A fantastic day!

Hello Bader,

Today, Mr Hayes and I have been doing a lot of sight seeing with the head teacher of Stonefields but in New Zealand they call her aƂĀ ‘principal’. It has been an absolutely awesome and amazing day! (Check out my alliteration there, Year 4!) We started the day watching the rugby, supporting the All Blacks of course. They played fantastically and won so that was a really good start to the day. Next we visited a lot of different places with some amazing scenery, these places included Devenport, Piha and the Auckland Zoo. Auckland Zoo was fantastic, there were lots of exotic animals as well as a lot of animals native to New Zealand. To finish off the day, we had some New Zealand fish and chips, I had Gurdana fish which was very tasty.

The best way to see what we have been doing is probably to have a look at the photos below. Don’t forget to have a go at the challenges at the bottom too! šŸ™‚

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1)What sort of plant is on the New Zealand All Blacks flag?

2)What is volcano called that Mr Hayes and I are pictured in front of? Tip: We are in Auckland.

3) How old is the volcano?

4)The sand on a lot of the beaches we visited is black, why could this be?

5)Name a difference between African and Asian elephants.


33 thoughts on “A fantastic day!

  1. Such an interesting place, Miss King. Ocean, volcano, a zoo with exotic animals….. and lots more! Am I right in saying that the pig is a Kunekune pig? šŸ™‚ If I am right (I bet Miss KIng didn’t know that I am a bit of an expert on pigs ;)) then anyone interested can find out more here http://www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk and totally impress Miss King when she gets back to school.

    Now I would like to set Miss King and Mr Hayes a challenge. This is one that the group of explorers who went to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum should know. What is the connection between our very own James Cook and the fact that New Zealand is split into two main islands?

  2. You are right Mr Feasey, that is a KuneKune pig!

    I am finding your challenge very difficult Year 4/5! I might have to call in some help from somebody at Stonefields and see if they can collaborate with me on the answer.

  3. Hi Miss King + Mr Hayes
    I am sat with Angel, Saul, Harry, McKenzie, + Nicole. We are looking at the pictures of you having such a wonderful time over there. We have had a talk about the challenges you have set. We think:
    1. Silver Fern
    2. Rangitoto (we think?)
    3. 600 years old
    4. We think this is something to do with volcanoes, so volcanic ash?
    5. African elephants have larger ears. Mind you, we decided that Asian elephants probably have big ears too!

    1. Wow, I am impressed with your researching! Did you do all that just using discussion or did you use another tool too? You are correct the black sand is due to the iron content in the sand which is linked to the volcano- that was a tricky one! In fact, all of your answers are correct, well done! I hope that you have a fantastic week and I will be sure to post more on the blog when I get chance.

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