Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Practising our Javlin Throw.

Greg taught us how to throw the vortex and the foam javlin. 

The skills you need to master are:
Use your whole body to twist releasing the energy from your legs through to your wrist.  This will give you a powerful throw.

We had to run after the vortex each time we made a throw.  It was tiring in the sun.

Make sure you place your hands in the correct place.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Little Recycled Drums

We wanted to make our drum  bright and colourful.
We can reuse rubbish.
We collected cylinders to make into musical shakers.

We need all our hands to tie the ends on.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Visit from Enviro Schools

This morning Robin came and talked to us about how we can help our school to be an amazing green space to learn in. We learnt how to look after our grounds. We wrote poetry in response to thinking about our favourite green part of HES:                                
The school is full of forest
 dark scary ahhhhhhhhhhhh!
fun really dirty
 muddy yucky
 By Asiya

Places to play           


     around on
    the squares having
    a game between two
     squares having fun
squares.     By Nicole

love to
play at Dawson
How do we care for our green spaces?  We compost our  food scraps.
but the best place is the library               
lose.  By Jubilee

We brainstormed together about what green space we would
like to see at our school.  We thought an outdoor classroom would be a very exciting place to
learn in.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Rubbish Facts

We were astonished to learn these facts:

Nappies take over 75 years to break down in a landfill.

We throw away 22 million plastic bags each week in NZ.

There are 7 different types of plastic but we normally only recycle types 1,2 & 5.

189,000 tonnes of plastic is dumped into landfills each year in NZ.

Plastic bags (type 4) take up to 20 years to break down in a landfill.

A tin can takes 100 years to break down.

An aluminium can take almost 500 years to break down.

Styrofoam (like the meat trays & coffee cups) NEVER breaks down.

..and our favourite fact...

Recycling a tonne of paper saves 13 trees!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Waste investigation

Room 15 along with Totara team investigated the waste from  one day's rubbish.  We wanted to find out what kind of packaging and products we throw out each day?
Out it goes!  I can see a banana peel.  Q: Where does that belong? In the compost or the rubbish bin?
We sorted and sorted .... and sorted and sorted..and sorted and sorted into 4 piles.  One for plastic, one for chippy wrappers, one for bread and one for paper!

Look how much plastic we have thrown out.  Did you know that we throw out 22 million plastic bags in New Zealand each week?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Reuse Reduce Recycle

Making paper beads
Designing patterns

Sunday, July 29, 2012

More highlights from Term Two

                                                                 Well done!

 Experimenting with Change - Transforming seeds into popcorn.
 Hamilton East School hockey  

 Home made Maori Fry bread. Yum!
 Matariki Art - Celebrating the Maori New Year

Ka kitea a Matariki i te atapō, inā tiro koe ki te raki-mā-marangai i te mutunga o te marama o Haratua. Ka tino kitea i roto i ngā wiki e whai ake ana i muri, ka piki haere, nāwai ā, ka eke ki runga rawa, ka ahu whaka-te-tonga tōna pikinga ake i te paerangi i te wā o te rā poto rawa atu o te tau.
Matariki becomes visible in the pre-dawn sky looking north-east towards the end of May. It becomes more clearly visible in the following weeks, rising further and further towards the south once the shortest day is past.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Calendar Art

Calendar Art on PhotoPeach

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Room Fifteen have been learning about the water cycle. We were amazed about how thousands of tiny raindrops all glistening in the sun can create the beauty of a rainbow. We decided to find out how the rainbow got its colours. 

We found out that rainbows are formed from light refracting through a drop of rain or mist.  Because there are seven colors in the spectrum, a rainbow will always only have the same seven colors (and in the same order!).

Take a look at our science experiment in class  "creating a rainbow".
Step 1: We shined a light through a jar of water.  We could only see a tiny rainbow.
 Step Two: We used a CD sprayed with water which helped to refract the torch light more. Hey Presto.. a rainbow shining bright.

The colours of the Rainbow:
Red, Orange,Yellow,Green,Blue,Indigo, Violet
A rainbow at school!  

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Interesting Worm Facts

We have been investigating interesting facts about worms this week.

Check out our favourite worm website:

Earthworms make homes all day.  Earthworms live underground. 
 They eat fruit skins.  They are scared of birds because birds eat them. 
 Earthworms have cold blood.  They have five hearts.  
The biggest worm was found in America.  Sujay

They also have lungs but not the same as us and
 they don't have legs or arms.  They like to eat compost. 

They have stripes on their body and they wriggle.  I like the part when they built a worm house and they put vegetables in it.  Denver 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Waikato Winter Show

Room 15 boarded the  school bus excited to be travelling to this years Waikato Winter Show.
The Winter show has been thrilling children and adults for many years. Maybe our mums and dads went along when they were children, you may wish to ask them?

The Waikato show celebrates the community and all the great things we do.

Lets take a look around

Geese and Turkeys

Funky Monkey Dance
Hey who's that on the stage
its the Funky Monkeys oh yeah
Lets take a stroll outside
smell the candy floss and hear the rides
What's that noise coming from around the corner
oh my it's sheep, donkeys, goats and alpaca
Lot's of people here and there
Laughing, smiling, everywhere.

My favourite part was the earthquake bits.  I'm never going to visit my aunty in Christchurch because they had an earthquake.  I went on stage.  Courtney

On Friday we went to the show.  I liked the Funky Monkeys because when the kids came on the stage Chris said  "can you do something?"  Joe said "eat your foot." We said "Joe!"  Alyssa

On Friday we went to the Event Park and we saw a show.  My favourite part was the Funky Monkeys and at the end we sang 'Bubbles'.  Navaeh