Sunday, 3 March 2019

Year 5 Camp Adair 2019

The Year 5 children have just come back from two fun-packed days at Camp Adair in beautiful Hunua. 
A huge thank you to our wonderful parent helpers and to our friendly and professional instructors at Camp Adair.
Take a look at the movie of our adventures... 
And then read what the children have to say about their experiences and how they might persuade you to have a go sometime…

*Tip - put in full screen, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy!

Hey you there, you must go to Camp Adair. It is the most amazing place. You can do Rock Climbing, Confidence Course, Flying Kiwi and heaps more! I will suggest that you bring the oldest clothes ever because the clothes I brought are now muddy and brown! (ID)

Have you... 1. Never been camping? 2. No idea how to climb a wall? 3. Do you suck at packing? 
Well then, come to Camp Adair. It includes fun activities like kayaking, a mudslide, a glow worm walk and more! Book your place now at (EF)

When we did kayaking I was surprised at how small by boat was. I thought my boat was gonna sink. But when I got in, my boat just floated, so I tried to move it with the thingy majiggys that you move your boat with and it finally moved! (DK)

Hey you! What was that you say? You've never been to Camp Adair. Well, I went with my Year 5 friends. When we hopped off the bus we were greeted by a friendly dog and then we settled into our cabins. I really want to tell you about my personal favourite. It was the kayaking and at the end, we even had a swim in the river. When we went to bed I have to admit that some people in my class snore, but I won't tell you who. (IS)

Clearly, you should be at awesome Camp Adair. One of the best camps ever! There are amazing activities like the Mudslide, the Confidence Course, Kayaking and so much more. The beds were actually quite good. WARNING: It might be too much fun. (AS)

You should go to Camp Adair. Bring your oldest set of clothes... because 75% of the Camp is mud. You might get scared, but when you see the mudslide it will turn your frown upside down. (DN)

You should take a trip to Camp Adair. It has various activities. You should sign up to go to Camp Adair. Be quick and do it NOW! There is a Burma Trail in the dark and a Glow Worm Walk through the forest. Enjoy! But before I go, let me tell you a shortened-up version of the activities... controlling a kayak around water, Initiatives is about teamwork and working together. And who doesn't like getting muddy? If you don't get muddy on the Confidence Course then you get a whole bucket of mud poured over you! (JF)

I believe that Camp Adair is the best place to go camping because the activities are AWESOME! They have river kayaking, a huge mudslide, rock climbing and different rope activities. So pack your bags and start driving to... CAMP ADAIR. (JV)


Friday, 15 February 2019

Valentine's Hearts

This week, we explored how the heart pumps blood. We saw evidence that the heart is a muscle which squeezes blood, similar to a squeeze toy that squeezes water. Then we did an activity that combined science with art, where we figured out how big our own heart is, took our pulse, and created a Valentine's card to our heart.
You can encourage your child's curiosity at home! Ask them to explain to you: "What exactly is happening when the heart makes that 'thump thump' sound?"

We also created some Maths Art to celebrate Valentine's Day. We reflected a design on to a paper heart and then used the heart petals to create a flower with rotational symmetry.

Take a look at our beautiful work.

Tip* put video in full screen and turn up the volume :)

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Are magic potions real?

This week we looked at chemical reactions with the mystery, “Are magic potions real?" We learned about the alchemists, a historic group of people famous for mixing different substances. In our activity, we experimented like alchemists to figure out which liquids could change the appearance of dull copper pennies.

Here’s something you can try at home: find some old coins, and invite your child to show you how to clean them. All you need is vinegar, salt, and dull copper!

Why do some volcanoes explode?

This week in science we continued our study of volcanoes.  We learned about different kinds of volcanoes and how the thickness of the lava can explain the shape and eruption pattern of the volcanoes.  Using lava made out of water and flour, we tested how different lavas create different shapes and trap gases differently.  We solved the mystery, “Why do some volcanoes explode?”

Watch this high definition video of lava flowing in Hawaii: Lava Flow Hawaii Kilauea. See if you can figure out the shape of the volcano that’s producing the lava. (hint: the lava is pretty thin so it doesn’t trap the gas very well.)  Good luck!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Planet Cakes

Room 14 had a fun afternoon baking. We wanted to recreate cupcakes that had the look of showing the inner core of planet Earth. We mixed up three different coloured batters; red, yellow and blue. Once they were cooked we iced them and put meteor dust, coloured sprinkles on them. We didn’t quite get the effect we were after, but the cakes looked beautiful nonetheless and tasted delicious. Even Mr T couldn’t resist eating one. He gave our planet cakes his seal of approval.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Why Do Constellations Change With The Seasons? with Room 14

In Room 14 in science, this week students were introduced to constellations and learned how there are different constellations visible each season. They explored the Mystery, "Why do the constellations change with the seasons?"  

We built a model that makes it easy for us to visualise the answer. We’ve named it the “Universe in a Box.”

Take this opportunity to have your child show you how their “Universe in a Box” works. Ask them:  Why do we see different constellations each season? What are some constellations we will see if we go outside tonight? 

PS: If you have an iPhone or iPad, check out “SkyGuide” for iPhone and iPad. It lets you point your phone at any part of the sky, and then it will show you what constellation you’re seeing. It costs $1.99 and can be downloaded at:

Friday, 18 May 2018

Who Set The First Clock? with Room 14

In Room 14 in science, we're answering the question: “Who set the first clock?" We made shadow clocks (sundials), learned about telling the time by the Sun and found out how (and why) people first divided the day into hours.

When your child brings the sundial home, maybe help set it up in the sun with the north-pointing arrow pointing north. When you watch the shadow move over the course of the day, which way will the shadow move around the dial? Clockwise or anticlockwise? Do people in the Southern hemisphere and the Northern hemisphere observe different things?