Thursday, 27 March 2014

Maths Like a Pirate - Boat building

In maths today we went on a boat-building challenge using only Tin Foil. Everyone was really excited and there were lots of different shaped boats being constructed. Some kids were full of ideas while others were a little unsure. We tested some out in the swimming pool and  Nathanael helped by collecting any marbles which fell into the water.

This flipagram shows some of what we did today:

One of the boats was able to hold 30 marbles and still didn't sink! Lots of kids were going home to build their own boats tonight.

We have two questions for you:

1. There were 30 pieces of pirate treasure to share amongst 5 people. What fraction of the treasure will each of these people get?

2. It took 24 minutes to build 8 boats. How many boats could be build in 6 minutes?


In the last two days Room 1 has been learning how to do Wordtoons, a technique where you turn a word into a picture.

This is one by the inventor of Wordtoons, you should try it at home.

We started by creating a dog, then we did a spy and then we had a go at creating our own name into a Wordtoon. These are some of the works that we drew, see if you can find the names hidden in these pictures.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Gardening at HNS

Today, our gardener Terry came to visit Room 1 & Room 2 to talk to us about the compost bins we have at HNS.

He talked to us about how composting works and why we should compost. We already have been recycling paper & food scraps in our classes and we now have even more reason to do this.

Here is some of the work that the class did today:

Friday, 21 March 2014

Letter to MP Paula Bennett - Save our Flag

This week several of our students started writing letters about their thoughts on the flag debate, Caitlin's letter was one that just has to be shared. We are sending it to our local MP on Monday.

429 Great North Rd
Henderson, Waitakere

Mrs. Paula Bennett MP,

I want my amazing country to keep it's flag because we have been loyal to it since 1902.

The trend is for people to think it would be a great thing to change our flag because it is old and a change would be good for us.

My personal opinion on this matter is that change would be okay but I would hate our flag  to change because people in the war died for our flag, you just don't need to fix what isn't broken so just leave it alone!!!

Changing our flag is just a waste of our time and money. You are right to let people vote but none of this would have happened if the flag could be left in peace.

Just because I can't vote doesn't mean that I don't care!!! I really hope that you will still consider my input because I care about this as much as anyone else even though I'm only 10 years old.

Yours sincerely
Caitlin Smith
Room 1
Henderson North Primary

Wonderopolis - learning about colours

Wonderopolis is a great website to go to. It has a lot of wonders that kids will like and think about.  It has questions like "why is grass green?" or "why do dogs eat homework?". There is over 1100 wonders on this page or maybe more!

This wonder is pretty cool, it talks about how colours I see may be different to the colours that you see. For example, your red might be my blue or  your green might be my yellow.
Heres the link to the website:

If you don't understand here's an e.g.if i see a red ballon in the sky you might see it but in a different colur like blue or black or orange


Buddy Reading

Every week we do buddy reading with Rm 10, they are a new entrant class and have Miss Canning as their teacher.

Room 1 looks forward to this time, because it is fun reading to the little kids and it is also helping us to become better readers too. Sky thinks that it makes them happy and they are getting to learn new things. Arnav says " we get to learn about them too".

Sky's first flipagram

My first blogpost

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Pirate Maths - Bridge Building Attempt 2

Another awesome session inspired by Maths like a Pirate

Today we had our second attempt at building bridges and it was fantastic to see that so many kids had learnt lots from the first time that we tried this.

Here are some photos celebrating our learning.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Introduction to Quadblogging

An introduction to our class:
Welcome to Room 1 at Henderson North Primary, in Auckland, New Zealand. We have 15 boys and 13 girls that are a mix of year 5 and year 6.We have a programme called BYOD (Bring your own Device), where students bring devices to school to help with their studies. We also have a 40 Book Challenge, students read books and record them in their 40 Book Book. We have decorated our classroom with artwork and displays to help with Writing and Reading and for more subjects. In our school we have different classes for Maths, but not for any other subject.

In our class the students speak lots of different languages including: everybody speaks english, 5 kids speak Maori, 2 speak Tongan, 4 speak Samoan, 3 speak Hindi, 1 speaks Gujarati, 1 speaks South African, 1 speaks Cook Island, 1 speaks Thai, 2 speak Niuean, 1 speaks  Tagalog and 2 kids speak Cantonese. Its cool that our class speak a variety of languages at home.

We have a swimming pool, teachers take students there at least two times a week in summer. Our school is a PB4L school, PB4L is an acronym for Positive Behaviour 4 Learning. Furthermore, we have PB4L tokens, children get these for being Respectful, Responsible, Friendly, a Learner and being Safe.

Our answers to the questions from the Modigliani Class: Question 1: Questions 2: Question 3: