Friday, 29 May 2015

We learnt about Biplanes


The Biplane went down and the pilot is making the biplane stop.
By Maria

This is the War in 1915. My biplane is going to destroy another plane.
by Mayleah

One man flies the biplane to fight other planes.
By Tui

The pilots are shooting the enemy
By Renata

This is the Red Baron’s Biplane. He shot down lots of other
By Gideon           

The Biplane is camouflaged.
By Jino

The Biplane is flying high in the sky during the First World  War.
By Jack

This plane is used for shooting  other planes down.
By Josh                     
The plane was used in the First World War.
By Victoria
My biplane is high up in the sky. By Ali-Jon

Thursday, 28 May 2015

What we saw at MOTAT

The typewriter was used to type telegrams.

Medals were worn by the soldiers.

This is a field telephone used to send urgent messages.

The soldiers used the Morse Code to sent messages.

The soldiers used Semaphore  to send Messages.

These are cars from the First
Model T Ford

World War era.

At the Museum of Transport and and Technology

We had a fun day at Motat looking at all the vehicles from the early 1900's to 1940's. It was a very rainy wet day but we still did everything and went everywhere. We spent time with the Motat Educator who told us about using Morse Code during the wartimes and semophore. We were able to have turns with the flags and try to spell out our names.

We learnt a lot about communication during wartime and how information and messages were sent and received.

                   Looking at all the medals and letters sent from the soldiers during the First World War

                                           Trying to write a message using Morse Code

                                         Pigeons were wonderful message carriers and delivers

Saturday, 2 May 2015

HOW WE MADE ANZAC BISCUITS IN ROOM 1 -Read through our Sequence-

ANZAC Biscuits All ready for us to eat  We had to finish our work first though. Wow did they taste Yummy.
Mrs Greenham was lucky She got two because you know she works so hard. 
Mrs Dee helped us set the Anzac Balls out on the trays
There was lots of room so that they spread and go flat. They harden up
once they are out of the oven
We watched as we got the ingredients ready 
We learnt about all the ingredients that were in the Anzac Biscuits. They were so yummy that is why the soldiers must of look forward to receiving them.
All the ingredients in the bowl We had turns at mixing it all together

The ingredients :Brown Sugar, Butter, Flour,  Rolled Oats,  Coconut,  Treacle
The ingredients
Mrs Kelly shows us the ingredients. The trays are already for the cookies

Trench Cake Made for the Troops

In our class we are going to make Trench Cake  At the moment we are learning that children make special trench cake to mark First World War centenary… using vinegar but no eggs

  • IN ROOM 1 IN OUR CLASS  Children will bake cake that was sent to soldiers on the front line
  • THIS WILL: Encouraged to dedicate creations to those who fought in the war
  • TO BE: Part of nationwide plans to commemorate the war 


The cakes were made without eggs and with vinegar - the currants,sugar and coco meant that they were far from unappealing . They were quite delicious.They were tasty compared to the Army rations that the men were eating.
Their bland wartime diet, usually a combination of tinned bully beef and hardtack biscuits - made from flour, salt and water - meant that the men often suffered from digestive stomach problems.

'Constipation was a bit of a problem,' said Dr Duffett. 'Their miserable diet was lacking in fruits and vitamins. And the fruit cake helped.'
Crucially for morale,to help give the soldiers some happy moments  the cakes gave the soldiers an emotional boost, she said. 
'They were a taste of what the men had left behind.
'Being in a distant and horrible place and eating something familiar connected them with home. It gave them a reminder of what they wanted to return to.'


  • 225g/8oz. plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa
  • 110g/4oz. margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/4 pint of milk
  • 75g/3oz. brown sugar
  • 75g/3oz. cleaned currants
  • Nutmeg
  • Grated lemon rind
  • Ginger
Grease a cake tin. Rub margarine into the flour in a basin. Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the soda dissolved in vinegar and milk. Beat well. Turn into the tin. Bake in a moderate oven for about two hours.

Trench cake which was part of the care packages were not only sent from family members, but also by anonymous strangers - including schoolchildren.

School children made these yummy fruit cakes to send to the soldiers.

First World War exhibitions are also on display across the country, remembering local heroes who gave their lives.
Communities are encouraged to organise concerts for local bands to play songs that were written to spur men into enlisting, as well as those that celebrated the soldiers coming home.

The Care Package


We have been learning about Care Packages. We know some of the useful products that were sent to the soldiers to cheer them up and to help them have something appetizing to eat.
We are learning about Care Packages. Here were some of our ideas
                                              Include a mixture of items as: 
- - personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shaving cream, razor blades, razor; 
- - reading material such as magazines, paperback books, hometown newspapers, joke books; 
- - mind challenging items such as puzzles, crosswords, riddles, deck of playing cards; 
- - hard candy (something that won't melt) 
- - chewing gum 
- - combs; 
- - homemade cookies; 
- - notepads, pencils that have erasers, non-mechanical pencil sharpeners;


This is what we learnt about the school children at the time. They learnt to knit so they could make small articles of clothing to send to the troops i.e finger less gloves and socks.

Auckland schoolchildren making clothing for the British and Belgian Relief Fund and New Zealand troops serving overseas, July 1915.
Making comforts for the soldiers was one of the ways children were encouraged to help the war effort. They knitted and sewed socks and scarves to keep soldiers warm at the front, wrote letters, and sent care packages to ‘lonely’ soldiers, ex-pupils of their school and other local men serving overseas. The children said from our 1915 classroom said
"We are busy sewing for the soldiers in our spare time and have also learnt to knit, so we are knitting scarves. Of course we are not very quick at it yet, so perhaps the war will be over by the time we get them finished.
I have done a little knitting for the soldiers, and must get some more wool. My first sock was not very elegant, but my third was lovely. I can keep even now. It’s such fun knitting one’s first sock. ‘Do you think it’s long enough mum?’ ‘Is that heel alright?’ ‘How do you taper off a toe?’ Until I’m sure mother must have been tired of her daughter’s industry."
Here are some pictures of the school children in 1915 knitting and sewing for the troops overseas. They might of sent their works to a friend of the family or a family member or a soldier that they knew was feeling lonely.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Our Yummy ANZAC Biscuits

These are our yummy, delicious, scrumptious ANZAC Biscuits that Mrs Dee helped us bake and we watched them spread  in the oven.

The Anzac Biscuit...Yummy!!! Yummy

We have learnt lots of information about the Anzac Biscuits and how to make them.

The ANZAC Biscuit*
The ANZACs were WWI soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
The Crunchy ANZAC Biscuit  was made by women on the home front and sent across the sea to their soldiers.

Originally named "Soliders’ Biscuits" and containing just flour, sugar, milk powder and water, these simple biscuits were made to endure the journey at sea.
Now the biscuits are more of a treat with the addition of butter, golden syrup and desiccated coconut.
ANZAC Day is a national holiday in Australia and New Zealand celebrated annually on April 25.
*In Australia and New Zealand cookies are called "biscuits".

Our Anzac Study

We have been studying about the Anzacs We have had many great books read to us and have been doing lots of interesting learning about the Men and Women who fought in the war for us.

The teachers told us at assembly about their families in the War. Mrs Greenham bought a photo of her father when he had been an Aircraft Engineer in the Second World War and showed us the planes he used to fix in the Pacific and Hawaii. Mrs Kelly brought a photo of her dad and he was in his Naval Uniform.She told us all about him going away to war too. He was a very young man at the time too.

Today we are going to make Anzac biscuits and talk about Care Packages that were sent to the troops

Ingredients for Anzac Biscuits
·          1 cup (150g) plain flour
·         1 cup (90g) rolled oats
·         1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut
·         3/4 cup (165g) brown sugar
·          125g butter
·          2 tablespoons golden syrup
·          1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
·           2 Tablespoons of water
Notes-What we did       Steps for Cooking
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C or 140C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper Sift the flour into a large bowl. Stir in the oats, coconut and brown sugar.
  • ·         Put the butter, golden syrup and 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until melted. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • ·         Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on the trays, about 5cm apart.
  • ·         Press with a fork to flatten slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • ·         Set aside on the trays for 5 minutes,  transfer to a wire rack so it cools completely.