Sunday, 31 May 2015

Learning at the Transfer Station and the Landfill

Our trip to the Transfer Station and the Landfill was really interesting and the adults and children learnt lots from our tour guide, Mrs Versey. 

We began our day at at Transfer Station. This is where we, or the rubbish truck, takes our rubbish and recycling. From here our rubbish and recycling is sorted. It is called the Transfer Station because our rubbish and recycling is transferred from here to its new home. 
Learning what is recyclable and
what isn't? In Hawkes Bay we can recycle
numbers 1-7.
We checked the recycling symbols on containers
and recycled some plastic containers

We watched rubbish being pushed
to a chute for the rubbish truck to

Did you know...?

After that we were excited to wear high visibility vests to keep us safe on our way to the landfill. 


We saw what we thought was a big hill but it was actually a big hill of rubbish...our rubbish from the people of Hawke's Bay. 

It is hard to imagine this hill is filled with rubbish!
A huge pile of rubbish
We loved watching the compactor. Did you know it could squash
a bus into the size of a toy bus?

The is filling up fast. 

Rubbish truck dumping the rubbish

Kamora-Lee reading the sign to find out more information
The leachate pond catches all the water that comes off the landfill.
The water in this pond is then changed from yucky water to cleaner water
so it can be used to water the grass and trees around the landfill.

We learnt that we need to change what we do with our waste 
so that all the hills in Hawke's Bay don't turn into hills of rubbish. 
Mrs Versey left us with a challenge;

Make our BIG rubbish piles SMALLER!

Keep watching our blog to see how we are making changes to what we do with our rubbish!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Paper Making

We are learning how we can

An idea the Superheroes of Room 1617 had was to make sure we only put paper and cardboard into our paper bin at school. We noticed how much paper we used in our classroom and are putting in our recycling bin each day. 
After talking about paper being made from trees and the importance of trees the children of Room 1617 came up with an idea. 
To make our own paper from the paper in our recycling bin. 

We ripped up paper from our recycling bin into small pieces.

 We added warm water to the paper and stirred it until all the paper was wet and covered in water.

We left the paper over night. Some little elves came and stirred the paper every few hours for us. 

We squished the wet paper up with our hands to make pulp and added a little corn flour. Gross!  

 We made our own strainers by poking holes in tin foil with our pencils.

We each got a scoop of pulp and placed our strainer over it to soak out most of the water. We tried to soak out as much water as we could.

We used a roller to flatten the pulp. I wonder if our pulp will turn into recycled paper? 

We will have to wait and see! 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Poppy Art

We have been learning to show distance in our art work (the special art word is perspective). 

You will notice the poppies and blades of grass that are near the front of the picture are big and they get smaller to show they are further away at the back of the picture.

We have been noticing how illustrators do this in many picture books.   
Artist Rain
Artist Angus 
Artist Maddie
Artist Jack

Artist James
Artist Sam 
Artist Ashley
Artist Sienna
Artist Naomi
Artist Sadie
Artist Jack
Artist Whetu
Artist Jasmine
Artist Jack