Monday, July 3, 2017

WALT use Google Forms to make a quiz!

This week we used the stories we read to write up a quiz using Google Forms. 
Miss Ashley showed us how to turn it into a quiz, assign points to earn if you get the question right and how to mark the right answer.

Each group brainstormed their own questions to ask about their story. 

Have a look at everybody's quiz! 
As you can see there are 3 reading groups, so there are 3 different books to read before you answer the question. 
Google Form quizzes!

Genius Gems
(To spray or not to spray?)
Bright Sparks
(Escape from the wahine)
Smarty Pants
(The waka ama nationals)


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Laws in NZ

Today Constable Teina came to talk to us about laws in New Zealand.

We learnt a lot about different laws and what happens when people break those laws. 

In school we have rules and if you have rules you could get expelled, but in the big world they call it laws. If you break the laws there is a penalty - Lydia.

For example, if you try to rob someone its called robbery. Robbery is only if they threaten people with a weapon or there are two people  - Auckland

Burglary is different to robbery because instead of threatening people, they just break in and steal it - Grace.

If you stab someone you might have to stay at jail for 3 1/2 years - Fine.

Every bad thing that you do has a consequence. A consequence is like a punishment - Merielle.

There are 5 types of abuse in New Zealand. Domestic, sexual, emotional, physical and neglect - Hevani.

If you are in shop with someone and they are stealing something (even if you aren't), that is known as 'a party to' the crime. They have to spend 3 1/2 years because thats the half of the 7 year punishment for the person who actually stole it - Edith

When you assault a female, it will be called Male Assaults Female and you can go to prison for 9 years - Amon.

If you hit a woman you will go to the judge and the judge will say guilty or not guilty. Guilty means you did it and not guilty means you didn't do it - Stanley.

If you hit someone and you go to the judge, you can ask for bail which means you go out of jail but you have follow the certain rules they give you (the bail conditions) - Coralee.

Manslaughter is when you kill someone by accident - Falakika.

Murder is when you kill someone on purpose - Syraiah-Lee.

Sentence means how long you have to go to jail - Lopiseni.

There are 5 different kinds of abuse. One of emotional, one is physical violence, sexual violence, domestic and neglect - Ariki.

They'll just talk about what did you do, like did you say yes or no, and you have to go court. At court the judge talks to you about what happened and its up to the judge how many years they stay in jail - Suave and Sosaia.

If you steal you will go to jail for 7 years if its more than $500, and if its less than $500 you get a $1,000 fine - Kordell.

To finish off we watched this Youtube clip which is about laws as well.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Making Fries!

We are still continuing with our inquiry 'Fuelled for Life' and learning about different foods.
Room 7 really wanted to make their own hot fries! 

First, we washed some potatoes. 
Next, students got to choose if they wanted to peel them or not (the skin has lots of nutrients!)

Next, we cut the potatoes up into 'chip' sized pieces.

Then we tossed them in a bowl or small dish with a small amount of oil. 

The next step was to lay the fries out on the baking tray lined with tin foil, and sprinkle over the seasoning of your choice.

These were the seasonings we had - chicken salt, cajun, lemon pepper and mixed herbs.


Here are some of the students reflections - 

Edith @ Tamaki Primary School: Making fries

Syraiah-Lee @ Tamaki Primary School: Making fries: this was about making fries

Auckland @ Tamaki Primary School: Making Fries: Today Room 7 made fries.  First before we made fries I washed my hands. Next Miss Ashley gave us potatoes but first we had to go wash it. ...

Lopiseni @ Tamaki Primary School: fries: today we made fries and first we had to cut the potatoes in half and thin we had to cut it in little pieces and put it in the bowl with oy...

Saia @ Tamaki Primary School: fries: Today we made fries.   first we miss ashley chose a group. Next we got potato then got a knife then made the potato a half then we cut lik...

Merielle @ Tamaki Primary School: DIY FRIES

Ariki @ Tamaki Primary School: cooking fries

Joshua N @ Tamaki Primary School: we made fries: today we made fries first we got a bag of potatoes then we got 1 potato each and we pealed it then we cut it in to sticks and we put it in ...

Viliami @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT make fries

Suave @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT make fries: this is when we made fries and they were just cooked and we did this all the time it is cooking and we cook every week last week we made ...

Kordell @ Tamaki Primary School: I love fries: I love chips.  Today we made chips in class. First we washed the potatoes and after that we got to choose if we wanted to peel it o...

Falakika @ Tamaki Primary School: Fries: Today room 7 were put into groups and one group each would make their fries while they are making their fries the rest of the class would...

Coralee @ Tamaki Primary School: Cooking Fries: Today in room 7 we made Fries, Miss Ashley Called group to make the fries first and started to wash the potato, Miss Ashley said we...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Debate - should we be allowed cell phones in class?

Today we had another debate. Todays issue was 'should we be allowed cell phones in class?'

Yesterday we did some preparation for it..

This was a very interesting topic, as when Miss Ashley first introduced it, everybody was against this idea. 

However, after we read some information about the topic, some of us began to change our minds...

Then today, we got into our 'for' and 'against' groups and began preparing our argument. Each team needed 3 reasons for/against, and some examples to support their reasons. 

Miss Ashley drew arrows in between some of the ideas that both groups had (i.e. cyberbullying on one side, and cybersmart on the other side) to try and show us how one idea can be used for both sides. We learnt the word counter-argument, meaning that if one group talked about cyberbullying, then the other group could use the argument of Cybersmart. 

Here is our debate.

Thank you Lydia for editing this video. 

Who do you think had a better argument? 
Let us know in the comments below!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


This week we were lucky enough to have Rachel Walker come and teach us some sign language.

She taught us how to say some phrases in Sign Language such as My name is Lydia, (your name),  and Your name what? She also taught us the colours, alphabet and numbers. I learnt that us human beings that can hear can just talk to someone across the Room but death people use Sign Language and facial expressions to show what they are talking about without talking. I also learnt that their are different types of Sign Language (because I thought NZ Sign Language was the same as any other types of Sign Language) in different types of countries. I really enjoyed having Rachel teach us about Sign Language and I learnt a lot.

Check out our blogs to see more of what we learnt -

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: New zealand sign language: Today a lady came to our class her name was called Rachel to teach us sign language she was learning sorts of things by doing sign languag...

  Ariki @ Tamaki Primary School: sign language week nzsl: <<iframe Ariki @ Tamaki Primary School: sign language week: this is about sign language week know i'm going to talk about the sign language week

  Suave @ Tamaki Primary School: Sign language: MY Name is Suave This is a video of me doing sign language and i videoed my self of doing my name

  Syraiah-Lee @ Tamaki Primary School: Sign language: Today at school a lady from New zealand sign language. her name is rachel. rachel could talk but she was deaf and she did not hear us so ...

  Amon @ Tamaki Primary School: Sign Language: Today in room 7 we had sign language we had a lady named Rachel. She is deaf and can not speak she taught us how to speak NZSL. I thought ...

  Auckland @ Tamaki Primary School: Today Room 7 was learning how to do sign language....: Today we had a lady named Rachel taught us how to do NZ sign language she was deaf. The thing that we learned with Rachel is how to say. ...

  Coralee @ Tamaki Primary School: Learning Sign Langauge: Today in room 7 we were doing sign language. A lady named Rachel helped us with our letter and number and with  our color too. Ohh she ...

  Falakika @ Tamaki Primary School: New Zealand Sign Language:                                  Today a lady came into room 7 to teach us New Zealand Sign Language she was deaf.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Debate - should fidget spinners be allowed in the classroom?

Today we had a debate whether fidget spinners, a much loved toy in this class, should be allowed in the class.

Students got to choose for themselves if they were for or against, and they thought of their own reasons for their argument.

Here are snippets from our debate.

Who do you think had a better argument?
Vote in the comments below.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WAL how to make SUSHI!

As part of our inquiry unit, Room 7 students wanted to make food and do some cooking. One of the things we wanted to make was Sushi. 

so today.. we made sushi!

First, Miss Ashley showed us how to put the rice onto the seaweed.

Next, Miss Ashley put on veggies like capsicum and cucumber onto the rice. 

Then showed us how to roll the sushi by holding down on the bamboo mat.
(Like this....)

And how to cut it up to share with our buddy.

Then we went away, and added veggies and tuna to our own sushi rolls. 

When we had shared our sushi roll with our buddy, we took a picture of our masterpiece before we dipped it in some soy sauce and ate it!


We had a great time learning how to make sushi. 
We hoped you like learning about the different steps you have to do.

What is your favourite kind of sushi? 
Comment below and let us know!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Debate - should zoos exist?

Today we launched our new writing unit (which is persuasive writing) by having a debate.

First, we read a text Miss Ashley gave us that informed us about different reasons people think zoos should, or shouldn't exist.

Next, we formed groups based on the text we had - one group was for (in support of) and the other was against. 

Here is our debate.

Who do you think had a better argument?
Let us know in the comments below.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

WAL about nutrients that are in food

This morning we did split up into groups and researched different kinds of nutrients that can be found in food. Here is what we came up with - 

 Carbohydrates - Coralee and Merielle

 Vitamins and Minerals - Lydia, Hevani and Grace

 Fats - Auckland, Viliami and Sosaia

Proteins - Lopiseni and Ariki

Calories - Edith, Hiria, Syraiah-Lee and Falakika

Fibre - Joshua and Stanley

Then we presented what our group had come up with to the rest of the class to share our learning (Ako). 

Check us out here - 

Students copy and paste this code to get the video on your blog
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

We would love to hear if you learnt anything from us or if you can add to our learning so far!
Leave us a comment below and let us know. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WALT read nutritional information

Today we learnt about reading nutritional information on the back of food packets.

Check out our blog posts -

Stanley T @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT READ NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: it has  energy 490 kj protein 1.3  fat total 13 g saturated o.3 g carbohydrate 22,0 g sugars 8.4 9 dietary fibre 2.3 g so...

Kordell @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT read nutritonal information: PER SERVE. These biscuits have 9.2g of sugar. It has 508 KJ of energy. It has 1.1g of protein. It has 5.6g of fat. It has 3.1g of sat...

Joshua N @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT read nutritonal information: My food is weet-bix. I think it is healthy because it has a 5 star rating on the front of the box.  Energy 140 KJ Sat Fat 0.3g ...

Grace @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT: Read nutritional information.: This term for our inquiry topic is Fuelled for life - Food,Fitness,Feel Good!.Today room 7 is learning how to read the labels of the fo...

Edith @ Tamaki Primary School: Are beef noodles HEALTHY??? (find out here)

Lydia @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT: read nutritional information:                                  Today Room 7 was learning how to read nutrition labels. I learnt about the %DI (Percentage of daily intake...

Coralee @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT: Read nutritional information: Today we are learning about Fuelled for life food, fitness feel good so today i picked smooth hazelnut to learn about How much Energy does...

Lopiseni @ Tamaki Primary School: WAL how to read nutritional information: This has 3.5 stars which means it is pretty healthy.  It has 8.4grams of sugar and 31 mg of sodium.  490 Kl - Kl means kilojoule...

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT read nutrition information: Nutrition information  Servings per package:3 Serving size:28g approx Avg. Qty. %DI**(per Avg.Qty.perServing serving) per 100g ...

Merielle - Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: WALT read nutritional information: average nutrition information servings per pack:90 serving size:5g Energy  70 kj  1400 kj Protein  o.og  o.2g Fat-Total  0.0g  ...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WAL about SOLO Taxonomy

This morning we learnt about SOLO Taxonomy and Room 6 came to join us to learn about it as well.

SOLO taxonomy is a model to explain different levels of thinking about a particular topic or idea.

After we all kind of understood what the rollercoaster model of SOLO meant, we did an example of it.

We started with writing one idea about food on a post-it note. (Uni-structural)

Next, we put all our ideas together. (Multi-structural)

Then, we grouped the ideas that were similar and made connections between them. (Relational)

Next, we thought of big ideas about food that could be based off information in the post it notes. (Extended Abstract). 

Some students talked about how two different kinds of orange juice can have different amounts of sugar, others talked about family members who got sick because they ate too much sugar, and others talked about how different kinds of chocolate have different levels of sugar and coco in them, and which one is healthier for you (and which one tasted nicer.. and why). 

We are going to be using this SOLO taxonomy to guide our thinking into deeper, more extended abstract, complex webs so that we are thinking critically about what we are learning about.

We also gave Room 6 a poster like ours so they wouldn't forget about SOLO.