Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Kitekite Falls

This term, we have been learning about the environment. Yesterday, Room 1, 4 and 5 went on a trip to Kitekite falls to explore the area and learn more about the New Zealand bush. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Marae and Powhiri

Room 5 learned about marae's and powhiri's and completed a presentation about a marae and a powhiri for Te Reo. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Adaptation of Desert Animals Information Report

For the past few weeks, Room 5 has been writing information reports on the adaptation of desert animals. Students chose to write on the penguin, desert tortoise, fennec fox or the camel. 

Adaptation of Camels
by: Meera
Adaptation is when living things adapt to the unique conditions of the deserts or any other type of environment.  This happens when the animal or living thing needs to change to survive.  When something starts to adapt to something, it could take up to  thousands of years.  Adapting to a living condition is not a simple concept. The desert has different animals which all have at least one thing that allows them to live in the desert, for example a Jack rabbit has their long ears so they use them as their fan. A Camel, has long eyelashes to keep any sand out of their eyes.

Every continent has at least one desert, which is either a cold desert or a hot desert.  Hot desert’s only have a scarce amount of water which is also hard to find because water only comes once a year in a ordinary desert. The Sahara desert is the hottest desert in the world, this desert can go up to 50°c in the summer, but then this means that it can drop to - 50°c in the winter.  One third of the earth’s surface is covered in vast deserts, and approximately 9 of those deserts are hot deserts.

Camels have smartly adapted to their environment, they have long lashes to block the sand out of their eyes and they also have the same concept with their ears.   Additionally camels have thick pulp lips to prevent them from getting hurt when they eat prickly plants.  Also the sandy colour of their skin that they have, helps them to camouflage when they see predators.  They also store fat in their humps instead of water, many people believe that they actually store water but they are definitely wrong.  To elaborate on this, the camel has similar ways of how it works, like how it is basically covered in “light” fur

Adaptation is when a animal of any sort has been fixed to the biome that the animal is living in.  There are two types of adaptation, one is where you are born with the certain ability to adapt to the area and two is when you learn from your environment and naturally adapt to the environment.  A camel adapts over a long period time which is normal for any animal to adapt to.  The camel has adapted very well, they have a good amount of adaptations, like how they adapt to having a limited supply of water.  They store about 30 gallons in 13 minutes.

Overall deserts are hard to adapt to because of the harsh conditions in that environment. Also camels are very smart animals which have a the ability to be able to cope with the biome. Adapting can take over 100 or even a 1000 years and adapting is a hard process which is a process of mind strength and more.

Penguin information report
by: Sobia
Adaptation is when an animal gets use to a new environment. A penguin is a flightless bird that lives in the southern hemisphere. But they are great swimmers they have wet feet so they can swim. When they get cold they like to huddle and sometimes bunch together to keep warm.

Penguins live in cold deserts, a cold desert is like Antarctica. Antarctica is a cold desert because it gets a reduced amount of snow and rain. Penguins live in the antarctic because there is lots of water for them to swim. Also Antarctica is the biggest cold desert and the  

Penguins live in the arctic (southern hemisphere). Whenever they get cold they huddle together in groups to keep warm. They have webbed feet so they can swim amazingly. Their wings are shaped as flippers so they can swim properly. They have a lot of fat (blubber) in their body to keep warm.

Adaptation is when a animal or a person gets used to changes like a home or environment. If an animal or person does not adapt they have more chances that they will die.

Overall animals will soon be extinct since most of the animals live in deserts, they will soon be extinct because if they don't adapt they will die. Penguins have a lot of blubber and thick skin so they can stay warm. When they want to hunt for food they push a penguin in the water to see if it comes out again.

  The survival of the desert tortoise and its adaptations
by: Jonathan
Adaptation is the change and difference that an animal makes to try and conquer the conditions and difficulty of living in their environment. The desert is a harsh environment, It's an environment we're water plays a crucial part in the survival of the living animals and plants in the desert. The Desert tortoise is an animal who has made adaptations that suit its body and the conditions of the Desert.

The desert is an arid environment. It's an environment where water is very scarce and valuable. Due to its extremely hot temperature animals find it hard to survive with very little water. Its hot temperature causes problems to living life making them have to adapt to amazing levels. Desert temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees and if there hot enough can go up to at least 80 decrees scorching the environment.

The desert tortoise is a animal with many survival techniques. The desert tortoise can live up to higher than 50 years old. Their thick solid shell shelters there body and protects them from predators. Additionally tortoises can also burrow in the ground also providing shade and protection. Their diet contains wildflowers grasses and cacti. Desert tortoises sometimes like to live in rocky places helping them camouflage like a rock.

The adaptations of the desert tortoises have been very successful. The desert tortoise has adapted to very little water, Being inactive during the day it is able to reduce water loss. When rain falls the desert tortoise digs into the sand and catches rain to drink. Desert tortoises have learnt to utilise use of water and only drink when desperately needed. The urine of the tortoise gets stored in its blood to reduce water loss. When felt threatened it would release it. This can cause death because of so much water being wasted

In conclusion the desert is a arid and difficult environment to live in. The desert tortoise is a very capable animal with many ways to help themselves live under these conditions. Adaptation is a complex complicated idea that has helped all animals and let them adapt to their environment. Overall adaptation is a process that changes animals, plants and people to help them become able to live easier in their harsh environment.

Fennec fox
by: Amelia

The desert is a dry and boiling environment it is significant that many animals have adapted to such hostile elements. Adaptation is a vital act that includes getting used to new surroundings or habitat. Adapting can take very long to get used to, but one animal which is the fennec fox has a great tactic that helps it survive in the harsh desert. So let's have a journey through the Sahara desert and find out many different facts about the desert and the daring fennec fox.

Deserts are sweltering habitats where water is very rare to find and because of that not much life thrives in the desert. But not only that it is extremely hard to adapt and only a few animals that can survive in such a harsh terrain. The desert takes up 20% of the earth's space! The average temperature in the desert is 100 degrees fahrenheit .

One of the animals that have adapted to living in the desert is the Fennec Fox. The fennec fox is an omnivore and it’s diet is based on plants, fruit, roots, eggs, insects, rodents and small reptiles. They have huge feet so they can keep balance on the sand and not sink into the sand. The fennec fox loses body heat through the ears, helping them keep cool in the hot, desert climate. Its thick, soft, long fur insulates the fox from the desert night time cold and protects it from the hot air during the day. While normally the fennec fox is a solitary animal they form small groups to 5-10.

The fennec fox has successfully adapted to the harsh desert habitats by collecting moisture from the food they eat at night. Their large ears, which are usually 6 inches long (15 centimeters), help dissipate excess body heat on hot days in the desert,  and to fan themselves or youngsters. A fascinating fact is about the fennec fox’s feet being able to be used as shovels to dig underground to make dens.

Furthermore, the daring fennec fox has successfully adapted to the harsh habitats of the Sahara desert. Adaption is when something or someone gets used to a change in their surroundings. The fennec fox is an interesting creature and is very smart. Overall the fennec fox has proven to us that that they have astonishing tactics that help them survive in the barren Sahara desert.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Benefits of Exercise

Last week the Brazil reading group read an article about the benefits of exercise and made a presentation to show their understanding of the article. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017


The Brazil and Australia reading group read an article entitled, Who knocks down the most trees-humans or elephants? The students made a cause and effect SOLO map on deforestation. 
by: Sobia 

by: Jonathan

by: Prianka 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Math Strategies

Room 5 explained and gave examples of some of the different math strategies they have learned. 

Place Value 


Rounding and Compensating 

Solving fractions

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lemon Sharks

Last week the Brazil reading group read about lemon sharks and their ability to regenerate tissue from damage caused by fishing hooks. The Australia reading group researched more interesting facts about lemon sharks and constructed a presentation about lemon sharks. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Art Landscape Collage

At the end of last term, Room 5 made an art collage of a landscape using ripped up pieces of construction paper to create the scene. 

Kereru Bird

This week, the France reading group read about the Kereru, a native New Zealand bird. The population of the bird has declined and based on the reading, the France group constructed a poster to bring awareness to the Kereru's potential of being endangered. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Globalisation Videos

For the past few weeks, Room 5 has been hard at work preparing their videos for the Year 5 and 6 globalisation film festival. Each group selected a topic based on the inquiry rotation during the beginning of the term and created a 1 minute video to showcase their knowledge. The film festival will take place on Wednesday 27th September at 2 pm. Great work Room 5!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fitness Routine

On Tuesday, Room 5 presented their Zumba fitness routine to the Year 4-6 classes. To prepare for the routine, Room 5 watched Zumba instructional videos to gather some ideas and in three different groups had to devise a routine, select a song and practice, practice, practice. Ka pai Room 5!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Poetry Booklet

Room 5 has been busy constructing a poetry booklet for writing to showcase their haiku, cinquain, sound and nonsense poems. 

Art Collage

For art, Room 5 constructed collages of an object. They chose one colour and used variations of the colour to cover their object. Room 5 also looked at the artist profile of Sir Peter Blake and made their own artist profile afterwards to post on their blogs along with their art piece. Great work Room 5!

Name: Sobia
Age: 9
Nationality: New Zealander
Best known for: My collages on pic collage and on different pieces of paper          Influences: I chose to pick that colour because i thought that an apple is the easiest to do and apples are usually red                                                                                              Purpose of artwork: The purpose of the artwork is to let other people know your hobbies,what you like and who you are                                                                                Creation of artwork: First i got a piece of paper and then i drew a shape and then got a magazine and looked for the same colour.


Name:  Naysha
Age: 10
Nationality: Indian and New Zealander
Best known for:  The art collages because you use different materials and it  looks unique Influences:  I chose a Blueberry and the color is blue.
Purpose of artwork:  the purpose was to use different shades but the same color in a piece of art  
Creation of artwork:  The process was to chose one object and to draw it. Then I  got magazines and cut different shades of blue and stick them on. Lastly we cut it out and stuck it on black paper.

Name: Danyon Varney
Age: 10
Nationality: New Zealander
Best known for: I am best known for my collage on pic-collage and paper favourite piece of artwork is the collage on the ipad.
Influences: I chose an orange because nobody else was doing an orange and I also didn’t want to do the same thing a everybody else.
Purpose of artwork: the purpose of the collage is to mix the one colour with a different shade of that colour.
Creation of artwork:
We had to get the same colour of the fruit or object in different shades and glue it to the object.

Name: Gabrielle
Age: 10
Nationality: Filipino
Best known for: I am the best at doing collages on the iPads on the app Pic-collage and on paper because I can select different pictures on the internet easier and and cut out different shades of colours.
Influences: images of different things that I like .
Purpose of artwork: Describes what I like and expresses what I am
Creation of artwork: we looked up images that I like and put then in the correct place.

Name: Aryan
Age: 9
Nationality: Afghanistan
Best known for:
Pop art because it is a unique piece of artwork and it is very colourful also we could choose any object we wanted.
I love drawing, painting and colouring but I am not that good at it.
Purpose of artwork:
It’s purpose is that it shows how good we are at art.
Creation of artwork:
First we had to pick an object then make four of them in each quarter then we colour them different colours so if we do a rectangle four times and we had purple, blue, green and yellow so the inside has to be a colour then outside is another colour inside also the inside cannot be the same colour twice and the outside can’t be the same.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Re-telling a Fairytale

For the past two weeks for writing, Room 5 have been re-telling fairytales from a different perspective or with a different ending.

Sneaky Black Riding Hood
Once upon a time on a sunny day a puny, little wolf  joyfully strolled through the woods to her grandma’s house. Little wolf heard a strange slashing as she walked along. Sneaky black riding hood suspiciously eyed little wolf while she sneakily made a short- cut  to Grandma’s house. Grandma wolf  was inside her house gently knitting a dainty jumper for little wolf when she heard the door slam on it’s hinges. As soon as Sneaky Black Riding hood stepped into the knitting room Grandma Wolf shrieked in terror. Grandma Wolf was too petrified to move so Sneaky Black Riding hood evilly tied her up in the stinky attic. Little wolf picked- out some pretty flowers to make Grandma Wolf feel pleasant and then trotted along to grandma’s doorway. Little wolf noticed the wooden door slightly opened. Little wolf stared at the door knob in total confusion. “HELP!” yelled Little Wolf’s grandma while the sound pierced Sneaky black riding hood’s ears. Little wolf felt butterflies crazily flutter around in her stomach. She walked through the door confidently and sighed in relief when she saw the normal living room of her Grandma but she didn’t notice she was getting ambushed by SNAP! Sneaky black riding hood wrongly trapped Little Wolf in her hands and gobbled her up. Little wolf’s grandma dissolved in tears when Sneaky Black Riding hood wickedly rubbed her tummy. There was a break of silence and then SLAM! A tall sturdy man bolted through the door. Sneaky black riding hood moved quickly and pointed her knife towards Grandma and slashed it but in a split second the wood chopper whacks the knife and it hits Sneaky black riding hood’s stomach which frees little wolf and painfully killed Sneaky black riding hood.

Into The Woods With Jack
by: Naysha 
Once a upon a time, in a land far far away lived Jack and his good-looking mother. They lived in a very cramped cottage. They owned a farm with a black and white friesian cow, four billy goats, a chicken and a rooster. Jack's family was very poor. They only had a portion of porridge and some oats left. But the oats were fed to the animals along with fresh hay.  It was cloudy and stormy that day when Jack and his mother had no more food left. Jack’s mother realised that they needed more money so poor Jack was sent into the mysterious woods with his precious cow. As he walked through the woods he heard the wind howling, sticks crackling under his feet and felt that someone was following him. Suddenly “poof” a horrid witch suddenly appeared out of nowhere and scared Jack and whispered in a screechy voice “Come closer little boy these three beans are magical”. But Jack was too frightened to even say a word the, witch continued “ if you do not trade my beans with your cow your mother shall face great death.“ Miss witch I’ll trade your beans with my cow” he said shivering with fear. Because if he didn’t  his mother would be in great danger and I can tell you for sure Jack didn't want that to happen. Jack’s mother was furious with anger when she found out when her son traded a $550 cow with three miniature and useless beans she threw the beans out  the window and sent Jack into his room without saying a word ,she murmured silently “kids these days don't even know what they’re doing”, But of course Jack couldn't dare to say a word of what happened to him in the woods . The next morning Jack was awakened by his boisterous rooster and sees a colossal beanstalk in the garden. He lied to his mum that he went to fill the pail with fresh, clean water, but with no one noticing Jack sneakily climbed up the towering beanstalk. When Jack reached the top of the beanstalk he saw  a humongous emerald house with a gold knob and slid right under the door and saw a golden, shimmering egg in a pan awaiting to be scrambled. He sneakily climbed up the kitchen cupboard and steals the egg in a jiff he roughly  climbed down the beanstalk ,while he was climbing down he heard yells of anger and despair. He hid the egg from his mother and goes up twice again and steals a feathery goose and a magical harp. Jack was shaking as he hid the three magical objects but at the same time his stomach was rumbling with hunger. When the giant found out that there was an entrance to his most dreamful house up in the clouds  he jumped down and collapsed the town with his giant footsteps. Jack was devastated when he sees nothing but a destroyed town from his shattered bedroom window he goes down the stairs and sees his beloved mother on the ground as he goes down town and finds out that there was a giant that came down the beanstalk and says “stop” before the giant destroyed the royal caste and explains everything to the giant. The giant realised that it is his only chance to make friends. In the end Jack  made a promise with the giant and returned the giants valuables and asked him to fix the town. The giant did so, and Jack was relieved to find that everything was back to normal even his mother was still alive. But his stomach was so loud that the giant even heard it and invited Jack and his mother to his enchanted  house to have a delightful supper. But the hateful witch was still up to no good when she found out her plan was destroyed and torn apart by the most helpless child which was Jack.

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The Gingerbread Bang
by: Alina
One day a poor baker decided to make a treat for her husband for all the work he’d been doing. She decided to make a gingerbread man and something manly like a gingerbread gun and gingerbread bullets. She lined the white frosting on the gingerbread man face, buttons and outline.  Then she put three m&ms on the buttons. She put the gingerbread man on a steel baking tray and  then put it in the oven. Her husband came in inside, he smelled something scrumptious baking so he asked “ what are you baking it smells delicious” “I'm making you a treat, a gingerbread man and a gingerbread gun with gingerbread bullets. “Oh it looks like it's ready” she replied. She went to open the oven then all of a sudden the Gingerbread man jumped up and grabbed the gingerbread gun and bullets. He started to run away. The bakers chased after the Gingerbread man. “Run run as fast as you can you can't catch me the gingerbread man” A girl and a boy saw The Gingerbread Man running and they decided to go and  catch him. “Run run as fast as you can you can't catch me The Gingerbread man” he repeated. Cows saw The Gingerbread man running so they decided to chase him to. Soon a lake came up and The Gingerbread Man can't go in water. The Gingerbread man was getting worried. Then a kenning fox came and said “Would you like to ride me across the lake?’’  “Okay’’ he replied  He jumped on the fox’s tail. Right after that the fox started swimming across the lake he was going deeper and deeper. He said “Why don't you go on my back so you won't get wet?’’ The Gingerbread Man went on his back. The fox went deeper and deeper. He said “Why don't you go on my head?” The Gingerbread Man went on his head. They had nearly crossed the lake but the fox cept going deeper and deeper. He said “Why don't you go on my nose?” So The Gingerbread man went on his nose. Now they had crossed the lake. The fox licked its lips. He tossed The Gingerbread Man up in the air and opened his mouth. The Gingerbread Man got out his gun and one bullet. He loaded his gun and BANG! He shot the fox and he lived happily ever after.

Big Red Riding hood
by: Sobia
Once upon a time there was a girl named Big Red Riding Hood. Her mother told her to go to the forest to give her grandma some cookies because that's the shortest way to go to her grandmas house. Then she kept walking and walking until she realized she was stuck. She was crying and crying and crying so much because she thought she would be stuck there forever. She waited there for such a long time and she was so bored she had nothing to do. Now she was still there playing with her hands and fingers and fidgeting with things that she had in her pocket. After some days her mother was so worried because she had not seen big red riding hood for so long. Her mother looked everywhere the kitchen, her bedroom, the toilets and the backyard but she was nowhere to be found!. Big red riding hood was there until… some kind of wolf came along. Big red riding hood was so frightened that she started shouting for help. While she was shouting and screaming the wolf felt so sorry for her so the wolf decided he will help big red riding hood get back home safely.  So the wolf helped big red riding hood become unstuck by calling lots of people so they can all work together and push her out of the trees. Surprisingly it worked! So the wolf and big red riding hood became best friends and they both went back home safely.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Identify visual language features to convey a positive health message

For health this week, Room 5 discussed good health and how to stay and keep healthy. Furthermore, we examined various advertisements and posters that promoted health and identified how the images were able to convey a positive health message. Afterwards, Room 5 created their own posters. 

by: James

by: Gabrielle 

by: Alina

by: Rameen