Sunday, September 10, 2017

Making Music in Room 7

In Room 7, we have been practising to play the glockenspiels! We learnt how to play ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’. It took a long time to get it right, but we tried our best and even performed in assembly to our friends! We were so brave!

“When Room 7 were on the glockenspiels we played Mary had a little lamb and I was so terrified. But I kept trying my best.” - George-Kruz

“I was excited and shy because everybody was looking at me” - Kepueli

“We were fabulous. I made an enormous mistake but I kept on doing it.” - Amaia

“As I was sitting there, I saw 10,000 eyes staring at me.” - JJ

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Junior Hapu Celebrate Money Week!

Celebrating Money Week in the Junior Whanau

During Week 5 we celebrated Money Week. This is a really fun week because all of the Junior Whanau children learnt more about money. We learnt how to spend, save and share our money wisely. Have a look at all the fun learning activities that we have been doing.

The Room 1 students played money games where we learned to add and subtract.  
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We had word problems that we had to solve and we played shop where we learnt about getting change. We also worked in mixed ability groups to brainstorm everything we know about money. week.jpg

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In Room 2, we have been looking at the different ways in which we can make money. We've also been using our place value knowledge to add amounts of money together.

In Room 3 the children enjoyed learning about adding money.

I learnt how to add money and match it to the amount e.g $5 + $5 = $10”

I used my knowledge of skip counting in 10's to help me add money.”

Room 5 has been celebrating money week.

We have used money to help us understand how to count and give change.

We have learned a lot this week and even did our own countdown shop where we learned about budgeting. We are money smart.

In Room 6 we learnt how to give change using NZ money.

We set up our own in class shop and sold different items like vegetables and fruit.

"I really liked buying food to feed my family at the shop"

"I learnt that there are so many combinations that can be used to make money, today we made $17.00 and everyone made their money differently. I used a $10 dollar note, $5 dollar note and a $2 dollar coin but my friend used three $5 dollar notes and one $2 coin"

In Room 7 we have been celebrating money week by comparing prices between different brands, spending money at ‘Mrs Dunlop's Diner’ and learning about making good choices with money!

"I would buy the milk for $3.44 instead of $4.49 because I don't want to have no money left." - Erasmus.

"I am going to buy the shoes from K-mart because it doesn't take all your money. Also I am not going to buy the Nike shoes because it takes all your money." - Jocabeth.


Room 8 have been learning to recognise money. We have been doing this by playing money Bingo.

We have been discussing that money has a value and looking at how much each coin is worth.
We can order coins from the smallest in value to the largest.

In Room 9, we celebrated money week by looking at how we spend our money and what we spend our money on. We can now organise our  money in the correct order from 10c to $5. During our discovery time, we made our very own piggy banks to help us save our money.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Money Week in Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been learning all about money. 

Room 5 has been learning that you should always think carefully with your money. We have been thinking about saving our money for something special. Room 5 has been doing an online shop with the Countdown website and it has been really fun.  We started with fruit and vegetables on our shop so we have healthy and nutritious kai to fill our pukus. 

"I bought carrots, apples and oranges. I also worked out how much money I had spent so I don't run out of money" - Lupe

"I wonder how much money I would have to save to buy some new chapter books?" -Omera

The gold coins are dollar coins and the silver and bronze are cent coins." -Meleulu and Khloe

Thanks for reading our blog. We have had such a wonderful time learning all about money and what New Zealand money looks like. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kia Orana from Room 2!

Room 2 has had an awesome start to Term 3!

This term, we celebrated Cook Island Language Week. We started each day off with Cook Island greetings. Throughout the week, we read Cook Island myths and legends, enjoying a story about a great drum challenge and another about a kind, helpful shark. We learnt about Tivaevae and found out about how it is made. We even saw a real Tivaevae up close! We finished off the week by learning the basics of Cook Island dancing. It was a blast!

“I saw zigzags on the tivaevae. It looked like a big snowflake.”

By Eliyah

“Cook Islanders make tivaevae. Mums, nana’s, aunties, sisters, and daughters make it. It is the best thing I’ve seen in my life.”
By John

“You can use tivaevae for your wall or your bed. It has all kinds of different patterns on it. The tivaevae is something given with love.”
By Anthony

Monday, August 14, 2017

The NED Show

Room 1 watched The NED Show. We enjoyed listening to Katie tell a story using a yoyo. Ned said, 
“Every kid is a

I learnt to not give up.
 This will make me a champion!

Here I am encouraging my friend Toakase to read and I am helping her learn new words.
We are champions!

Here I am doing my best by not giving up learning how to count in threes. I have 15 sets of 3.
What’s 3 x 15 Tamerita? (45)
I am a champion!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The NED Show.

Room 1 watched The NED Show. We enjoyed listening to Katie tell a story using a yoyo. Ned said, “Every kid is a Champion”


"I learnt to not give up. This will make me a champion!", whispered Teremoana.

"Here I am encouraging my friend Toakase to read and I am helping her learn new words",exclaimed Taniela.20170705_083727.jpg

We are champions!

20170724_124017.jpg"Here I am doing my best by not giving up learning how to count in threes. I have 15 sets of 3", said Tamerita.

What’s 3 x 15? (45)
I am a champion!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Matariki at Tupu Library.


We applaud the amazing talent of our tamariki who were invited to attend the first Auckland Libraries Matariki event hosted by Tupu Library in Otara.
A special occasion to celebrate new beginnings and whanaungatanga which we were excited to participate in and extend aroha to our Otara community through waiata-ringa, haka and waiata.
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We congratulate our performers: Azariah, Tylae, Caroline, Amaziah, Hauldreson, Irie, Josey, Mary-Jane, Tanolo, Apitanga Gloria, Olioni, Tevita and Zephyr.

Special Meitaki Ma’ata (Thank you) to our band members Mr Greig and Mr Takatainga for sharing our special sound. To our Auckland libraries whanau Roimata, Isabella and Rongo for the invitation to perform and your support.

Room 9 Grass Men.

Room 9 Grass Men

In Room 9 we have been finding out about seeds and plants. We each made a Grass Man by filling an old sock with some grass seed and soil. 

We chose eyes, a nose and a mouth for our Grass Man. Then an adult helped us glue them on.
Grass Men need water and light to grow. We put them on a table by the window where the sun always came in. We had to water them at the water fountain if they felt dry.
After a few days, this is what they looked like:    

We waited a few more days. On Monday when we came to school, we got a big surprise! Our Grass Men had really long hair!


Time to give the Grass Men a haircut!

We think they look great!!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ruma Tahi Authors.

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Haere mai Nau mai

Welcome to Ruma tahi!

We have been learning to speak Te Reo Māori through waiatas (songs) Māori games using rakau and poi and listening to Māori legends. We learnt about Māori symbols so we decided to make our own book. We wrote sentences using similes and we drew straight and curved lines and used collage to make our symbols.


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Our pikorua is blue like the pacific Ocean and it looks like number eight. Tamerita, Latai & Teremoana

Matau looks like red hot flames of blazing fire. It is strong as a lion. Eli

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Porowhita represents the past and future. It looks like warrior's eyeballs popping wide open.
Toakase, Pauline & Taylah.
Koru represents new beginnings. It is beautiful and you can wear it like a necklace. Jahmani.
It looks like a baby in mummy’s tummy.   Ngatokorima.
Matau is a Māori fish hook. It looks like a bonfire. It is parakaraka like a goldfish. Izrayl, Taufa & Mark.
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Our porowhita looks like my nana’s earrings.  Mahine.
It is blue like fresh air. Susana.
It is blue like the ocean. Miana.
It is white like fluffy clouds. Fakalelu & Sekola.
Koru is a spiral like a snail’s shell. Koru is green like the dense bush and forests of Aotearoa. Taniela & Moses.
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Our muri paraoa is black and shiney like the stars.
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Our roimata is kakariki like a tall totara tree.
Mrs Tu’ikolovatu.