Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Place I call Home

What is a place that you call home? Our movie for the Manaiakalani Film Festival this year was inspired by the learning that we did in class on the New Zealand election.

It focuses on the election issue that stood out to us above all others.  

This is our film - “The Place I Call Home”.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Right Place Right Tip by Mani

This is Mani's Top Tip poster. We have been learning to use our chromebook faster.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Room 5 Making Rangoli Patterns to Celebrate Diwali - The Indian New Year

Celebrating Diwalwith Rangoli

Yesterday was Diwali. It is also known as the Indian New Year or the Festival of Lights. Hindus celebrate Diwali every year. It is even an official holiday in countries like India, Nepal, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore and Sri Lanka. In Hinduism, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance. 

Rangoli patterns are drawn on the floor of living rooms and courtyards. It is made using coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand, flour petals or chalk. Making rangoli is thought to bring good luck. 

Check out some of our own rangoli designs below.

Tsai drawing a pair of hands coming together which symbolise 'greetings' for Hindus.

Above: Savannah, Fereti, Metui and Orlando making diyas for the festival of lights.

Below: Room 5 students next to their rangoli patterns.




Ana and Tsai


Eh Htoo Wah

Keru and Vaka

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cook Island Week

Celebrating the Cook Island Language and Culture

Room 5 Performing a Cook Island 
Drum Dance During Assembly
Thanks Mariana for all the help.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tamaki Primary Hosts Food Tasting Evening

Food Tasting Evening

Tamaki Primary hosted a food tasting evening at the end of Term 2. It was a great night.
Here is Room 5's Menu & displays.

Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf

Both the children & parents loved our food tasting night.
Great dishes made by all the classes and some lovely informative displays as well.
 Our Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf was a popular dish on the night.

Banana & Mango Smoothie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fuelled For Life

😀Food + Fitness = Fuelled For Life😀

We had such a ball with this inquiry topic!

🍎  Here is a compilation of some of our favourite moments. 🍎

Are you getting your 5 + a Day?

Tell us how you get yours. 

Friday, May 19, 2017


The ANZAC Ceremony

 ANZAC Research

Explore the resources below to learn about A.N.Z.A.C day.

When finished create a DLO that answers the following questions.

  • What does ANZAC stand for?
  • When do we have the ANZAC ceremony?
  • Why do we celebrate ANZAC?
  • What started WW1?
  • How do we hold a commemoration on ANZAC day today?
  • Why are poppies a symbol for ANZAC day?

The room 5 students absolutely loved all the research we did in and around the history of the ANZACS and the two World Wars. It was the first time I had approached teaching a topic like this to a class this young. The students had absolutely no knowledge about anything to start with but we gradually built quite a broad understanding over a 2 week period. 

Students were also asked to interview members of their family to see if any of their relatives were ever involved in a war. They also chose either a soldier or a medic each to research and then write a biography on. To finish off the topic we had one further discussion as a class where I used a lot of 'Talk Moves,' to allow them to dig deeper into what life must have been like for soldiers and their families during the war. We then discussed how their lives would be affected if another war was to occur now. 
A great inquiry topic which the students handled with surprising maturity and were very invested in their learning.