Friday, December 10, 2010

The Kitchen Garden

We have been working in our Kitchen Garden over the last couple of days.
We wrote a letter to Treescape and Anna dropped it off to them on Wednesday. That same afternoon Phil from Treescape drove a truck to our school and dropped off a load of woodchips.
That meant on Thursday we had a BIG job to do. We had to move the woodchip into the Kitchen Garden area.

Some people used the spades to fill the wheelbarrows. 
Other people filled ice-cream containers or a bucket.
We worked really hard as a team. 
Until the Kitchen Garden was covered in the woodchip.

 WOW!!! We are pretty amazing workers.
Look at the garden before and after.
Before when we only had carpet and grass.

After when we had added the woodchip.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Today we made delicious scones in the Cool Kids Kitchen.

 We had to rub butter into the flour mixture.

Then we had to stir in the milk with a knife.
We added chives from the Kitchen Garden to our mixture.
 We kneaded the scone mixture and then squashed it out onto the table.
Then we use a cup to make the scones into circles. We put them onto baking trays. And put them in the oven for about 15 minutes.

We put them on a wire tray to cool down. 
Then it was time to eat them! 
We picked lettuce from our garden to have with them.
Boxsey thought they were tasty.


On Thursday we decided to spy on the ducks that were swimming in our school pool. 
While we were sketching them we were so quiet and focused that one of the ducks decided to come and see what we were doing. 
Look how close he got to us!

The duck stayed close to Lloyd for a long time. Look at his great duck sketch.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Emily's Lettuce

Emily brought some lettuces she had grown at home to share with Room 14.

Our Kitchen Garden was so full of over grown rocket we had to pull it out before we could plant Emily's lettuces. Some of us had a wee nibble of the rocket. Tyrone thought it tasted delicious and Kaorite thought it was quite spicy.

Then we all helped to plant Emily's lettuces.
We planted some in the salad garden too. When they were planted Bernard watered them.

Photos taken by Anna and Tobias

Nature Trail

On Friday we planted some more plants on the the Nature Trail bank.
It was hard work because the ground was hard to dig and also there were roots from other trees in the way.

We liked planting the trees because we quite liked slipping and sliding down the bank. 

Graciana didn't like the mozzies biting her though!
We think we planted about 20 trees.

Seed update

Over the holidays our seeds grew. We had sunflower, capsicum and pea seedlings.

These are our sunflower seedlings.
These are our pea seedlings.
We have planted our seedlings into the garden. Our peas did not like being transplanted so we are going to try again by planting the seeds straight into the garden. Our sunflower seedlings aren't looking good either. We planted our two capsicum plants yesterday. They didn't look too healthy.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Growing seeds

Today we planted some seeds. We planted capsicum, sunflower and pea seeds.
We had to use special soil called Seed Raising Mix. This soil has nutrients in it to help the seeds grow healthy.
We put some soil into containers and then we planted the seeds. We poked a finger into the soil so we knew how deep to put the seed. We used the watering can to water the seed containers.
Next we tricked the sun..... (Ha! Ha! Ha!) We covered the containers with plastic bags and put paper on top. This will keep the seeds warm and make them think it is time to start growing.
When our plants have grown we might give some of our plants to other classes and we will grow the plants in the Kitchen Garden.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Zealand Conservation Week

This week is New Zealand Conservation Week. 
This year the theme is - We Love New Zealand. We designed posters using Kidpix to show the things we love about New Zealand.
By Avikash

By Cyvarn

By Hannah

By Brodie

Friday, September 10, 2010

Reflection of our week

These are the things Room 14 liked the best at school this week.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Reflection of our week

Here is a wordle showing the things the children in Room 14 liked the most this week. We are really enjoying reading e-books (they are books on the internet) together.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Reflection 31 August

We used Wordle to create a picture of our Reflection today. These are the things children in Room 14 enjoyed the most.

Tunnel Houses

Room 14 wants to start growing plants for our Kitchen Garden. The problem is the soil is still cold from winter. We want to use the heat from the sun to help our seeds grow.
We thought a glass house would be perfect to trap the heat and light from the sun. But we thought it would be really easily vandalised and would take up too much room.
We decided Tunnel Houses would be easiest. We are going to try and make one. We hope to re-use broken hula hoops. Cyvarn and Graciana both said they had plastic at home we might be able to use.
Braden has a tunnel house at his home. He got his Mum to take photos of it and text them to Anna. This is what they look like.

Monday, August 30, 2010


We have been using skype to communicate with people around the world and even in our school. 
First we talked to Anna's host family in Argentina. She talks to them in Spanish and translates what we say. It can get really confusing.

Anna's friend Mariel who lives in San Francisco, USA had a problem with her basil plants so she skyped us so we could help her work out what was wrong. We were so excited to be able to speak English on skype that we were all very shy.

When Room 5 skyped us we were really excited. It was cool to see right into their classroom and find out what they were doing.

Welcome to Room 14

We are Room 14 at Hamilton East School. This is our blog. We want to share our learning and the fun we have together.