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!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Our Dairy Farm visit is tomorrow!

Miss Workman took some photos to get us thinking and excited about tomorrows visit to her Dairy Farm!
What can you see in these photos? What will it be like? What questions do you have?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Making Butter

Today we watched this video on how to make butter.

Then we made our very own butter!
Watch our animoto! We hope you enjoy it!

This is how we made our butter:

  1. We poured cream into two glass jars for two groups and put the lid on tightly
  2. We sat in two circles and shook the jars for about 5 minutes
  3. We poured out the buttermilk out that had been separated from the butter
  4. Then we rinsed the butter with water
  5. Then we tipped out our butter
  6. Then we spread our butter on bread and ate it!
It was yum and just like real butter! We thought our butter was much more yellow than the man that made in the video above. That's because our cows must have eaten more green grass. Greener grass = yellower butter. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Cow Jokes

Here are some cow jokes
  1. What do cows get when they're sick?
  2. What do you call a cow that doesn't give milk?
  3. What did one cow say to the other?
  4. What do you call a grumpy cow?
  5. How do you make a milkshake?
  6. Where does a cow stop to drink?

Try to answer these. Look in the comment box for the answer.


We are busy practicing for the school mathethon next week. We are keeping track of our score each time on a post it note so we can beat our time and get faster and faster!

If you want to practice your math skills visit our page called "Mighty Maths" and you will see the link on there. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rosie's World Website

Rosie can teach us lot's about our topic; From Milk to Icecream. She's a pro! ;)

Click on the link, learn from Rosie and then make a comment about what you learnt.

Our Topic: From Milk to Ice-cream

From Grass to Glass

Did you know there are over 11,600 dairy farms in New Zealand and 4.4 million dairy cows being milked?
What did you learn from watching this video?

About Milk

What did you learn about inside a Dairy Factory?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Throwing Practice

Today Dianne from Project Energise came to school to teach us how to throw correctly.
We learnt:

  • to hold the ball correctly (hold it with your fingers not in your palm)
  • not to hold the ball tightly
  • to hold our arm out straight (the ball will go in that direction)
  • draw a circle in the air with your arm that's holding the ball
  • take three steps before you throw it
  • if you look away the ball goes in the wrong direction
  • face sideways when you throw
  • one foot points forward and one foot faces sideways
It was windy and wet so we went to the school hall. We had to use soft throwing toys to throw.

What do you think we did well?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Our new topic

This terms topic is "From Milk to Ice-cream"

So far we have;

  • started a new title page
  • started a KWL - what we know and what questions we have about the Dairy Industry
  • answered a question "Where do dairy products come from" and written down our ideas
  • we have looked at how milk is made
So far we want to know:
  1. What happens inside a cow when milk is made?
  2. How many bottles of milk are produced in a year?
  3.  How is ice-cream made?
  4. How is milk used to make other dairy products?
  5. What are the different jobs at the Fonterra Milk Factory?
  6. How do the machines at the factory work? 
Please make a comment about what you know about cows, dairy products or the dairy industry.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Our Survey Results

Here are the results of the Survey you all completed last term.
Sorry it's a bit fuzzy. Click here to go to the results page;  

What did you find interesting from the results below?

Our Holidays