Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Akira's Visit

Last week the Nelson Giants basketball player Akira Marsters came to school to talk to Room 14 and 15 about how education is important and to never give up. He said to us that education is important, it's not all about muscles it's also about brains and that's why it's important to have a good education. He also said no matter what people say like "you won't make it" and "you can't become a great basketball player" you never give up, just keep practising and you could become great at what you do. The other thing he told us was not to be cocky because people won't like you and you also do worse when you're cocky. At morning tea we played shoot-a-hoop with Akira, it was 10 cents a shot to help fund raise so he can to USA to play basketball in 2014. At lunch we played a team match against Akira for fun. The other thing for fund raising was a sausage sizzle and a drink for $2.00.

Milk Tasting

To get everyone excited about our new inquiry we decided to taste lost of different types of milk. We tried standard, lite, full cream, soy and coconut milk. We all thought coconut milk was disgusting!


Well last week was our camp week. We went to Napier for 4 days. We had a blast! Here are a few photos to show what we got up to. Watch this space for more information.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Can We Get Water Out Of Milk?

Can we get water out of milk?

By heating the milk it will expand.
Steam will make more milk when its collect on the bottom of the plate
Shrink into milk powder
Pan will be hot so it will shrink it.
Turn into scrambled milk

Electric frying pan
A plate

1. Pour some milk into the electric frying pan. Use enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
2. Heat the milk up, slowly.
3. Put a plate over the frying pan to see what collects on the plate. What does it look like? What does it taste like?
4. Stir the milk around so it doesn’t burn.
5. Continue heating the milk until all the liquid has gone.

The milk was bubbly when we started heating it up.
It you turn the heat up the bubbles get bigger.
The milk evaporates and dries up.
The water evaporates into steam and begins to rise.
The milk becomes sticky and a little dry.
The milk dries up into a solid.
The solid milk tastes like milk powder mixed with dust.
2 days later once it was drier it tasted like pikelets and smelled like golden syrup.

We learnt that you can get water out of milk because the water in the milk evaporates and turns to steam, that can be collected in the plate.
The results of the actual experiment were a lot different to the hypothesis. The milk didn’t expand instead it shrunk and dried up. The steam didn’t make more milk it just evaporated it and made less milk. The milk didn’t turn into scrambled milk, scrambled milk would be slightly jelly-like. The one correct hypothesis was that the milk would shrink

1 of the problems was that the milk was heated up too much resulting in the milk solid being slightly browned. Next time we shouldn’t heat the milk up too high, also we need to make sure we have more time to do it so we don’t have to heat it up.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Max Unicycle

Last Thursday Max brought his unicycle to school. He showed the class what he could do. He made it look so easy. After trying it for ourselves we realised it was not!

Inquiry - Milk Experiments

Last week we started our inquiry 'White Gold'. We carried out 2 experiments.Watch the You Tube clips have a go at the experiments yourself.

In the first experiment we used milk and mixed it with oil and food colouring. We discovered that oil and milk don't mix.

In the second experiment we used milk, food colouring and dish washing liquid. We saw the milk and food colouring move and make awesome patterns when we added dish washing liquid.

Hamburger Art

At the start of this term we worked really to created healthy hamburgers using lots of different materials like cardboard, wool, pipe cleaners, material and paper. I think they look fantastic. What do you think?




Duffy Book Winner

Well done VJ for winning a Duffy Book at Friday's assembly.


Last Tuesday we had our first hockey session with Mouse and Melissa from Hockey Wanganui. They are going to spend the next 4 weeks teaching us hockey skills. We had heaps of fun learning lots of new skills.

Class Shield Winners


We must of worked hard last week, got lots of Hi Five Cards and won the class shield. Keep it up boys!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Today we had our first badminton session. Unfortunately not everyone could go so we went with the people from Room 2 who were going. We really enjoyed learning new skills from Mr Feast.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Jaxon's Story

I am moving to new a house. I will have built in draws in my bedroom. The colour will be blue. The house will have two lounges. They will be big. It will have a sandpit. We get free couches because my mum asked the people if we could have them.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Milk in Schools Carton Folding Race

We have had milk in our school for just over a week so we thought it was about time we had a race to see who can fold their milk cartoons the fastest. Mrs Larsen soon realised to check the cartoons at the end of the race to make sure they were folded correctly, some people were so worried about finishing first they didn't fold it correctly. Check out how we got on. I wonder if anyone is ever going to beat Kahu.

Gourd Project

Yesterday Margie from the museum came to talk to our class about Gourds and how to plant them. Our class is taking part in the Gourd project.

We learnt all about Gourds when we went to te museum to learn about Puanga. Gourd was the first cultivated plant grown in New Zealand. Gourds were used for things like water containers or storing food.

Go to the Gourd Project blog to learn more. Gourd Project Blog


Last week was the senior school disco. What a crazy night that was!

Interschool Cross Country

Last week a group of students went to Aranui School to take part in the interschool cross country. They all ran really well and did our school proud!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Supermarket Visit

Today we went to the supermarket to practice our label reading skills. We split into groups of 4. We went all around the supermarket reading lots of different food labels. Towards the end we went into the fruit and vege section to see how many different coloured fruit and veg we could find. After our session on the way out, the kind people at New World gave everyone a lunch box and our class a $60 voucher to spend on a healthy lunch. Thanks New World and Nova!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gymnastics - Session Three

Today we went to the gym for our third session. This time we focused on keeping our bodies tight when completing gymnastics moves. We also spent some time learning how to do a hand stand and head stand. We all got to have some time rotating around the equipment to practice our new skills. We were really lucky because again at the end our instructor gave us 10 minutes free time on the equipment. Most of us went straight to the pit and started to have a foam fight. We all tried really hard to push Mrs Larsen in but she was just to strong for us. Maybe next time! At the very end of the session we were shown how to make a human pyramid. We had to have a few goes at it but we got it in the end.

Food For Thought

Today Nova from the Food For Thought programme, came to our class to share some more information with us that would be useful for our inquiry. We learnt some new things like its okay to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream as long as you don't add anything to it and the correct serving size of meat, chicken and fish. Nova is coming back tomorrow to share some more information and do some more work with us on food labels.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Last night 3 very clever people from Room 15 went to WIS to represent our school for Mathex. They were all pretty nervous and not surprised the questions were challenging! Congratulations boys you worked hard and did our school proud.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Milk in Schools

Today we were all very excited! It was the first day we received milk. We now get milk every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We all really enjoyed tasting it for the first time. We can't wait to have some more.

Cross Country

On Tuesday afternoon we had our school Cross Country. This year it was on the school grounds. We ran around the fields, up and down banks and even over jumps. All of the boys tried very hard and now we have 4 going to Aranui representing our school.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gymnastics - Session Two

Today we went back to the Wanganui Boys and Girls Gym Club for our second session. Today we focused on forward rolls. We soon learnt if you don't keep your arms straight you roll wonky! Also if you don't curve you back and roll, you can get a very sore back after a while from smacking the ground. We enjoyed jumping over the ropes for our warm up and playing with the parachute for our cool down.

Student Blogging Challenge

Well its that time of year again, Student Blogging Challenge time. http://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/ Over the next 10 weeks all of the senior students at Carlton School will be taking part. Each week they will be completing a challenge a putting it on their blog. So make sure you check out what they get up to. You can find links to the boys blogs down the side.

Monday, September 9, 2013


About a week ago Mr Waite brought in a pet mouse to share with us. It belongs to his daughter. They named the mouse Ella Rose. Ella Rose loves to run around her wheel. Se could go for ours. We were really lucky because Mr Waite took her out of the cage so we could all pat her. We made sure he didn't go near Mrs Larsen though because she is a big chicken. Thanks Mr Waite for sharing your mouse!