Thursday, 8 December 2016

Camp Ngaruawahia

What a great 3 days team building, taking risks and trying new things, building relationships and having fun...

Flying Fox across the lake...
Climbing Wall...
Roasting Marshmallows...
Cage Soccer and much more...

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Science - Missile Launchers

We researched Sir Isaac Newton and his amazing work as a mathematician and physicist. Newton's first law is about FORCES and this links to getting rockets off the ground.
We learnt that rockets launch when the force of the thrust pushing up is greater than the weight force due to gravity.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Smarties Statistics

As an introduction to our Statistics Unit we had the following scenario....

The Smarties factory colour sorting Machine has broken down and until it is fixed we have to sort by hand. We need to research how many smarties in a packet, what colours and how many of each colour. What a bonus that at the end we got to eat our Smarties. 

The key learning was...
Creating a Tally charts to collect data
Creating a Bar Graphs to display data
Finding Mean, median and mode
Drawing conclusions

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Taeotu Whanau Science Fair

We are really proud of our students learning in science that was on display today in our mini Science Fair. There was a great variety of science concepts, well presented information on science boards and interactive hands on experiments, models and quizzes to experience.
From Taeotu One...
The Solar System...
Sugar... Where it hides and the effects
Volcanoes... Baking Soda & Vinegar Eruptions
Stars... What are they really?
Experimenting with Dry Ice...
Taste Buds...
Rainbow Milk...

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Rhythm Interactive

We experienced Rhythm Interactive today where all 200 students drummed to the same beat. They also had some hidden messages... We are all in this together.
Actions speak louder than words..
We had to really listen to the beat and focus.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Science Roadshow

Today we ventured to Westbrook school to view the Science Roadshow... we learnt a lot from the show about volume and different sounds. But it was the hands on experimentation that we enjoyed the most.
The discovery box using our senses.
Finding out how coordinated we are.
Bending lights using lasers.
What's inside our bodies.
Pushing air through a brick.
Force and air pressure.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Properties of Water - Liquid

We have been learning about the different properties of water... Water as a solid - ice, Water as a liquid - Surface Tension, Water as a gas - Evaporation.

Our science experiment was about water as liquid and how when water molecules meet air they are pulled together tightly because they are meeting air molecules. 
We had water drop races using coloured water, wax paper and straws. We looked at the shape of the water drops and as we raced had to keep them together.
Understanding that surface tension makes drops of water the shape they are.

Surface Tension is important as it captures dust particles, allows insects to walk on water and is integral in the upward movement of sap in plants.