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!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

We can hardly contain our excitement!

Today we received a parcel in the post addressed to Mrs Te Whaiti and Room 6. It was from a book publisher. We have been asked to read some amazing new titles by popular authors and then write reviews about the books. We know this is a really important job. Today we looked through and decided who was going to read what. We will enjoy the books first and then write our reviews. Come back later to see what we thought of the books.

 What are you reading, Room 6, and what do you think so far?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ag Day & Gala - Our Chickens are getting ready to enter!

We are really excited about the Agricultural Day & Gala coming up at the start of next term. (18th October)  We have been raising 5 baby chickens: Waimarie, Heihei, Manu, Ripeka and 'poor little still to be named girl'. This week they have stopped traveling to school and back in Mrs Te Whaiti's car. They no longer lounge by the fire at night - they are out in the coup. They still get lots of attention so don't feel too sad for them.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

Kupu o te Wiki: rangi

Can you put the kupu 'rangi' into a sentence?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Kei hea...?

We are learning to ask about where something is in te reo Maori.

We start with kei hea and end with a question mark.

Post your questions on here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hāngi Poem

Listen to the poem here.

Write another verse to go on the end. Share it with us.

It will need:
3 lines with the last two words repeated in the first 2 lines
A verb at the start the first two lines.
The same number of syllables in lines one and two.
Rhyming words on the end of the first two lines.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Kupu o te Wiki - engari

Engari means...but.

Click here to read more about using 'engari'.

Can you put it into a sentence?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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:

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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.