Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Inquiry reflection

In He Tangata this term we have been focusing on being a responsible citizen.

Elise and I decided to do a project on teaching year 4s, 5s and 6s how to look after a pony.

I think I am relational because I know what to use such as saddles, bridle and halter, and why to use them. I don't know how to put them on, but I can still teach people a few things.

I am proud that there was a big amount of people who were interested in learning how to look after a pony. I was also proud with the amount of time we spent preparing our project.

My next step is to learn how to dress the ponies with the appropriate equipment, such as halters saddles and bridles. If I learn how to do this I can go to extended abstract because I will not only be able to talk about it, but will also be able to do it.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Inquiry reflection

In He Tangata this term we have been focusing on being a responsible citizen.

Elise and I decided to do a project on teaching year 4s, 5s and 6s how to look after a pony.

I think I am relational because I know what to use such as saddles, bridle and halter, and why to use them. I don't know how to put them on but I can still teach people a few things.

I am proud that there was a big amount of people who were interested in learning how to look after a pony. I was also proud with the amount of time we spent preparing our project.

My next step is to learn how to use stuff for ponies like halter saddle and bridle, because I don’t know how to put them on the pony. If I learn how to do this I can go to extended abstract.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

What I play hard at.

Finally school is over, I quickly run home slip on my hockey uniform and hop in the car. I blast on my favourite songs and my dad drives off. When I get there I take off my big coat and get on the field.
Blocking, puffing, running and scoring. Now it is half time. I race off the field and stuff my face with as many oranges as I can. I have a drink and dash back on the field. Oops, ouch I find myself on the ground blood dripping on my knee, but it Is too late to quit now. I hop back up and start running again. Even though it hurts a little and I'm hot and tired I not, going to chicken out.I chase the ball and score a goal. Now the game is over. Time to get off the field. I go over to the team. The coach starts to announce the player of the day. What i think I heard wrong name, nope I'm not wrong it is me. I feel hot and tired but mostly proud.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ko Matilda ahau

I am a Suzuki swift,
slowly and neatly chugging through my work,
and pushing me to my limits.

I am a loud lighthouse,
shining and standing out,
bursting with excitement.

I am the heart of harakeke,
spreading love and laughter wherever I go.

I am an passionfruit,
full of passion and dignity.

I am a pair  of odd socks,
lost at the bottom of the washing basket,
seeking for new adventures.

Ko Matilda ahau

I am Matilda

Sunday, 4 December 2016

hide and seek

Hide and seek.
One two three I hear the teaches counting.
Four five six the prickly bushes calls my name come here Matilda come here.
Ninety nine one hundred try to decide where to go ready all not here I come hurry they are coming.
The sharp bushes rustle behind me but try to hold their breath.
Be still are the teachers close?
Quick duck behind the tree.
People trudge while they sulk it isn't fear I wasn't ready.
Should we move are we going to get seen here?
Don't breath,don't move,stay dumb.
Miss pageot scans the bushes a fox eyeing out it prey.
Oh know we are going to get found she is coming closer.
Stay still like a statue.
She comes prowling in who's that person crouching down oh know I'm done for she's found me.
I wish she didn't checked the bushes.
I sulk back thinking at least I wasn't the first person to get found.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


We read an article about a waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish. 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 scientists (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. 

Different groups had different areas assigned to them so some groups had areas that were bigger than others,some had more bushes, some had more buildings, some were open ground some were not.

We found out that Darren’s shed has a lot of recycling 
this might be because it blows out of the recycling bin and gets stuck by the fence it also has a lot of trees that people play in and Rubbish falls out of their pocket.

We observed that after lunch  there was blue dot rubbish (after lunch rubbish) that it was all around the buildings and on the field. We think this is because when we are sitting down they drop rubbish.

One of the problems with the data could be that there isn't enough room to put all the dots and that they might not be in the right place.

The wind blows all the rubbish around and it get caught in fences and we found out that rubbish was caught in all the obstacles and that's  why there is a heap there.

One thing we can do to help our school be rubbish free is put your rubbish in the bin don't just put the rubbish in your pocket because it can fall out and get caught.This map may not be completely correct because it was handwritten. There was also some unretrievable rubbish like under buildings, caught in trees and other side of see through fences (like at the back of the field).


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:


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? 


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

Matilda's speech

This term I have been learning about structuring a speech.
I did a speech how we should stop using plastic bags and start using fabric bags.
I gave reasons to support my argument, for example I said I think we should stop using plastic bags because they can cause serious effects for example filling up landfills and polluting the oceans and making our environment unhealthy.
I think that my speech went well because I had a good structure it was a good persuasive speech and I had lots of language devices. I think I had good language devices because imperatives which are “picture this” and “think back to a time” and “imagine if”and I use rhetorical question. I think that I did pretty well with the structure but I lack with balanced connections and flow. I think that lots of my ideas connects to the point of view.  So people will start using fabric bags and saving the world.
Click down here to listen to the link or read down below.

Have you ever thought about where plastic bags end up? You have probably seen them before. Maybe it was flying through the sky or perhaps stuck to the ground or even caught in a windscreen of your car. People have been using plastic bags for a long time and it needs to stop. It is bad for the environment. On one side there is plastic bags, they are so convenient, and easy to use  but they can also cause serious effects like polluting the oceans, filling up landfills, suffocating animals making them choke and possibly making them die. You can take that risk, or you can make your shopping a little less convenient and use fabric bags.  They can be annoying because 
you have to clean them out, but that doesn't mean that they aren't useful, because they don't break and rip like plastic bags do.  Instead of using plastic bags you could use fabric bags. There is actually an advantage in using fabric bags because you can make your own and look pretty stylish so it's technically a win win either way, they don't hurt the environment and they can look good.  I also know that countdown has been offering fabric bags so people can stop using plastic bags.We should start catching on to that habit and bringing our own fabric bags so people can see what a difference it makes.Ok think back to a time that you used a plastic bag and didn't think about the consequences. Now think back to a time that you did think about the consequences and you still couldn't be bothered to use a fabric bag mmmmm it needs to stop. Imagine if you just came out of the supermarket and one of your plastic bags flew away.  What do you do? Do you pick it up or do you just leave it to float away?  If you leave it to float away you're probably going to think, ow it's only one plastic bag what can it do?  But if everyone does that we are going to be swimming in them.  Like seriously, plastic bags are everywhere. My friend saw one stuck on the train tracks, that could jam the rails and also she saw one in the ocean and no-one picked it up- just a simple bend down and pick up a piece of rubbish. 
If you're looking into being plastic bag free you could also try being rubbish free.  There is a video that I recently watched about a lady who made her life rubbish free.  She is enjoying it too. She makes her own toothpaste and everything. She doesn’t even use plastic bags to get veggies, she doesn’t get biscuits with a wrapper. If she can cut out all of her rubbish, we must be able to just cut out plastic bags.Even if you don't take this advice or if you have seem to forget about what I'm saying to you next time if you use a plastic bag will you think about where it ends up? …….in the ocean or in an animal's mouth. Use fabric bags and we’ll have a healthier environment for all living creatures.