Monday, 17 May 2021

Year 7 Snorkeling Trip

 The year sevens are super lucky this year! Usually they stay at school while the year eights go to camp, but this year they are heading to Goat Island for a snorkelling trip! This is being provided by Experiencing Marine Reserves and Whitebait Connection. We are enjoying some awesome science lessons with them as well as our snorkelling lessons and experiences. 

This video shows our first snorkelling lesson!

Friday, 7 May 2021

Building a Raft

 This morning Room 4 took part in a team building STEAM challenge - to build a vessel capable of carrying the weight of a small plastic animal. They were given straws, tape, cardboard and some decorative items.

This week we have been learning to recognise the strength in others and to be willing to work with anyone in the class. This challenge demanded that we communicate effectively with one another and think critically to build our craft.

There were some really creative designs and every group did something a little bit different. This is fantastic as we all bring different strengths and ideas to our groups.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Maths Holiday Challenge

In case you are looking for homework this holiday, check out this homework task created by Megan Clune who teaches Maths/Science at the University of Auckland.

You have five thousand dollars to go on a trip around New Zealand. You can either plot your trip on Google Maps - My Maps, or make a slide show/ poster showing where you would go and what you would do. Will you spend all your money on the most expensive hotels or do some wild tourist activities like sky diving?


 

Room 4 Role Models

 This term we have set up our class treaty and have taken the opportunity to get to know each other better. However, Mrs Stone recently shared that there was a member of the class that we hadn't met yet, because she is hapÅ«. 


As an end of term celebration, we decided to have a cake to reveal the gender of Mrs Stone's baby. We first did a survey and we were quite split about what it would be, so anticipation was high to find out who was right! 

Another reason for the celebration is that Room 4 are the baby's first role models - the baby can already hear them and learn from in the womb! Mrs Stone is very grateful to have such a beautiful class who are already teaching the Pt England way to the next generation.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Lest We Forget

Today Room 4 discussed the significance of Anzac Day. We first revised who the ANZACs were and learnt a little about their time in Gallipoli. Next we considered why it is so important to remember those who fought for us in WW1. To support this remembrance, we created artwork with images of ANZAC soldiers and poppies.

 

We used tea to dye the back of the artwork, made a collage poppy and then stuck the various parts together and used paint to add highlights and create one final piece.


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Digital Noho

 This evening we had a Digital Noho - we all took our Chromebooks home and took part in a Google Meet after school. This was so we could have a practice for lockdown and to check we know what we would do if it happened again! 


Everyone followed Good Manners for Google Meets - keeping our mics switched off unless we were speaking and using the chat for questions if need be. 

All but two of our students in Room 4 made it, which was a fantastic turn out! We also had students from Room 1 join us which was great to see.



Monday, 22 March 2021

Introducing Room 4

 At the start of the year we created our Room 4 Treaty. Watch the video below to learn about our treaty principles and meet our class!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Who are Room 4?

This term Room 4 have the pleasure of blogging with Room 5 at Wesley Intermediate and Room 4 at Ahipara School through Tuhi Mai Tuhi Atu. We are really looking forward to getting to know both of these classes. We have made a presentation to introduce each learner to help you learn a little about them before checking out their blogs.  We have also created a video so you can see how to pronounce their names and learn about our class!

                  

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Attitude Talk by Simon

 Today, we had an attitude talk with a girl named Jana. She all really helped us understand ourselves by having a great self appreciation and realising that we're all unique in our own way. 


My favourite part of the attitude talk was when she talked about personality traits. We found out that there were four main personality traits, and they’re assigned as animals. The first personality trait we learnt about was the otter.


We learnt that the otter was a personality trait of a clown. They always try to have fun, even if it’s the most boring thing ever. The otter reminds me of my friend Bradley, he always tries to have fun and also gets in trouble a lot for talking… way too much


The second one we learnt about was the lion. We learnt that the lion was the leader in everything. They assign everyone jobs and it’s a great pair with an otter. Knowing that one of my friends, named Oalii, makes me think that lions are very mature and respectable. She’s also very great friends with Bradley, an otter.


Another one we learnt about was the golden retriever. The golden retriever is basically the angel in every group. They’re too nice to say no, and also they would do anything. They’re so nice to the point where everyone would ask him/her and they’ll say yes to everything. 

This reminds me of me back then, but thankfully I learnt to say no to things I’m not comfortable with. 


Lastly, and finally, the otter. The otter is basically the perfectionist. He has high expectations and is always hard working. They have trouble trying to believe that if they don’t get a high score in a test, they aren’t perfect. 


These are the four personality traits we learnt from Jana. We all thank her for telling us who we really are and we're all unique in our own ways. 


I hope she’s able to come back to our school and teach the new intermediate block how to appreciate themselves more.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The Robbery - Rae Jae

He had just woken up. It was a disaster when he stepped out of the door. There was nothing left. He had been robbed. No TV, no wallet and they took his whole life, the painting he had created that cost $8B, It was worth his life to him. The painting took him 32 years to finish.

What he created in 32 years was destroyed in about 5 minutes. Now that the painting was gone he quit his job as an artist. He was upset. The police checked the cameras but nothing was spotted, It was like the robbers never came.  


That's what he would have said if he really got robbed. You see the one the robbers stole was a fake. His real painting was locked in a highly secure base located in an unknown base. He was the only one who knew where it was.


He laughed at the robbers...






Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Interview with the Prime Minister

 Last week we were fortunate enough to have the Prime Minister over for lunch (yes really). After lunch, the prefects took the Prime Minister on a tour of the school, which ended with an interview with our school news crew.


Aye, Kris, Finau, Madi and Nadia from Room 4 were lucky enough to capture the footage of the Prime Minister and act as our official media team for the day. Madi, Finau and Kris operated the camera equipment, while Aye and Nadia were our news presenters. Check out their interview below!

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Having the Prime Minister for Lunch

 

Today we had a once in a life time opportunity...We met the Prime Minister! She came because she created a policy for schools to get free lunches and we are one of them! Room 21, which is a year 3 and 4 class emailed her about how much they liked the lunches. She loved the emails so much that she decided she wanted to come to our school.

It was such an awesome experience, when she arrived she joined us for an assembly. We sang waiata, said a karakia and listened to her speak. We couldn't believe what she said!



The Prime Minister talked to us about all the letters she get's (She reads all of them!). She said "You don't have to be old for people to care about you opinions". It inspired us because we thought you had to be an adult to speak up! She also told us a bit about her life and asked if their were any issues that worried us. We talked about Covid, the house prices and student access to advices.

After giving her some flowers and the Manaiakalani hook, she came to room four and ate lunch with us. She handed the lunches out one by one to everyone. We got asked question by the Prime Minister like: "What do you think could improve in the lunches?", and "What was your favourite lunch so far?".

The Prime Minister was really considerate when talking to us, she gave everyone a piece of her time. Our school is so grateful for this experience and hoped she enjoyed her visit. Thank you Prime Minister, for everything. We will never forget having lunch with you.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Cybersmart Challenge: Kawa of Care by Kiarah

 This week Kiarah completed the Kawa of Care Challenge. Check out her creation below :



We have been in Level 3 for 2 days know and we are going over the rules of how we need to follow the kawa of care. This means looking after our chrome-books, and making sure that we are being cybersmart. There will be tasks for us to complete every week on the Cybersmart Challenge Blog.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

I am ready for learning! - Finau

                        

This week Auckland has gone back into level 3. This means that most of our students are staying home and learning online through our class sites and google meets. As one of our activities today, we have been completing this weeks Cybersmart Challenge made by Mr Goodwin. Check out Finau's top tips for online learning above.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Welcome to Room 4 Maths

 Today we met our maths class for the first time. It was really good to start setting up our maths class norms. We completed a few maths challenges to get to know our groups and to establish our norms.


We had a Number quiz, a Geometry lego/listening challenge and a tangram challenge.

From these activities we realised that to be an effective maths class we need:

To communicate effectively by sharing our ideas and listening carefully

To have resilience: to persevere through challenging tasks and to have patience with others when they need support

To show respect to others with the way we speak and act

To try our best so that we can succeed.

Saturday, 6 February 2021

Room 4 Literacy

Today we met our literacy class for the first time. Our main activity was to write a letter to introduce ourselves and then we went on to complete some activities to meet our reading groups. 

We completed a range of activities that required us to work well as a team. We started with a listening game before moving on to a puzzle and a cup stacking challenge. Finally we created a piece of collaborative art.


We agreed that to be successful we needed to:

Communicate effectively by listening and sharing our ideas
Show respect to others by using kind words
Have a positive attitude and participate

Friday, 5 February 2021

Marshmallow Challenge Recount - Nadia

Room 4 have been continuing to develop our class norms. Check out this team building activity recounted by Nadia:

During the first period of school today, we did a challenge in class, the marshmallow challenge. The marshmallow challenge is where you’re given spaghetti sticks, tape, a roll of string, and a marshmallow. With those items you have to make a tower with the marshmallow sitting at the top, the group with the tallest tower wins.


We were split into small groups, I was with Aye, Jane, and Tsai. We had 20 minutes. 2 to plan a strategy, and 18 minutes to build the tower. 


We had no plan except to go with the flow. Tsai decided to cut up multiple strips of tape for us while me and Aye placed the spaghetti sticks randomly to form some sort of structure. The time was running out and we still had no idea what we were doing.


Even though we started without a plan we still worked together placing pieces of tape over each other, over lapping it. We kept placing the marshmallow on the top every now and then seeing if what we made was strong enough. Jane was the one who gave us the idea of adding more tape in specific areas to help it stay stable. In the end our teamwork and random ideas were what helped us win the challenge with our tower standing at around 60cm tall. Not only that but our way of prototyping helped us figure out.

 

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

First Day of School!

Today was our first day back at Pt England! After getting in to our classes we started to work on our class norms and treaty.

We started by playing a game where we had to pass a hoop around in a group, half and as a whole class. Then we reflected on the skills we needed to collaborate successfully.

Next we moved outside for two challenges: the floor is lava and flip the tarp. We had some great examples of teamwork in both of these games. In the first round the year sevens won the tarp challenge (flipping a tarp while standing on top of it) then the teams drew.

After another debrief we moved onto our final game; half pipe golf. In this game the two teams had to get a golf ball from one side of the class to another using half pipes. It was a lot harder than it looked! The year eights won this time, but there was a group of year sevens who were determined to complete the challenge which was fantastic.



Thursday, 14 January 2021

SLJ Week 1 Activity 4 Te Reo Maori

 Kauri has been taking part in the Summer Learning Journey this year! Check out his blog to see more of what he has been learning. 


Task Description: We had to put Te Reo Maori sentences together. On the last slide we had to say what we were doing today and I wrote "I am going to the beach today".