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: