Sunday, March 31, 2019


First we remembered everything we could from last week.
Last week we learnt that there was something called the New Zealand Land Wars that happened between 1845-1872. It was all about who controlled the land in NZ. It was complicated because some land was traded fairly and some was taken. The wars were imbalanced (unfair) because the Europeans had more manpower (people), and a higher quantity and quality of weapons (more of them and better ones). The Maoris were outnumbered so they had to use secret plans and some guerilla warfare tactics in order to fight back.
The big idea about this is that the two groups of people viewed the land differently - Maori’s held a collectivist viewpoint, where land and other resources (oceans, fish, forests) should be cared for and shared by everyone. Europeans held an individualistic viewpoint, and wanted to own the land in order to have farms and make money. Even today there viewpoints cause conflict around the world.

Our first questions -
Junefia - What does Parihaka mean?
Parihaka means it is the name of their village or their place.

Marlene - why did the people send the kids out?
They didn't want them to get hert.

Dyzon - why were the two guys sent to prison for 16 months?
Te whiti and his friend tohu went to jail cause the europeans thought that if they take the leaders of the tribe they all would run away, but they didn’t.

Marilyn - why was the village surrounded by soldiers?

Lynch - what people left the land that Parihaka was built on? (Who was there before them?) There was a Maori tribe that lived there but we don’t know who. They got sent off the land by the government and the land was claimed for Europeans but they didn’t build on it for ten years.

Garth - why did Te Whiti go to jail?
Te Whiti was sent to jail because he was the leader of the Maoris and the Pakehas wanted the land back to make farms. But when he was in jail, his people were scared but did not run away from the land. They protected it.

Anittah - was there a reason Why all the Maori men went to jail?
So when the men go the Children and the ladies will get scared and leave.

Ana - why were the protectors put in jail?
The government put the mens in jail so they could scare the womens and children away and they could take the land back, but they didn’t run away they protected the land.

Maria - why did the government promise the people land?
So the government promised to them a piece of land for them to live on. And in ten years no one claim to live on the land so they built a new village called Parihaka.

Moana - why did 200 children block the road?
Because the europeans did not want them to get harmed or killed them.

Wesley - does Parihaka still exist?
Yes the Parihaka village still exist and Maori people still live there and honour the history

Tisharn - why was Parihaka famous?
Because he was a peaceful man and he taught it to a lot of the maori.
Angellynah - why did the soldiers burn the peoples houses down and destroy their crops?
Cause they soldiers thought that the land was theirs and they wanted to get off the land.

Michael - How was the government able to keep Te Whiti and Tohu for 16 months without a trial?? The government was made up of Europeans so they had control. There was no Maoris in the government to defend Te Whiti and Tohu, so they just did what they wanted.

Tsai - Why did the Europeans want the land?
Because they were jalless that the maori had land and the parihaka did not. They wanted to make farms.

Joshua/Rakel - why did the Maori people build their new village at Parihaka?
They built land because the europeans government didn't give them land so they had to build some new land and they called it parihaka and their leader was called te whiti.

Janett - Why did the government let the men go out of jail?
Because the jail have to many parihaka mens in the jail and the they set them free.

Langiola - Why did the people offer the soldiers 500 loaves of bread?
So there kids can survie and themselves because there in a war so the can fight people to. They have to be full with food so they cant die cause they have to protect people that are in danger and not make themselves or anyone, else stave because together we are strong we are family because we all love each other so much.

Mathew - Why is this story famous in NZ?
The Maoris were peaceful.

Litia - Why was Te Whiti preaching to the people? What was he preaching about?
He was preaching by peace. Cause he wanted to make people peace full like how he is.

Rona - What happened at the end of the story? What did the people of Parihaka do?
Founded in the mid-1860s, Parihaka was soon attracting dispossessed and disillusioned Māori from around the country.

Miss Ashley - where is the village of Parihaka? Where were the prisons kept?
The village of Parihaka is near the coast by Taranaki. The prisoners from Parihaka were sent to jails in different places all over NZ. The most famous one was in Dunedin, and it was pretty much a cave. The men were kept in caves without trial. When they were released they went ship back to Taranaki.

Big ideas -
  • Maori were peaceful!
  • Europeans wanted land to make farms.
  • Maori were kind and offered the soldiers food.
  • The government promised them land, but they never gave it.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Kuia and the spider

We read the story called Kuia and the Spider. Miss Ashley took pictures of the book and we had to put them in the right order.  The picture above is Fereti's work.

Some of us Screencasted to tell the story and some of us wrote it out. 

Here is Lynch's retelling of the story.

Once upon a time there lived a kuia a kuia is a grandma and in the corner of her kitchen and one day the spider said to the kuia my weaving is better than yours . The kuia respond my weaving is better than yours. They began to fight then the spider said on saturday when our grandchildren come over they will decide who has the better weaving the kuia agreed .That day on the kuia and the spider had never stopped weaving and then on saturday the kuia asked her grandchildren whos weaving is better but her grandchildren did not answer they sat on the sitting mate a sang songs got some kites and picked some kumara and and got some kites went to the garden and picked some vegetables they even found some kites with their names on it and held them tite. Then the spider asked her grandchildren but they did not answer they had parties raped flyes in webes and hid them  and then the spider said to the kuia i think i might go to someone else's kitchen and then the kuia said i am going to live in the wash house but she didn't she went to sleep with her grandchildren. The spider said she would go to someone else’s kitchen but she didn’t she went to sleep with her grandchildren.

The spider said to the kuia my grandchildren are better than yours and the kuia said my grandchildren are better than yours and they just kept fighting.


Today we were highlighting the good parts of a narrative story.

For some of us it was our first time learning how to highlight text in Google Docs.

We also learnt how to write a comment. 

We commented why that part of the story was good. 

Next we also learnt how to 'find' something in Google Docs by pushing Control+F at the same time. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Learning about narratives.

On Monday we started learning about narratives. 

Miss Ashley gave us examples and asked us go and read them and think about what they have/don't have, what makes them different from other kinds of writing etc.

We buddied up with someone who is a different year level than us.

We talked about what they had and we came up with LOTS of things! 
Some of our year 6 classmates helped us learn what similes, metaphors and hyperboles are. 

Next we talked about a rough structure of narratives. 
Some students also pointed out that lots of the exemplars had dialogue to start their story because it makes it more interesting. 

Then we ordered them from good to better to best. 
We looked at them and talked about no matter what level you are at (I.e. maybe you might not be ready to use paragraphs) then what else can you do to make it better? We talked about dialogue and speech marks. 
To challenge year 6's, we pointed out how when two or more people are talking, then when the next person talks you start a new line (press enter on your computer). 

We learnt a lot about narratives! 

After morning tea we made up a checklist that we will use to mark our work.
Checked by:
Narrative checklist ✓✓✓
Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
Capital ‘I’
Capital letters for names of places and people
Full stops at the end of a sentence

P1 - introduction ( 2-3 sentences)
P2 - orientation
P3 - problem
P4 - solution
P5 - conclusion (2-3 sentences)

My story has an exciting title.

I have described my characters and setting. I have said how my character feels and what they are thinking.

Speech marks when people are talking

My story has a believable but interesting problem and a solution that makes sense

Punctuation - ? ! ; : ‘

I have used time words to keep my ideas in order (next, afterwards).

I have a simile or metaphor.

I have some long and some short sentences.

One thing you did well was… ________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________
One thing you need to work on is… __________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

Friday, March 8, 2019

Learning about Captain Cook

This week we have been reading a difficult text about Captain Cook -

Captain Cook Charting Our Islands by Melanie Lovell-Smith

School Journal Level 4, May 2016

Each day we annotated the text given to us (1-2 pages per day) and we talked about the words we didn't know or understand. Here are the words we learnt.

New words from Monday (page 28-29)

Transit - movement

Endeavour - the name of Cook’s ship.

Continent - a big landmass with lots of countries in it

Landmass - piece of land

Turanganui-a-kiwa - a place near Gisborne

Observing - watching

Tahiti - the island of Tahiti, a place

South -

Rare - something special

Predictable - you know when it’s going to happen or what is going to happen

Occur - happened

Pairs - two things together

Astronomer - a person who studies astrology (root word is astro)

Century - 100 years

Accurately - doing something correctly and carefully

Inaccurate - doing something wrong

Various - different

Then each student had to think of a question and find the answers either in the text or use Google to find it out.

Pages 30-31 - Tuesday

Sounding - a way to chart land

Anchor - a heavy thing that stops boats from drifting away

Fathom - 1.8m

Coastal profiles -

Wounded -

Translator -

Dispute -

Cross-cultural communication -

Conflict -

Essential information -

Aground -

Overboard -

Tallow -

We did the same thing again where each student had a question to answer about these two pages.

Pages 32 & 33 - Wednesday

Instructed - told

Chart - make a map of something

Enormous - big, massive, giant

Unfamiliar - something you don’t know

coastline - the line where the water meets land

Surveying - the process to make a map

Prominent - big, important, significant

Plotted - put onto the map

Sketched - to draw something

Crucial - critical, important, essential

Horizon - where the land and sky meet

Quadrant - (root word is quad which means 4) - something with 4 parts

Occasionally - sometimes, infrequently

Precise - clear, accurate

Greenwich - a place in London

Voyage - journey

Lunar - moon

Pages 34-37 - Thursday










British Empire

Next we made a summary of the story

Captain James Cook set sail from Britain in August 1768 heading to Tahiti.

He took scientists to Tahiti so they could observe the transit of Venus. Afterwards, he went to New Zealand. This voyage took three months and then the crew spent circumnavigating New Zealand and charting the coastline.

They measured water depth by using a lead weight with tags on it indicating 1 fathom (1.8m). They also sketched the coastal profile (the beachline).

They measured the distances between prominent landmarks and the ship, the distances between the horizon and the sun, and the angles between the sun, moon and stars. Longitude measures vertical distances around the Earth and latitude measures horizontal distances from the equator.

Captain Cook sailed to Australia and claimed it as British territory. Then he charted 3,219km of Australian coastline. He took 6 weeks to repair his ship Endeavour. He arrived home in Britain in July 1771.

He visited New Zealand two more times in the next several years before being killed in Hawaii in 1779.

On Friday we reviewed all the words we learnt on Monday-Thursday and tried to make sentences out of them. 
The bold words were from the new words list.Sentences

Litia - Captain Cook was instructed to sketch an enormous chart.

Wesley - In the 18th century the British wanted to expand their territory so they began surveying the South to find a rare continent.

Ana - Captain Cook and his ship named Endeavour went for a wonderful voyage from the British Empire to Tahiti then they had a dispute and conflict erupted.

Ana - accurately measured the distance between the horizon and then plotted the prominent landmarks.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Compound words

Today for shared writing Miss Ashley gave us some words on pieces of paper and we had to try match them up. She didn't tell us we were learning about compound words, she wanted us to figure that out for ourselves..
It took us a few minutes but we started to realise that if you put two of the words together it made a new word.

Here are some of the compound words we made.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Past, present and future tense

This week we are learning about past, present and future tense of words. It is important to know which word to use otherwise your story won't make sense and people will be confused when an event happened. 

We had to sort out words with pictures and match them up with their past/present/future tense partners. 

Here are the combinations we made.