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Kakariki – Year 3 blog

Aboriginal Art

We made Bull Roarers which are originally from Australia.  They were used in the outbacks of Australia by the Aborigines to communicate to other tribes by spinning them over their heads.

Firstly we had to sand the edges.  Some of us found it very tricky.

After we sanded them we transferred our design onto them then carefully painted them using fine paintbrushes and skewers.  We tried to use designs and animals found in Australia.

Below are our finished Bull Roarers. 

Fractions, Fractions and more Fractions

We have been on a self discovery journey learning about fractions using materials.  We are finding out what fractions are and how they work.

Firstly we wrote what we knew about fractions.

Then we played with fraction blocks to see what we could discover.

Below is us using the blocks to discover what they are.  We found out they have a bottom number and top number.  The bottom number tells us how many pieces the whole is cut into and the top number tells us how many of those we have.  We also found out they get smaller in size even though the bottom number gets bigger.

We then looked at making equivalent fractions using the blocks.  We know that the blocks have to fit under each other exactly for them to be equivalent.  It’s fun and interesting finding out which fractions are equivalent.  Aren’t we good at working fairly as a group, taking turns??

With information gathered from drawing around the fraction blocks to discover equivalent fractions, we began to look at how we could use our knowledge of multiplication to work out equivalent fractions.

Investigating Absorbency

We have been learning about different materials.  One of our investigations has been testing different types of paper to discover which was the most absorbent to the least.

First we made a prediction on ranking the papers from most absorbent to the least.  Next we discussed what a fair test is to help us set up our investigation.  After that we wrote up our method of how we were going to run our investigation, we ensured everything we did had to be the same for every piece of paper for it to be a fair test.

We then cut the pieces of paper all the same size, some of us found it challenging, but we all got there in the end.
This is us cutting our paper.

After we had cut our paper we got a beaker of coloured water.  Then we put each strip of paper touching the bottom for 2 minutes.  When we took the paper out of the water, we measured how far the water had risen up the strip of paper.
This is us testing the paper.

Most of our results were similar to each other.  We discovered our predictions were different to our results.
We learnt it is important to follow the method exactly as it is written or it is not a fair test.
Written by Alex, Charlee, Isabella, Ciaran, Ashlee, Olivia, Michael, Daniel, and Anna.

Mathematical Geniuses At Work

Problem Solving Friday

Every Friday we do problem solving math relating to what we have been working on during the week.

Your Mathematical geniuses are working on division problems.  They are encouraged to represent their understanding by ‘show me don’t tell me’.

Below are busy minds working out this weeks problems.


The Story of Matariki

We have been learning about myths and legends this term.  To tie in with Matariki we focused on retelling the story by creating all the characters using as many natural resources as we could.

Below is the completed display.

Flax Weaving

The Year 3 students helped to teach the Year 5 and 6 students how to make Matariki stars out of harakeke (flax).
The Year 6 girls were shown how to cut the flax, ensuring they followed all the Maori protocols for cutting harakeke.

We are learning how to strip the harakeke to prepare it for weaving.

Mrs King showed the Year 6 girls how to begin the star.  It was very tricky, but some of us persevered and succeeded.

This is all of us completing the star with our Year 3 buddies helping.

We all managed to complete a star of some sorts!!
After we had finished weaving any pieces of harakeke we did not use had to be given back to Papatuanuku (our Earth Mother).
We also learnt we are to never step on or over the harakeke.

Flat Stanley

We had a visitor in our class he was all the way from Doha.  His name was Flat Stanley.  We were given the task to have some adventures with Flat Stanley.

This is Flat Stanley!

We decided we would teach Flat Stanley how to make Matariki stars out of harakeke (flax) and tell him the story of Matariki.
We took Flat Stanley out to help us cut harakeke.  Flat Stanley helped us strip the flax and weave the stars.
The photos below show us with Flat Stanley weaving our stars.

Giving Instructions

We have been learning how to write and give instructions.  Firstly we watched a you tube clip on how to make a paper helicopter.  We then wrote instructions on how to make the helicopter for a year 4 student to follow.  From this exercise we discovered written instructions alone were not adequate.  Therefore we discussed how we could improve by drawing diagrams along with the instructions, draw pictures/diagrams only and making a movie with oral instructions.  We have broken up into teams and trying out which set of instructions are most successful  You will have to wait for the outcome but this is how our written instructions worked out or not!!

This is us giving instructions and the outcome.

This is what the helicopter should have looked like.

Mini Camp

Whoever thought pitching tents, eating pikelets, and playing games in the sun could be so much fun!!  Egg throwing and catching was interesting especially when some people got egged.  Lastly we finished by having an Easter egg hunt.  It was really difficult as we had to find two halves of a laminated egg with the same pattern.  At times we had to negotiate with others that had the same pattern.

Nice and cosy!

Now you see us!

Now you don’t!

You can always do with a mans touch.

How many people can fit in a tent?

My face does say yum, really!!

Cream, cream and more cream.

Catch that egg!

I’ve just been egged

Evidence of getting egged, so funny

I finally found two halves that match.

Big decisions, what one to choose.


How do we measure objects and what equipment do we use?

In Year 3 we have been using measuring equipment to explore what it used to measure and the units we measure with.

First we used balance scales and weights to explore how much a piece of fruit or vegetable weighed.

We discovered:
1 apple weighed 139gms
1 mandarin weighed 74gms

We discovered:
1 apple weighed 150gms
1 plum weighed 280gms

We discovered:
1 mandarin weighed 70gms

We discovered:
1 apple weighed 99gms
1 carrot weighed 42gms

We discovered: 1 banana weighed 160gms 1 mandarin weighed 60gms

Next we used rulers, and tape measures to measure different things in the classroom.

We used a retractable tape measure to
find out how long a row of desks is.
We discovered it was 3.1m long.

We used a tape measure to measure the
length of the small whiteboard.
We discovered it was 91.5cms.


We used a metre ruler to measure two
white cupboards. We discovered they were more than 1 metre long.

Then we used force meters to weigh our school bags.  Look at how much our school bags weigh, at this rate we will be weight lifters!

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

I discovered my bag weighed

Our last task was to explore how much water weighed.

We discovered weighing water was tricky with the balance scales as they kept moving.
We all found out that 100mls weighs 100gms therefore 500mls weighed 500gms.

Reptile Park Through the Eyes of a Year 3

The tuatara is unique to New Zealand. He felt cold to touch. It had spines on his back and has three eyes. By Olivia

Alligators have a very big jaw and have
extremely powerful tails. By Sophie

The baby turtles are so cute and small.
Some baby turtles necks are as long as
a Giraffes. By Sophie

Can you spot the green gecko? I can!
By Daniel

The spikes on the iguana is to make it look big and scary. By Daniel


These water dragons are sunbathing
to warm up as they are cold blooded.
By Alex

Imagine this guy lurking around in your
attic!! By Alex

A tortoise is a reptile and it is slow moving.
It has a hard shell on it’s back.. It is cold
blooded. By Anna

A tarantula is a mammal and it is furry.
It makes a web out of glass string.
By Anna

The tortoise has lots of scales on its short
legs. It’s tough shell has patterns like
people have finger prints to tell them apart
from each other. By Michael

This monkey is 40 years old. It lives
in a huge cage. His name is Harrison.
By Michael

The tortoises are very slow and bumpy. They can live for a long time and grow till they are gigantic. When I touched the turtles
shell it felt rough. By Isabella

Alligators are long and brave. They have
prickly looking bumps on their backs.
This one was very fat and can lay eggs.
By Ashlee

This skink was sunbathing to warm up.
They are cold blooded so need the sun
to get warm. By Ashlee.

The tortoise is very slow and the shell
is so rough to touch.
By Charlee

Look at the bumpy and dry scales on the
water dragon. By Charlee

The alligator has long teeth.
By Khushboo

I touched the tortoise. The tortoise shell
is like his bones.
By Khushboo

Lucky there were signs to tell us which
way to go. By Ciaran

This turtle can swim in deep waters and walk on land. It has a very long neck. By Ciaran.

The bearded dragon felt soft and warm to touch. He can climb trees very well. By Olivia

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