Friday, 3 July 2020

Room 4 Whanau

Today we celebrated our success over term 2 with a shared lunch. We also said farewell to Miss Donaldson, who has joined us one day a week for the term. She has been absolutely amazing and we have loved hearing about her travels.

This has been a very long term and a wacky experience for us all, so it has been quite special being able to share kai and 'break bread' together. We can't wait for all of the fun things to come in term 3.


Friday, 26 June 2020

Matariki Day 2020 - Zaeeda

Today we had a Matariki Day at School.
Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars called the pleiades. The celebration Matariki is the first rising of these cluster of stars. It’s a harvest festival that takes place nearing the end of Winter. While everything is getting ready for the time ahead of them. Ergo, Matariki is the marking point for the New Year and the New Growth.

The Pleiades are the cluster of seven stars. Many people debate on whether or not there are 7 or 9 stars. The Maori constellations states that there are 7 stars Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi, Waitī, Waitā, Waipunā-ā-rangi and Ururangi.The Greek constellation includes 9 stars. Including Hiwa-i-te-rangi and Pōhutukawa.

At school we have celebrated Matariki in many different and fun ways. One of them being our Matariki fun days. After a special assembly, the whole school splits up into different classes a mix of yr 1-8 student. Then you spend the whole day doing either, Sport, Cooking, Crafts, Movie Making.

On Friday our school did our Annual Matariki Fun Day. I was put into Arts and Craft, despite the fact that it wasn't my first choice so I was a little skeptical about being in Art and Crafts, mostly because my arts and craft skill haven't improved much.

When arriving at room 7 which would be my class for the day. The rest of the group was there too; Me, Tha-Zin, Leilani, Te Rangimarie, Taliyah, Kauri, Josh and Paschal were all from the senior block so a good chunk of the group would be made up of seniors.

Mr Goodwin let us into the class and explained what we were going to be doing. We were to make a galaxy art in which we had to add a matariki quote onto afterwards. I quite enjoyed doing this it was fun and didn't take to long. We had all finished nearing the end of the middle block. Me and Tha-Zin also got to talk a lot about High-School and our time in Mr Goodwin's Class.

The day went by very quickly and reflecting on it now. It wasn't too bad. I this would have to be my favourite Matariki Group. And I just realized that this was my last Matariki Day, it's a bittersweet feeling. But for everyone who's going to be doing these in the future good luck and make the most of it. ;)

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Our Student Teachers!

For the past couple of weeks we have had four lovely students from the University of Auckland working with us online. This morning our tiny class explored the maths website that they created for us.

We are really grateful for them for making this. We can remember making our first docs and sites so we know how much work it is too! Check out our experience in the video below:


Are you wondering how the students did with the tasks you saw in the video? Check out
Jahzara, Pisirina, and Zaeeda's blog posts!

News: Real or Satire? Pisirina

This week's topic is Fake News. I've learnt many terms that are helpful. We learnt what satire was. Satire is a the use of humour or exaggeration to expose and criticize society or people's personal beliefs or ways. If you ever come across something suspicious and you don't know if it is fake news then here are some ways to see if it is real - Check google - see if there are any reliable sites that have reported that article. Read it clearly - see if is based on opinon or facts. Investigate the site and see if the other sites have talked about factual articles or not!

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Finding Fractions of a Set

Today in maths we revised fractions. We quickly realised that a lot of us didn't know how to find a fraction of a set! Fortunately Mrs Stone found a delicious way to teach this, somehow it provided the right motivation for us to grasp this new concept very quickly!

After completing a maths workshop and number line activity, we were rewarded with a fun fractions task.

We started by counting the number of M&Ms in our packet - most of us had 16. We then separated our M&M's into groups based on their colours. Then we worked out what fraction of the pack each colour was like this:

Next we worked out how to find a fraction of the set. We started by looking for a half and then a quarter. We started to realise that the denominator tells us how many groups the set has been broken up into altogether.

Somehow at this point, a lot of us had 15 M&Ms, so we made thirds and fifths next. Then we were able to solve problems without using the M&Ms. We were able to work out that 1/4 of 12 is 3, because we split the 12 up into 4 groups and there would be 3 M&Ms in each group.

Monday, 22 June 2020

No Fangs

This week we got to choose one of our texts and create activities. Toby decided to read the text 'No Fangs' by Hera Lindsay Bird. Here is his thoughts on the text

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Noughts & Crosses - Nadia

This week we have been reading about protests and movements. Today we read three chapters from Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. Check out my slides to learn about my opinion of the text.