Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Real maths at the Supermarket

We have been working on the question:

How much food do we need for school camp, and how much will it cost?

From this the children have asked and researched many other questions.
For example:
How many nights are we staying?
How many people do we need to feed?
How many meals do we need?
What food do we like eat?
What cooking facilities do we have?

After rigorous debate we settled on a menu. Then each group took a meal that they would be responsible for.

We used an online shopping tool to get prices for our ingredients.

Then more questions emerged. For example:
How many slices in a loaf of bread?
How many litres of milk do we need to make 45 cups of milo?
How many onions are in a kilo? 

Once we had figured all that out we started the calculation process. We showed each other different strategies that we used for different kinds of equations. We were dealing with real-life maths problems so the questions were messy!

We came up with totals for each meal. Then we all got together and came up with the grand total.

Today we finally got to purchase the food from the supermarket!

Self-Service Checkout

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Chocolate Slice - By Samuel

To make a chocolate slice you need to crush 2 packs of plain biscuits.
Melt 200 grams butter in a saucepan and mix in the biscuits.
Add 2 tbsp of golden sirup. mix well on the heat
Add 1 tin of condensed milk mix well.
Melt dark chocolate.
Put in a tin.
Put melted chocolate on mixture.
Put in fridge for 1 hour.

Good Commenting

Today we've been discussing what good comments are. We had to go on the computer, read a blog or an article then comment on it.

Here is our list of things that make a good quality comment:

  • Make it interesting
  • You could include descriptive words
  • If you state your opinion, then say the reasons why (you can use the word because)
  • You could start with something positive, but don't be overly positive
  • Be honest and polite
  • Make sure you read and understand the WHOLE post
  • Before you hit send, make sure to edit your comment by looking at your punctuation, vocabulary, if it makes sense, and spelling - you might like to ask someone to check it
  • Give them some feedback
  • Does you comment make the reader think of something new they may not have thought of otherwise?

What do you think is a good comment? Did we miss anything out?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Gear list for Harakeke Hub's Great Adventure!

Dearest parents,

You should read this list because we have been discussing something exciting today!

We had a debate and discussed many interesting issues.  One of the hot-topics was about 'the treat' (dah dah dah daaaaaaah).

Here is the list...


Change of Clothes (students will be wearing mufti)
Sleeping bag
PJs or suitable sleeping clothes
Walking shoes / Sneakers (no jandals)
Warm Hoody/Sweater/Jacket
Sleeping mat
Toothbrush,  Toothpaste
Water bottle

Towel and Togs
Teddy bear
Other toiletries e.g. medication, hand sanitizer, tooth-brushing mug, hairbrush, soap and facecloth Bug repellent, Sunscreen (no shower facilities)
A small treat to eat
A book

If you can ... bring a tent!

Please leave a comment if you think that we have left something off the list.

From the Harakeke Hub

Monday, 20 February 2012

Music with Judy

Today we did music with Judy. Here are the year 5s and 6s feeling the beat on their buckets.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

More PuppetPals

Behind the Scenes

Camping Maths

We are figuring out the question:

How much food do we need?
How much will it all cost?

This week we have been working out our menu for our up-and-coming school camp. We worked in small groups and today we brought all of our ideas together.

We presented our menus to the whole hub and discovered that we all had very similar ideas. We had a few disagreements. Dessert was the hardest meal to come to an agreement on. Jelly seems to be a kind of food that you either love or hate!

After a while it felt like our brains were turning into jelly so we decided to go outside for a brain break and stretch our legs.

Here's where we ended up!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Calling all Sports Monitors!

If you would like to be a sports monitor please fill in this form!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I will survive

Imagine that the Earth starts shaking while you are sitting in the Harakeke hub.

What would you do?
Where would you go?

What do you think would happen to the building? What things inside of the building would fall down?

What would happen if we had no power - what would change?

What do you think life would be like after a week with no power? What would life in Churton Park be like? What would we eat?

Think about these questions and write your response as a blog comment.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Awesome Amesbury Ads

We have been creating ads about our new school. We used the iPad App PuppetPals.

Survival Research

This week we have been learning about how to survive in an environment that is new.

New school, new friends, new teachers, and new ways of doing things.

Check us out researching!