Welcome to Room 6 2017

Welcome to Room 6 2017
Our first day of the school year!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

current events week 4

Denmark gets first wolf pack in 200 years

May 19, 2017
Scientists in Denmark say that the country now has its first pack of wolves in more than 200 years.
Wolves hadn’t been seen in the country in two centuries until one was spotted in Jutland five years ago.
Now  there appears to be a pair of wolves moving together in the region.
Dr Peter Sunde of Aarhus University said it would only be a matter of time before they mate.
“We expect that they will have cubs this year or the next,” he said, pointing out that if it’s the former, she’s probably in a den tending to young, as wolves tend to breed in spring.
The fact that the pair have been spotted together probably shows that there aren’t any pups yet, as the male would instead be hunting on its own.

The emergence of wolves in Denmark has become a cause for concern for farmers and animal breeders.
In February, there were appeals for action after a string of attacks on sheep in west Jutland were blamed on the predators. Last month six deer were killed at a deer park near a government-approved “wolf zone”.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Current Events -week 4

Pacific Island covered in plastic

May 18, 2017
Scientists have discovered what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world.
They found nearly 38 million items of plastic debris on Henderson Island in the South Pacific – carried there on ocean currents.
The uninhabited island, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest of the four Pitcairn Islands.
Australian researcher Jennifer Lavers said the island had the highest density of plastic rubbish anywhere in the world.
The team calculated there were 671.6 items per square metre on the surface of the beaches, with approximately 68 percent of debris buried less than 10 centimetres in the sand.
Each day, 17 to 268 new items washed up on a 10-metre section of North Beach.
She said the finding was a wake-up call to the world that plastic pollution was as grave a threat to humanity as climate change.
Annual production of plastic has increased from 1.7m tonnes in 1954 to 311m tonnes in 2014.
This has resulted in an estimated five trillion plastic items – mostly less than five millimetres in size – circulating in the surface layer of the world’s oceans.
1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article? Australian researcher Jennifer Lavers 

2. What was the key event from the news article? Scientists have discovered what they say is the worst case of plastic pollution in the world. They found nearly 38 million items of plastic debris on Henderson Island in the South Pacific – carried there on ocean currents.

3. Where did this event take place? Henderson Island in the South Pacific
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4. When did this event take place? May 2017
I think it is sad that the island is covered in rubbish from people who have been at sea
I think if we want to look after the island and come to the island, people should look after the island and clean it up
I think people should collect it and take it to the recycling places.
I think the rubbish spread diseases
I think they should take responsibility for it and take it away to a dump
I think they should use a machine to crush the rubbish and turn the glass back into sand
I think they should take the caterpillars we learnt about to the island to eat the plastic rubbish
I think people should collect the rubbish and take it away for recycling
Does anyone live on this island?
Who is responsible for the island?
The big fishing boats need to be more responsible for their own rubbish
Could they turn the rubbish into art and make it a feature to attract tourists?
I wonder how many animals have died from eating the plastic rubbish?
I wonder if rubbish builds up on Stewart Island?
I wonder if the birds take it and feed it to their babies and they choke and die
I wonder how many pieces of rubbish their actually are and how long it has been building up
I wonder how long it is going to take for the rubbish to be collected
I wonder if the birds will survive with all the rubbish on the island?

Monday, May 15, 2017

current events week 3 - schools without fields

Auckland could get schools without fields

May 14, 2017
Education Minister, Nikki Kaye, announced a new model of school for urban areas such as Auckland.
These inner city schools would lease (rent) land and rely on council parks rather than their own green spaces.
The ‘metro schools’ idea has come about as the large areas of land associated with a traditional school could be hard or expensive to acquire.
They could be located on compact site and use council parks and gyms rather than owning their own, Nikki Kaye said.
The schools could make full use of the extra opportunities available in the middle of cities, such as access to museums and libraries, she said.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?
Auckland school children
2. What was the key event from the news article?
new schools in the city might be built with no playgrounds for children
3. Where did this event take place?
4. When did this event take place?
May 14 2017

Our opinion
I think it is not a good idea to have a school with no playground because you would have no where to play at lunch
I think the children would be sad having no where to play when they want to
I think it could be unsafe having kids cross the road all the time
I think it is not good for the children to have no space to play in
I think it would not be good for the children because they don't have places to play and would get unfit
I wonder if the children would get bored and then get into trouble
I think they would need to use the park a lot. would that be safe?
I think that kids could do jump jam in the class or hall to keep fit
I think that if there are no fields there would not be enough room to do sports or reading outside.
I wonder how long they would have to walk just to reach the park

I wonder how many children will go to these schools
I wonder how the children will have fun at school
I wonder how it is going to help control the obesity of children in NZ if they cant have space to run around freely and burn off energy and have fun with their friends.

Friday, May 05, 2017

current events week 2

Plastic eating caterpillar could eat through waste

May 2, 2017
A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic pollution, scientists say.
Researchers at Cambridge University have discovered that the larvae of the moth, which eats wax in bee hives, can also degrade plastic.
Experiments show the insect can break down the chemical bonds of plastic in a similar way to digesting beeswax.
Each year, about 80 million tonnes of the plastic polyethylene are produced around the world.
The plastic is used to make shopping bags and food packaging, among other things, but it can take hundreds of years to decompose completely.
However, caterpillars of the moth (Galleria mellonella) can make holes in a plastic bag in under an hour.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?
galleria caterpillar   and researchers
2. What was the key event from the news article?
larvae have been found to like eating plastic
3. Where did this event take place?
Cambridge University in England
4. When did this event take place?
May 2 2017

Our  opinion
I think it is great that the caterpillar is helping clean up our dreadful waste and it can do it very quickly
I think it is unusual that the larvae eats plastic
I think they should give the larvae to schools
I think they should make a dump area where all the plastic is left so that they caterpillar can find it easily
I think we should do the caterpillars job and not use so much plastic and not be so wasteful
I wonder how many caterpillars there are?
I wonder if they all like plastic or just that breed?
I wonder if the caterpillars get too full on the plastic?
I wonder if we have enough larvae to eat all the rubbish?
I wonder how much plastic they can eat in one day?
I wonder if we can have a larvae for each house?
I wonder  how many larvae there are in the world?
I wonder if we could have one larvae in each bin?
I wonder why they like eating the plastic?
I wonder how much rubbish a caterpillar can eat in one year?!
I wonder if the caterpillar can also eat hard plastic like pens?
I wonder how many caterpillars there in each country?

Sunday, April 30, 2017

anzac day current events week one term 2

New Zealand remembers ANZACs

April 26, 2017
Thousands of New Zealanders have gathered at dawn parades around the country to attend ANZAC commemoration services.
The 25th April is a special day in New Zealand’s calendar. A day when we remember those that fought for our country.
The National Anzac commemorations took place at Pukeahu War Memorial Park in Wellington, while the country’s largest dawn service crowd was in Auckland, at the city’s War Memorial Museum.
In Gallipoli, Justice Minister Amy Adams paid tribute to New Zealand soldiers at the Gallipoli Dawn Service on Anzac Day.
The number of attendees this year was significantly lower than in previous years, after the Government warned people to stay away due to terrorist threats in Turkey.
Only around 750 people attended, compared to more than 12,000 in the 2015 centenary commemoration.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?
NZ people gathering at ANZAC parades
2. What was the key event from the news article?
Celebration of ANZAC Day
3. Where did this event take place?
All around NZ and in Turkey at Gallipoli
4. When did this event take place?
25 April 2017
My opinion
I think It is important to remember the soldiers that died in the war
I wonder how deep the trenches were
I wonder what would happen to the donkeys or horses in the war
I think the donkeys would get so tired during the war.
I think it would be terrible for the soldiers to try and sleep in the trenches
I think if you sleep in the trenches in the sand bag cubbies you would still get wet as the rain could get through
I wonder how many people died in the war
I think it would be scary to go to war as soon as you put your foot on the beach you could have been shot
I wonder how many people went to war
I wonder how long the war went on for
I wonder how old the soldiers were
I wonder if some people managed to survive the fighting and how
I wonder how frightening it would be at night
I wonder if the donkeys had enough food to eat
I wonder if they had clean water to drink
I wonder why they were fighting, was it to protect us?
I think they would have been scared because their ears would have burst ear drums from all the noise
I wonder how many horses and donkeys survived
How many people were injured
I wonder how the nurses got to the people without being shot
I think the people went to a made up hospital when they were injured
I think it would be scary to go to war as you might get shot or die in the trenches.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Stopping Distances

Mrs Horncastle was in the car.  She got a fright when the car stopped suddenly.
It was wet and the car skidded a lot.
This was 20 km.  This is the speed a car needs to go when it passes a bus.  It did manage to stop in time before it got close to a person.

This speed was 50km.  It is the legal speed limit.  The car slammed on the brakes just in time.

This is the fast speed of 60 km.  At this speed a car cannot stop in time and would hit someone crossing the road.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Current Events Week 10 - Opening of the Trafalgar Centre

Family day to mark official opening of Nelson's Trafalgar Centre video

Trafalgar Centre up-grade
Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the new Northern Building of the Trafalgar Centre.
Following a $16.6m upgrade, the Trafalgar Centre's is ready for its official opening.
On Saturday, the centre will play host to a day of bouncy castles, face painting, and live music, as families are invited to come and explore the new facility.

Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre, which will have its ribbon ...
Richard Kirby Nelson City Council Project Manager at the newly refurbished Trafalgar Centre, which will have its ribbon cutting celebration this Saturday.
"It is wonderful to have the Trafalgar Centre fully open once more. We have a stronger, safer venue and that has been brought up to date and is significantly more functional and appealing for events of all sizes," Reese said.
The centre seats up to 2900 people, has a refurbished kitchen, and new cedar panelling in the northern extension. 
The family day runs from 2pm until 7pm, and a screening of Disney's Finding Dory will be shown on the centre's big screen at 5:30pm.
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The musical line up for Saturday includes the Nelson Brass Band, Nelson Pipe Band, Te Pouahi Kapa Haka Group from Nelson Central School and the Plinkers Ukelele Orchestra.
The Nelson Giants have already played a number of games in the new facility, while the Northern Building has been used for a building industry meeting, an awards ceremony for a local car dealership, and a Business After 5 event for the Chamber of Commerce.
The main auditorium will be used by Dave Dobbyn in April, Dr Hook in May, and Tommy Emmanuel in September.

Who: Nelson City Council
Where: Trafalgar Centre
Why: upgrade to strengthen the building and to make it earthquake proof 
What happened:The Trafalgar Centre strengthening has been finished and it is now safe in case of earthquakes.  It cost $16.6 million.  It can now be used for a lot more different purposes. The main centre can now seat 2900 people.  The Giants have already played and will be at the opening on Saturday.  The opening will be from 2-7pm.  There will be bouncy castles, face painting and live music.   People can walk around and look at the changes.

I think it looks amazing do they dont need to do anything else to make it look special.

I think lots of Nelson people will be able to fit in it now.

 I think you will need a ticket to go in there to go to a show or to watch the Giants play.

I think a big crowd would have been at the opening on Sunday.

I wonder how loud it is when the Giants play.

I think it cost a lot of money to build the centre and make it safe.

I wonder how many people could fit in it?

I wonder how long it took to make it safe?

How many people were employed to fix it?

Because it is indoors it wont matter if it rains when they have concerts.

I wonder if they use tickets or money to pay to get in to the centre.