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.

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Kindness Project

Today we held our compliments project once again. This is something we love doing in our mornings as it sets our day up really well. This morning we wrote one for Sauma.

Sauma thank you for being such a wonderful member of Room 4. We all had so many things to say about you because you are so kind and caring to us all. We hope you will remember these comments for years to come.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Austin - Why Do People Protest?

A Protest is normally a large group of people that disagree on an event, but feel that they aren’t heard. Due to this, the Protesters use ways to be heard and look for others who agree with them to join in the protest. One-hundred and fifty years ago, the first group of people had doubts about an event and protested about it.

There are various ways of protesting. New Zealanders have been protesting for over a century for causes they are passionate about! There are a lot of crazy events in history, some of them have been caused by Protests. The most common way of protesting now is “Marching”. Marching is where a large amount of people walk on the streets protesting to be heard. Some holding signs, others shouting for justice. This isn’t the only way, some types of protests, are strikes, where people don’t work to convince leaders to do something. Other ways are petitions, petitions are where people sign a form to protest an issue they want to change.

You’re probably thinking “do Protests work?”, well it kind of depends. If citizens work hard enough, and officials agree, Protests can be successful. However, if the Protesters don't work hard, or the officials disagree on their statement, the Protest may not work.

A famous example of a Protest is one that was led by Kate Sherpard. Kate Shepard’s Protest was caused due to women not having enough rights. Her Protest was carried out by a type of Protest called “Petition”, that type works by people that agree, sign the paper. If officials hear this, the Protest could work out, after many attempts, Katy Sherpard finally succeeded. Not only this, but, this was the first time in history that women got rights.

Another great example is, The great strike, The great strike is where Wellington watersiders and Miners from Huntley figured they had horrible working conditions and weren’t getting paid enough in return, they decided to not work. They stayed in strike for about eight weeks to make the prime minister give them better conditions and money, but the prime minister sent special police to lightly beat up protesters. About eight leaders were arrested but some grew to be politicians and create better laws for work environments.

In conclusion, people Protest about things they think are wrong, or that they want to change. Protests can change for the better, at least if officials decide to see and agree.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Thank you Mr Burt. - Marika

Today we finally got to have assembly all together at school. Since covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown in New Zealand we haven't been able To have live assembly together for 75 days. But this assembly was a Special one. Not just because it was the first assembly live that we haven't had in a very long time but because we were honouring our principal Russell Burt. A couple of weeks ago he had gotten a Very important award from the Queen Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

We sang a couple of waiata For this amazing man. Some people gave speeches and talked about how hard working and talented he is. He gives us so many opportunities like going to camp, making sure that we can learn online by giving us Chromebooks and iPads and just Believing in us saying that we can make a difference. I am so thankful for this school.
Burt believes in living local, learning global — EducationHQ

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Hand Soccer

This afternoon Room 4 decided to look after their Taha Tinana (and in doing so, supporting the other aspects of their health too)! We have had a full on week full of tests, which has been a little stressful and we noticed we needed some more self care.

In response we headed to the hall this afternoon. We played a game called pass the squeeze to get us all feel connected and positive, before splitting into two teams. Each team had to play a game of soccer using only one hand and score a 'goal' by hitting the ball through the posts. This was such a laugh - especially when the ball seemed to have a mind of its own.

Some of us were a little reluctant to exercise at first, but we soon realised how important it is to get out and get moving! Once we were playing we were all having a good old laugh. This is a great lesson for life too - it's so good to get moving, especially if it is with others. What do you do to take care of your wellbeing after a full on week or day?

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

The Book of the Road

Last term, Room 4 Literacy were fortunate enough to participate in School Kits 'Get NZ Writing'. This was great fun for us all as we got to explore a range of poems, which were focussed on the idea of a journey. One of the last things we did in term one was to complete our whole class poem, called The Book of The Road. Some of us also completed our own journey poems, which we wrote on to a postcard.

We were in lockdown when we would have sent our poem in, so we did not get to finish the project! 
This week we received a package. It contained the postcards and a letter from our buddy class! We knew we couldn't let them down, so Room 4 Maths stepped in to complete the last of the postcards. We decided to write a letter to our buddies to explain what happened, but we loved reading their poems! It was also really cool to see how all of their postcards fit together.

Despite not participating in many of the previous tasks, Room 4 Maths did a fantastic job at writing a poem about a journey. Check out Lee and Tsai's poems!

Friday, 5 June 2020

Cupcake Company!

This week we have completed a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, maths) challenge which was to create our own bakery.

After learning about the challenge, we begun creating our 'brand'. We decided what our company was going to be like and then got to work developing a logo. Some of us decided that we would have a health focussed brand, while others wanted to market their bakery for families and children.

The next step was to design our product. Due to Covid, we are still not sharing food, so we had to use store brought plain cakes and then customise them ourselves. We decided what flavours we would add to the cakes using icing/ filling and toppings. We also measured the cakes so we could start building the packaging.

This was when our geometry knowledge was required as we had to use nets to build packaging that would fit our cupcakes. This was quite a challenge but we got there in the end!

In literacy we created adverts for our companies. We also wrote a description of our cupcakes to place on the packaging, to further entice our customers.


Finally we created our products and got to taste our hardwork. We all came up with different designs which were fantastic!

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Meet Room 4 Maths!

At the moment we are staying in our maths class all day, so Room 4 'home class' is looking quite different! Check out this video to meet some of our students:


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Week 3/8!

Today we all returned to school after the long weekend. It was great to have a rest and to visit family over this time, so we returned to school with lots of enthusiasm!

In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. After reviewing last weeks learning, we started making our own nets for 3D shapes. This will come in real handy later in the week as we try to create our own packaging for a baking company!

In Kiwi sport we started Skateboarding! This was a blast and everyone was at least able to skate a few metres by the end of the lesson (while some people were already learning tricks!). It was awesome having the opportunity to try something new.

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Spread Kindness

Today in Hauora we discussed stereotypes and the messages that we hear in the media, pop culture and society. We discussed that stereotypes are generalisations about a group, similar to labels. We watched this speech by Joshua Iosefa on the topic.

Then it was time to give compliments and say positive things instead! We launched into our second kindness project session, this time about Jane and Jahzara. Check out the lesson in action:


Wednesday, 27 May 2020

3D Shapes!

Today Room 4 maths started learning about 3D shapes. We have already learnt heaps about the properties of 2D shapes, so we found this quite straight forward.

We watched a video about faces, edges and vertices. Then we created our own shapes out of plasticine and examined their properties, counting the edges and vertices of them.

Toby's sphere has one face, no edges and no vertices.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Compliments Project

Today we learnt about the compliments project. We discussed how giving and receiving compliments make us feel good; they contribute to our taha hinengaro and taha whanau.

It can sometimes feel awkward giving people compliments, sometimes we make jokes instead of telling people how we really feel. To get us used to complimenting others, we took part in the compliments project.

We had one student (Jacob) leave the room while we filled up the whiteboard with compliments for him. It was awesome seeing his reaction when he read what we had to say about him.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa

Talofa Lava! This week is Samoan language week or Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa. The theme for this year is 'Tapena sou ōso mo lau malaga' which in English means 'Prepare yourself a gift for your travels'.


This morning in our assembly we sang a beautiful song in Samoan and Mrs Tele'a told us a little about the Fa'a Samoa. We learnt about the expression teu le va, which is about the relational space between people.

How are you celebrating Samoan language week?

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Perfect Polygons

In Maths this week we have been learning about 2D shapes. We have learnt about the properties of shapes, such as lines of symmetry and angles. We have also learnt about grouping shapes into categories. One of these categories were polygons, which are shapes with many angles.

We made our own polygons out of matchsticks. We started with shapes like a square and pentagon. Then AJ tried to create the largest polygon he could by making a shape with over 20 sides! He was only limited by the size of his table,  but we had a great time learning the name for shapes with so many sides.

Check out Zamera's slides to learn more about polygons!


Monday, 18 May 2020

First Day Back

Today was the first day back to school! One of the first people to walk into Room 4 was Lee. Read his diary entry here:

When I walked into school I felt happy because I could see my teacher  and my friends were cool. When I got to my class I was sad because It was only me and AJ there. Then more people came and It was cool. After that we played silent ball and then we went to our math class. It was amazing! 

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Our Feelings towards Covid-19

Today in maths we decided to do a statistical inquiry via hangout. Of course this had a lot of limitations, but it was interesting to follow the steps of an inquiry to see what it would be like.

Shortly before the lockdown, we conducted a really quick statistical inquiry to kick off our unit in statistics. One of the inquiries was by Toby, who wanted to find out how everyone was feeling about Covid-19. This is what he found:
Forms response chart. Question title: How Frightened Are You Of Coronavirus?. Number of responses: 48 responses.

Today we wanted to find out if our feelings had changed after being in the lockdown. So our question was going to be "how are room 11 maths feeling about Covid-19 post lockdown". However, as our whole class did not participate, we had to change it to 'some of room 11 maths'.

This time we decided to make a scale between one and 10, and we discussed what each number in the scale would look like. As you can see, nobody in the class answered anything above a 5.

Check out the slides below for our full inquiry:


Wednesday, 6 May 2020


This week we have been learning about volcanoes in Literacy. We started by discussing what a volcano is and learning some key vocabulary, before learning about some famous volcanic eruptions.

Check out Jordin's learning from today:


Monday, 4 May 2020

Which Graph?

This week in maths we have been discussing the purpose of different graphs. This is important when we are doing a statistical inquiry so we know which graph to choose for our data. Check out Marika's learning below:


Wednesday, 29 April 2020


This week we have been learning about sentence structure. We had to write a sentence based on an image. Check out what our literacy class wrote about this image:

(Chance) The cage rattled as the scuba divers gazed at the ginormous shark in wonder. The creature then swam swiftly towards the metal bars, circling around the species he had never seen before.

(Kauri) The Scuba divers were eager to have a look at the beautiful shark. They were desperate to share it with the world.

(Pauline) The divers are exploring sea life in the metal cage. Many pods were found swimming in unison. Sharks surrounded the metal cage.

(Caleb) The sea roared as the shark rattled past the cage which was full with people. After seeing the beast, they all wished they were anywhere else in the world.

 (Aaliyah)The cage rattled as the lights flashed at the shark.    

( Sonnia ) The ocean thundered as the shark shook the cage.

(Laolao) The scuba divers shook in fear as the shark swam past.              

( Tsai )  The shark was swimming around the cage ready to eat the people.

Friday, 24 April 2020


This week we have been learning about the different sugar content in different food. We learnt that there is sugar in foods like cake and fizzy drink, but also in milk and fruit!

The sugar in a cake is called sucrose, the sugar in fruit is called fructose and the sugar in milk is called lactose.

Then we looked at some different types of food to see how much sugar in them. We found that there is quite a lot of sugar in lots of foods! We didn't realise how much sugar would be in juice either,
here are some labels we found.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Great Graphs!

Room 4 maths have been focussing on interpreting a range of graphs as part of our statistics unit. Check out Pisirina's work about pie charts:

Are you familiar with line graphs? Zamera's slides might help to refresh your memory!

Friday, 17 April 2020

A new planet?

Today in literacy we have been learning about the goldilocks zone. This is an area in space where planets are at the right temperature to sustain life.

Check out what Aaliyah learnt below:


Pauline pondered whether we should move to a new planet:

Moving to another planet is a big risk for us humans to take. There have been other planets that have water on it and looks promising to live on, but however, if we were to move to another planet there would be many consequences. Gliese 581g was the first earth-like planet to be found orbiting its star.

See her full argument here.

Do you think we will ever move to another planet in the goldilocks zone? Let us know in the comments.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Welcome to Term 2!

Today term two officially started for Pt England School. It is quite surreal to be kicking off a term from our living rooms, but we have already made a fantastic start.

We kicked off our day with a team five assembly lead by Mrs Tele'a, where we introduced our topic for the term 'We are the World'. We are going to be looking at the different spheres of the earth - the lithosphere (land), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air) and biosphere (living creatures).

Room 4 literacy got straight into this by reading a short text about the structure of the earth, check out what Laolao created:


We look forward to starting our new inquiry and continuing our learning online.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Yolanda : Taha Wairua

Room four are loving the Taha Challenges! We have been trying out a range of challenges to support our health. One of these challenges was to share a poem, prayer, bible verse or inspirational quote. This challenge supports taha wairua, our spirtitual health. Check out Yolanda's response to the challenge:


Now we challenge you! Wherever you are, we would love to see you participate in the Taha Challenges.  If you do, comment below to let us know.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Room Fours Taha Challenges!

Over the Easter holidays we have been participating in the 'Taha Challenges'. These are a series of short challenges that help us to develop  different areas of our health - be it physical, mental, spiritual or social. Each challenge is created by a student and introduced by a short video. Check out some of the challenges we have completed!

Taha Whanau - Healthy Relationships. Laolao created this poster in honour of a family member - her Grandad.

Taha Hinengaro - Healthy Mind. Yolanda completed this challenge by thinking about the things that she is grateful for

Mrs Stone also completed three challenges:

Now we challenge you, no matter where you are in the world, we would love to see you take part in the taha challenges. Check them out here!

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Easter Learning Journey 3

For today's task we had to describe some where in New Zealand that we would like to visit. Let's find out where Yolanda picked!

I think that I might wanna go and visit Tane Mahuta because it looks like it is going to have heaps of trees. Trees are important because that it how you breath, if there are no trees then you will not be alive. I also heard that it is a place that looks just like  a forest. When you go there, it will be like you are going for a  hike.

Did you know that  it is New Zealand's forests provided Māori with rich inspiration for sayings and expressions, as well as the means of life? Tāne, the god of the forest, separated earth and sky and let light into the world. These actions became the basis for important rituals and oratory on the marae. 

Did you know what Tāne Mahuta, also called Lord of the Forest, is a giant kauri tree (Agathis australis) in the Waipoua Forest of Northland Region, New Zealand? It is named for the Māori god of forests and of birds.  Access to Tāne Mahuta could be restricted to paid tour groups only, in an effort to control kauri dieback.

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Easter Learning Journey - Day 1

Today we have started the Easter Learning Journey (thanks to the summer learning journey team 2017). This learning journey is all about places around New Zealand.

Task one was to describe an important belonging that you would take on holiday - let's see what Tatia wrote:

I'd take the Bible with me because there are several things you could read about well going on holiday, and is very light to carry around. As well as being very easy to carry the bible has many things to study about and is an important thing to me.

Task two was to find three interesting facts about New Zealand wildlife. This is what Laolao came up with:

My 3 interesting facts about some of New Zealand's native birds.

The cheerful and frisky kea is one of the most intelligent birds in the world and would gladly attack a sheep by standing on its back and shredding their skin.

The beautiful tui is famous for it's out standing singing and white gorgeous parsons collar on their necks like a pom pom

The adorable weka is a flightless bird that has a affection for shiny and beautiful objects.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Keeping Healthy in Lockdown

Check out Luisa's tips on how to maintain each aspect of your health while we are in lockdown:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

If Bradley won a million dollars....

For his writing task this week (in lockdown) Bradley had to answer the following question:

What I would do with a million dollars?

Firstly I’ll spend some money to buy a house for my family and I’ll buy my family a new car.

Secondly, I’ll consider using some money and give it to the charity to help the people who are risking their lives, and I’ll give some money to the homeless so they can buy some food, and get new things.

Thirdly, I’ll give some money to my parents so they can buy all the things they want.

Fourth, I’d invest my money, because if you invest your money, it’ll give you more, but you have to wait first, so I’d invest my money.

Fifthly, if I had leftover money, I’d spend some on my ‘Personal Needs’.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Book of the Road

Today Room 4 completed our poem titled 'The Book of the Road' using the template provided by School Kit.

The poem was originally written by Kendrick Smithyman, which is all about a journey and the bulk of the poem is made up of directions from place to place. We used the same format as Smithyman, but we changed the name of the places and roads to those we found on Google maps to get to Richmond.

To view our poem we had to wear special glasses, as it had been written in blue and red overlapping pen. We discussed the fact that this in itself was a metaphor - we have to look closely and interpret the hidden meaning behind a poem. We also had a great time exploring the world with our glasses!

Monday, 16 March 2020

List Poem

Today Room 4 Literacy learnt about list poems. This is such a simple but effective style of poetry - it is essentially a list about a topic.

Kauri's list is about gaming - it tells a bit of a story too!
Amira's list is about climate change

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

This is Just to Say

Today Room 4 literacy had to write a poem using the same format and structure as This is just to say by William Carlos Williams. Check out these poems based on some of the naughty things that we did when we were little!

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Introducing Room 4!

Room 4 are really looking forward to participating in Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu again this year. This time we are connecting with Room 8 at Wesley Intermediate and Room 8 at Kaitaia Intermediate. To learn more about us, check out these slides!


Saturday, 7 March 2020

Te Whare Tapa Wha

Room four have been beginning to learn about health and Te Whare Tapa Wha. So far we have discussed the idea of health and the different ways that we can look after our wellbeing. Check out Pauline's image for more information about Te Whare Tapa Wha:


Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Our Visual Mihi

To kick off the term we have been practising our graphic design skills on Hyperstudio. We were asked to make a visual mihi - an image that displays us and some of the things that are important to our identity. Check out Kohatu and Kevin's images. Do you have anything in common with them?

Monday, 2 March 2020


On Friday we were lucky enough to go down to the Pt England reserve for the day. We went with the whole school and our whanau. We were there for the day but had plenty to do - from volleyball, touch, swimming and lots of sport to karaoke!

Check out some of our highlights!