Tuesday, 6 November 2012

CAB's Mulching

Mulching is really good for plants because the grass takes all the oxygen and water away from the important plants. So putting mulch over the grass does two things. One - stops the grass from growing and two - the plants don't die they stay alive. Oh and one more thing, the mulch makes the garden nice and pretty.

Healthy Plants need water, sun and sometimes even some sheep poo that's sheep pellets because it is good and healthy for your plants.

PS's Mulching Explanation

Mulch is a kind of bark that helps plants grow.It traps all the moist in the roots of the plant and the grass will give all the water to the plants.

Mulch makes plants grow tall.So that it really makes the community look good.Mulch is very obvious to make just a few easy ingrediants

KLK Mulch

Mulch is bark being cut into little pieces we call it mulch. Mulch also helps the plants grow by blocking the grass from taking all the sun and water.

Mulch keeps the soil moist and keeps plants and the area clean and it also keeps the weeds away from the plants.

Mulch always helps the plants grow because it is very healthy for the plants.

Mulch is very good for all the plants in the gardens. Mulch is  healthy for the plants its also like food for people. Mulch is tiny pieces of bark. It keeps the plants clean. 

CD's Mulching Explanation

Mulching is good for plants. 

Mulch can be made out of wood (bark chips), grass clippings or special plastic weed matting that lets the rain through but not the weeds.

Mulching is good to keep the soil moist.  Moist means wet.

 Mulching keeps weeds away.

It also keeps plants area clean.

GM's Explanation About Mulch

Mulch is often bark chips and mulching helps healthy plants to grow.  plants grow fast that is why mulch is healthy for plants.

Mulch will keep planted areas clean, and the soil will also be kept clean if mulch is spread around the plants.  people like mulching which helps every plant.

Mulching is when people are in their garden and they are getting mulch to spread around plants.  this keeps the soil moist.

Mulch can keep the weeds away from growing plants and that is how it will grow healthy and nicely.

When gardeners want to keep everything clean it helps the environment and keeps more plants growing.

Mulch by LW

Mulch is made out of bark that is cut into little pieces.When it's cut into little pieces, we call it mulch. Mulch helps plants to grow healthier.

Mulch keeps soil moist so the water can be used by the plants instead of evaporating.

Mulch also keeps weeds away. When you put mulch on top of weeds, the weeds die and the plants are protected.

It keeps plants clean too! It gives a lot of nutrients to plants and they are more healthy. 

NM-S Mulching

Mulching is something good for the plants.  It's good because it protects the plants that need a lot of protection, such as native plants.

The first benefit to mulching is that it keeps all of the weeds away.  That is a good thing because it kills the weeds, and the weeds take all of the food, water and nutrients away from the plants.

The second benefit is that it keeps the soil moist and this is a good thing because water and moist soil is just what the plants need. 

The third benefit is that it keeps the plant area clean from grass and dirt.  This is good because it looks nice.

The result is super healthy plants. 

Our school has been mulching around the native plants.

BWH's Benefits for Mulching

Mulch is bark, leaves, inorganic and organic material.  Mulching is good for plants.

The first benefit of mulching is it keeps soil cool at day and warm at night.  Makes the plant clean and healthier.

The second benefit is that it keeps weeds away from the plants water.  

The third benefit is that it keeps the soil moist because it traps the water in the soil.

To conclude there are three good reasons why mulching is good for plants.

The Benefits of Mulching By AT

Mulch is something that can be put on plants so the plants grow healthily.  Mulch is often made out of bark and used around plants and trees.  It keeps the soil moist.

Mulch is also put around plants to keep weeds away.  Plants need more water than weeds.

Mulch also keeps planting areas clean because it keeps the dirt away and the plants and their beautiful colours  can be seen more easily.

Mulch is a protective covering because it keeps the weeds away from the important plants that we need.

Mulching at our school helps our plants grow because school is closed for 6 weeks in the long holiday period and it keeps the ground  moist.  Water does not evaporate so quickly when plants have a good layer of mulch material.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Mulching by JW

What is mulch? Mulch is a mixture of bark off trees and inorganic material used to put around plants.

Mulch kills grass or weeds.  The other good thing about it is that it keeps the soil moist.  It also stops water evaporating around the plants.

How to use mulch: To use mulch you need to put it on the grass, but do not spread it too much because the grass shoot out and it will grow back.

Another benefit of mulching is that the plants area is clean for a long time.  All types of weeds will die around the plant.

Mulching can also help plants to grow and it keeps weeds from taking water and nutrients from the plants.

Mulch also affects the weeds, mulch kills the and protects the good plants.  The grass dies, plants grow healthier, and most importantly mulch is usually organic material.

So that's why mulching at home and at school is so beneficial for plants.  Mulch can be bark chips, organic materials such as grass clippings and leaves, inorganic materials such as weed matting.  Hay is very easy and clean to use as mulch.

GM's Mulching Experience

Mulch is important because it keeps soil moist for wanted plants and keeps unwanted plants away.

Mulch helps to keep planted areas free of unwanted pests plant and weeds.  Plants get more food that way.

Healthy plants are good for you and nature's mulch does this.  Mulch is very very good.

Mulch keeps soil moist, it keeps soil clean of unwanted plants.  Mulch is good for you and nature.  These are just some of the reasons why mulch is good for plants. 

HH's Mulch Writing

What are the benefits of mulching and what is mulching?  Mulch is a type of organic material and mulching is using mulch to stop weeds from growing around wanted plants.

Mulching also helps the soil keep moist.  That would help the plants a lot.  It would keep the plants area clean and free from pests.

Another benefit is that mulch keeps weeds away by not letting it get any water or energy from the sun.  It stops grass from growing as well.  People get more fresh fruit faster.

The third benefit is that it attracts earthworms.  Then the earthworms bring nutrients to the  soil.  This helps plants to grow faster.

People end up with bigger plants with much more energy so that they grow faster and are healthier.

MA's Mulching Explanation

Mulching is inorganic or organic material.  When people mulch; the main aim is to kill weeds and grass.

The first benefit of mulching is it stops weeds and grass from taking nutrients from the soil.  It does this by killing weeds and grass.

The second benefit is that it keeps plants clean.  It stops slugs and snails from killing the plants.

Another benefit is that it keeps the soil just at the right temperature since it can keep it warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

At our school, native trees have been planted and mulching is done regularly for the benefits given.  It will also help the plants keep moisture over the long Summer break.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Our Big Art Project: Still Life with Ukelele

For much of Terms 2 and 3 our class was busy creating an artwork which was quite complicated. First we had to make a 3-d ukelele out of cardboard...

We had to work collaboratively to be successful. Here are the steps we had to follow...

First, we taped the sides to the top and bottom of the cardboard ukelele shape. This created the sides and made the ukelele look 3-dimensional.

Next, we added tape to the top layer:

 And then put on strips of white A4 paper that we sliced off with a ruler. We did this to get a really sharp edge rather than soft, ragged edge. We used slightly watered down PVA glue to glue the paper down onto the cardboard.

 The paper machied ukeleles dry outside the classroom...

Next, we painted the cardboard 3-d ukelele shape. We use house paint as it was better at covering the cardboard, and the colours were much better than the acrylic paints we had.

While we worked on our ukeleles we sketched lots of vases and flowers for our final painting. The teacher bought some canvases for the class so parents wouldn't have to pay to have the finished artwork  framed.

The Painting Phase:
We used yellow chalk to transfer the vase and flower designs to the canvas. We worked ont he under-painting of the flowers and the background.

When this had dried we put more details in our flowers and vase and once dried we did some final details using a sgraffito technique.

Finally we finished our painted canvases. 

The next step was to put the neck and final details on to the painted ukeleles. This had to be done by the teacher as the washer and button details were very small and hot glue came though the holes and had to be handled carefully! The string details were also put on carefully with a silver and gold pen to give an optical illusion of strings.

Then, a glue gun was used to glue the ukeleles on to the canvas with the still-life painting of a vase and flowers.

This project took two terms to complete but we were very happy with the realistic ukeleles we created! We certainly persevered...

We showed our paintings at our school Art exhibition at the end of Term 3 and we were very proud.

We think we will never forget our year of learning the ukelele. Our paintings will remind us of the fun we had!

Penguins and Seals: Our Learnz Adventure

We have been learning about penguins and seals in New Zealand with the  amazing Learnz Organisation. We have been using online resource material to learn about penguins and seals. We will be going on a virtual trip to a penguin colony and seal colony on the Westcoast of the South Island.

We have audioconferences booked for  Wednesday 7 Novembr and Friday 9 November.  We have read the background materials and have come up with some "fat" questions for the scientists. We can't wait!

Using the Learnz materials, we looked at the Department of Conservation's penguin nesting box plan. We thought we could make one and send it down to Westport for the DOC officers to use. BUT... when we asked a freight company for a discounted price it was still going to cost us $99 to send the box we made down to the South Island.

Luckily, the scientists started talking to each other and we soon had scientists in Auckland wanting to help us find a home for the Little Blue Penguin nesting box that we built with the help of our school caretaker, Mr A, and our trainee student teacher, Mrs S.

The box took shape like this...
The Plan:

We looked at the plan and shared it with our caretaker. He was so keen he cut out the pieces before we had made the template pieces! Thank you Mr A!

Then we put the pieces together.... lots of screws and woodglue.... but we didn't see that some screws were longer than others... so we undid the structure more than once!

We are so thrilled by our first nesting box we will be making a second one. We want to thank our terrific caretaker for helping us so much.

We also want to thank the DOC staff us who also helped us find another home for our first nesting box. It will be exciting to see if it ends up on Motuihe Island or Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

We really enjoyed this project and could get a real appreciation of just how small the Little Blue Penguin is. We also won't forget how useful a rectangular prism, together with a cube, can be for one of our most lovely little penguins.

Geometry! Exploring the Features of Cylinders