Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

98 99 100
ready or not here we come. No
we did not hide well enough help us save us nooooooooooo!
 Now we have to do describe map.
 I hear the teacher's foot steps crunch crunch crunch crunch
Why aren't you twisting around the tree
help me.
My hat is stuck I can't move.
Found you
Now we have to go back to that planning book
 we should have hid in a much better place.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION: RUBBISH AT SCHOOL

We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish in the Pacific Ocean.   They noticed that if they found rubbish in the ocean, it usually meant they were getting close to land.  Because of this, we infer that most rubbish in the ocean comes from land.


We wondered if the rubbish in our playground might have a similar trend.   We decided, before lunch on Wednesday last week, to go and find out.

We split the school into 12 sections on a map.  Each section had a group of scientist (us!) to make observations and inferences.

We put a red dot on the map wherever we found a piece of rubbish and collected all the rubbish.
After lunch we went back, and noted with a blue dot, any new rubbish found in our area.  We also collected this rubbish.   This is our map, showing where we found rubbish, both times.


 
We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph.  



Our observations and inferences:
We found most of the rubbish stuck in the ditch and stuck and in the fences.
Because people would drop their rubbish on the field and then the wind would blow it into the ditch and it would be stuck there      

The amount of rubbish is most common against walls building and fences because when it blows it gets stuck against areas as found in our data findings.

People usually find rubbish in the ditch, and I think I know why, it's because people throw rubbish on the field and the wind will blow it in the ditch. And there could be another way, when it just blows out of their pockets.
Our data might not be correct because  there was so much that we had to put the dots over a little on the map and so they may not be in the exact place we found the rubbish.

We have learnt heaps of things from picking up the rubbish, we have learnt not to litter of course.  We can stop littering and then are environment would be a better place.  And we won't have any rubbish in the ocean, because sometimes the rubbish goes into a drain. Then it flows to the ocean.


BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

After we made these observations and inferences, we were left with questions as to why people in our school failed to put their rubbish in the bins! Why does so much end up back around the school after one break time? Maybe it is falling out of people's pockets? Perhaps it's the winds fault? Or maybe the students of Waimairi school are dropping it on purpose?

Since then, we have recorded how rubbish was dropped at morning tea and lunch. Basically, we spied on the school! We, as scientists, have completed an investigation into why rubbish is ending up on the ground. On Thursday the 18th of August, we went out at morning tea and lunchtime to make observations of you all, collecting data to find out how rubbish gets on the ground.

We split up into 12 groups. At morning tea we spread ourselves around the whole school to observe. At lunchtime we spread the 12 groups around the lunch eating areas and observed what happened to the rubbish.
We have made inferences from our observations and here is what we found:


MORNING TEA FINDINGS




At morning tea time, Waimairi school dropped 205 pieces of rubbish. That's 2 out of 5 people on average who dropped rubbish. 110 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, which is more than half of the rubbish we observed being dropped. We also saw 46 pieces of rubbish dropped without the person realising that they had dropped it, often as they were walking.We also saw rubbish being dropped from pockets.

The places we found that rubbish had been dropped the most, were the Te Puna block, the walkway down to Ara Atu and the playground behind room 13. We think this might be because people playing in these areas may not understand why it is important to put rubbish in the bin. We also inferred that since there's big bushes at Ara Atu, people think they can hide their rubbish there.

Also, there is no rubbish bin in sight of the playground in these areas, so people lazily drop it instead. We think that most people do this because they think that they can hide it, or can get away with dropping it, even when they know it is wrong. And they do get away with it! Why don't people take a little walk over to the bin to put their rubbish where it belongs?


LUNCHTIME FINDINGS



At lunchtime, 219 pieces of rubbish were dropped throughout the school JUST during lunch eating time. That's 2 out of every 5 people in the school on average. that is a large amount of people to be dropping rubbish.
From what we saw, 79 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, and 44 were left where people were eating.

Just like at morning tea time, we think that around the school most of the people drop the rubbish because there's not enough rubbish bins around. Although there are already some bins, there only a few, and sometimes not in the best places.
We also think that some children might not be able to reach the bins because we observed the bins are quite a bit taller than some junior children. Younger students also may not understand why it is bad to leave rubbish on the ground.

We could maybe get more and smaller bins to show others that bins are valued around the school but we think most of the kids already know about why we shouldn't  drop rubbish - because it will cause lots of problems for the animals in our environment and make our school look messy.

We spotted some differences between Morning Tea and Lunchtime. At lunch-eating time, more pieces of rubbish were dropped than the whole of morning tea time, even though morning tea is longer than lunch eating time. We think that more rubbish was dropped at lunch because more food is eaten at lunchtime and there would be a bigger chance of rubbish flying out of their lunchboxes. Lunch food is also more likely to have wrappers. However we also inferred that people might deliberately litter so that they don’t get in trouble for walking to the bin - as we are not allowed to stand up during lunch eating time.

Overall, 424 pieces of rubbish were dropped in the 45 minutes we were observing that day. That’s almost one piece of rubbish per person. If nobody ever picks this rubbish up, then by the end of the week there would be 2120 pieces of rubbish floating around the school.  Many people dropped their rubbish on purpose, but also accidentally, leaving it where they ate or hiding it.

We think if we all work together our school can be cleaner by just simply walking  to the bin, because just doing a simple thing like that will help to make a big difference. But we also think that during lunch eating time we should be allowed to stand up to walk to the bin to put our rubbish in it. We will be discussing this with the teachers. This means people will be less likely to throw it in the bushes, under the buildings, leave it where they were eating or just throw it on the ground.

We also plan to write to the board of trustees to see if we can have more bins built permanently into the areas that we’ve observed to gather the most rubbish. We also need bins that are the right size for younger kids as well.

So what is the most important thing for you to remember from today? Do not drop rubbish on purpose. It’s pretty simple.  Please walk the few metres to the bins, otherwise we will all be swimming in a pool of rubbish.


                                                                    



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Pokemon go

My reflection 
I think my speech was good I achieved most of the things that the teacher told us to and created a great speech about why you should be careful when you are on your device. 

We were learning how to use sentence structures and language devices to connect with the reader. We also were learning how to use persuasive language to make you think. 

My speech is well organised and connects to the reader and many ideas content to my point of view, but I need some help to use language devices to persuade and content with the audience. 

I presented my speech well but when I tried making eye contact I lost my place. Please click here to listen to my speech 
POKEMON GO
Are you aware of your surroundings while you're on your phone, because every year people die because they are concentrating on their phones instead of the cars when they're crossing the road. Well there is a new game that takes this to a whole new level, that's right it's pokemon go. It crushed candy crush, and melted the chocolate addiction, but it is dangerous infact people have died playing it, they have been 
hit by cars, trains and people have been trespassing onto people's property, and the owners have gotten mad. Pokemon go is so dangerous it 
even says, be aware of your surroundings while it's loading. That shows how dangerous it really is. I think they are purposely trying to kill us so brace for impact because a big wave of pokemon is going to hit, and it will sweep you away like a pokemon tsunami. This is not good we need to do something about it we can't just sit here and watch Nintendo, take over the world like they are doing now with pokemon go. At the botanical  gardens in the weekend there was not one person, that was not on there phone. What happened to looking around at the pretty flowers and the water fountains. Is that not why we go to the botanical gardens ? I noticed that people were bumping into each other because their heads were always down.

In China when a rare Pokemon appeared a humongous stampede of people came sprinting down the street, Cars were stopped in their tracks, people were jumping over cars and some of the windows shattered.  The amount of people was equivalent to 53 buses long. 

The rare Pokemons which there is only about seven of them are usually located far from civilisation, or at massive landmarks.  This means that people have to put their lives in danger by going into dangerous places like caves,forests and even ponds.

There is one solution. A new app has been created which allows you to move without actually physically moving, which might stop people from doing as much excessive but it also stops accidents from happening.less incidents and more happy Pokemon go players. So I'm going to give it a go and maybe you could to.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice

Discrimination is most common in employment situations, it is usually racial discrimination because some immigrants don't get treated  fairly in their jobs or get prejudged. 

Prejudice is a thought or opinion that you have on someone that you don't even know, that is usually a bad thought of someone. Here is an example of prejudice: this person is a bad driver they must be Korean, this type of prejudice is called racism, that will make people feel bad. There are lots of different kinds of prejudice like ageism, and the way they think and even what job they have.  People judge you on lots of things. The effect that prejudice has is bad which is why we don't want to have any prejudice.

What makes immigrants feel welcome 
Making immigrants feel welcome is important because we want to make them feel welcome because if they don't, and they have relatives that want to come here they might tell them not to come to NZ because it is not a very welcoming place.  This can spread to lots of other immigrants and that is not great for NZ. 

We can make immigrants feel welcome by doing some of these things 
•smile 
•say hello 
•stop and talk to them 
•be friendly
•include them
•maybe even invite them them to your house 


Here are some things that make immigrants feel unwelcome 
•frowning 
•ignoring 
•glaring at them
•looking down 


Make sure that next time you see a immigrant try make them feel more welcome because then our community will be a much happier place to be in.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Jump

I felt tired as l stood outside our cabin. We were getting ready for tree climbing. We headed over to the tree where we met the instructor, April. She started shouting out instructions, safety ones. I did not hear any of it,  because I think safety is boring.   I was a bit scared for Lily-Grace because it looked like when I hopped up the tree and when I jumped off I would plummet to the ground and she would fly up to the top of the tree. But it turned out that she was strapped to the tree so I did not need to worry about that. I started to climb up the tree. My legs began to tremble and so did the ladder. Then I hopped onto the tree. I trembled so much that the tree shook, so much that the tree nearly fell over.  

My reflection  for my camp writing 
I have learned how to make people feel the emotion of my writing and connect ideas. 
I think it went pretty well because I think that it is better than some of my writing such as hedgehog in a bowl.  I was also learning how to show emotion making a structure and making a hook and having a satisfying ending. I think I did well because it was hard to make a satisfying ending but in the end I achieved a good ending.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Art reflection

This term I have been learning about the elements of music to show this learning. I have put together a musical soundscape. My soundscape is special because I did it with no instruments. Instead, I used leaves and a table. My soundscape sounds like a construction site because my poem is at a construction site. Overall I think that my soundscape is multistructural because I used three different sounds and it sounds like it is supposed to.

This is the link for my soundscape https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/mylos-soundscape

This is my poem 


Christchurch is a nice place 
with hammers tapping
diggers smashing down buildings 
while cars whizz past.
dust blows past my nose 
the grass on my feet feels soft.
the Ships in Littleton honk their horns as they glide through the water.
And the port hills sit there gleaming in the sun .
I love Christchurch.


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Cat in court

The police stand next to me, 
making sure that there's no 
easy escape.

The judge bangs his gavel 
as he announces “You are guilty of stealing 
the biscuits from Animates”

“You are sentenced to 10 years prison.” 
The the police car sirens wail in the distance. 
They are coming. Now is my chance to escape. 
My instincts say run but the police officer shoves me back 
then some more police come in and take me away.

Where am I ?
Where are we going ?
What am I supposed to do in jail?