Sunday, 30 June 2013

How to make a stuffed animal By Claire

How to make a stuffed animal!
2 Sheets of A3 Paper                                    Scrap paper
Paint                                                             Shredded paper                                                     Scissors                                                        Stapler                                                       
A LOT of staples!

1.     Get your scrap piece of paper and sketch your animal. Keep practising until you think it’s the best it can be
2.     Once you are completely happy with your work, get one of your good pieces of A3 paper and draw your animal on to it
3.     Cut your animal out
4.    Trace around your animal onto the second piece of paper
5.     Cut the second animal out
6.     Paint both pieces of paper one colour all over. This is your base colour
7.     Let them dry then add any features you want your animal to have
8.     Once it is dry, staple the two pieces of paper together along the bottom of the animal
9.     Get your shredded paper and stuff as much as you can into your animal
10.   Staple up the rest of your animal
11.   Now you are done!  
By Claire

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ocean Pals By Karen L

Our inquiry project right now is Oceans. I made a seal. We made these amazing pals by doing these steps.
You will need:
Shredded paper
2x A3 paper
Stapler and staples
How to make a Ocean Pal:
1.Choose an animal
2.Draw it out on an A3 piece of paper
3.Cut out your animal
4.Trace your animal on another piece of A3 paper
5.Paint your animals
6.Staple part of your animals together and leave a medium sized space
7.Stuff your animal with shredded paper
8.Staple the parts that you haven't stapled
Now you have the perfect Ocean Pal!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Kiwiana Stamp by Gina

Room 5 made Kiwiana stamps. We had to find things that show New Zealand culture.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Axolotls by Alex

Axolotls are an endangered species, found in Mexico. Mexicans eat axolotls as a big treat. Axolotls were once at the top of the food chain in their habitat. Then bigger species were introduced into their habitat. Axolotls are exclusively found in the lakes of Xochimilco.  Axolotl means Mexican Walking Fish  


Axolotls are carnivores. Axolotls eat worms, insects, small fish and anything it can fit in its mouth. Axolotls have special teeth for good grip and axolotls eat their food whole. If the food is too big for the Axolotl to eat, it will give up. Some fish that axolotls eat have diseases and if the axolotl eats it the axolotl will get the disease. Axolotls will eat dead or alive food. Axolotls will even eat small dead Axolotl body pieces!         
Physical Features
Axolotl are born with a dorsal fin and gills, which they keep for their whole life. The dorsal fin runs almost the length of its body.  It is unusual for amphibian to keep their dorsal fins and their feathery gills. When Axolotls are born they look a bit like tadpoles. Axolotls mate between 5 months and several years.
There are lots of colours for Axolotls. They can be pinky white, dark blue with spots of black, purply blue, dark green with spots of light green and lots more. Axolotls have gills on their head. Sometimes Axolotls appear to smile.

Axolotls are amazing creatures and one of the most unusual amphibians in the world.

By Alex-David 


Dolphins are sea mammals. Almost all live in shallow tropical areas. Five types live in rivers. Some species of dolphins are endangered. There are up to 40 dolphins species are alive today.

Dolphins eat a variety of prey. Dolphins eat fish, squid and other types of sea animals. How much a dolphin eats depends on the size of its prey. Dolphins use different strategies to catch prey. They use methods like herding fish. Some strike fish with their tails (it is called whacking).

Dolphins are very playful. Many species will leap out of the water to look at their surroundings. Dolphins sometimes follow ships in packs.

Most Dolphins live in shallow tropical waters. Five types live in rivers. River dolphins are called platanistidae and ocean dolphins are called delphinidae. Dolphins live in every ocean, although mostly in warm waters.

Dolphins have little hairs around their jaw when they are a calf (newborn). As they get older, they fall off. Dolphins are part of the cetacean family. Most dolphins have long, light bodies that are made for fast swimming and high jumps out of the water.

There are around 35 to 40 types of dolphins that are known, though several species are known to be endangered.
Dolphins live in groups from five to several hundred.
Dolphins swim up to a hundred miles a day.
Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
Dolphins have been known to dive down to depths of 1,700 feet.
Dolphins can swim between 20 to 25 miles per hour.

By Georgia


Room 5 has been creating 3D sea animals. I made a shark. We painted on a shape of an animal and then waited till it dried and then we stuffed it with ripped paper.

By Joe

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Yuan's Kiwiana

This is my Kiwiana Stamp of my Tip Top Ice Cream with my background of the factory.

From Yuan

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Jasmine's Bottlenose Research

Bottlenose Dolphins

Dolphins are well known by their intelligence and their kindness. Their mouths are curved to show their appearance of friendliness, and they can also be trained complex tricks to perform.

Bottlenose Dolphins can swim 18 miles per hour. To breath they swim to the surface for 2-3 every minute. Schools of Dolphins would come to aid an injured Dolphin by bringing it to the closest shore.

Bottlenose Dolphins track their prey through the use of echolocation to find out where the prey is and how big it is. They can make nearly 1,000 clicking noises every second. The sounds they make to find food travels underwater until it meets their prey, then it bounces back to the Dolphin who sent the sound and the Dolphin finds out their prey's location, size and the shape of their prey. When they are feeding, they often eat bottom dwelling fish. They also eat shrimps and squids.

These Dolphins can be found in tropical oceans and other warm waters surrounding the earth. They are scattered around the world in oceans. They avoid the Arctic oceans in the north and also the Antarctic ocean down south, where the water starts to get cold.

Dolphins travel in groups and communicate by squeaks and whistles. They are sometimes spotted following fishing boats in hopes of the fisherman's dinner leftovers. 

Once Dolphins were widely hunted for meat and oil. Today limited Dolphin fishing takes place. They are being threatened because of commercial fishing for other sea animals. They can also become tangled in fishing nets and other fishing equipment, which leads to their death.

Fast Facts about Bottlenose Dolphins:
They are: Mammals
They are: Carnivores
Their size is: 10-14 ft
Their weight is: about 1,000 lbs

Did you know?
Dolphins sleep with one of their eye open and the other closed.
To stop drowning, dolphins keep ½ of their brain awake and the other ½ sleeping so they can continue breathing.


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Kiwiana by Helena

Stuffed Seal by Gina

Room 5 made sea creatures that we stuffed with shredded paper.
I made a Seal that was painted with brown and the head painted with white.
Hope you like it!!!

Yuan's Stuffed Swordfish

This is my stuffed swordfish:

I really like my stuffed sea animal because it is huge and awesome.
From Yuan

Down by the bay by Lara

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 lion sobbing and crying?
Down by the bay.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Rose's Information Report

Hector's Dolphins

Did you know that Hector's dolphin is one of the smallest dolphins in the world? They live around the West Coast and Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.
The Hector's dolphin is so small that one could fit in a bathtub! They grow between 1.2 to 1.4 metres. The female weighs up to 45 kilograms and the male weighs about 10 kilograms less.
Catching food takes most of the dolphin's day up. They mainly eat red cod, flounder, hake and stargazer.
The Hector's dolphin is a small gray, white and black dolphin. They are mostly gray with a white belly and black face, tail and fins.
Did you know the population has fallen from 30,000 to 7,000? Their population has declined because of  rubbish in the sea. The dolphins see the rubbish and think it is food, or they get tangled in the rubbish and cannot swim or feed properly. Without being killed by rubbish, the Hector's dolphin can live up to 20 years.
Hector's Dolphins are the rarest dolphins in the world. They can only be found in New Zealand and their numbers are getting very low. I think Hector's dolphins are very special and should be saved. What do you think?   

My Jellyfish

This is my jellyfish.
 Room 5 did stuffed animals
I did a stuffed jellyfish
It was great fun
We painted and cut, scribbled and rubbed!

By  Isabelle

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Jellyfish by Alice

We made a jellyfish in a bottle!
You will need:
Plastic bag

Get your plastic bag and cut it in half
Poke your finger through but don't make a hole
Hold it tight
Tie a knot around it but leave a small hole
Fill it half way up with water
Fill the bottle with water and add dye
Put the jelly fish in the bottle

Wanted poster - the Joker

Here is my wanted poster hope you like it.

By Thomas

Helena's 3D dolphin

This term our class made 3D animals. 
I made a Dolphin. Is it amazing.
If you want to make a 3D ocean animal this is what you need:
two big pieces of paper
Cut  paper

First draw a ocean animal then draw another one next we paint one main colour over the animal.
Then paint the details on it with a paint brush. After stapler the sides and leave a big gap. After then staple it then u are done. 

Wow Alive Jelly fish! By Karen L and Claire

WOW! Alive Jelly Fish!
On Monday the 27 May we made a jelly fish in a bottle. Now we will teach you step by step how to make a jelly fish that looks alive.
You will need these everyday products:
Clear plastic shopping bag
Clear drink bottle that is not going to be used anymore
Blue food colouring or blue dye
Fishing string
How to make it:
1.First you cut a plastic bag in half
2. Second you put your first finger in the middle of the half plastic bag
3. Blow in the the hole where your first finger was
4. Tie the string in under the hole but don't make it so tight because you need to put water in it
5. Put water in the jelly fish and the bottle only put two thirds of water into the bottle
6. Now put the dye into the bottle but not the jelly fish
7. Put the jellyfish in now and you are DONE!
This is the finishing result!

Their, There and They're By Vanessa

There: Means something that is at a place 
For example: There is an apple tree in that garden.

They're: means "they are" 
For example: They're going outside.

Their: belonging to someone
For example: That is their house.

Michael's Wanted Poster

This is the Pale Orc he is a very evil Orc who has killed lots of people and his arm has been cut off.
The reward is $100,000+ Lamborghini so let me know if you see him.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Jasmine's Camp Poem

Camp Poem

Another fun day was rising,
As other people were realizing,
That today was the day for the beach!

We all hopped into the bus,
Without any fuss,
Though the top of
the bus was out of reach.

Morning tea is very close
And all my food is very gross.
The black sand is steaming hot.

Learning how to recognize a rip
makes me want to bite my lip.
Thinking about this
Makes me want
to trot.

Lunch is super near
I smell the fear
For me to eat!

Ran down the glittery sand
slipping off my hand,
Beating my feet on the ground
with the best beat!

By Jasmine

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Wanted Poster by Yuan

This is my wanted poster about Batman's enemy, the Riddler.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Jellyfish in a bottle by Isabelle

How To Make A Jellyfish In A Bottle. 

you need:
~ half of a clear plastic shopping bag
~clear plastic bottle
~blue dye

1. get half of your shopping bag and stick your finger through the middle

2.blow air into it and tie it but make sure there is space
3. start cutting your tentacles the less tentacles the better .
4.put a little bit of water into the head make sure there is air and tighten it.
5. put water and blue dye into the bottle make sure if you have at least
an inch of air in it.
6.put the jellyfish in and tighten the bottle and look at it go



Room 5 were all talking about Kiwiana. We had to make anything that is made in New Zealand. I did a gum boot. After that we had to put NZ icons inside our New Zealand feature.
From Axel

Information Report

Information Report
what is  an information report?
An information report is a practical text, which means that the information it provides is about something. As
an information report, to better understand the theme of a living or non-living Report
to explain things with facts.
Give details of a topic,
does not contain personal opinion,
usually written, but can also move the spoken
features of an information report.
An opening statement
A bunch of facts about a subject
a report requires a non-fictional story,
most of the reports are written in the present tense.
what is the purpose of an information report
Inform readers about the topic
example of an information report
The Elephant  Africa – Asia
The elephant is quite a strange animal which has two dreadful tusks and a trunk The cow elephant has one baby
every four years–which heights one meter and weighs 100kgs–which makes of him a big baby elephant!
one hour after his birth the baby elephant can already walk!His mother guides the elephants first steps because
his legs  are still shaky.
Even though they never look after their "kids", the male elephants pay attention to the young they meet. They gather
armfuls of grass or break a few branches.
The baby elephants remain close to their mother.
At about 11 years old, the male baby elephants leave the herd where they grew up. They then join other males.
by Jacob Nicholas and Fisher

Room 5 is creating Kiwiana stamps. We made it about something that’s native to our country. It is an L&P bottle.

By Joe

There, Their and They're by Maggie

There, Their and They’re
You use “there” when you say where is the object or living thing. For example: Look! There is the Ice-cream truck.
Use “their” when you say something belongs to them. For example: That is not our Kitty, it is their Kitty.
“They’re” is short for “they are”. So when you are using it, if they are doesn’t make sense, “they’re” is not going to work either. For example: They’re going to the Movies.


Room 5 is creating Kiwiana stamps. You have to make it about something that’s native to New Zealand. My one is an L&P bottle.

By Joe

Jaimie's Kiwiana Stamp

This is my Kiwiana stamp (0:

We put lots of NZ features in it.
Can you spot the Paua shell? If you can spot it write where in the comments please!

Wanted Poster by Maddy

Warning!!! The Grinch is trying to steal Christmas and we need your help to stop him he is absolutely green and has very long fingers.

Wanted Poster By Georgia

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Self Directed Learning

In Room 5, we are learning to manage our own timetables. This is called Self Directed Learning (SDL). Today, we reflected as a class about how our SDL is going. Here is our reflection:

We use SDL to help our learning by planning our own week and managing our own time.  We learn to focus on our work and help us to prepare for the rest of our education.

So What?
We learnt that you have to manage your time really carefully or you will not be learning all of the things you are expected to each week.

We learnt to keep an eye on the clock, so that we get tasks completed on time.If we don’t finish each task on time, we end up getting further and further behind.

We have learnt to look at how long each timeslot is and to put the more complicated tasks in the longer time slots and the easier tasks in the shorter time slots. We have decided to put the more complicated tasks first thing in the morning, as that is when our brain is the most alert. Things that don’t require a lot of thinking (like art and handwriting) are best left to the afternoon slots.

We are in more control of our learning. We decide when is the best time to learn each subject and we can often decide how we would like to present our learning.

Now What?

If we don’t finish the work that we had timetabled for the day, we could take it home to finish. This way, we don’t end up with hours of finishing at the end of the week, but just a small amount every evening.

We need to be more self-controlled and not get distracted as easily. We are learning to make good choices about who to sit with. Sometimes our best friends are not our best learning partners.

If we have extra time slots, we should use them to finish work or make sure any work is the best that it can be. We want to continue to learn and doing the bare minimum is not enough. Don’t waste any time slots - they are all valuable learning times!

We need to stay focussed on the task we are doing and use our timetable all the time to make sure we are doing exactly what we are scheduled to do.

We will ask people to help us when we don’t understand. We need to learn to ask specific questions so that people understand what we need to know. Try not to interrupt people if they are in the middle of a difficult task and try not to always ask the same people. Make sure you have really thought about the problem before you ask for help. It should be your last option, not your first. Find 3 peers who might know the answer, or who are working on the same task as you before asking an adult.

So, what do you think? Are there any questions that you think we should have asked ourselves? What do you think about SDL? Do you have any questions for us? Leave us a comment about our learning and we will try to answer all your questions!

Hector's Dolphins by Rose

Here are some interesting facts about the Hector's Dolphin. I will use this brainstorm to help me when I write my information report.

Information Report about Swordfish

Information Report about Swordfish

The swordfish are cold blooded marine animals. They are a large and strong animals. Their scientific name is Xiphias Gladius. The swordfish is one of the world's fastest sea animals as they can swim up to 50 miles per hour. They are rare animals too.

The swordfish sometimes lives in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea (Under Europe). The north-west Atlantic Ocean is also their habitat. The Pacific swordfish are three times larger than north- west Atlantic swordfish.

The swordfish have a long flat sharp bill above their mouth to catch their prey and protect from predators (enemies) including humans, large sharks and killer whales. They have a couple of big eyes and no teeth. The swordfish have a crescent shaped tail and a tall front fin. They have a special organ near their eyes which keeps their eyes and brains warm which makes them think and see better. Their average length is 2.1 metres, but some of the swordfish reach 4.6 metres! Most swordfish weigh 68 - 113 kgs. They can weigh more than 450 kg and the world's heaviest swordfish ever caught weighed 536 kgs! The female swordfish are bigger than the males. 

Swordfish are carnivores (that means meat-eaters). They eat ocean fish like mackerel, hake, herring and bluefish. They sometimes eat octopus and squids. They mostly eat at night. They catch food with their bills. 

Some swordfish die of pollution that made them think it's their food but it is actually rubbish. If they don't die from pollution, their average lifetime is three or four years and the maximum is 9 years.

The swordfish are very interesting and fun animals. You might want to see one at an aquarium!

By Yuan

Killer Whales Information report Example by Maggie

We are learning to write information reports. This is not a report that we wrote, but one that we think is a really good example. We have colour coded the different parts of the report to help us to remember to include them when we write our own reports.


Killer Whale information report
Killer whales are toothed whales. Whales have teeth that fit tightly together and are very strong. The killer whale is black and white in color, it has a sleek, streamlined fusiform (tapered at both ends) body shape. The average size of a male is 9m and the average size of a female is 5 meters.

This is a Killer Whale.

Killer whales inhabit all oceans of the world but are most numerous in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and areas of cold waters .They can be found near the shores of Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California and along the eastern coast of the United States. Killer whales also have been seen in warm water areas such as Hawaii, Australia, the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico.
When the killer whale swims it moves its powerful tail up and down, and beats the water with its flukes. It flippers help the whale to steer and to keep its balance in the water. A whale’s streamlined body and smooth skin allow it to slip easily through the water.

Feeding Habits
The killer whale is the top predators in the ocean; they are the largest predator of warm blooded animals ever known. The killer whale eats fish, squid, seals, sea lions, walruses, birds, sea turtles, penguins, polar bears, reptiles, swordfish and even a moose! All of these animals were found in a killer whale's’ stomach.

The female killer whale turns sexually mature when they reach 4.6-4.9m, at about 6-10 years old. The male killer whale turns sexually mature when they reach about 5.1-6.1m, at about 10-13 years old. In the Pacific Northwest calving is mostly occurring in the spring and fall. In other areas of the world, researchers have seen calves born throughout the year with no statistical evidence for birth seasons.
Other Facts
No one knows for sure how long killer whales live. Killer whales are top predators in the sea.  Healthy adults have no natural predators, but sharks prey on older, younger, or ill killer whales.
Killer whales are smart and interesting to see.