Monday, 10 April 2017

Responsible citizen reflection

In He Tangata this term we have been focusing on being a responsible citizen. Charlie, Riley, Tom and I decided to do a project on time banking to help others learn new skills. We learnt about time banking when a guest speaker came into school and spoke about how it ran and why. This got us thinking about how we could bring skills to school. I think i am multistructural because I can use several strategies to be a responsible citizen. These strategies are helping others learn new skills such as musical instruments, sports and chess, and teaching new skills. I am proud of how well we worked together and the presentation that we made because it was high quality. My next step is to use several strategies in our community such as picking up rubbish, helping people feel better, helping people reach high places. And know when and why to use them.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What I play hard at


What I play hard at

It's the pre match warm up and I am so excited to get on the field. I wear my socks, my boots and my rugby uniform. It is a cold winter day. I hop on the field and fetch the ball like a dog. I tackle, sprint, side step, kick, pass, everything. I do all this, I score some tries, but the most important thing is I'm working hard so we can win. Overall I feel great because I had a good game and because I am working as hard as I can.

Responsible citizen

I think I am multistructural because I can help people who are lonely and make them feel better. For example Charlie and I saw a year two that was lonely, so we said are you ok? Do you want a go on my scooter ? Then he said ok so he went on it then we saw someone being mean to him so we went over and broke them up. This made both of us feel good. My next step is to use several  strategies to be a responsible citizen in our community know when and why to use them.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

I am Finn



I am a Lamborghini,
speeding Down the road.
I am skyscraper,
standing and proud after I won gold medal for athletics.
I am a yo yo,
that never stops moving.
I am a orange,
because I am sweet.
I am double cheeseburger,
filled with ideas.

Ko Finn ahau.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hide and seek

  


Quick Charlie!
Come on, you know where to hide.
Quickly, jump in the prickle bush.
Oww the prickles poke into you 
and tear you.
Your heart pounds, it is a drum.
When will they come?

You need to get closer into the bush.
You see the seekers pass.
You hear twigs snapping under your feet, 
making a loud snapping noise. 
They can't see you, if you can't see them.

“I thought I heard whispering” 
I hear the teachers say. 
The teachers use their super-eye perspective.
They are coming 
Will they see me here?
Then all of a sudden 
BOOO!!!
“Found you Finn and Charlie!”




























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Hide and seek  


Quick Charlie!
Come on, you know where to hide.
Quickly, jump in the prickle bush.
Oww the prickles poke into you 
and tear you.
Your heart pounds, it is a drum.
When will they come?

You need to get closer into the bush.
You see the seekers pass.
You hear twigs snapping under your feet, 
making a loud snapping noise. 
They can't see you, if you can't see them.

“I thought I heard whispering” 
I hear the teachers say. 
The teachers use their super-eye perspective.
They are coming 
Will they see me here?
Then all of a sudden 
BOOO!!!
“Found you Finn and Charlie!”





























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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 observed that most of the red dot rubbish (rubbish found before lunch) was caught up in fences, around buildings and in bushes, especially tussock grass. 

We think this might be because the wind has blown rubbish left on the ground by students into the bushes where it has been trapped.  The spikes on the bushes help to trap the rubbish.  Some children might hide their rubbish under buildings at lunchtimes. Some people might be throwing the rubbish over fences too.  Rubbish gets blown from the field into the ditch and can’t be blown out again. 

As you can see the rubbish is in different parts of the school but most of the rubbish is all around Darren's shed. I this is  because people just think it is ok to throw the rubbish. But how do we get the rubbish out of there and clean it up because  some people don't care about their era.

The areas that attract more rubbish are where people eat and near fences because the wind blows it into fences and tussocks where it can get trapped.

The rubbish we collected was round where most people eat. We found lots of the rubbish under buildings and in bushes. We think that some kids might have thrown their rubbish  in the gaps of under buildings so that it is hidden. What we don't realise is that this is affecting the environment. The problem with our data is that we can't put all the red dot rubbish under the buildings on the map because it is black and hard to see the rubbish. So we had to put it close to the sides of the like outside the school in bushes round fences and other places like that. The wind is worse because more rubbish gets dropped every day and it if it gets spread it will be harder to collect.  

Most of the Rubbish comes out of the little kids pockets when they are running.We have learned that the rubbish spreads around the areas where the kids play like the playground rubbish falls out of kids pocket and people put it on the ground. We need to stop littering! We can help this by not being so lazy and dropping it on the ground.
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

PIE GRAPH OF LUNCHTIME OBSERVATIONS HERE

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.

Under the classroom is also a common place to put rubbish. But the reason  that people drop rubbish there is because they think no one will notice. But we did! But if you think that you get away with it, then you are wrong because we see rubbish everywhere, even in sneaky places where people will think you can't see it.

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.






Monday, 19 September 2016

How to help the homeless



This term my class were writing our speeches my speech was based on how to help the homeless. I was learning to connect ideas by making it flow and use language divides . I can use parts of the structure but lacks balance and flow and many ideas connected to the point of view I can use many language device to persuade and connect with the audience.  It went well because I re read it and fixed things that didn't make sense and in my speech I used rhetorical question, repetition, simple sentences tension and imperatives. For example I said “picture this” which is imperative. Think the presentation of my speech went well because I saw people were listening.

Please click here to listen to my speech, or read it below. 

Do you notice the poor within your community? Maybe they have really old clothes, or perhaps, they have torn shoes. Or you might even see them sitting on the side of the road. To stop poverty we need to give more food to the poor. The reason we give food to the poor and not money is because they might spend it on alcohol and junk food so if we give them good food they might get in the habit and get more healthy. When they get more healthy they will feel better and might be able to get a job. 

Picture this. You're walking down the street and you see someone with a sign saying please give me money. He has nothing. No job, no money, not even a piece of Warm clothing on his back. Some people are so rich they are happy to use wood and light their money on fire. Imagine if that was you on the street? How would you feel? sad. Embarrassed. Lonely. I know I would! 

Poor people can't buy books, pens, school clothes, lunch, shoes, bags, this means they can't go to school. Therefore they won't be educated so they might not be able to work. This means they don't get money so they can't buy food or water. If they don't go to school then they won't be able learn and they will be thick .It's A non stop cycle!

 If you have a top that you have loved for as long as you have had it and you have grown out of it what do you do? I've got some ideas for you. Do you throw it away? Do you leave it waiting in cupboard? Well here's a better idea. Give it to a charity, or even put it in a clothing bin. Or maybe when you're walking down the street and you see a homeless person with no warm clothes on give them some clothes. Think back to all the times you threw away your clothes simply because you didn't like them any more. Was there something better you could of done with your old clothes?  Have a think about this next time you're about throw away some of your clothes. 


All we need to do is give a little donation then they will be able to go to school then they will be educated and they have more of a chance to get a job another thing we can do to help is donate clothes. If everyone does these thing then homeless will feel happier because they will have money. food and clothes then they will be able to live a happy life like all of us