Monday, 13 November 2017

NZ Currency

Today we started a maths unit about understanding our money and how to use it correctly.  It is a life skill and one that can be shared at home.

Banknotes in circulation

New Zealand has two sets of banknotes in circulation – Series 6 and the new Series 7. Both series are legal tender. Both sets have five denominations: the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote.
Series 7 $5 and $10 banknotes were released in October 2015 and the remaining three denominations were released in May 2016.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cyber Citizenship

Today we were lucky enough to have two educators from the Christchurch City Libraries team come and lead our students in a session titled, 'Cyber Citizenship' to support our inquiry about the Internet and Being Safe Online. We learnt safe and appropriate ways of being an online citizen. We explored the concept of citizenship at home, at school, and in the physical and digital community. We discussed ways of avoiding common problems and had some creative fun.

We used an app called Chatterpix during our session.  The students really enjoyed this and we will be downloading this on our school iPads for our students to use.  Follow this link if you would like to download this on devices at home. Chatterpix App

We followed this up by watching a video about sharing personal details online.  

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Minecraft Competition

We have had a group of students from around the school working on creating an eco house in Minecraft to enter a nation wide competition.  All of the work on this has done in students own time.  Students have had to plan, build and explain their buildings before entering the competition.  See some of our studio's entries below.

Monday, 11 September 2017

How Does a Seed Grow

First put some fresh soil in a pot then put a seed in and let it have some sun and water. Next just the root will come out of the seed. The root will grow down because it needs to soak up water. Then the seed leaf will come out of the seed. When the seed leaf has come out of the ground the leaves will catch sunlight and air. After I a while some flowers will grow or the plant. Last the flower will turn into a  pea pod or a fruit and there will be a seed ready in those plants to be planted and grow again.

The inside of a seed is called the endosperm. The endosperm is made of oils, sugars and protein.

No matter what the leaves will follow the sun. It is sort of like a magnet. The biggest seed is a coconut seed. Some plants do not grow from seeds, they grow from spores.    
By James

Monday, 4 September 2017

How Does Maths Inspire Creativity?
We used this site to create semi regular tessellations.
Tessellation Creator

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Minecraft Competition

INTERFACE Minecraft student competition 2017

Welcome to the entry form for the ‘INTERFACE Minecraft Student Competition 2017’.
This year we’ve teamed up with Schoolgen and the challenge is a little bit different. We want students to design in Minecraft the perfect Eco-House – an energy-efficient home that’s friendly to the environment.

There are THREE categories to choose from:
  • Primary (Years 1-6)
  • Intermediate (Years 7 and 8)
  • Secondary (Years 9+)
This is the fourth year the competition has been running. We’ve received some fantastic entries and we’re hoping for even better things this time! So, get your thinking caps on and your blocks on the move.

How do you put ‘Eco’ into a Home?
So, what are we looking for in the perfect Eco-House? Some of the key elements will be:
  • Low environmental impact: How does it fit with the world around it? We want to see a minimal impact on the environment – both in construction and on-going use.
  • Sustainable: We want to see use of sustainable materials in the construction.
  • Energy-efficiency: How energy efficient in the house? Construct is so that it makes best use of renewable energy resources, for heating and lighting, etc.
Overall, you need to create us a building that’s friendly to the environment around it – and explain why you think it is.
Powered by Genesis Energy, Schoolgen raises awareness of energy efficiency and brings solar energy to schools across New Zealand. For information, ideas and inspiration go to

WIN a Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera
We’ll join with Schoolgen to judge entries and select a winner in each category, who will receive a Polaroid CUBE HD Action Camera for their classroom.
PLUS, the top three entries in each category will receive a $50 Prezzy Card for their class.


Choose the category and talk through the requirements with the student(s). Discuss what makes a house eco-friendly and how it can be constructed in Minecraft. Build the entry in Minecraft and record a video of their creation. Complete the entry form below, including an explanation of why the building is eco-friendly.
Entries will be judged equally on:
  • Accuracy and neatness of construction
  • Creativity of the design
  • Complexity of design
  • Appropriate use of materials
All entries require both teacher and student details – incomplete entries will not be accepted. Please submit one form per entry. Entries can be from individuals or groups/classes. For individuals or small groups, enter all names. For large groups or classes, enter a group or class name.You can enter more than one category but you must make a separate entry for each.
Entries closed Friday 29 September (end of Term 3).