Thursday, March 26, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Can We Make a Difference?

Phil Twyford came to visit us and Room 1 to share his kayaking experiences and photos with us. Below are some of the things we learnt.
~ Bryde's Whales live in the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf.  They get hit by the ships coming into the wharves in the city centre. Some are badly scarred and others are killed.
~ Scientists can tell how clean water is by collecting some and studying the type and number of creatures living in it.
~ Mussels can clean the water by filtering it. Ngati-Whatua are trying to re-grow the mussel beds in the harbour to stop pollution spoiling it.
~ There is a plastic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We found out that there are places in the Pacific Ocean that have large collections of plastic rubbish too.
~ Near Pt Chev beach is Meola Reef. The sea grass there was dying because of pollution but a scientist has found that it is growing again - great job Auckland!
When Phil Twyford came to visit us he challenged us with these questions
Can we make a difference?
Are we smarter than in the past?
We are taking responsibility for the rubbish we see in the school, on the streets and especially near the drain closest to our houses because we know that this rubbish ends up in the streams, rivers and then goes into the sea.
We found some very worrying photos that show how bad pollution can be in the seas around the world and the damage it can do to animals.
 "Marine debris on Hawaiian coast" by NOAA - File:Marine_debris_on_Hawaiian_coast.jpg
 "Albatross at Midway Atoll Refuge (8080507529)" by Chris Jordan File:Albatross_at_Midway_Atoll_Refuge_(8080507529).jpg
"Turtle entangled in marine debris (ghost net)" by Source of the image: File:Turtle_entangled_in_marine_debris_(ghost_net).jpg 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Under the Sea

We created these art works with Mrs Shepherd in the art room. We used lots of different media, including salt, glue, dye, chalk pastels and black paper.

Sea World Art from SPS Superstars on Vimeo.

You can find the original photos on the website to view and print - Click here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Self Portraits

We created these self portraits on the iPad1s with Art Rage. Mrs Shepherd helped us learn about the tools and layers. We think they are pretty good for our first Art Rage project.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Magic School Bus Takes a Dive

We visited a coral reef with Ms. Frizzle and the Magic School Bus.
We learnt –
• that some creatures in the sea live in partnerships where they help each other survive
• pollution can kill the coral
• when an environment is destroyed the creatures that live there will die

Friday, March 6, 2015

Our MP Phil Twyford Visits Room 1 and 2

Phyl Twyford our local member of Parliament visited Rooms 1 and 2. This is what he had to say about his visit -

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Rippa Rugby

We had a great session with the coaches from Auckland Rugby - watch us run, pass and kick. AWESOME!
Rippa Rugby 2015 from SPS Superstars on Vimeo.