Monday, 23 November 2015

Writing today...sea turtles

We have been learning to write an explanation. Our model text was based on the sea turtle. Here is the video (courtesy of TedEd) that we watched to learn about them.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

My writing


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This is my sports writing. I did it all by myself! Khanye



Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Puppet planning


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Here is our puppet planning. We worked hard to do this before we made it into a 3D model.

Skipping

Look. I can skip now! And I can do it fast!

April's Puppet



Jackie's Photo on Friday, 18 September 2015

Puppet Zombie


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My amazing puppet


My amazing puppet


Our Creation with Magnetix


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Our Creation with Magnetix


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My Creation


My Frog Puppet



We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what I created.

My amazing rainbow puppet



We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what we created.

The Giraffe



We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what I created.

Our amazing sock puppet



We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what we created.

Confidently trying something new!


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Harrison, along with others, has conquered the heights of the senior playground.

Our Puppet (by Anon E Mous)


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We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what we created.

Nate And Harrison's Post on Friday, 25 September 2015

Our puppet by Nate and Harrison

We had to design and build a puppet. Here is what we created.

Our Fluent Reading




We read this wonderful story when we were looking at strategies to help us understand what we read and to justify our answers to questions. Have a listen and enjoy our fluent reading.

My Reading


The magnet discovery video


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Digital citizenship


We learnt about what it means to be a good digital citizen. A digital citizen is when you work on a digital device like a computer, or iPad. We found out that being a good digital citizen involves a lot of respect...just like being a good citizen at school, at home or in our community!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Miss G's Post on Thursday, 15 October 2015


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We joined the shake out drill along with the rest of the schools in NZ.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Stability and co-operation

We had a lot of fun today working together. We had to cooperate to balance together and then problem solve to get our whole team across the court without touching the court!! We only had 3 lino tiles to stand on! It took a lot of thinking. We co-operated really well because we were all working to achieve the same thing. Well done Matai hub. What great problem solvers.

Will's Video on Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Magnet exploration and discovery time!

What a fun time we had today using all the equipment in our new magnet kit.  We discovered so many things.  Check out our Padlet on the magnet page to see our emerging ideas and wonderings.

Earthquakes in Otago/Southland


Have you felt any earthquakes this year?  Visit this website to see when Otago and Southland have had earthquakes over the past year. It's amazing just how many we have.  Are you prepared if one happens to be a bit bigger than the rest?  Comment below about what you have done to be prepared.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Our "Magnet Padlet"

Head to the Magnet page at the top of our Blog to find this "Magnet Padlet" to add your own questions and comments about magnets. When you get to it just double click on it to add you question or comment.  Remember to put your name at the top.


Magnets

 
Try making an electromagnet.  Having an adult around to help would be a good idea. Read the instructions carefully.

 
Can you make this work?  What do you need?

  
Try this experiment.
What questions do you have?

Watch this video to learn a little about magnets.


How does this experiment work? Can you make it and explain it to a friend?


Can you test the strength of different magnets by doing this experiment?  
How will you show the results?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Our Marae Learning




Here is our learning about the marae. We brainstormed and talked before making this video.

Our Marae Learning




We did lots of talking about our marae visit and our inquiry learning this term. We brainstormed and drew pictures to show what we know. Have a look.

Our Marae Learning



We did lots of talking about our marae visit and our inquiry learning this term. We brainstormed and drew pictures to show what we know. Have a look.

Our Marae Learning



We did lots of talking about our marae visit and our inquiry learning this term. We brainstormed and drew pictures to show what we know. Have a look.

Our Marae learning


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We did lots of talking about our marae visit and our inquiry learning this term. We brainstormed and drew pictures to show what we know. Have a look.

Our Marae learning


We did lots of talking about our marae visit and our inquiry learning this term. We brainstormed and drew pictures to show what we know. Have a look.

Our Farm




We have drawn a plan of a farm. Enjoy our explanation.

The Farm


Rian's Photo on Tuesday, 15 September 2015


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Onions War diry


Rian's Video on Tuesday, 15 September 2015


Onions War diry


Frations


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We were learning fractions. We were learning to see how many groups we had.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Tuatara


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Learning to comment


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Hi Nate and Harrison I am so impressed the way you have gone and got a dictionary to help you with your spelling. Amazing team work. From Mrs Candy

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Singing

We are singing 'Kea, Kea' at assembly.

Miss G's Post on Thursday, 3 September 2015

The three little pigs play recited by some of the Matai team.

Rippa Rugby

Rory the sports activator came today and helped us with our rippa rugby skills. Have a look at some of our skills.

Group's Post on Thursday, 3 September 2015


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Our tuatara learning and drawing by Millie & Ruby

Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Group's Photo on Thursday, 3 September 2015


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Group's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Matai Hub's Video on Thursday, 3 September 2015


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Matai's Post on Wednesday, 2 September 2015


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We worked really hard on our blog today. We worked together to put comments on. We have also put a touch typing game on for you to enjoy.

Speedy Typing

Take a look at the top of our blog page and find a new exciting page to look at.  You will find a new game to learn and practice how to be a super speedy typist!  Mum and Dad might even want to play!

Typing Games

Monday, 31 August 2015

Ben's Photo on Monday, 31 August 2015

We were very lucky to visit the museum in Invercargill and touch the tuatara.  Here are some interesting facts I found out.
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Friday, 21 August 2015

The Tower

We were working together to build this.  We built other things together too.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Making a blanket fort for writing.


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We are learning to write recounts. We worked together to build a hut. Then we went into the hut to do our writing.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Jack's Threading




I am investigating different patterns that can be made in a peg board.

Making A Tukutuku Pattern




We are learning about tukutuku patterns. We are having a discovery time. Our challenge was to figure out how to make the diagonal lines go across.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How do we learn in the Matai Hub during action stations?


My smooth reading!


Our wharenui


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We are learning about the wharenui on a Marae. After talking about the different parts, we went and tried making our own structure with all kinds of materials.

Skipping




We are learning to skip on the spot in the Matai hub, and to try several different moves. Can you skip with us at home? It is great for developing our coordination.

How to help...
   (beginners): Use a piece of long rope. Remind us how to hold the skipping rope, move it over our heads THEN jump. Our feet should be glued together when we jump.
 
All levels
 - Have a skipping competition with us - who can skip for the longest?
 - Put on some cool music in the background (we added 'Battlefield' by Jordin Sparks to this)
 - Google 'Jump Rope for Heart Skipping Videos' to get inspired with some different moves.

Commenting On


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Hello Anne and Paul.I liked the way you taught us about commenting.you did a good job.Why are you teaching?Why do we have to comment? From Isha

Monday, 10 August 2015

Our Wharenui


We had to do a lot of cooperation and negotiation to put this together.

Our wharenui


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This is Alex, will and Cohen's wharenui.

How is our Marae like/different to our school?


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We labelled our room. We are the tangata whenua here in this room - this is our place. Visitors who come are called manuhiri. Our kura...school is made up of of all of our area. A marae is a group of buildings. A marae is built to represent a body.

Monday, 15 June 2015

The letter l

We are revising our phonics sounds. These objects all start with the letter 'l' and make the 'el' sound.

Reading

I have been working at reading smoothly. Check out my video!

Jake's Reading

I have been working at reading smoothly. Check out my video!

Jellyfish!

I am reading a page from my book 'Jellyfish.' I am trying to be a fluent reader.

Jellyfish

I am reading a page from my book 'Jellyfish.' I am trying to be a fluent reader.

I can read what I write!

Laine and I read the book "Mum" and then wrote a sentence about what we thought our Mums would be doing. We took a picture and read it back.

I can read back what I write!

Jack and I read the book "Mum" and then wrote a sentence about what we thought our Mums' would be doing. We took a picture and read it back.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Donky Bear


Bear


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


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Charlie


Donkey


Inquiry


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Donkey


Olo


Inquiry reflection


Art reflection


Art


Donkey


Inquiry


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Donkey


Teddy bear


Lion


Lexie


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

This Is About the War


The war


The War


Art


ANZAC


War Learning


Inquiry


Art


Harrison


This Is About ANZAC


ANZAC


Poppies


Ears


Monday, 25 May 2015

Art


Panda


Charlie


The Police Dog


Snow

The snow fell last night and we were left with some on the ground. The paths were very icy so the Matai hub had to stay inside all day. Lucas ventured out to take this photo and Jessica described it.

In The War In The Old Times


Anzac Soldiers


My Wreath


The Anzac Soldiers


Times In The War


Anzac


ANZAC


ANZAC


Patrick's Video on Monday, 25 May 2015


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A Day In The Matai Hub

Here are some of our inquiry activities. We were showing what we remembered.
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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Our inquiry projects

Here are the inquiry projects that were created. Please remember that we are still learning, so not all information is completely accurate. This work shows what the 'take-away' from our inquiry unit was.

Friday, 3 April 2015

The end of the term

What a great job you have done this term team! We have made such a big improvement in how we manage ourselves and our learning. Your teachers (and parents I am sure) are very, very proud of you.

Completed inquiry projects will appear here and on your uSpace over the next couple of weeks.

Have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy looking through your sample books and don't forget to log on to Ultranet. Your videos are uploaded. Any problems...please let us know.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The first post of 2015!

It is almost the end of term 1 already. We have had a very busy term adapting to our new way of running things. However, we have had an awesome term together, with students and teachers alike enthused about learning.

We look forward to wrapping up the term with the school swimming sports (full of both fun and serious races). This will give our students a chance to show their skills. 

One of the highlights of this term was our visit to Whiskey Gully, a great opportunity to see our local area and go for a bush walk. This fantastic trip (thanks to parents and the Hughes from Blue Mountain Nurseries) helped students to hook into our inquiry this term based around the forest and the Matai tree.
 We have been investigating adaptations of birds, what makes a tree a tree (and how a tree works), and what a tree has to do with our school values. 

Next week we wrap up the inquiry as we put together a presentation showing our inquiry learning this term.