We are a class of Year 3 & 4 children at Vardon School in Hamilton, NZ. The purpose of this blog is to share what we are learning with others. Click into our individual blogs to see samples of our learning and our reflections. WE LOVE LEARNING!!! We also love commenting, so please leave us a comment!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Earth Hour

What will you be doing at 8:30pm on Saturday 31st March during Earth Hour?

Crystal Flower Experiment

Watch our Animoto show about our science experiment- We made crystal flowers. Tomorrow we post how we did this experiment and what is happening so far....

Thank you to these children who wanted to explain what is happening so far to our crystal flowers. Stay in touch for when up update the progress again and also our scientific knowledge of how the salt crystals are actually forming.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amazing Caves around the World

Watch this video clip on Amazing Caves around the World. Do you think the Waitomo Caves will be in it? Why?
What are the similarities and differences between these caves?
What do you find interesting and what questions do you have? Make a comment...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Waitomo Caves

This is a video that Toby made about our trip to the Waitomo Caves.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Swimming Demonstration to Parents

Our Swimming Demonstration to Parents on PhotoPeach

Today we had a swimming demonstration to parents. We showed our parents our wonderful swimming.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


The Waitomo Caves
What did you learn from our trip to these caves?

The Cave of Swallows in Mexico.
This cave is 400m deep!
PS - Do NOT try this at home!

We saw sinkholes on our caves trip. Look at these HUGE sinkholes in Guataemala.
How are sinkholes made?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our questions about caves

Tomorrow we are going on an adventure to The Waitomo Caves.
Today we brainstormed some questions about caves and cave creatures.
Here are some of our questions...

  1. How does a glow-worms light work?

  2. What do glow-worms look like up close?

  3. What do stalagmites do when they reach the top of the cave?

  4. How long has Waitomo Caves been around for?

  5. How many years does it take to make a column?

  6. How deep is the water in the caves?

  7. What are caves made out of?

  8. Why are stalagmites and stalactites made in caves? why aren't they made anywhere else?

  9. Do glow-worms sleep?

  10. What do glow-worms eat?

  11. How long does it take for a cave to change shape?

  12. How do caves change shape?

We are hoping to answer all these questions when we get back from our trip! :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Waitomo Caves

On Tuesday we are off on our Waitomo Caves adventure! Yay!
Look at this voicethread...
1. What might it be like inside the cave?
2. What is the second photo showing?
3. What are glow-worms?