walked over the top of a insect's habitat or if you pulled a plant out of the ground If you have then the insects will have nowhere to live.

Another way for animals to become extinct is over hunting. For example lions hunt down animals so they can survive and multiply. But that means that the animals that they are hunting are going to become extinct. When people hear about animals and how they have become extinct but they think how do people even know that they are extinct there could be more of them left.

Some of new zealand's endangered animals are quite obvious but you might not know about some most of the obvious ones that are extinct but the ones that aren't are mainly in zoos some of them you might see walking in different parts of the north or south islands. When you go to the beach have you ever seen birds that are on a sign that tell you about them you probably don't think that they're special but they are endangered.

Another way for animals to become extinct is from people dropping rubbish and then birds and animals might mistake it for food and think about this if we keep dropping rubbish it can go down the drains leading to rivers which has a big affect on the ocean many of you might know that the ocean is polluted and is killing the sea animals this is why it is so important not to drop rubbish

When you go to wildlife parks most of the animals are endangered, and they each have a story they might not all be from New Zealand. Have you ever noted how there are photos in the habits that are other animals that aren't even in the wildlife park and you think why is there a photo but no animal this is because they are to hard to get.

There's probably many. more animals that are endangered to New Zealand but there's heaps for the whole world. As you may know about kiwis they are a native New Zealand bird kiwi but there population is lowering. These are just some of the world' endangered animals.

These animals are endangered their population is lowering these animals are from all around the world most of them now live in wildlife sanctuaries where they look after animals and raise them and they take really good care of the because they might of been left where they lived before

Many people aren't aware of these animals and how their population is lowering everyday. It's not just animals that are becoming endangered it's also insects and plants.

Next time you drop your rubbish on the ground think twice because an animal might just come along and mistake it for food and next time you go to walk over the top of a plant think twice because you may of walked over a incets habit. Now most endangered animals are now living in wildlife parks because they are too endangered to go back to their country where they came from. If we keep dropping rubbish and killing animals then we won't have any more endangered animals in the future but if we stop then the endangered animals will live a happier life.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Being prejudice is when you give someone a label before you have met them and assuming they do something just because they look like a certain way. They might do that, but really they might do the complete opposite. For example, most people will think that if they see someone from another country like one that's at war, they might think that they have a bomb and will blow something up. That's prejudging someone before you have even meet them this will make them feel sad.

How can we make immigrants feel welcome?
The are many ways that we can make immigrants feel welcome, like if an immigrant comes to your school you can go and introduce yourself and tell them your name and ask theirs too.  When an immigrant is from different country you could ask what country they are from and make a connection with the place. You could ask them if they want to play with you because that will make them feel welcome, and ask them where they are from and try to make a connection. That will make them feel welcome.ask what country they are from and make a connection to the country That will make the immigrant feel welcome and like they belong.

If they want to play with you but they don't know how to play the game, you can ask them what they like to play and ask if they can teach you. If you see an immigrant walking you can wave or say hi, or a good comment on how they look. ask what country they are from and make a connection to the country That will make the immigrant feel welcome and like they belong.

How people make immigrants feel unwelcome.
Some people might see an immigrant walking and then start laughing and whispering because of their race. People also make immigrants feel unwelcome by teasing and making fun of there name or their culture and race. Also what can happen is if the country that the immigrant is from is in a war with another country, people might go and say, “Do you have a bomb in your lunch and are you going to blow something up?” This will make them feel unwelcome and sad.

Our class has been learning about immigrants and how people can make immigrants feel more welcome. You can go and say hi and ask their name and tell them yours or ask them if they would like to play with you. This will make them feel like they belong. It's important to make immigrants feel welcome because then in the future if we make more immigrants feel welcome, more immigrants will come to live  in Christchurch and live a happy life.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Term 1 arts learning

This term I was learning about different elements of music and how music can connect other people. We also made a soundscape based on a poem. I chose my Christchurch poem. We used instruments to describe different emotions. Some people used shakers to describe cicadas.
For my soundscape I used a shaker for the beat, and the zip of my pencil case as a rhythm and Soraya and I were yelling “Weee wooo” to describe Caitlyn and I playing at the park.
To make the soundscape we had to make it on garage band and the transport it to iMovie then to aurasma. Then we made a visual art piece based off our mihi.
Overall I really enjoyed the topic and had fun doing all of the art.

Looking outside my window 
I see over the potholes 
road cones, 
looking bright, 
but sad and noticeable.

On my way to school 
in traffic jams 
car engines screech 
like chalk on a blackboard

At school, my scooter handles 
feel cold and soft like freshly 
fallen snow
on a cold winter's morning.

In the botanic gardens 
flowers sway in the 
lush wind 
like washing drying on a line.

At the park, Caitlyn and I play 
as if we have never played before
in the beaming hot sun.

And outside at home, Mum, Dad and I play 
like puppies at the beach
having the time of our lives.

That's my home 
I love my home, Christchurch.

The link to my soundscape

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

My home Christchurch

Looking outside my window 
I see over the potholes 
road cones, 
looking bright, 
but sad and noticeable.

On my way to school 
in traffic jams 
car engines screech 
like chalk on a blackboard

At school, my scooter handles 
feel cold and soft like freshly 
fallen snow
on a cold winter's morning.

In the botanic gardens 
flowers sway in the 
lush wind 
like washing drying on a line.

At the park, Caitlyn and I play 
as if we have never played before
in the beaming hot sun.

And outside at home, Mum, Dad and I play 
like puppies at the beach
having the time of our lives.

That's my home 
I love my home, Christchurch.


Thursday, 10 March 2016

A day in the life of sugar town

 I see the little sugar town  glittering in the sun 
like the queen's crown on a hot summer's day.
The tiny candy people prance in the tall grass like pukekos having the time of their lives in the hot summer breeze. 

All of the candy people are eating
mini ice creams that look like the queen's jewels gleaming in the sun. 
The little sugar school kids are chattering 
like millions of cicadas 
playing their loud song in the cold wind.

If you look very closely 
you can see the queen of sugar town 
sitting on her throne saying 
“Get out of my sight right this very instance!” 
Telling off the peasants, 
as if they were her puppies 
And they have just dug a big hole in her garden. 

Why is the artwork colorful?
What inspired her to make this?
Was it hard to make? 



We are using metaphors and similes  but I'm struggling to use them in the right place in my writing but I think that it sounds pretty good so I think I'm at multistructural now.