Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Alex's Drawing Lesson

Alex was a fantastic kaiako when he taught us how to draw a shark. Thank you Alex for sharing your knowledge with us!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Real Life Superheroes

We have been so lucky in Rata to have been visited by real life superheroes.

On Friday we were visited by four firefighters including Chloe from Rata Tahi's grandfather, George.

Firefighters are superheroes because they help people when there is an emergency. Not only do firefighters keep us safe when there is a fire, they also are come to help in other emergencies like earthquakes.

If there is a fire we call 111. We tell them our address so it is a good idea to practise saying where we live. We should have a family escape plan including a safe meeting place.

Firefighters wear:
  • Steel toe boots to protect their feet.
  • Thick coats and trousers with yellow lines on to help be seen.
  • A breathing apparatus.
  • A fireproof balaclava.
  • A helmet.
  • And fireproof gloves

Huge thanks to the wonderful firefighters for your time!

Monday, August 21, 2017


Have a look at some of the fabulous things we can make and do when we work together!


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