Sunday, 31 July 2016

Tāne me te whānau marama

The Gruffalo reading group enjoyed reading this play by Moira Wairama during Matariki. It tells the story of how there came to be light in our sky. We decided to record the play to add to our Listening Post resources and here we share our video version.

Thank you, Katrina and Tyron, for joining the group to take on the extra roles.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Giving it a shot - by Kuini

It's nearly time for Rio 2016 to begin! What challenges do athletes face before they achieve success?

Kuini created this story sequence about the School Journal story "Giving it a shot" in which Lauren is an athlete facing some challenges.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Old Boxing Gloves - by Alexandra

these boxing glove is from way back in the days like in 1929 but when new boxing glove where made people where training to fight other people and people from 1929 retired because there old they can't live that long.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Football - by Prudence

The name of my sport is: Football

The aim of the game is:
Two teams of 11 players must try to put the ball in their opponent’s goal, while defending their own. Only one player on each team, the goalkeeper, may touch the ball with their hands and arms.

The two rules of this sport is:
. The men’s tournament has an age limit of 23
. Teams earn three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a defeat.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Tom and Vinicius Episode #2 - by Leilani

The search for just the right home:

Tom and Vinicius are trying to look for just the right home but it seem that all the homes in the forest have other animals living in them.

Leilani is blogging during the holidays to learn about the Olympic Games as part of the Winter Learning Journey.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Facing challenge and challenging faces

After making different 3D shapes with sticks, straws and blutak, we looked at 3D shapes from a different perspective. We cut out the nets of hexagonal and triangular prisms and then had to figure out how to glue the net to create the shape. A few people challenged themselves to make an icosahedron from a net: twenty triangular faces took a lot of effort to glue into shape!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

He aha te tāima?

Kuini: He aha te taima?
Mary: Kua tekau karaka te tāima.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is a great time to practise what we already know and learn some new words and phrases in te reo. We had fun practising our numbers up to 100 and learning to ask and tell the time with a buddy. Ka pai, Rūma Tekau!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Let's talk!

Term 2 ended today with whole school speech finals at which Zion, Katrina and Saluselo represented Room 10. Zion loves learning about space and the planets and shared some amazing facts, while Saluselo told us all about the WWE wrestler, Joseph Ano'ai aka Roman Reigns. Congratulations to Katrina who came second in the Year 4-6 category with her information-packed speech about Steven Adams. Fantastic!

When it was time for first-language speeches, Julianne, Kuini and Tupouseini looked and sounded so proud to share some personal and family history with the audience.

Thursday, 7 July 2016


Start saving now ... ka-ching!! That was the message from Tessa when she visited Room 10 to teach us how to be smarter with money. She did this as part of the ASB bank's GetWise financial literacy programme. We remembered some ways we might earn money when we are a little bit older. We remembered about saving vs. spending. We learnt that we can save a little bit more by choosing to save our money with a bank. This is because the banks pay interest which adds extra money to the money already in our account. Ka-ching!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Maths time! - by Henry

When I came back from being sick we had to do maths which was amazing! We made 3D cubes. We had to use stick and straws which I was so excited to do. I was working with Saluselo and Shakaia. Then I made another 3D shape. That's what I learnt about for maths.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Shake, shake!

From farm to table: we have been learning how milk is made, what is made from milk and how milk gets to our table. The Fonterra milk that we drink at school has been on quite a journey before it arrives at our desks.

As we buy our milk, cream, butter, cheese and yoghurt at the shops, it is hard to imagine that around 150 years ago, there were no fridges and many families in New Zealand made their own butter.

What did those families have to do to make butter? Churn the cream! Although our cream came from a supermarket (not a farm), we were able to make our own butter for our table by shaking and whisking. It took almost as much energy as fitness!

The cream thickened before changing into solid yellow blobs in a thin white liquid. We strained off and squeezed out the buttermilk liquid and, voilá, delicious butter to spread on our bread.