Thursday, 22 June 2017

Become a Kiwi Guardian

Some fun events for school holiday explorations.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Syria - 40 Hour Famine - Refugees

The 40 Hour Famine is coming up soon and as the information was shared with us we had lots of wonderings.  This year's 40 hour famine is raising money for children in Syria.

What is a famine?  Where is Syria?  Why do these children need help?
We have shared our thinking and have had further wonderings.  We started talking about what we would do if we felt unsafe.  Where would we go?  We learned a little bit about what a refugee is.

Sophie from year 4 was interested to find out more about Syria.  She created a Piccollage to share her thinking

Refugees Explained

When people leave their country to seek refuge, or protection, in another country, they are called refugees. Sometimes governments force people to leave their country. Other people leave their country because they belong to a group that is being mistreated. Still others leave their country to escape wartime conditions or starvation.
Even though they seek shelter in a new country, refugees often continue to think of the old country as their home. They may want to move back if conditions change. This makes refugees different from other migrants, who want to change their homes permanently. Refugees are also different from displaced persons. These are people who are forced from their homes but not out of their country.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Tree Planting

Today Ōtākaro Studio planted 100 trees around the outside of our back field.
Jessica Borcherds applied for the tress from Trees for Canterbury and they kindly donated them.

A huge thank you to her parents for coming down to help us plant and supplying us with the equipment to do it.

We had a fabulous time! 

Thanks Jessica 

Monday, 1 May 2017

There were some very busy Ōtākaro children at lunch today!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

What is a tap and how does it work?

A tap is something that pumps out water. It can also be a cold tap and a hot tap. You can find a tap in a bathroom by the bath and the sink.when you turn the handle of the tap it lifts the shaft and water flows out.when you turn the tap off it pushes the shaft and the water stops. There can be different taps.taps can be in different shapes and sizes some are outside.Water that comes through a tap comes from a water pump station. By Cullen.

You can find taps in a ensuite  bathroom garden and a laundry room.  A tap releases water from a pipe. A tap can be made out of metal or plastic.  Some taps have one tap for hot and one tap for cold water and some taps are joined together so when you turn it one it will either be hot or cold. All taps have two pipes for hot and cold water. Taps are normally white and grey. The water in your house comes from a hot gas cylinder. You have to pay hot water in New Zealand but in Australia you have to pay for hot and cold water. Inside a tap there is a steam  which keeps the tap up. The steam sits on the washer. The washer  pushes down on the seat which then compresses and stops the water from coming out.
By Maya L

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Taking Action! How to Reduce Water Use.

We have been thinking, discussing and talking about ways we can take action in our own lives to reduce water use.  Below are some posters the students have created to show the action that you can take.

When we created our posters we talked about layout, choice of font, background and choice of images.  We reflected on our learning and asked for feedback about whether the message was clear and whether the layout made it easy to read and understand the message.