Thursday, August 10, 2017

Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week

Kia Orana! Last week we celebrated Cook Islands Language Week.

We learnt how to count to ten in Cook Islands Māori. We discussed the ways in which the numbers are similar and different to the numbers in Te Reo Māori. Some are exactly the same while others have some little differences.

We did some art inspired by Cook Island tivaevae quilt patterns. We looked at some examples of these beautiful quilts and noticed that they are usually made with bright colours and patterns of plants and flowers.

Tivaevae are stitched by hand, many have over a thousand stitches! They are made with love and given as gifts.

Noah noticed that the examples we looked at used fractions of quarters to create their patterns. We folded our paper in quarters to make our patterns. Here is a look our art inspired by Cook Island tivaevae:

Friday, July 28, 2017

Problem Solving

Here is a maths problem we solved by working together in groups:

I own 5 cars and a very large garage. 
If I can see 2 cars parked outside the garage, how many are inside? 

We used pictures and toy cars to help us to solve the problem. We talked about the problem with our group and this helped us if we were feeling stuck.

Next, we found out how many different ways we could arrange the cars inside and outside the garage.

Rata Wha's Supermarket

We turned our classroom into a supermarket for a morning. We had to work together to set up the shop and make sure we had prices for everything. Then we got to take turns being shop assistants and customers.

Here are some stories we wrote about our shop:

"Yesterday we made a supermarket. It was awesome. I love it. I was happy. After the shop was finished I was happy. I wish it was a real shop at school."
By Murdoch

"We turned our class into a shop. Then we played with the shop."
By Ben

"Yesterday we made a supermarket in our class. I bought nappies. I bought yoghurt. I bought them with my money. It was amazing."
By Georgia


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bug Hotels!

As we wrapped up our Minibeast Inquiry unit, we thought about what we could do to help bugs and with Winter here, we thought it would be a perfect time to make bug hotels! Bugs can stay inside our bug hotels in Winter to keep warm and stay away from predators.

To make these bug hotels, we each had a cardboard tube and a couple of pieces of bamboo to put in them. We needed to find some other things to put inside so that the bamboo wouldn't fall out and to make other spaces for bugs of all different sizes.

Huge thanks to the whānau who came along to help us build our bug hotels!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Rata Whā have shrunk!

We have shrunk to the size of a bug! Yesterday we took our bug-sized pictures of ourselves outside to find nice spots to hang out. We imagined what it would be like to be an insect and we reckon everything must look gigantic to insects! Can you spot us in the photos?

 We are writing about our bug adventure! Here are some of our wonderful finished stories:

Yesterday I got shrunk. I got shrunk on a rock and it was creepy.
By Ben

Yesterday we got shrunk! I creeped outside. I-i-t w-w-a-s-s sc-sc-scary. I was about to screech, it was so scary. So I climbed a stalk and I screeched and I ran away. Then it was not so bad.
By Alex

Yesterday we had shrunk! It was fun! It was so fun to play outside!
By Mutu