Friday, 11 May 2018

Online Citizen Scientists

Mrs B is working with some other teachers in town and a small team to see if Online Citizen Science can help students become more engaged in Science.
As part of her project, she invited Victor Anton to come and show us his project about investigating what animals/birds are around different areas of  urban Wellington. He uses special 'motion detecting' cameras in specific places and these are set up with the web.

We can be helpful citizen scientists by helping him identify things in his photos - he has over 50,000 of them!

You can help too - Identify New Zealand Animals

Friday, 4 May 2018


Here's a fun STEAM activity we did in Rimu time today - all we used were Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and blocks. Potential and kinetic energy - great stuff!

Try this at home! Stixplosions

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Pest Free Tawa - Night Tour of Zealandia

A small group of us were very fortunate to go on a Night Tour of Zealandia as a reward for all the rat trapping we've been doing lately. What a treat!

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Multiples of 4

We've got a maths challenge going on at the moment looking at the multiples of 4 - and using the pattern with the ones column to help us recall it quickly.

4,8,12,16,20,24,28 32......100!

How fast can you recall this? Have a go - Use this online time to time yourself

Get a Stopwatch like this or make your own! At: Online Stopwatch

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

3.14 (or 14 March) = Pi Day!

We were introduced to the irrational number "pi" today - being March 14.
It's a number that goes on and on and on!!
We matched up each digit with a colour and made a 'pi chain'. 
Look how far we got (sort of sitting in a shape of 'pi' too!)

Monday, 12 March 2018


This is a fun problem solving site - cant access it from Chrome though. Mozilla works! (and maybe others?)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Miss O'Connell - Te Araroa Walk

Miss O'Connell (who taught at Hampton Hill last year) is walking the whole of the South Island - on the Te Araroa Trail, raising money for Hohepa Canterbury, a charitable organisation supporting those with intellectual disabilities.

Here is her website - along with blog.

We have been following her and keeping in touch with her. Today we were excited to get a video from her

We sent back a video of us singing Ma te mahi Kaora. Hope she likes it! (Have put this on our seesaw page as well)

Monday, 19 February 2018

Tracking tunnels and bird feeders

We've laid tracking tunnels around the school last Friday to see what pests are out there. These tracking tunnels had an ink strip on them for collecting foot prints and a dollop of peanut butter in the middle.

On Monday we collected them in to see if we had any footprints. They all had some!

We found hedgehog and mice/rat foot prints (Pretty hard to distinguish!)
Next thing to do is set traps in these locations for the mice and rats.

We also hung up our new nectar feeder that has a sugary syrup in it. (Brought it in for the storm passing through, but will have it back out there as soon as it passes.)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

More team building

A windy day for today's challenge!
The quad had turned into a shark infested lake and, using 2 sheets of cardboard, we had to get our teams across it without touching the 'water'!

Great to see the cooperation, patience, thinking skills and teamwork going on here!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Pest Free Tawa

We have become involved in a new venture to make Tawa Pest-free. Today we had visitors form other schools around Tawa along with Darren and a team from Zealandia meeting together and planning how to track, trap, and gather data.
(Click on photo for more images)

Exciting times! We will be laying tracking tunnels around school, seeing what's out there, and then setting traps for rats, mice, and stoats. We will also be putting out bird feeders to encourage more birds to Hampton Hill School.