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?