Tuesday, 26 March 2013



Down By The Bay Poem

Down By the Bay
Down by the bay,
Where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home,
I dare not go.
For if I do,
My mother will say,
Did you ever see a mouse,
In a burning house?
Down by the bay.
                                                    By: Maggie
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Monday, 25 March 2013

Our Mihimihis

We have been learning to introduce ourselves in Te Reo Maori. We wrote our own Mihimihis and then used the iPads to film ourselves speaking in Maori, then added English subtitles. Next, we used the experts in our classroom who are fluent in a second language to help us to add subtitles in either Korean, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish or Japanese. We had a wonderful time and loved learning to write in another language. We were very proud to have so many talented translators in our room!

Finally, we took a class photo and tagged our Mihimihi onto the picture of ourselves. Visit the link to see what we have been doing :D

Axel's Camp Comic Life

Year 5 Camp!!!

CAMP IS FUN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alice's Cloud Poem

I dance through the wind.
I love turning into different animals but the wind blows them away.
The wind is quite nice to me but he gets annoyed.
But he is my friend!
I am a cloud                          

Camp Comic Life

By: Sam

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Claire's Camp Comic Life

By Claire

Carbon Footprint

We are learning about our carbon footprint and how to reduce it in Topic at the moment. We made a Tagexdo to show all the words we can think of about our Carbon Footprint.

The Fun Year 5 Camp!

Fisher's Summer Senses Poem

Summer Senses

Summer tastes like sausages fresh from the grill. I can taste beautiful ice cream dipped in chocolate melting in my mouth.

Summer looks like the burning sun as it shines down and burns people on the beach. I can see a volleyball flying back and forth  as people enjoy their summer holiday.

Summer smells like the freshness of a glorious day. I 
Can smell the saltiness of seaweed filled wares.

Summer sounds like beautiful whales echoing on a clear morning at the beach. I can hear sausages sizzling on the BBQ shooting out sparks of fire burning the sausages that are meant to be my dinner.
Description: http://www.mrwallpaper.com/wallpapers/Beach-Summer-Ocean.jpgSummer feels like boiling sand burning my feet as I run to the refreshing waves. I can feel the towering waves crashing down on me as I ride my boogie board to shore.

The Sun

The Sun

I am the sun
I swoop my red flaming hair
On to earth, for warmth.
The Earth is my friend
I try to stop Mr Snow
But my hair is not long enough to reach all of earth.
I am the sun     

by Rose

The Awesome Camp At Piha by Helena

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Camp Comic Life

Maggie's Camp Comic Life

By: Maggie

Yuan's Holiday Comic Life

Rose's Piha Poem

Piha poem
Sun bearing
Waves curling
Sunblock slapping

We’re having fun
Enjoying the sun  
The waves sound like dogs lapping

Learning about a rip
Makes my heart skip
Sandcastles taking place

I love camp
It is so champ
Running into the water like a giant race

Restless in my sleeping bag
I feel like a rag
Learning about the sun

Rain does not come
My biscuit is yum
I don’t want to go, Piha is so fun!    

Camp Rocks!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Our Water Filter

Hi everyone!

We are The Rock Stars.

We made water filters today. Here is what we did, in case you want to make one at home. Make sure you do it outdoors so you don’t make a mess!!!

In our water filter we had:
  • Cotton (at the bottom of the container that has holes) make sure you cover the container and you can’t see any plastic at the bottom
  • Sand (cover the cotton)
  • Rocks (you don’t need to cover the sand)
  • Charcoal
  • Grass (only a little bit)
  • Tissue Paper (fold to fit into bottle)
  • Rocks again (same type of rocks)


  1. Poke holes so when you pour water in it will come back out
  2. Put the cottons in first and make sure you can’t see any plastic
  3. Put the sand in which covers the cottons
  4. Add the rocks in, to cover the sand
  5. Break the charcoal into little pieces and put them in after the rocks
  6. Now find some grasses that doesn’t cover the whole thing
  7. Take a piece of tissue and fold into the size that would fit inside and put it in
  8. Now add the rocks again which is the same type of the rocks in step  4
  9. Put another bottle underneath the container with holes
  10. Take some water from the tap
  11. Pour them into the container with the holes
  12. Wait and you will see that the water you put in will come out dirtier than the normal water
  13. Pour again into a different bucket and put it back underneath the container with holes
  14. Now pour the water in the bucket that has holes
  15. Wait again and see if it is clean
  16. If it is still dirty repeat step 13 & 14 until you get the water clean
  17. If it is clean then drink it if it doesn’t have any other stuff in it (make sure it is absolutely clear)

Jasmine said:

Our class made filters this morning. It was lots of fun.
The container that I brought to school was bigger than the Pump bottle that Yuan brought, so we had to duct tape the sides so water will not drip out.

Yuan said:

I brought 2 bottles to school and traded 1 bottle to someone (because they didn’t have a bottle) and they gave some sand back to us. My other teacher, Mrs Figgins came to our class and helped us make the water filter. I hope you have a good time trying  the water filter. Try not to make any big mistakes. :D

Michael said:

It was fun doing the filter but it had its challenges like when we had to find good charcoal and get stones around school.

Jaimie said:

I loved the experiment.  I would of drunk the water but we weren’t allowed to, because we weren't sure if it was safe or not. I also loved making muddy water!!!

How to Make a Water Filter (Room 5 style!!)

Room 5 did a project where we made our own Water Filters.

Here is how we did it, just in case you'd like to do it yourself.

The ingredients are...

  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Cotton/Silk
  • Grass
  • Coal
  • bottle
  • knife

  • Get all the ingredients
  • Cut the bottle in 1 quarter
  • cut cloth in small pieces
  • add sand into the bottle
  • add rocks on top of the sand
  • add sand onto the rocks
  • add grass on top of the sand
  • putt cotton on the sand
  • punch holes at the bottom with pins (ask parents to help)
  • add clean water to clean until it's clean.
  • add dirty water if it's dirty put some more clean water though it.

Our group did very well, we thought! We managed to clean the water a lot, but our next step is to figure out how to make it crystal clear like some of the other groups!

Claire found out you can make dirty water into clean water.
Karen J found out that you can make dirty stuff in to clean water.
Vanessa found out that you can make a simple filter with things that are easy to find.
E.J learned how to make a Water Filter with things around the house.

We all want to do it again!

Claire, Karen J, Vanessa and E.J