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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Science journal

Week 1: Starting to think about science: Gathering and Interpreting Data.
Where have I placed myself for…..
Gathering data
Engaging in science

I think I was multistructural for all of those things, because we gathered data when we made slime for Mr Anderson and we had to make it the right thickness and thinness so it would come out of the bucket.  I think our slime was really good maybe even the best in the school. We put vanilla extract over the slime to make it smell nice but then it started to smell yucky again.

Week 2: Balloon Rocket experiment

This week our class have been doing rocket balloons. We learnt the distance of how far the balloon can go. We also made some rocket balloons and measured their distance and height. We found out that fishing wire worked better. First you get the things you need such as straws, balloons, string, tw chairs, and then you make it.  I was buddies with lots of buddies. First I was with Ryan and Rosa and then Ruby.I and Neve,  and then Lila and Neve.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Social Science reflection

At the start of the term I didn't know much about my school leadership roles. So on the solo rubric I would have put myself as multicultural, because I knew most things but not the most important things. I asked some people and they told me the answer. 

 Now my learning about being a responsible citizen is relational, because I know all of the things about a responsible citizen. My school leadership roles or other things:
Road patrol To keep the little kids safe from crossing the road
Librarian To encourage kids to read
Radio DJ To keep all of the school updates available 
Picking up rubbish To keep the school and environment and the World tidy!
Wet day monitor To play with the little kids so then the teachers can have their lunch and morning tea.

 I did an iMovie with Lily-Grace on responsible pet ownership for chickens. I did it about chickens because that is not a popular pet to do it about because lots and lots of people were doing cats and dogs because they are the most common animals to have.

Overall my project that I did is really good because we showed it to a class and they said it was really good.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Responsible citizens

Are you a responsible citizen? A responsible citizen treats the world nicely. They pick up rubbish and look after people. The police is a responsible citizen, so is a firefighter and people who work at the ambulance station. They follow rules and the laws. I think we should start by caring for others more, so than when people get upset there will be someone there for them. And won't just care for others they will also care for the animals, environment and property.

 A responsible citizen also picks up rubbish, when they see some. Not just step over it. And then the world would be clean and tidy, not so full of rubbish. Another way to help an environment is when you are at school.  You should ask your teacher for a plastic bag and some gloves and then you ask if you can go and pick up some rubbish, then your school would be tidy. And also feel free to do that at a park or your street, then our whole environment would be tidy.

It is also important to be trustworthy. Trustworthy is when you need to be trusted.  For example you ask you teacher to work by the library, but you start running around and yelling.  then your teacher comes to tell you that they are in a maths group. she sees you running around, then you are not trusted any more. So that is why you need to be trustworthy.

I think my grandad and my Aunty are responsible citizens because they help people because they work at St John and help people that are hurt.

Overall if you do all of these things then you will be a responsible citizen because then you are helping the world more. Also because then we won't be walking in rubbish finding plastic bags in the sea or having lots and lots of accidents. So that is why you need to treat the would nicely.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Going hard out at tough kids

Even though it was a extremely foggy cold morning, I still wanted  to go to tough kids. I got up and got ready in my old clothes, I knew they were going to get muddy. Mum drove me to school. I was shivering with excitement, when we got to the tough kids stadium. Then we had to wait, and wait, for the information. We had to wait for our turn, and that took nearly forever.  And then finally it was the year three’s turn. I started to get nervous but excited at the same time. We warmed up, then ready set GO! All of the year three’s ran. I sprinted to the obstacles and through sticky mud. The mudder I got, the better I was going. “Come on Ruby you can do this,” I said to myself. I went hard out. Then when we finished we had to get sprayed by a hose by somebody,- it was freezing cold. I felt proud of myself because I did the challenge even when my friends ran past me.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

I Am...

I am a racing car that races around the classroom,
getting work done.

I am a small cottage that sits by trees,
enjoying the peace and quiet.

I am a leaf, flying in the wind,
that travels around the world.

I am a cherry,
that drops from trees.

I am a spicy Thai meal,
that has steam rising to the roof.

I am a warm sweater,
 that keeps me warm.

Ko Ruby ahau.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Hide and seek.

“1 2 3…”
The teachers count to 100.
My feet race as fast as they can to get to my hiding spot.
I finally found one in the bush. 
 I go in there and the leaves surround me 
like a tornado building up on me. 
Don't talk don't move don't Even breath.
98 99 100!”
 The teachers yell’ “COMING!”
Oh no 
curl up small so they can't see you.

I can see people going back to where we have to meet 
near the playground so the teachers are not near us.

I can hear Mrs. Pageot yelling to Mrs Bentall.
The teachers chatter to each other. 
Footsteps crunch on the stones towards me.

I can't move because the teachers say “I found you in the flax bush.”  
I am next to the flax bush.
I know I can't move.
The teachers are right next to me.

 The branches poke  into me. 
FOUND YOU my teacher yells. 

Monday, 10 October 2016


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

Well our group noticed that the red dot rubbish was everywhere Because some people just drop it and hope it blows away or dissolves.  

In some places there is more rubbish than other places because some rubbish gets stuck in fences and buses and some just blow away in big clear spaces.

Rubbish gets stuck in certain areas and stays there like fences or places where the wind throw the rubbish about  .

Our data may have some mistakes. Some areas we can't reach the rubbish and we can't fit all of the dots in the same place  because some are under buildings and some are in the same spot so we have to spread the dots out to count it. 

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.