Thursday, 22 September 2016

SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION: RUBBISH AT SCHOOL

We read an article about a fleet of research waka which spent two years criss crossing the Pacific ocean, observing rubbish in the Pacific Ocean.   They noticed that if they found rubbish in the ocean, it usually meant they were getting close to land.  Because of this, we infer that most rubbish in the ocean comes from land. 

We wondered if the rubbish in our playground might have a similar trend.   We decided, before lunch on Wednesday last week, to go and find out. 

We split the school into 12 sections on a map.  Each section had a group of scientist (us!) to make observations and inferences.

We put a red dot on the map wherever we found a piece of rubbish and collected all the rubbish. 
After lunch we went back, and noted with a blue dot, any new rubbish found in our area.  We also collected this rubbish.   This is our map, showing where we found rubbish, both times.




We also classified the rubbish we found into types of rubbish and displayed this into this graph.  

Our observations and inferences: 
  
We observed that the red dot rubbish (we picked up before lunch) is around buildings, near fences, and in bushes, especially tussock bushes and in the ditch.
 
We think this because when the wind blows it carries the rubbish from on the ground into the bushes, and gets trapped in the spikes on the plants and can't get back out. 
We also think that when the wind blows it blows the rubbish from on the field into the ditch, and when it's in the ditch it's trapped and can't get out again. 
With the fences we think that the wind blows and when the Rubbish hits the fence the fence trapped the Rubbish. We observed that the Rubbish under the classrooms are usually empty yogurt packets and yogurt lids. The other Rubbish under the classes might've blown up against the  and classes and then when the wind blows again in goes through the gaps in the classes.

As you can see not all parts of the map are the same. Most of the rubbish again is near the classes, bushes and around the sides of the field. Mostly around Daren's shed there is a lot of rubbish, and in the forest near Daren's shed as well.

We think that parts of the map are different because people might sometimes purposely drop rubbish in the bushes and underneath the classes. People do this because they either can't be bothered to put their rubbish in the bin, or they think that if they put the rubbish there no one will find their rubbish. 

Another reason could be the wind could just blow the rubbish under the classes.Their might be not that much rubbish in the middle of the field because… People might have rubbish in their pockets and then the rubbish flies out the falls onto the ground. The the wind blows the goes near the fences and in the dich. 

As we said in the second paragraph usually the rubbish underneath the classrooms are yogurt packets and lids from yogurt packets. Sometimes it's glad wrap. The rubbish up against the fence are usually foil chip-packets and glad wrap.   

We think because glad wrap is probably easier and lighter to fly with the wind. If the rubbish is flying low it might get caught in the bushes or the classes/fences might trap the rubbish. Especially if the bush is a tussock the rubbish will be completely trapped in the spiky leaves and unable to get out of the bush.

We probably  made some mistakes with our data because we may have missed some pieces when observing them. Also we might need to pick up more rubbish on a different day in the same areas, to see if we pick up the same amount as we did last.Some groups were looking closely at the rubbish and some weren't.

The wind might pick up the rubbish where the rubbish originally was at dropped, and taken it somewhere else. Then that might keep happening until that area is loaded with rubbish.

We have learnt that there's more rubbish than we thought there was going to be. We also learned that we dropped most of the rubbish by Darren’s workshop when no one goes there. But the wind must blow it there because no one picks it up.

To try to fix this we could pick up rubbish each week as a school.
People are very lazy because they want to play instead of walking to the 
bin, and drop their rubbish. We could put our rubbish in the bin to make the school more tidy.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

After we made these observations and inferences, we were left with questions as to why people in our school failed to put their rubbish in the bins! Why does so much end up back around the school after one break time? Maybe it is falling out of people's pockets? Perhaps it's the winds fault? Or maybe the students of Waimairi school are dropping it on purpose?

Since then, we have recorded how rubbish was dropped at morning tea and lunch. Basically, we spied on the school! We, as scientists, have completed an investigation into why rubbish is ending up on the ground. On Thursday the 18th of August, we went out at morning tea and lunchtime to make observations of you all, collecting data to find out how rubbish gets on the ground.

We split up into 12 groups. At morning tea we spread ourselves around the whole school to observe. At lunchtime we spread the 12 groups around the lunch eating areas and observed what happened to the rubbish. 
We have made inferences from our observations and here is what we found:


MORNING TEA FINDINGS



At morning tea time, Waimairi school dropped 205 pieces of rubbish. That's 2 out of 5 people on average who dropped rubbish. 110 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, which is more than half of the rubbish we observed being dropped. We also saw 46 pieces of rubbish dropped without the person realising that they had dropped it, often as they were walking.We also saw rubbish being dropped from pockets.

The places we found that rubbish had been dropped the most, were the Te Puna block, the walkway down to Ara Atu and the playground behind room 13. We think this might be because people playing in these areas may not understand why it is important to put rubbish in the bin. We also inferred that since there's big bushes at Ara Atu, people think they can hide their rubbish there.

Also, there is no rubbish bin in sight of the playground in these areas, so people lazily drop it instead. We think that most people do this because they think that they can hide it, or can get away with dropping it, even when they know it is wrong. And they do get away with it! Why don't people take a little walk over to the bin to put their rubbish where it belongs? 


LUNCHTIME FINDINGS




At lunchtime, 219 pieces of rubbish were dropped throughout the school JUST during lunch eating time. That's 2 out of every 5 people in the school on average. that is a large amount of people to be dropping rubbish.
From what we saw, 79 pieces of rubbish were dropped on purpose, and 44 were left where people were eating. 

Just like at morning tea time, we think that around the school most of the people drop the rubbish because there's not enough rubbish bins around. Although there are already some bins, there only a few, and sometimes not in the best places. 
We also think that some children might not be able to reach the bins because we observed the bins are quite a bit taller than some junior children. Younger students also may not understand why it is bad to leave rubbish on the ground.

We could maybe get more and smaller bins to show others that bins are valued around the school but we think most of the kids already know about why we shouldn't  drop rubbish - because it will cause lots of problems for the animals in our environment and make our school look messy.

We spotted some differences between Morning Tea and Lunchtime. At lunch-eating time, more pieces of rubbish were dropped than the whole of morning tea time, even though morning tea is longer than lunch eating time. We think that more rubbish was dropped at lunch because more food is eaten at lunchtime and there would be a bigger chance of rubbish flying out of their lunchboxes. Lunch food is also more likely to have wrappers. However we also inferred that people might deliberately litter so that they don’t get in trouble for walking to the bin - as we are not allowed to stand up during lunch eating time.

Under the classroom is also a common place to put rubbish. But the reason  that people drop rubbish there is because they think no one will notice. But we did! But if you think that you get away with it, then you are wrong because we see rubbish everywhere, even in sneaky places where people will think you can't see it.

Overall, 424 pieces of rubbish were dropped in the 45 minutes we were observing that day. That’s almost one piece of rubbish per person. If nobody ever picks this rubbish up, then by the end of the week there would be 2120 pieces of rubbish floating around the school.  Many people dropped their rubbish on purpose, but also accidentally, leaving it where they ate or hiding it.

We think if we all work together our school can be cleaner by just simply walking  to the bin, because just doing a simple thing like that will help to make a big difference. But we also think that during lunch eating time we should be allowed to stand up to walk to the bin to put our rubbish in it. We will be discussing this with the teachers. This means people will be less likely to throw it in the bushes, under the buildings, leave it where they were eating or just throw it on the ground.

We also plan to write to the board of trustees to see if we can have more bins built permanently into the areas that we’ve observed to gather the most rubbish. We also need bins that are the right size for younger kids as well.

So what is the most important thing for you to remember from today? Do not drop rubbish on purpose. It’s pretty simple.  Please walk the few metres to the bins, otherwise we will all be swimming in a pool of rubbish.


                                                                     





Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The unnecessary work

This term I have been learning how to write a speech. My speech went well because I finished making it and I said it to the class. I needed help to use a language devices to persuade and connect with the audience. One idea connects to the point of view. I can use parts of structure but lacks balance connections or flow. I don't think my speech went well because I didn't speak loud enough.

Please click here to listen to my speech or read it below

How often do you argue with your parents about work that's unnecessary? And do you hide things that aren't important? Well I've been known to do this once or twice. That was a joke. Actually I'm a recidivist when it comes to not doing the unnecessary work (recidivist means repeat offender). When my dad told me do the unnecessary work I said I left it at school and when my mum asks me where my unnecessary work book is I say I don't know, somebody must of taken out of my bag.
What's your best excuse for not doing the unnecessary work?

I interviewed my family to research my topic as I felt it was more than just me with this issue.

My brother Will, thinks that the unnecessary work is a waste of time and would rather play outside and do sport. At my kitchen table it was a unanimous decision that being outside running around was essential for fitness enjoyment and getting out of mum and dad's hair while they're making tea. I'm sure you'd agree with me that being outside playing is way better then having to be stuck inside practising maths, spelling and all that other unnecessary work.

When I asked my other brother Thomas he made a really valid point, he said we've already been at school all day so we shouldn't have do school all over again and it's not even at school. We've already spent 6 hours at school working out fractions. Or reading when you read one page at a time and then talk about it then read the next page and talk about and so on until it's finished. And then there's literacy and we have to write a story then another story then a poem then a speech.

It's not just me the unnecessary work has been around for years. When I asked my dad he said when he was at school he didn't like doing the unnecessary work either in fact next time your parents tell you to do the unnecessary work you should say you don't do the unnecessary work so why should I.

Then I asked my mum and she said believe it or not teachers hate the unnecessary work too.

I'll take you back to the question at the start. Do you argue with your parents about work that's unnecessary and do you hide things that aren't important, if you haven't worked it out yet it's homework.
I hope that I've managed to convince you but now I need to go because I hear my dad calling me to do , you know what I'm going to say don't you that's right my unnecessary work

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Prejudice

New Zealand has a secret problem - immigrants don’t feel welcome. 1 in 10 people in New Zealand feel discriminated against. The most common way people are discriminated against is by their race. An estimated 85,200 New Zealanders reporting these findings on racial discrimination in the workplace. What can we do to stop theses prejudices?

Prejudice
Prejudice is when somebody has an opinion about somebody else that they haven't even met before. If somebody has a different skin colour and you won't let them play with you. If you be prejudiced to someone they might not like you. If they be prejudiced to you you might not like them. If someone is prejudice to you it will make them feel sad. Once I got prejudged at camp in 2015 on the high ropes: somebody thought I wouldn't do it because I'm small, but I think I got further than them.

What makes immigrants feel included
We interviewed people to ask them if they felt included when they moved here. We found out that they feel included when you smile and say hi to them then start a conversation. As time goes on, they feel included when you ask them if they want a drink or something, or invite them to your house. eg: Mrs K felt welcome because people were smiling at her when she got here.

What makes immigrants feel alienated
We interviewed people to ask them if they felt alienated when they moved here. We found out that they feel alienated when you point at them, laugh at them and whisper about them. As time goes on they feel more alienated and they'll want to move again but back to where they came from. eg: Mrs K felt isolated when someone asked her if she had a bomb in her lunchbox.

Tips
Here are some tips to help people not be prejudice 
Host a welcome party
Treating them the way you want to be treated
Include them
If somebody is being mean to them or teasing them you speak up

Immigrants will feel way more welcome if we use these tips. This is important because if we don't  them feel welcome then new Zealand's population will become smaller.

The end

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Over the jump

I feel like I'm going to drop my helmet so, before I do, I put it on. I grab my bike and push it over to the trees. The instructor tells us to bike in circles to see which gear we should use. I think to myself “Gear two for uphill and gear three for downhill.” The gears have three on the left and seven on the right. Clutching the handlebars I sped off down the track.

We made it to the next stop and the instructor told us that on the next track there was a ramp made out of dirt and if we wanted to we were allowed to go over it. Joe went first then Jye then Hamish then me. I flew down the track, I went in front of Hamish, then Jye. I see Joe shoot over the jump, then the next thing I know I'm soaring through the sky like a little Einstein. When I hit the ground I forget to put the brakes on and I dart off down the track. The instructor shouts at me to come back, so I do. The instructor told us that the next track has bridges and ditches, and we were allowed to go through or over them. We started biking again and the they were right there. I nearly went through the deep dark ditch, but I went over the bridge,I went through the other ditch though.

 After another little while we got to go on the pump track. I flew around the pump track. I nearly crashed 100,000 times. Then it was time to leave.On the way back I crashed into the bridge and the next thing I knew I was on the ground. I had to quickly get up and on the bike again then I sped off again. 

We got back to the camp and I sprinted into my cabin and jumped onto my bed and nearly smashed my leg on the side of the bed. The end



Mountain bike reflection.
I was learning to use punctuation properly using the same tense all the way through the writing. It went well because when I got comments from the teacher I did them to make my writing better, for example, so, before I do, I'll put it on. My next steps are to not make as many mistakes with punctuation.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Where is Hurunui

Where the magpies swoop down from the tree, trying to rip my head off.
Where the hills get stood on by cows, magpies and hares.
Where the cicadas call out to the other cicadas.
Where the river ripples along and pushes me back to the start.
Where the hares play hide and seek 
behind cars, trucks, trees and bushes in the Hurunui mouth.
Where the stones lie still on the river bed.
Where the sun slowly gets bigger behind the hills and mountains.
That's where Hurunui is.


 This term I have been learning about the elements of music and that it can communicate to anyone from any culture because music is a universal language. To show this learning I created a soundscape based on a poem I wrote. My soundescape is multistructural because I used many instruments and I can tell you what they represent. I feel happy about my soundscape because I finished it.

Here is the link to my sound scape

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

My house

In the lounge the tv sits on the movie cabinet. 
The trucks on the road shake the house. 
The coffee table sits in the middle of the room and watches tv with me. 
The soft bouncy couch does the same as the coffee table. 
Mini donuts lye on my plate waiting to get eaten.
Under the roof the carpet with 2 couches, 3 boys and a coffee table on it, 
gets trampled on by a family of five.
I sit in my house watching tv with my brothers.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sugar city

At the art gallery in the middle of Christchurch there was a sugar city and in that sugar city there were sugar hills and on those sugar hills there were sugar houses and in those sugar houses there were sugar people and those sugar people were scared of all the people who came to look at them. 

At night when the gallery was closed they came out to play some of them brought their basket balls to play four square. Some of them brought their cricket bats and balls to play French cricket. Some of them played on their sugar iPhone 6S+, iPad pros, iMacs and MacBook Airs. Some of them were riding on sugar horses. Some were reading sugar magazines. 

But there was one sugar person who was very mischievous and he always did naughty things like draw moustaches on people at sleepovers, setting off the fire alarms at school and scaring his baby brother at nighttime the baby would cry until day time.

 But the worst thing he's ever done is jump out of sugar city and shrink a robber and bring him back into sugar city and forced the robber to help him steal money from people's houses. Once he stole all the money he bought a Fitbit, an iPad, a MacBook, an iPhone 6S+, an iMac and an iPad mini. 

These sugar people didn't have names, they had numbers like stormtroopers but the one who stole all the money didn't have a number, he was the only one with a name. His name was Naster. Once Naster was finished he threw the robber out of sugar city, chucked $3.50 at him for helping and went to play minecraft on his new MacBook Pro.

Why was he evil?
How did he shrink the robber?
What is he going to do with all that stuff he bought?