Friday, 13 April 2018


This term the kapa haka group has been working with rākau. It takes a lot of practice but Room 5 are getting better! These are some pictures from our practice this week.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Hunting and Fishing Competition

During Easter weekend many of the Room 5 students were involved in activities to do with the Ahaura Hunting and Fishing Competition. The children made up teams and spent the weekend hunting for hares, magpies, possums, goats, wild pigs and deer, with the help of their parents. As you can see from the photographs, many of these pest species were caught. This helps to keep numbers down, which helps local farmers and landowners.

Coming soon: look on our individual blogs for some of our descriptive writing based on our experience of the Hunting and Fishing Competition.

Hares are piled up on the back of a truck.

Deer are hung from the side of a large truck.  The animals are weighed before being displayed.

The antlers of the stags are measured.

A tractor is used to move the animal carcasses.

Wild pigs and chamois are displayed, as well as deer.

These are the goats that Haylee's family managed to hunt down.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Room 5 Art

We were inspired by the work of Californian artist Lee Anderson to work together as a class to create an art work to brighten our walls for the start of the year. We used a variety of patterns and chose groups of colours from a selection we were given.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Life Education

Our school had a visit from Carmen and Harold in the Life Education truck this week. Room 5 learned about healthy eating and also about how to read the information on food packaging.

One thing we learned was all the different words that are used for sugar: dextrose, syrup, fructose, glucose, lactose, corn syrup...

A highlight was when Isabel was x-rayed and we could all see her digestive system! That helped us to find out how our food is digested and how all the nutrients in our food get into our  bloodstream to feed organs like our brain and heart.

Isabel's Digestive System

We read the labels on food packaging to find out how much fat, sugar and salt the food contains. We were looking for 10g or less of fat and sugar per 100g, and
400 mg or less of salt per 100g.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Awahono's Visitors

Earlier this week Miro and Solly brought two young hedgehogs to the school for everyone to see.  They had found them on the road the night before when they were out in the car. One of the hedgehogs had rolled itself into a ball and was rolling along the road to try to get itself out of danger quickly. When the two hedgehogs were in Room 5 they were both asleep, then one of them woke up and we watched as it ate some cat food.

We all gather round to look at the hedgehogs.
The two hedgehogs are sleeping.
One hedgehog is eating some cat food.

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