Thursday, December 3, 2015



Just some of our endangered animal dioramas.


Jackson displays a positive attitude toward others so deserved to wear his wristband today.

Kashin the Elephant Slideshow by Maggie and Lilly

Te Puna School poems

The school was usual enough; it had a library, a court, 

a pool, some classes and even a boiler room 

 I never went to. Charlotte, Maggie and I ate lunch together, 

swam in the pool, chatted, swung like crazy on the monkey bars 

until we were dizzy, read, walked and talked. 

 Doing nothing important. 

 By Lilly

 Based on a poem by James K Baxter

The school was usual enough; it had

a desk, playground, office, classrooms

and even a boiler room that I never went to. 

George,Oliver and I did what boys do, broke school rules, 

dismantled trees, demanded to play tag on the playground, 

fell off the flying fox, jumped or rolled.

Doing nothing unusual.    

By Jack

Based on a poem by James K Baxter

Te Puna School was usual enough;it had
A playground, a hall, a field, a library
and even a shipping container
I never went to. Shahni, Simone and I
Did what kids do- Talk while eating lunch, bounced the handball, played tag on the playground, quickly and quietly stole sticks from other peoples huts, complained about things, sprinted or swam,
Doing nothing important

By AnnaBased on a poem by James K. Baxter

Camp Based Research

We have been making slideshows about an aspect of camp we wanted to learn more about. Here is the slideshow created by Anna and Charlotte. We also learnt that a bibliography shows the resources we used to find the information.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Endangered Animals Dioramas

Here is the first of our endangered animal dioramas.
The children had to research an endangered animal, complete a diorama and explain why the animal is endangered.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our Class Tunnel

We have created a tunnel in our classroom based on Kelly Tarlton's aquarium. We are slowly adding our work to it - photo's of the camp, Camp T Shirts and art. The children love it.

Kelly Tarlton's Art

We made some art based on our visit to Kelly Tarlton's. It involved drawing perspective.


Awesome Attitude

Sam had an awesome attitude all day - settling to tasks straight away with a desire to do his best.
well done Sam.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Congratulations Boys

We have some new wristbands that the children can wear for the day.
Oliver is wearing the 'Great Role Model' band today as he is an awesome PE Shed monitor - always on time and dedicated to the job.
Jack is wearing the 'Awesome Attitude' band as he worked solidly on his research project yesterday - very independent with great time management.
Well Done boys

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Today we made 3D shapes using toothpicks and blutack - investigating faces, corners and edges.


Paper Mache animals

We are in the process of making paper mache animals based on animals we saw at the zoo and at Kelly Tarltons.
Each animal needs to have something added to the balloon base - e.g a wing, legs, beak, fin etc. It has been a learning curve to create the correct shape and then attach it correctly to the balloon.
We will update the page as the animals take shape.
I am very impressed with the children's ability to clean up so quickly after our art sessions - it can be a very messy task!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pass It

Every week we have instructors come to teach us techniques on how to pass a ball for different sporting codes. We have had netball and rugby league so far this term.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Science Treasure Hunt

Today we did a Science Treasure Hunt. The teacher hid Science questions about seed dispersal, parts of a flower and pollination around the room. When we found the questions we had to record the answers on an answer sheet. The tricky thing was not to make it obvious where the questions were hidden because we didn't want the other groups to beat us. We tried to look very casual when we found them. Some of them were hidden under tables, chairs, behind the heaters, between posters hanging up in the room, on plant pots - everywhere.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Camp Wordle

We listed 5 words each about camp and these were our most popular thoughts. The largest words were the most common words in our class.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Feedback re our Visitors from Hong Kong

Visitors From Hong Kong

We were very fortunate to have some students from an international school in Hong Kong visit us today. they taught us about Hong kong and we taught them how to weave harakeke flowers. A great day of learning for both sets of children.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

WEG Update

Our Year 6's have taken their place on the leader Board for top schools


World Education Games
We are taking part in the WEG games this year. Mathletics opens up their spelling, maths and science site for a few days in October and over 5 million students worldwide take part in spelling and basic facts quizes to win the top person, school and country prize.
Here we are ready to play students from all around the world.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Production Preview

Here we are during our production practice today - improving all the time.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Art Appreciation

Some reviews of the Deep Freeze art piece at the Art Roadshow.

I liked the Deep Freeze art because the picture up close looked like the artist had thrown the paint on. But when you looked at it from far away it looked real. The streams wove their way through the mountains. The picture  has lots of detail from the blobs of paint, also he has used a lot of colours. It really catches in your eye. Neil Frazer has done an amazing job.  Lilly

 I like this painting because it looks like Neil Frazer just splashed all the paint onto the canvas. I like the blue and whites he used. The art man said that he put the mountains on a slope because it naturally draws your eyes down through the painting. Over the side I like the look of the drips coming off from a pond. I also like this painting because it is something I can relate to because I go to the snow quite a lot. This was definitely my favourite thing in the art van. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Winter Tournament

Maggie's sentence:
 I was so cold, that when my laces came undone and I tripped up and grazed my hands and made my knee bleed, I didn't even feel it!! But I can tell you, I felt it when I warmed up!!

Oliver's sentences:
The whole time my shirt stuck to my skin like a shroud and my shoes felt like they had an entire lake inside them! My body was literally steaming because all the droopy water was slowly but surely sliding down my hot body giving off a stinky, musty smell.    

Germinating Mung Beans

We are investigating what happens to mung beans when you leave them in water.
First we examined the beans under a microscope then drew what we saw.
We had to draw around the edge of one mung bean before we put it in water overnight.
Maybe we will see a difference.




Art Van visit

We visited the Art Van today which was full of the work of contemporary New Zealand Artists. We investigated the medium they used and some of the stories behind their art works. We also looked at the way the artist helped guide your eyes through a painting. Colour choices were also important in telling the narrative.

Monday, September 7, 2015


Tae Kwon do Update

We have now had 2 sessions and there has been definite improvement in the children's skills.

Growing Beans

HI, Here is a video of us planting beans - unfortunately the program I use seems to have cut a lot of the beans out of the shots - but you hopefully get the basic idea.

Science Roadshow

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tauranga Moana Actions

Here are the actions that we need to learn for our Production in a few weeks.

Tauranga Moana Lyrics
Tauranga Moana,
Mauao te Maunga,
Ngatiranginui, Ngaiterangi
e mihi nei e tau nei
Rapua e ta e
Puritia e hine,
a nga wawatanga,
a nga tipuna,
i roto i tenei ao hou
Puritia kia mau, kia mau
Nga taonga
mauri e Mauri e.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dewey Decimal System

We have been learning about the Dewey System - why it was created and how it works. This video is a fun way to learn about how our library is organised.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Rugby Duo

Here are Kiira and Jackson after their great rugby game on Saturday. They played an impressive very energetic game for Rangataua in the Under 11 rugby final against the Mount.
Well done boys - there has obviously been a lot of dedication put into your training.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Home Learning

Frazer had an amazing time making his obstacle course and sharing it with his little brother.
Looks like they had so much fun!!!!!
I love this photo.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Views

Look - we had 3 people viewing our blog at the same time - and some visitors from the other side of the world too. Aren't we lucky?

To all the people viewing our blog - thank you - it has been a great way to teach geography to the class.
Please feel free to write a comment on any of the posts - we are always wondering who is visiting our blog.

Silent shuffle

We did a silent card shuffle activity. In groups we had to put a list of transport forms such as skateboard, hot air balloon, train, rocket etc in order from slowest to fastest. We were not allowed to speak to each other so had to find other ways to communicate. we then rotated around the other groups to see how they had ordered their lists. We then went back to our own list and could finally speak and change our list if we wanted to. We had to think critically about our decisions and argue our points to the rest of the group.

Speech Research

Speeches are coming up this term. We have been researching our topics before we start.
We have also started to practice skills to deliver our speech

One of the activities we have started is to say tongue twisters - can you say the following 5 times in a row?

Red lorry, yellow lorry

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