Sunday, July 27, 2014

A 400km Journey...

Come check out the model...
For maths on Thursday, we investigated a problem for a 400km journey to Wellington. The journey actually is approximately 300km, but we took an extra 100km of detours.

The problem was to find out fractions of the journey on a number line. So how far had we traveled to reach 1/2 of the way there? Or 3/4 and so on. Many of us needed materials to help us to see it, so we got out the tens place value blocks. 40 x 10 = 400 km. Each cube on the ten block = 1km. So 20 blocks was half of 40 blocks and it represented 200km. Half of 400km is 200km. And so on. Jack took some photos of our model.
40 km is 1/10 of 400 km

50 km is 1/8 of 400km

Hi Taylor!
We have reached halfway!
1/5 of 400km = 80km, so 2/5 = 160km
300km, 3/4 there.

The real journey is 296km...

Friday, July 25, 2014

Drag Car Models

Today, George and Nasa-Jaye taught some children in the class how to make drag cars! First they taught Kayla and Mary, along with Liam and Jacob. Digi Leader Ben created a trailer to show the process. The next buddies to have a go were Ezra and Ben himself, along with Matilda and Maia. George and Nasa did a fantastic job and all the children had a lot of fun and got to create something that they are proud of. A special thank you to George for organising this opportunity and getting all the materials!

Here is Ben's exciting trailer:

Drag Racing from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Calling the Commonwealth Games Village

Commonwealth Skype from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

On Tuesday, Room 6 (along with Room 8) had the amazing opportunity to Skype Scotland and talk to Craig Palmer, the sports scientist in the New Zealand cycling team! I was very impressed with the questions that the children asked. Craig did a wonderful job, answering their questions. A huge thank you to Cameron, his brother Thomas and his mum Tania Potts for organising this. We were so lucky! Go the New Zealand team!

Check out these posts, reflecting on the experience:

Friday, July 4, 2014

PRIDE TV Presents Parkvale News

A video created by the Digi Leaders with candidate teacher, Mr Schaw. Well done Digi Leaders! It features Ben, Cameron and Elijah representing Room 6.

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Year So Far...

Room 6 Reflection for 2014 so far:

Something I was pleased with was how I shared my dyslexia because I had to make sure it was good. Jaidyn

I enjoyed Masterchef because me, Ben, Liam, Kelly and Rosemary made brunch. JACOB

Reading is my favourite because we read Wonder and it is very interesting. Also we have reading groups and reading is one of my favourite things. Taylor

I learnt lots about stars, it is a fun topic to learn on. Zach

Something I enjoyed doing is sport because they are all fun and challenging. This year I have learnt how to play rugby and canoe polo, I also made it to inter school swimming but it was cancelled because of bad weather. Matilda

The most thing I have enjoyed was going to Flax Rock. I learnt how to rock climb and to be safe while doing it. Kellyanne

Something I enjoy is writing Miami Heat stories because you can do lot of writing in it. Traylan

Matariki is very fun also because we got to go to the planetarium at Napier Boys High.   Julius

Something I enjoy is going around teachers that need help for them or their class. Because it is fun to help and show them how to do it. Cameron

I am proud that I am in room 6 because I have had lots of fun. KAYLA

I enjoy being a sports pal at lunchtimes because I can see people playing games at lunch and being happy. Mary

I was proud of myself when I touched the top of the rock climbing wall. Brooklyn

I enjoyed writing about my soccer games. “GO WESTERN RANGERS!” we yelled and ran onto the field” is my favourite scene from my first soccer game.  James  

I have liked learning about area and perimeter in maths because I like to build things and when you build things you have to know the area and perimeter. Area and perimeter have done me good because on the weekend I built a hut out of wood and nails and corrugated iron. I had to be careful with the area and perimeter and measurements.

I really enjoyed rippa rugby and working as a team. Ben

I enjoyed the Young Leader mud run at the army assault course because it was lots of fun. I found it sort of challenging crawling under the cargo net. Elijah

Having blogger is really fun because we can share what we have done in class in our own way. Kyra

The thing I most enjoyed was going to the planetarium
and learning about black holes and about space. Maddison

In assembly Miss Hill was announcing the Young Leaders and I got one! YAY! Tracey

Flax Rock was the bomb! Maia

I enjoyed doing blog posts on my hunting trips because its a lot of fun sharing it with the class. Liam

I enjoy sharing on my blog. Jared

My awesome teacher Mr M has taught me so much about laptops. Rosemary
My favourite of the year is the Fax Rock trip because that was my first time there. It was so hard and so cool I want to go there again and again.  Jack

Something I was pleased with was making it into the RIPPA because I have not made it into rippa before. George
I enjoyed maths because it is fun doing maths and I love learning. Briar

Something I was pleased with was going on the waka because it was my first time and it was with my class, so that made it more fun. Crystal

Something I found interesting was learning about black holes because I didn’t know that when you go into a black hole you stretch so long that you just pop.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tremains Rippa Rugby Tournament

The Year 5/6 Rippa tournament was a huge success for Parkvale. We had six of the thirty-six teams in the competition! All the teams showed Parkvale PRIDE and played with enjoyment and determination. We even had an all Parkvale final between Parkvale D and Parkvale E. The Parkvale A team finished top of their pool. They won their quarter final against Irongate, before losing to Te Mata in the championship semi final. They easily won their 3rd and 4th playoff to finish 3rd overall. 

All the children who competed should feel proud of their day and have gone home with an awesome certificate for their efforts. A huge thanks to the coaches, Lehi Miller, Karl Morgan, Trish Little, Nicole Solomon and Yvette Hardaker, who all did a fantastic job. Also, wonderful to see so many parents coming down to support their child in a sport which is great for boys and girls!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Matariki Workshops Part 2

Here we go! The videos you have been waiting for are finally here. After some technical difficulties, I have managed to get them published. Phew! Part 2 of the Matariki Workshops and as a reward for your patience, the super bonus Part 3 video featuring the Karamu High School students!

Kia ora again, Yvette Hardaker and her amazing volunteers who made this day happen. We had a super fun learning time! Watch part one here.

Matariki 2 from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

Matariki 3 from Kieren Moriarty on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Road Patrolling in the Rain

Keeping our community safe!

Our road patrollers play such an important role for our school community. Yesterday, I captured a snapshot of Ben and Traylan on road patrol at Windsor Ave. Two responsible road patrollers from Room 6, showing Parkvale PRIDE. Even though it started to rain hard, not once did these boys complain or stop concentrating on their job.

As we walked back to school, a rainbow came out. It was almost as if the rainbow was thanking the boys for their efforts.
A rainbow over Parkvale.

I know where the pot of gold lies!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Holt Planetarium Visit

Replica model of the space shuttle!
Today Room 5 and Room 6 went to the Holt Planetarium in Napier. We got to view the night sky in extreme detail, guided by the amazing Mr Sparks. My favourite things under the dome were learning more about the significance of the Southern Cross and seeing exactly where all the planets and constellations are in the sky at the moment. The night sky is like a calendar.

I also loved the chance just to lean back and gaze at the night sky and get pointed out super cool stuff! Earlier, we watched an amazing video of NASA astronauts in space. It showed us some very amusing effects of being zero gravity.

I would strongly recommend a visit to the Hawke's Bay Holt Planetarium. Sunday evening is family night.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Matariki Art




We have been learning about Matariki and how the stars impact on us. Here are three fine artworks inspired by legends of Matariki. What stories are they communicating?