Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION - 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.

PHOTO OF DOT MAP HERE

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

Our observations and inferences:  

The red dots on the map show that we found most of the rubbish in places that were sheltered. We think this is because the wind will push it all into the bushes.

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. 
We need to improve on this because we want to have a better environment because if we just leave rubbish around it will take ages to break up.
We recall that most of the rubbish is around bushes. Why you must ask? Well it's probably because it starts off on the ground and drifts away into the bushes or people are either lazy and aren't bothered to put their rubbish in their lunchbox.        

We think that some certain areas attract more rubbish that others, like Te puna they hardly have any rubbish ( that's probably because they haven't learnt off us hopefully they don't) . The most rubbish was around the bins and in the bushes  the most type of rubbish we got is plastic wrap and we found a lot of that. 

There could be some problems with our data because we didn't do the dots under the buildings and there is heaps of rubbish under the buildings around the school. We couldn't go under the buildings because of safety issues.
The wind might impact this as rubbish would fall out of their pockets and then the wind would spread the rubbish throughout the whole school.

We have learnt that some of the children that play on the playground not all of them but after they have finished eating they can't be bothered to put the rubbish in the bin because they are probably  playing a game or just don't want to so they drop it on the ground and other people don't pick it up.  We probably need bins very close to the playground so then they want to use them.

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

PIE GRAPH OF MORNING TEA OBSERVATIONS HERE

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.



                                                                     







Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Speech 2016 & my speech reflection

My speech reflection 
The topic of  my speech I was focusing on was technology ( why is technology so loud ) .
In all the literacy sessions I was in, I was learning to make a high standard speech, by using different language features like, onomatopoeia, vivid verbs and others 
I think that I used these language features okay, because I had a bit of help from my mum so I didn't go so well on my language features because I started piggybacking with people in my literacy group. For my 2016 speech I was trying to make my speech relational so that means I was trying to focus on connecting to the audience this is an example : “Now I have a question for you. Do you think the world is full of too many technology noises?” That was my start and I wanted to hook the audience in straight away.
I think my structure went quite well because I added in good examples in my hook and hooked the audience in by using historical questions ( questions that you don't answer). I connected to the audience by using eye contact to use eye contact I had to practice heaps and heaps at home and at school. I was persuading by asking people for help when I needed it and when I got stuck big time. 

When I was presenting my speech I felt a we bit nervous because I thought I would mess up. I thought to myself “No, I can do it. Don't think bad things, think good things,” and that worked ( but I accidentally skipped a paragraph ).
I think I went well and I tried my best to write a great speech.
Please click https://soundcloud.com/waimairisounds/why-is-technology-so-loud-by to listen to my speech enjoy! :

Speech 2016

Now I have a question for you. Do you think the world is full of too many technology noises? I believe it is. I'm here today to point out times where we just accept constant noise pollution from gadgets.

Take for example when you arrive home at 10 o'clock at night. After busting up your driveway in your noisy vehicle ( screech ),
your garage door is so loud , it disturbs your neighbors. Other evenings they will do the same to you. Not to mention those early morning starts.

Let's say you're test driving a new car. So dads driving, he starts to back the car - beep beep beep beep ! 
He finally gets to the open road speed limit yet more beeping telling him to 
Slow down !
Then you're little brother forgets to put his seatbelt on.
Yes you guessed it more beeping. Cars make so much noise and that's without the engine noise.

All this nonsense with gadgets and other mechanical noises in our lives is making me feel a bit stressed. We need to do something about it in order to relax.

Do you find it annoying when you're heating up your food and one minute later ,yes, one minute later you hear a beep, beep, beep !!
What's up with you microwave?
Then it makes a loud humming noise cooling down and if you don't collect your food fast enough- it screams at you to collect your food now!

Now for one more little appliance- the jug.
Ours is called “ the whisperer” huh I wish! Why are all jugs so loud? No conversation can be heard once they are on. Do you feel like you can't hear yourself think?

Mobile phones they are great but they can be noisy. Don't forget to turn them off in the movies, at church and during shows, assemblies and other special events. We don't need that noise!

I'm a sleep-in person. On a Saturday, when I have no sport, I will sleep in until 10 o'clock yes I know it sounds crazy but it's true. My world of sleep is first interrupted by the loud rumble of “ the whisperer”. Then the dishwasher door is slammed shut and it begins it 90 minute cycle. Moments later the washing machine begins the first of its washing loads. You should hear it ramp it up when it gets to its spin cycle, boy it's loud. If it's my lucky day the lawnmower may not start up until the afternoon. 
“ Whew”.

Other annoying noises which can cause me stress are radios blaring in the background and TVs constantly on - and nobody's watching them, because they're on devices.

I strongly believe we should find a solution to all this noise. One solution is to support inventors who develop quiet appliances. This is already happening. 
Vacuum cleaners are a lot quieter than what the used to be. 
But the real solution is really in each of us.
Slow down.
Have appliances going one at a time. Is it really necessary to have everything going all at once?
What about setting appliances going when you go out so you don't have to put up which the noise?

Most of all if you truly want to relax and destress, turn of the technology for a while- yes, totally unplug it even. Mum turned of the TV the other day and I immediately felt calm and I sat out in the sunshine enjoying the peace.

Technology does bring many advantages and this does bring with it some noise, but we do not have to put up with constant, irritating, repetitive noise, brought about by too much technology, all at once.

Picture a world where you wouldn't have to get “ totally utterly lost” just to have some peace and relaxation- wouldn’t that be great?




Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice

 
Imagine it's lunch time. You're alone. Why are you alone? Because people have been teasing you and staring at you. Whispers all scatter around you. Why are these kids doing this to me?  It could be that they are prejudging you because of your nationality, skin colour or your size. This prejudging others needs to stop.

We've been learning about prejudice in our class this term. We have also been looking at how to greet and help immigrants out. Mrs.K came into our class to have a interview with us about how she welcome she felt in our country. Mrs.K started working at a restaurant. When she walked up to some customers one of the customers said to her “ where are you from?” She replied, Iran. All of a sudden they all looked down at the table. Those people should of started a conversation with her rather that just looking down at the table.



How you should you welcome people to your school city or country?
There are many ways to help migrants and immigrants to our country feel included. Just the simplest smile says hello. At first you could walk up and say hello. It's easy to do you'll make them feel welcome and included.Smile at them so they feel happy and welcome to your country, city or school.Take them on a tour of a school and welcome them. After, you could invite them to your house so you get to know them more and you know what their like and you could teach them your language so they don't get teased at school by any one. Have a welcome party with all your friends and the new person will feel included and welcomed to your country. Maybe while they're at your house you could welcome them to your neighbors or Welcome them to your friends that are out of your school or live in another city because they would get to know more people and make more connections with others.


There is lots of ways to make a immigrant feel isolated ( don't do this ):  frowning at them will make them feel unwelcome and unwanted to your country they will feel alienated.
Alienated is when they feel like they don't belong in your country, but they do. 

Here are some ideas we could use to make immigrants feel more welcome to our beautiful and welcoming country.  We could
Say “hi”
Help them out
Teach them your language 
Play with them
Include

We need to do this because some of them may of had a hard time with their
Country
Friends 
Family
Or their job

I think we could make a little flax flower like we do for the new people at our school.
by doing this it will make them feel more welcome to our country/city.

Just because you're from another country, it doesn't mean that people should tease you, because everyone is the same.  We are all humans and we can treat each other how we would like to be treated, stepping into other people's shoes, which means feeling how other people feel.


Some future tips we could use!
It is important that we change how we treat others because we need everyone to be included into our country, city or school, then we will all be happy.
Overall we now know how to treat immigrants nicely and our community will be a happier place to live in. We shouldn't treat others differently because if we do they will feel sad and we don’t want that, so treat them with happiness.








 










Friday, 10 June 2016

A day of orienteering

I trudge down, down an extremely long road. I'm tired, hot and I feel like I'm walking through the Wild West.
 
For me this takes nerves of braveness to walk to the orienteering course. I walk with Ruby - her feet are slowing down too. We think that everyone has sore feet. When are we there? How much longer?  Suddenly out of nowhere I see a magical place - the sun shines across the fresh grass. Out of the corner of my eye I see a picnic table.

“Hey Ruby,” I say. “Do you think that we are going to sit down at that picnic table over there?” 
“Ummmm probably,” she replies.
My brain starts to flip and do tricks on a trampoline when I see everyone head over to the picnic table.  I sit down next to Soraya and we start to talk. 
“Do you want to be partners?” Soraya asks.
“‘K,” I reply with delight.

Mrs. Pageot starts to talk to us about how year 6’s have to buddy up with a year five student. So I went up to Neve and asked if I could go with her. Together we walk up to one of our camp parents (Suzie) to ask if she can do the course with us (just in case we get lost) 

Once we had found our first number, a bee came over to us and guess what? I scream as loud as I could because I hate bees so much! The bee went over to Susie because she was going coo-coo. “Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!”  she screams, the bee has stung on her neck. This was scary. Will the bee come over to me?  Because I'm going crazy to. 

Once she recovers, we hit the track again. It looked like Suzie had got a humongous itchy bite on her neck, blah yuck.

We have almost completed our challenge now. Neve and I are desperate to find number 4. Out of nowhere Mrs.Pageot bikes up and says “The whistle blew 5 or 10 minutes ago.”
Neve asks Mrs.Pageot if she knew where number four was. She said “Follow me girls.”  We arrived at number 4 and she asked “Can you see it?”
“Yes,” I say.
We have completed the challenge. YAY! Neve and I say. 
What a day of orienteering.

 
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In my writing I was focused on punctuation since I never really  use it. I feel like I was stuck into punctuation because I wanted to make this writing really good so more people will start to read and comment on more of my blog posts. Most of the time I was swapping iPads with friends so we could give each other critique. Critique is when you give each other improvements on things.

I think that I went well because I changed simple sentences into complex sentences.. This is one of my complex sentences: Once we had found our first number, a bee came over to us and guess what? I screamed as loud as I could because I hate bees so much! I think this is the sentence that I had to improve on the most.

I think my next steps are,  giving people in my class that I don't really play with some critique so they have good writing and reacting on my teacher's comments. I think I did well on this piece of writing because I made critique on other people's writing I also helped people edit their punctuation and words. 






Thursday, 14 April 2016

The arts reflection

This term was the arts / music term so our class decided to make artworks and soundscapes using tone colour, rhythm and all the other musical elements.

Using these elements of music we made a soundscape by ourselves that connected to our poems. In my soundscape it was meant to be relaxing and happiness that brings back all your memories. In this soundscape I used many musical elements just like tone colour, beat and dynamics.

I think I did well on this because I took my time and asked for some critique from others so my artwork / soundscape will look and sound even better.  The first soundscape I did I think that I rushed it a lot because it didn't connect to my poem at all it just sounded like a whole lot of instruments that sounded like anyone's poem so I started a new soundscape.

My new soundscape really connected to my poem because I really thought about the sounds of a beach so I decided to do….. Maracas for the waves in the sea crashing together. And clapping & rubbing my hands meant kids patting on the castle bucket to make sand castles. I also used some of the instruments on garageband. 

This term I have learned a lot of stuff about music like if you're from a different country and you speak a different language you can still connect to each other through the music. 

I think that if I had to give myself a marking for this term I would be relational because when I shared my musical soundscape to Mrs.Bentall I told her what each instrument meant. Like when the clappers came on I said that , that meant me walking over all the shells.   Overall I think I improved and learnt heaps of things this term.


Here is my artwork I did for this term.



Here is the link to my soundscape.

This is my poem I was making a soundscape about.

Where does my heart lie?

Where the pohutukawa 
stands proud around the
beach.

Where the black-backed
seagulls casts shadows around
the ocean.

Where my feet sink
into the black velvet 
silky sand.

Where the waves scrum 
together, trying to eat 
the surfers.

Where my nana holds
my little light
soft hand.

Where does my heart
lie? Wherever my family is.



Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Dad


Dad, he's the most important dad in the world.

Whenever I look up at him he's gives me a gleaming smile. 
He means a lot to me and I love him to the moon and back.

His hair is the type of hair that curls up like a cat sleeping. 
His body dances with happiness around the town. 
My heart starts to want to dance with him when he starts laughing.

He has the type of voice which is full of happiness.
Those warm loving brown eyes sparkle in my heart. 

And he makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world -
We all agree right?

He gives the most wonderful loving polar bear hugs.
Dad, he’s the most important dad in the world. 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Pip and pop

The sugar dances
around in my ballet 
class as if it was a 
tornado.

I feel like a
dolphin diving into 
a sea full of 
sugar.

The sugar trees
stretch tall 
like a
sunflower.

The hills barrel around
the room with 
their crazy gold
hair.

What happened?
Was this a dream?
Do hills really twill around?

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My reflection

I think I went well because I asked others for some critique of how I could improve.
My next steps are to go ahead and ask 5-7 people for improvement ideas.
Here is the picture: