There was excitement in the sandpit as the volcanoes erupted. Watch out dinosaurs the lava is spewing out and heading your way!
Our friends from Auckland Museum had a lovely gift that they sent us. It was a 3D printed Flax Snail. Wendy and Josh the people that we Skpe are the ones who sent us it. The flax snail was 3D printed and looks so much like a real alive flax snail. The Maori named for the flax snail is Pupu Harakeke. We are going to use it as a talking stick for when we do Skyping and only the person with the flax snail is allowed to do the talking.
It is really cool now that you can 3D print endangered snails and other things without taking them out of there natural habitat.
Nearly every Friday we do guitar lessons with Matua Pat. We have learnt how to play different cord’s on the guitar, like A,D,E,B,G, A minor, B minor and G minor. The songs we learn are called te aroha, happy birthday, jingle bells. When we are very good at it we can show off our skills at prize giving. In a couple of weeks we are also going to learn how to play ukelele. I really enjoy learning how to play the guitar.
Last Friday we had two Duffy heros visit our school. They were musicians and poets. We heard songs and books .One song was about Rufus the bear and a dog that would not stop digging until he had a whole dinosaur. We sang along to the songs until they had to leave. Ziyonne lead a Maori song that we sang for them. They also handed out our new Duffy books that we got to take home.
We have started visiting Houhora Heads over the last couple of weeks. We have spent time exploring the environment looking at the different land and marine species and their habitats which are found at Houhora Heads. As we did at Rarawa Beach and Henderson Bay, we have written poems and drawn sketches of the Houhora landscape. On on our final trip on the last week of school we will also be paddle boarding – how exciting!
Tohoraha as drawn by Tommy Doyle
sparkling, moving, fascinating
sea, boats, mountain, native
forbidding, interesting, sitting
Poem written by Stah Poutai
On Tuesday the 28th of March we had our first 20 min Skype session with the education department of the Auckland Museum. It was very exciting for our students. I think this was the first time some kids had ever been involved in a Skype conversation. It started with introductions, we met Wendy, Josh and Tom. They were very nice people. Then a group of year 6 and 7 students shared what our learning has been up to now. They shared about our field trips and our focus on species and habitats. The scientists were impressed. Our next Skype will be in two weeks. We will send them some ‘I wonder’ questions related to our field trips for them to talk about with us.
Last week we had the Trillian Trek come and visited our school. First we went and sat on the deck and waited for the Trillian Trek to arrive. Then as we all sat down we saw all of these cool cars driving up and around the school. After that they all come down with all of these yummy, delicious goodies and music. Then we all stopped so they could talk to us and tell as what they are going to do today. While they were here they were handing out bikes and goodie packs. My best thing about the Trillian Trek visit was all their goodies that they gave me and all there cool cars.
This week we have been following this Virtual field trip about Terehu Dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Virtual field trips are when you go on to a website called LEARNZ and you follow a host who takes you on a tour meeting and interviewing different people related to that topic. It has been really cool and fun to watch this trip.
Some fascinating facts that we learnt were:
that you are only allowed to drive 5 knots on a boat around dolphins
you are only allowed to be around a baby dolphin for 30min and adult ones for 50 minutes
You are only allowed 3 boats around a pod of dolphins.
People in the Bay of Islands are trying to keep pests off an island there.
When you are about to get onto the ferry or the boat to go to the island, your belongings will be checked before you get on. The reason why is because over there it is pest free
You can’t take your pets to the island because they will destroy the birds habitats.
This week in statistic maths lessons we have been using the data from our Henderson Bay trips. We have been going on trips to Henderson Bay and counting species in different locations/habitats. We recorded this data by using a tally sheet. We are using graphs to record how many species we see at henderson bay. Then we made our graphs using google sheets. Google sheets is a google app. You write the name of the thing you want to record then the number of it below. Then choose a graph for that such as a pie graph or bar graph.Then its done.