Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How does the solar system work?

For the last two weeks of school, we are learning about Space.

We don't know that much about space - mainly only that there is no oxygen in space.

Miss Ashley made this resource and we will use it for week 9 and week 10 to help us learn about space. 

Already we have learnt so much. You should check out the corridor outside our class to see what specific things we have learnt.

One of those things is what order the planets go in, and that they orbit around the sun while rotating. Here is a video of us trying to understand this.

We will show you more things we learnt about space as we go!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Animal presentations!

As part of our inquiry, we learnt about zoology.
Zoology is the study of animals, their behaviour, physiology and evolution, as well as their interactions with each other and their environment. Zoologists study how animals evolved and the impact of environmental change on their survival.

In buddies, we drew an animal out of a hat and had to research it. 

We started with texts from here, then had to use Google to help answer any other questions we had. We had a lot of tasks to complete about our animals.

Here are some examples of the various tasks we had to do.

Task 1 - Grace and Edith

Task 2 - Syraiah-Lee and Falakika

Task 3 - Lydia and Hiria

Task 4 - Paula and Sosaia

Task 5 - Coralee and Hevani

Task 6 - Falakika and Syraiah-Lee

Task 7 - Edith and Grace

Task 8 - Lydia and Hiria

Each pair also had to prepare a Kahoot with facts from their presentation.
These were really entertaining and interested, and kept out crowd (Room 7, 8 and some of Room 5) hooked into the presentations.

A special thank you to our wonderful audience!

We would love to hear something you have learnt about any animal we talked about, leave us a comment below!

Te Reo Maori lesson - from Room 10 students

Today we had some special guests come into our classroom. 
They were students from Room 10! 

These students were Frances, Cerenity, Irys and Constance. 

They taught us about lots of different things, but mainly about Maori hobbies like playing a game called Pukana.


We made up a Padlet and gave them some feedback about their lesson. 
Most peoples favourite part was playing Pukana!

We would love to hear something you learnt during Maori Language Week 2017, 
leave a comment below!

Maori Language Week 2017

This year for Maori language week, we decided to make a movie inspired by an article on Kiwi Kids news, called 100 Maori words every Kiwi should know. 

Ironically, in the article, there was more than 100 words! 
So we changed our title to reflect the 106 we learnt how to say.


How many of these did you know?
Which ones were new for you?
Let us know in a comment below!

Area & Perimeter

This week we learnt about Area and Perimeter. 
Miss Ashley put a grid on the carpet using masking tape and we used this to help us learn about area and perimeter. 

Area is what is inside a shape - when we did this, we used real people.
Perimeter is when you count how many lines are on the outside of the shape - you can see us walking and counting to measure this. 

Check out our learning!

Did this help you learn about area and perimeter?
Let us know in a comment below.

Monday, August 21, 2017

PWC - Financial Literacy

For maths this week we are learning about financial literacy. 
We are lucky enough to have some special guests from PWC (Price Waterhouse Coopers). 

They taught us lots about insurance, saving money, knowing who it is safe to borrow money off and so much more.

Here are some student DLOs about what we learnt.

By Auckland

By Hiria

By Coralee

Monday, August 14, 2017

Narrative writing T3W4

Today we started learning about narratives. 

We have all learnt about narratives before, so we knew something about them. The most important thing with narratives, is that they have a problem and a solution. 

Firstly, Miss Ashley told us oral narratives (telling them out loud, instead of writing them down). 
We gave our ideas for characters, settings and problems, and she made up a random story about them.

Next, we acted out our own narratives, using characters/settings/problems that the class came up with.

Here is our creations.

On the last one, Miss Ashley wrote down exactly what was narrated (said).

One fine sunny morning, there was 2 dogs. They were playing. They were really good friends, as they were brother and sister. ‘Wooooof’ growled one dog. Then one day, two people came. ‘Which dog do you want?’ said one of them. Kika wanted a dog, and chose the dog called Grace. GRace didn’t know what was going on, and felt sad at that moment, but she went to her new owner. Her brother didn’t know, he was still sleeping. The new owner, and her mum, walked away. The brother woke up, and he looked everywhere for his sister. She wasn’t there. He got angry. He got crazy. ‘WOO WOO WOO’ he cried for his sister.

So the new owner and the mum went to the markets to get some food. ‘Okay, elts eat’ said the mum. The brother dog was still looking for his sister. He looked like a scary gorilla. He looked at the owner and the mum. He looked straight in their eyes. He barked and barked. WOOO WOO WOO. They got really scared. They called pet control, and pet control.
Amon was biting them into pieces, and then he ran away.

10 years later… the brother was still looking for his sister. He was so old. He finally saw his sister! He was so happy. They both went together and started playing. They were so excited.

Monday, July 31, 2017

PB4L movie - how should we act in assembly?

Today we talked about what behaviours should and shouldn't be seen at school assemblies.

The teachers made a silly video showing us all the bad behaviours we shouldn't be doing, so we decided to make a video showing how it should really be done.

Notice how we...
  • entered assembly in two quiet straight lines
  • stood up and sat down quietly when instructed
  • clapped at the end (when people got certificates)
  • listened to our teacher and left the room in two quiet straight lines
  • didn't talk during the assembly
  • kept our hands and feet to ourselves

What was something you noticed somebody doing that showed the expectation of the assembly?
Leave your answer in a comment below.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Diving into inquiry!

Today we added onto our inquiry learning from yesterday (about leisure and entertainment in the 20th century) and we went further into history.

Miss Ashley gave us heaps of non-fiction (real) books that we had to read to find out information about different ancient civilisations, and then write any facts we found on the right piece of paper.

Here is what we came up with.

Next, we got to choose which of the civilisations we wanted to learn more about. Miss Ashley gave us a list of questions, and we allocated them to different group members and started researching.

Key questions
  1. Who were the people who lived at this time?
  2. What time did they live in?
  3. Where did they live?
  4. What made their place different, unique or special?
  5. What belief system did these people have and how did they worship?
  6. Who were the important people at the time, and what made them important?
  7. What was the working industry like? (What kinds of jobs did people have, did they have holidays, who worked, how much were they paid?)
  8. What did these people do for leisure and entertainment?
  9. Describe how they...
    1. got their food
    2. Kept safe from other nations
    3. Dressed
    4. Made their houses (what did they look like, what were they made of etc)
    5. Travelled (if applicable)
    6. Conquered other nations (if applicable)
  10. What event/action are these people most famous for?

We will keep you updated as to where we go with our research.

Share with us below what you have learnt about any of the civilisations!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kicking off our inquiry!

This morning we kicked off our new inquiry topic 


First we read a text called 'Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th century. 

This told us all about what life was like in the 1930's and some important things that happened.

A big change was in 1939, when a law was introduced in Britain that allowed workers one week paid holidays every year. Before this, people didn't take holidays as they couldn't afford it. This launched the new entertainment industry

We learnt about Billy Butlin, Oswald Stoll and Oscar Deutsch who helped build this industry in Britain. You can read more about them here.

Another change that happened in the 20th century was that people worked less and were paid more. In the 1900's, the average working week was 54 hours. By the 1980's, this was down to 39 hours. In New Zealand in modern times, 40 hours is considered the normal working week. We get four weeks of annual leave (paid holidays) as well. It is much better now!

Next, we researched when different entertainment technologies were invented. 
For example, TV was invented in 1927, radio was invented in 1895, the internet only came in 1983 and the first commercial flight was in 1914. 

We learnt lots of new words from our readings.. 
exotic, disposable income, century, salary, annual, silent films, Charlie Chaplin, BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini).

Next, we had a look at what entertainment was like in the early 1900's. 

We watched a few clips like these..

The wizard of Oz was the first colour movie EVER - it came out in 1939. 

Our class found Charlie Chaplin HILARIOUS! We learnt that movies didn't have the actors talking, (if they had any noise at all, it was music over the top) and were filmed in black and white. 

The Royal Variety Performance was invented by Oswald Stoll. This theatre is still going today.

We also talked about the Roaring 20's, and how people were more rich after WW1. They had big parties and dressed very differently than we do now. We looked at clips from The Great Gatsby to help us understand.

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

Making TV ads!

As part of our persuasive writing unit, we are making TV ads for different foods!

We have to use everything we have learnt about persuading people to do stuff (for example, you have to use the right kind of words) to try and convince them that our food item is worth buying.

Here is our creations!

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: Fulled for life

Well done Hiria for completing your summary on what we have learnt this term in our Inquiry -'Fuelled for Life'.

Hiria @ Tamaki Primary School: Fulled for life

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!