Room 16 UHPS

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

UHPS Gala day!

On Saturday Upper Harbour Primary held their very first Gala day! It was a very exciting event and those who came along had fun on bouncy castles, bungy rides, scooter, ponies, not to mention adventuring into the "Fairytopia" and the Haunted House! One of the highlights of the day was the dunking machine. For just 1 dollar the contestant could throw 3 balls at a target. If they hit the target a big bucket of water would fall on the lucky teacher underneath. Here is Ms Craig, Mr Hall (our 2011 DP) and Mrs Millett on the dunking machine!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Volcano at UHPS!

Today we all clambered into the sandpit and built a huge volcano. Then we lined it with glad wrap, and poured baking soda into the lined hole. We dropped a few drops of red food colouring in and then we were ready to make our volcano erupt! It wasn't a violent eruption, but as Liam poured the vinegar into the hole we could all see the chemical reaction as the baking soda and vinegar created carbon dioxide gas bubbles. The "lava" then poured out of our volcano!! Wow!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Billowing Balloon Fun!

Yesterday we did another really exciting Change experiment with Mrs Esquilant. We wrote up a procedure to show our experimental process.

Goal: We want to investigate what happens when baking soda mixes with vinegar.
Small bottle
Balloon Vinegar Baking Soda.
1. Pour some vinegar into a bottle.

2. Use a funnel to tip baking soda into a balloon.
3. Carefully stretch the balloon over the bottle so that the baking soda drops in.

4. See what happens. Talk about why.

Conclusion: The baking soda and the vinegar mixed together causing a chemical reaction. This reaction created a gas called carbon dioxide (the same gas that we breathe out). This gas blew the balloon up. WOW, Science is COOL!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Maths in Term four!

This Term we are learning about shapes, direction and position in our Geometry Unit.

After our pre assessment we analysed our tests and discovered what we as a class still needed to learn.

Our learning intentions for the unit will be as follows-


  • Identify, draw and make 2D and 3D shapes
  • Identify the features of 3D shapes, (e.g. number of faces..)
  • Draw cross sections of shapes
  • Translate, Reflect, Rotate shapes
  • Show the lines of symmetry in a shape/picture
  • Follow and give simple directions
  • Create and use simple maps
  • Describe views and pathways on a map using coordinates.
Here are some of us making 3D models using toothpicks and blue-tac. After we made them we had to count the faces, corners and edges on the shapes.

Friday, October 15, 2010


This week we have been reading a shared book called, "Matilda", by Roald Dahl. It features a very scary and crazy head mistress called Mrs Trunchbull. Mrs Tunchbull doesn't like children and she treats the children in her school very badly, picking them up by the ears and swinging them round her head by their plaits. We decided to compare our lovely principal Ms Craig to the crazy Mrs Trunchbull, and shared our comparison map with Ms Craig. Then yesterday, Ms Craig visited our classroom...She wasn't at all like Ms Craig...In fact she was like Ms Craigbull. She made us all stand up when she entered. She growled at the girls who had long hair and she made the children spell words we had never heard of. Mrs Millett got growled at because she hadn't taught us how to spell these words, (which we suspect were not even in the dictionary!). Here are some of our photos of our visit with Ms Craigbull!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sticky, Yucky Oobleck!

Yesterday we started our Change unit by becoming real live scientists and investigating a very strange 'alien like ' substance called "Oobleck".

Oobleck is a non-newtonian fluid. That is, it acts like a liquid when being poured, but like a solid when a force is acting on it. You can grab it and then it will ooze out of your hands. Make enough Oobleck and you can even walk on it!- Which some of us did!!

Oobleck gets its name from the Dr. Seuss book Bartholomew and the Oobleck where a gooey green substance, Oobleck, fell from the sky and wreaked havoc in the kingdom.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Welcome to Term 4!

It's great to be back again in Room 16 for our last term together!! It is going to be another busy term with a three S focus- Science, Sewing and Swimming!!

Our in
quiry concept is CHANGE, and we will be finding out about how things change by doing a lot of fizzing and foaming experiments! If you have any Science experiment books at home you might like to bring them to school for us to see.

Over the holidays we had a holiday challenge to record the amount of time that we spent Reading, Spelling or doing Maths. Christopher, Baileigh an Albert were the Learning champions with a combined total of 48 hours and 3 minutes learning time! Raha and Harrison were also great independent learners over the holidays. Well done people- here they are with their prizes!!

Coke and Mentos experiment!

Marble Game

Simon Says

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