Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Class MOTAT Recount


Wow! I was so excited when I woke up in the morning. Do you know why? Today we were going on a trip to MOTAT – Museum of Transport and Technology.

Miss Walters had explained to us last week that we were going to MOTAT because it fitted in with our ‘Celebration’ topic. Lucky Rooms 12 and 13 both got to go to MOTAT together on Tuesday the 1st of December, 2009. We travelled there on a bendy bus because it is quite far away from Pt England School.

After half an hour or so, our bus ride came to an end. We had finally reached our destination. As we assembled outside the gates we were greeted by a lady, called Catherine. She took us to the place we would play on the black locomotive (train) and eat our morning tea and lunch.

Room 13 got into their groups with their adult helper and made there way down to the sports exhibition, there were lots of activities. We also explored some of the other areas in the same building. This lasted for about half an hour or so, it was so much fun because it was very interactive.

Next we went to the tram stop and waited for the tram to arrive. When we got on it the tram driver got off and we wondered if we would even go for a ride, but thank goodness he came back. He talked to us about the tram and told us that it come all the way from Melbourne in Australia. It was so much fun, we went all the way past the Zoo to MOTAT 2 where the aeroplanes are and back again.

Finally it was to time to go into the classroom with Catherine. We learnt all about Christmas in New Zealand from the past to the present. Decorating the Christmas trees and looking at old Christmas cards was cool. The best part was making a chocolate lollipop to give away as a gift. It was so tempting to eat it ourselves! Luckily it was a lunch time so we could eat something else to stop us thinking about Chocolate.

After lunch we had an hour left to explore all of MOTAT and play some olden day games. We played tug of war, elastics, skipping and stilts. The stilts were so much fun but they were tricky to do, that was until Miss Walters should us her special tip.

By the end of the day we were hot and tired. Some people even fell asleep on the bus ride home. Overall it was a fantastic day filled with lots of excitement, laughter and learning. You should go their one day and experience all that MOTAT has to offer when you get the chance.


  1. I enjoyed reading your recount. It sounds like you had a fantastic day. I haven't been to MOTAT for a long time. I remember when I went a long time ago, one of my favourite parts was going on the tram. I bet making the chocolate lollipop was fun and I bet they will taste delicious too.

  2. Hi everyone
    Thank you so much for coming to visit us at MOTAT, it was lovely to see you all. I'm glad you enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree. You did a great job. What were your favourite decorations? I find stilts pretty tricky too, what was Miss Walters special tip??
    We look forward to seeing you again soon. Merry Christmas from Catherine at MOTAT


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