Saturday, November 26, 2011

Kapa Haka

Room 13 and 14 performed in assembly last week. Didn't we do well!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Homework - Term 4 Week 5

Your task for homework this week is to continue your investigation on whaling. You need to come to class with some USEFUL facts to support your argument in persuasive writing.

Possible Questions to investigate:

* How many whales are left in the world?
* What is the most endangered whale species?
* How many whaling trips are made every year?
* What is the whale population compared to other endangered species?
* Is whaling the main cause of whale death?
* Are there restrictions on the number of whales currently caught?
* How many whales are caught on a whaling trip?
* Where are whales mostly caught?
* What is the species of whale that is caught the most?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What the?!? Jumping over babies in Spain?!?

 Here is Oscar's Festival Inquiry on the very strange festival of baby jumping!

Buddy Time

We really enjoy spending time with our buddies in Room 6. Over the past couple of weeks we have be doing all sorts of things with them including reading, art and technology!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Get your skates on

We had a great day in town today. Together we looked around the 5th floor of
Te Papa at the artwork. In groups we chose a piece of artwork to discuss in
detail and then sketch. It was great to spend the time REALLY looking at the
art. We felt we developed more of an appreciation for the work.

After that Mr D led on on a scavenger hunt around the waterfront. We were
looking at the different sculptures.

After a yummy lunch and play at Frank Kitts Park it was off to ice skating. What
fun. There were some crazy crashes and many fancy moves to be seen.

Have a look at the video and photos and see what we have been up to.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Festivals & Celebrations

Welcome back to another busy term in Room 13!

With all the work we put into our Wearable Art creations and performances last term we ran out of time to complete our inquiry on Festivals and Celebrations.

The beginning of the term sees us jumping right into the inquiry process where will be investigating this big idea:

Can you think of some specific sub-questions that will help us investigate this idea?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Looking good!

Well done everyone on an OUTSTANDING wearable art performance. What fantastic outfits... WOW here we come!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beach Clean up

Today Room 13 and Room 6 headed down to the beach to collect all the rubbish we could find. We thought it was a great thing to do for Conservation Week this week.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hundertwasser Art

Last week Room 13 looked at the artist Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser. We noticed from his art work that he does not like straight lines and enjoys using bright, vibrant colours.

Check out the awesome paintings we made below. We zoomed in on a small part of a painting and then enlarged it. It's a lot harder than it sounds!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Writing - Taking to the next level

Check out how we me made a boring sentence far more interesting today....

"The walked to the house at the end of the street."

I strode confidently to the crumbly, black ruins of the cottage at the end of the silent, isolated street while thunder coughed and lightning slit the sky’s throat.

By Margo, Matthew & Wilson

Fearfully, I walked slowly towards the deserted, crumbled old house at the end of the dark cobbled alleyway. The smashed up glass stuck out as if it was trying to push me away.

By Molly and Mia

I slowly strutted down the street as I saw the gloomy old abandoned house.

Fearfully listening to the doors creak, I walked down the to the end of the road and felt a slither down my spine.

By Olivia S

It was a blooming hot day, I felt the sunlight on my back. I strolled to the massive mansion at the of the rocky road.

By Ella & Dorrie

I strolled to the vintage house at the end of the gloomy, abandoned road. I felt the breeze push it’s way through my hair.

By Ruby

I slowly crept nervously towards the old broken down deserted house at the end of the spooky cold street

By Greta and Amy

I scampered into a mansion. I was anxious to get to the living room. I gleamed at the sign that said “money room 2 metres ahead. Take a left and you’re there.” I was trapped drowning in money.

By Elliott

I glanced at the spooky rotten old house. I decided to go over and check it out. I bowled over to the forgotten mansion then I woke up from my nightmare.

By Lyndon & Billy

I slugged my way to my drenched but colourful mansion.

By William and Oscar

The golden sunshine dancing on my face and the balmy breeze rustling in my hair, I joyfully strolled to the mansion at number 83 located at the end of the brick lane.

By Amy O & Hannah

Monday, August 22, 2011


To kick start our Festivals unit last week we got a little crafty!

In groups we had 30 minutes to construct a simple craft from different festivals celebrated around the world. We then shared with everyone the significance of this craft (symbol) with the class.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Peace Week 2011

Last week our Peer Mediators organised a series of fun lunch time activities for everyone to promote Peace Week. Click on the movie below to see the highlights of the week.

A special thanks to Amy & Amy in Room 13 for creating this great movie.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Wearable Art skill building - sewing

While the netballers were away today the rest of us spent the day sewing (another useful skills for wearable arts preparation). We perfected the art of threading the needle, knot tying (not as easy as it sounds), basic stitching, zig-zagging, attaching buttons and beads and even stitching flower designs!

Wearable Art skill building - Training Day

We had a great day last Friday learning new skills and getting ideas for our final artwork.
It was lots of fun because the whole year 5/6 team worked together in the hall.
We worked in groups of four and had a limited time-frame in which to come up with an outfit to walk down the catwalk. The teachers also limited the materials we could use so we had to get creative. Our outfits also had to show examples of weaving, sewing and folding.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ten Top Tips for Narrative Writing

Our writing focus for this term is Narrative. Our first task of the unit was to brainstorm what makes a great story. We worked to groups to decide on 10 top tips for a great story.
Our next step is to share back our ideas to the class to develop a success criteria for our future this space!

Wearable Art skill building

Today we took part in our first skill building session in preparing for creating our wearable art. Today's focus was weaving.

How could you incorporate this skill into your design?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Room of Champions...continued!!!

Last week Matthew and Maya represented the Lower Hutt Zone at the Regional Cross Country at Kaitoke. Both Matthew and Maya came 1st in their events – an outstanding achievement!

They are now focusing on the National event which takes place in Blenheim later in Term 3. Way to go you two!!

3D Shape Construction

This week in maths Room 13 has been learning about 3d shapes. We have been experimenting with constructing a variety of complicated 3d shapes including; rhombic pyramids, dodecahedrons and truncated octahedrons (what a mouthful!!)

After we constructed each shape we discussed the number of vertices, edges and faces each shape had.

You might like to have a go a making a 3d shape yourself! Check out this website for downloadable net templates. A great rainy day task!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Term 2 reviews

Hi everyone and welcome to the room 13 blog . We've just uploaded our term 2 reviews on our literacy blog using a cool gadget called blabberize. Check them out by clicking on our writing blog on the side bar. You could maybe even make a video yourself . See you guys next time and maybe you could even consider following us or even leaving a comment. BYE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Billy

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Room of Champions!!

Wow! What a week! Even more successes were achieved this week in Room 13.

Firstly, Matthew and Maya continued their Cross Country success on Tuesday by both coming first in their events in the Interzone Cross Country. They are now focused on the Regionals this coming Tuesday at Kaitoke - Go M & M!!!

Secondly, Billy, Margarita and Matthew did an amazing job of representing our class at the Year 5/6 Speech Semi-finals on Wednesday. After much deliberation by the judges, Billy and Matthew have been selected to continue on to the Finals this coming Tuesday. (Matthew sure does have a busy day planned!!) Best of luck Billy and Matthew and well done to everyone who participated in the semis - the quality of speeches this year is outstanding!!

Using imovie to share information

The movies below are the results of a 2 week project completed by the students in Room 13. Their task was to create a movie using images, voice overs, sound effects and music to share their knowledge they learned about a specific planet in our solar system.

Here is the brief and criteria they needed to follow to complete the task:

Please check out our movies. We worked really hard on them and would love your feedback - leave a comment!!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Come to our great planet,Mercury

Dorrie, Ella & Ruby Saturn Movie

Look at our amazing video. It is very entertaining!!!

Mia's Venus Movie

Want A Holiday On The Most Romantic Place... EVER?
Visit Venus.

Jupiter william & kees

You're in for a big ride to Jupiter.

Billy AND Lyndon airlines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

watch our movie or die?????

Uranus by Olivia, Greta and Frankie

Check this out!! It's all about the fantastic things on URANUS!! ( The perfect holiday getaway) couples retreat. sorry Mr D we stole that from you!! :)

Amy & Elliott's asteroid belt movie

Come and see the Best holiday full of fun!

MARS Margarita Oscar

If you're looking for a scenic vacation mars is the place.

Neptune by Maya


Amy O's Pluto Movie

Check Out this faraway location for a amazing holiday!

Do you want to visit now?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Earth - the Ultimate Getaway

Check out our first completed movie on a planet from our solar system.... What better planet to start with; Earth.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Beautful Lilies

WALT: Draw what we see, not what we think we can see.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Welcome Yas!

Room 13 have been lucky enough to have a special visitor in our classroom over the past week. Her name is Yas and she is all the way from beautiful Malaysia. Yas is currently studying at Victoria University to become an English teacher back in her home country.

Yesterday Yas shared a presentation with us all about herself and life in Malaysia. She started by showing us some traditional dress that she wears in her country.

Later, she taught us how to play two traditional Malaysian games. The first one was called Batu Seremban. This was very similar to what we call knuckle bones except in Malaysia you play with pebbles.

The final game was called Lat-tali lat ta li tam plom! This game can be used in many different ways life like for deciding who has to clean up, making teams or elimination.

Thanks Yas for sharing your knowledge with us. We had heaps of fun and learned a lot!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Top Runners!

Well done to everyone in Room 13 who represented Muritai School at the Zone Cross Country event last Tuesday. You should all be very proud of your efforts and achievements.

A special mention to Matthew and Maya you both came 1st (by a country mile) in their events. They of course must now focus on the next event - Interzone next week!! Awesome effort you two. Keep that training up and go hard!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Solar Flare

Wow! What a day!

Another busy day was had by everyone today in Room 13. It was a cracker of day for the school cross country at Williams Park. Well done to everyone who competed. It was a seriously tough course and you should all be very proud of your efforts. A BIG congratulations to Matthew and Maya to both came 1st in their races. The top ten in both races will be off to the Zone Cross Country next week!

After lunch we were lucky enough to attend a performance called The main theme of the show was based around cyber safety.

What did you think of the show?

Monday, May 30, 2011


In class we have been writing reports on our Solar System. To view a completed report, go to our writing blog.
Just follow the link under 'Links'.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Matariki is coming up. The Seven Sisters (also known as the Pleiades star cluster) have reappeared in the night sky. If you happen to be up on a clear pre-dawn morning you can spot the Sisters low in the North-East sky.

Matariki falls on the day of the first New Moon after the Sisters return. This year Matariki is on Saturday the 4th of June.

Click here to watch a 3 part video on Matariki. What else can you find out to share with the class?

The Moon and the tides

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Shrinking the Solar System

What a busy day we have had!!

In maths, a small group worked out how to show the distance each planet was from the Sun by scaling down each measurement. We used the scale 1 metre for every 100,000,000,000 kilometre. We made a table to show our information:Later on in the day, we went outside to mark out where each planet is in relation to the Sun. First, we made a prediction:Then we measured it out using a metre wheel. Click on the video to see how accurate we were:

The Sun 101

Monday, May 9, 2011

To Infinity & Beyond!

Our Term 2 Inquiry is based around the Solar System.

Big Idea: Version:

The Earth’s system is a small part of a solar system within the vast system of the universe. The forces of the solar system directly affect life on Earth.

Today we visited the Carter Observatory. It was great fun learning about what makes up our Solar System.

What did you learn?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's Science Week!

We have had a great time this week during science week. Check out these clips of some of the experiments we tried out. Some were great...some not so great.

Can you explain to someone at home what caused these things to react the way they did?

...the little rocket that could.....not

What happens when you mix coke and mentos?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Maya's Term 1 Review

Oscar's Term 1 Review

Hannah's Term 1 review

Greta's Term 1 Review

Amy F's Term 1 Review

Margo's term 1 review

Olivia's term 1 review

Lyndon's term review

Amy O's term 1 review

Ella's Term1 Review

Billy's term 1 review

Ruby's Term 1 Review

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eddie Quansah the Drummer

We had great time listening to Eddie and his drums today - all the way from Ghana!!

What did you enjoy about his performance?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Camp Comics

This week we used the photos from camp to make a simple comic, showing highlights from last week. We needed to use thought bubbles to show 'inner thought' at a particular moment in time. When we start writing our recount it is very important to include 'inner thought'.

Here are a couple of examples of our comics. To view them all please visit our Writing Log.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hutt Football visits

We were lucky enough to have a training session with two members of the Hutt Valley Football club this week.

Check out our skills!

Peer Mediation - Take 1!

Over the past couple of weeks the students in Room 13 have been learning the essential skills of PEER MEDIATION. We are now at the point where we need to practice these skills to become more confident in assisting others to resolve their conflicts.

In the last session we looked at the mediation process:

Check out this short video of Oscar assisting Mia and Amy to resolve their fictitious conflict. Does he follow the process?

Awesome job Oscar!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Our Writing Log

Our Writing Log is now up and running. This is where we share our writing that we have been doing in class. Click on the link in the side or here. We would love any feedback you have for us.