Room Five

Te Tuhi Art Class

During November Room 5 visited Te Tuhi in Pakuranga to take part in an Art class.  We began by thinking about ourselves, our culture, our families and where we live.  We then sketched, then painted some beautiful representations of who we are.  Take a look at our work!

Healthy Eating

Room 5 have been learning about healthy eating during Term 4.  Isabel, from the Heart Foundation, came in to teach us about the food pyramid and how to make healthy choices about the food we eat.  We finished this short unit with a trip to New World Mt Roskill where we learnt to read food labels and compare different food items.  Now we are planning a healthy shared lunch for our class – yum!

Hands-On Maths

During Term 3 we were looking at transformations and symmetry in our Maths lessons.  We enjoyed a fun morning putting theory into practice.  Take a look at our beautiful creations….

Cross Country

Room 5 enjoyed training and participating in the school Cross Country.  We all worked hard and gave our personal best on the day of the run. Well done to all our winners on the day.

EPro8 Challenge

Four Year 5 & 6 students competed at the Vector Epro8 Challenge at Epsom Normal School. They worked amazingly as a team to complete some tricky tasks.

The EPro8 Challenge is a competition, an engineering and problem solving race. Every year over 10,000 students from 900 schools from throughout New Zealand take part.

Teams compete to:  build large sized structures
solve practical problems
engineer using pulleys, motors, gears, wheels and axles
invent machines that can complete simple tasks
undertake unusual and fun experiments.
construct basic electronic circuits.
solve interesting problems using practical maths

Our team of four students were based at a workstation containing an impressive assortment of easy to use parts and equipment. The three hour event began with a tutorial on the equipment teams were using. Teams were then given a booklet containing a number of challenges. They chose which challenges they wished to undertake. The harder the challenge, the more points it was worth. When team had completed a challenge they pushed the "Big Red Button". They were judged and the points were added to the live leader board.

Maui and the Giant Fish

As part of our ‘Enchanted World’ literacy topic we have recently read ‘Maui and the Giant Fish’.  One of our reading activities around this text required us to create a fish hook using salt dough.  We brainstormed and researched a few ideas then we set to work with the salt dough crafting our replica hooks.  Once we were happy with these, we allowed them to dry for a few days and then Mrs van Helsdingen put them in the oven to dry them out a little more.  Painting was the next step in the process then we added string(with the help of Ms Luz) to hang these up on the wall.  Ka pai Room 5 – your fish hooks look great!

Ice cream in a Bag

In Science this term we have been investigating the different states of water.  We have looked at water as a solid, liquid and a gas.  Today we used ice and salt(which lowers the melting point) to make ice cream in a bag.  We worked in small groups measuring out the ingredients and then we had to shake our ice cream for about 5 minutes.  We ended up with varying results.  Some groups had delicious ice cream while others had more of a creamy sludge! No matter the results, we all enjoyed making ice cream and loved the taste.

Te Reo

In Room 5 this term we have been lucky enough to have Matua Hayden visit our class on Fridays to teach us some songs in Te Reo.  We have learnt several songs and their actions which we hope to perform for the rest of the school one day.  Ka pai Room 5 – your singing is fantastic!


Fabric Printing

This term we have been learning about printing techniques and sustainability so we decided to put the two together to create our very own planet-friendly shopping bags.

Using our prior knowledge of print making we were able to construct a new print from foam.  We then practised applying this print to paper using the fabric paints.  When we were happy with the results we thought about layout and design and where we wanted to position our prints.  Then it was time to start printing!  Have a look at the photos to see our amazing results.  We are very proud of our planet-saving bags!


During Term 2 both Room 5 and Room 6 were lucky to be involved in the Wonder Project – a joint project between Beca Engineering and Engineering NZ which brings Science into schools.   Our task was to design, make and test a water rocket made from a plastic bottle with the help from our engineers, Josh and Brook.  We spent most of the term learning about Newton’s Laws  and how to apply these to our rocket design.   The fun really began we could test our rockets and launch these with a rocket launcher provided to us by Engineering NZ.

We had time to perfect our designs before the big finale where Room 5 went head to head with Room 6.  The whole school came out to watch us on a chilly June morning and helped out with the big countdown so we could launch all our rockets.  This was a fabulous hands-on Science experiment which we all thoroughly enjoyed!


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Along with other classrooms at St Therese, we have been very lucky to take part in some boxing classes this term.  We have learnt all kinds of new moves – the hook, uppercut and jab to name a few!  It has been lots of fun and fantastic exercise as well.


Our Picasso-inspired peace dove artwork 

Bike Days

We were very lucky in Term 1 to have two fantastic days improving on our bike riding skills.  We all learnt something new and had lots of fun riding the bikes!

Minibeast Board Game or Poster

As part of our inquiry we worked in small groups or pairs to create either a board game or a poster based on a minibeast or minibeasts of our choice.  We came up with some creative ideas and used many skills in the creation of these games such as problem solving, maths, writing and team work.  We then were able to share our games with others in the class.


In Room 5 we have incorporated our minibeast topic into our Writing and Art.  We all had to choose a minibeast and then use this as a basis for a haiku poem and for our sketching work in Art.  We have been looking at improving our writing through the use of adverbs and adjectives and we were able to put this to the test through our haiku poems.  For Art, we have been looking at sketching and drawing techniques and we first practised then produced our minibeast pictures.  We added some colour to these through the use of water colour pencils. 

Through our minibeast topic we have learned many new things.  While looking at the classification of these creatures, we stumbled upon a couple of difficult examples, such as the caterpillar and the slug.   Mrs Patterson was able to help us out with our dilemma about the slug.  She just happened to read us a fantastic story in the library last week which mentioned they were part of the mollusc family.  We had to research caterpillars ourselves to discover that although they have more than six legs, they are indeed an insect as they are considered to be a ‘baby’ butterfly.

Collographic Prints

In Room 5 we have sketched and created our own collagraphic prints using cardboard and foam.   Firstly, we painted a colourful background for our prints.  Then we measured and cut out a square from cardboard, and made our print design using foam.  Once we were happy with our design we practised printing on a piece of scrap paper.  We had to rotate our print 90 degrees to create a final square print on our painted backgrounds.  As a class we are very happy with the outcome and are grateful to Ms Luz for helping us with our art. 


Hansel & Gretel Houses

We made this piece of artwork after looking at the Ballet of Hansel & Gretel.  We started off by painting a background with a mixture of blue, white and purple.   Then we painted a white surface and continued to paint our gingerbread house with decorations.