Welcome to our class blog!

We are a class of year 3-4 children who attend a semi-rural school on the outskirts of Tauranga in NZ. We are excited to be learning to use a blog to share our experiences and learning at Tauriko School. Check back regularly to see what we have been up to. We have a load of fun in our class and would love to share it with you!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Te Kupu ō te Wiki

This week's word of the week is:

Here is a task for all Room 6 kids: do you know what it means? Post a comment with the meaning of heihei. If you get it right you will go into a draw for a prize on Friday. Comments will not be seen on the blog until Thursday night so noone will be able to see what anyone else has said.

If you put te kupu ō te wiki into a correct sentence you will get 3 entries in the draw!

Warren Pohatu

This term we are looking at the Technology of the Māori. As part of this we will be visiting a local marae and are currently preparing ourselves by learning about protocol. We can't wait to look at the carvings and kowhaiwhai patterns - we are even going to make some of our own. We are reading books by Warren Pohatu. (We will soon be looking at his stunning art.)

Here are some interesting links to look at. More will be added as we go along so check back in case you miss something cool.


Stories of Aotearoa

Watch the creation of the stunning Tu Tamure picture here.

Koru Poems

We read a poem about koru by a junior class at Rotoiti School. We looked at their use of similes and followed the same pattern with words. Here are some of our poems:

Monday, 21 July 2014

Te Kupu o te Wiki for the week starting Rāhina, te 21 o Hōngongoi, 2014 is āpōpō.

āpōpō: tomorrow

Āpōpō, ka haere au ki te kura.
Tomorrow, I will go to school.
- this is an example of an active sentence

It is possible to place āpōpō at the end of the sentence too. 
Ka haere au ki te kura, āpōpō.I will go to school tomorrow.

Ka hoki mai au āpōpō.
I will return tomorrow.
- this is an example of an active sentence

Hear this kupu spoken and get the PDF

Rāhina, te 21 o Hōngongoi, 2014.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Monday, 30 June 2014

Congratulations to our Gym Star!

Wow! Ngahuia went to the Best of the Best competition because she had done so well at the recent Y3/4 gym competition at Argos gym. She came second in the Springers Novice Y3-8 section at the Best of the Best! We are so very proud of her and her coach, Mrs Logan. Well done.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Calendar Months

Mrs Severinsen shared this song by Boney M with us. We can sing the song to help us to remember the order of the months. This will help us with our learning in Maths: Time. Listen to the song. What do you notice about the lyrics?

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Balloon Powered Cars.

Today we made balloon-powered cars. We were looking at how the gas in the balloon is released to power the car. What did you observe?

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Multiplication - Amanda Bean

We are looking at different strategies to use when solving problems with groups. We can use skip-counting, repeated addition, grouping and multiplication. Look at Mutu and Poppy's ShowMe and see which strategies they used with their page from Amanda Bean.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Ryan's Recount

Ryan would like to challenge you all to come up with juicy adjectives to describe cross country.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Popcorn Recounts

What do you know about a recount?

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Our Eric Carle Inspired Collages.

Room 6: What are the steps we took to create these masterpieces?

Author of the Term: Dr Seuss

This term we are reading and being inspired by books by Dr Seuss.

We are slowly transforming our room into Seussville!

We are reading a lot of books by Dr Seuss. Today we started reading and reciting some tongue twisters. Come back to our blog to see clips of us soon.

What is your favourite Seuss quote?

Monday, 19 May 2014

Past Tense Verbs

We are learning to write recounts. We know that recounts are always in the past tense because they recount something that has already happened.

Some verbs have -ed on the end to show that the action happened in the past.

Today I wash. Yesterday I washed.
Today I clean. Yesterday I cleaned.

Can you come up with some past tense verbs ending in ed? Continue the chain by putting the previous verb into the past tense then adding a new link to the chain. The first few are done for you so you can see how it works.

Here's the first link in the chain: Today I jump.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Thinking like Scientists

We have been exploring colourings that are added to food. We performed a few experiments using water, filter paper and colourings/coloured sweets. We made observations, like scientists do, and from our observations we made some inferences. An inference is an idea based on observations and facts collected.

                What are some of your inferences Room 6?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Battle of Gate Pa Mural

A group of talented students worked with Simone Anderson to create a mural to commemorate the Battle of Gate Pa for the recent 150th anniversary. Zane and William were selected to be a part of this group. Each child worked on their own area and then they all worked together on the bigger areas. It was entered into a competition and it came second! Congratulations to everyone who worked on the mural - you did a beautiful job! Ka mau te wehi!

Monday, 5 May 2014

Observational drawings - Fish

We did some observational drawings of fish. We had to look very carefully at the fish and its features. Some people even drew upside-down because that is what they saw from where they were sitting!

Check out the finished products:

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Class Representatives - updated with results!

Congratulations to Danny who was selected by Room 6 to be their rep on the school council. It was a close finish with Zane following close behind. (Zane will be our back-up rep should Danny be unable to attend any meetings.) Vilah will record the minutes (take notes) at class meetings. Well done to all three students who put their names forward - what a superb group of people. Any one of you would be great at the job.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Empty containers wanted.

I am looking for empty film canisters to use for Maths and Science activities. If you have any you can spare, please send them to R6. Thank you!
Mrs Te Whaiti

Monday, 7 April 2014

Did you know...

that an octopus has three hearts?!

   An octopus has one main heart called the systemic heart and two smaller ones that are located near the its gills. These two smaller hearts function much like the right side of the human heart. They pump oxygen-depleted blood to the gills, where it exchanges carbon dioxide for oxygen, and then pump this refreshed blood to the systemic heart. The systemic heart then propels this new blood throughout the octopus's body, just like the left side of the human heart! The major difference between a human and an octopus's circulatory systems (other than the number of hearts) is that unlike the red blood of men and women, octopuses have blood that is blue! That is because their blood contains a copper-rich protein called hemocyanin instead of the reddish hemoglobin found in humans!
Source: A Moment of Science

Do you have any interesting facts to share?