Monday, 13 November 2017

Counting on practice

Today a group of children were learning to explain to others how to count on in Maths.  They worked in small groups and would take turns drawing cards, adding pictures to their explain everything document, and then recording how they would solved it.  This will be a rewindable learning resources that they can use themselves and for when they take workshops for others in the class on this topic.  Keep watching our blog to see other examples of this over the next couple of weeks.

Well done, Charlee, Harlem and Nicole.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Assembly Song

Here is a cool movie that we created for our class assembly.  Thanks to Nick our Sound man  who made this movie possible and to Jake and Shiah our recording experts. We hope you find it as fun to watch as it was for us to make!  

Also special thanks to Rico and Louisa from Team Moana who came over on Friday morning to learn how to use iMovie on the iMac with Mrs G.  The results are amazing.

Greats and Grans

Here is a movie trailer that Emmanuel and Laylah made using IMovie.  Videos used in this movie were recorded by Jake, Jayme and Mrs G.  A great team effort.  

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Team Maunga's other movies for our school movie competition

Here are 4 more movies that we created for our school movie competition.  They are all about our trip to Auckland.  Our movie judge suggests that we send our movie trailers to the establishments we took them about, as he thought they were fantastic.

We used iMovie on the ipads and constructed trailers as they are an easy way for us to learn about storyline, and inserting videos/images into movies.

Thanks for watching

Monday, 16 October 2017

Our Magic School Bikes Movie

Here is a movie that our children have been working on in class.

First we all talked about what we wanted our movie to be on.  In term 3 our topic was on "up up and away", and many of our children had been interested in finding out more about space and rocket ships.  So the class decided that this was a good topic to do a movie on.  

Next we used little sheets of paper to make up a story board where we could draw the scenes that they wanted in their movie.  Next students found images (that were free to use, share and modify) that matched these story board scenes.  We even took some images using our green screen and a rocket ship that we borrowed from Paihia School.  Thank you Paihia school for loaning it to us so that we could use it.

After we had these images stored on our iPad, students recorded each other on bikes in lots of locations around our school, and then we did something that was very unusual.  Children then had to ride their bikes around inside (in front of our green screen).  This was very exciting for all - and seems to be the main highlight of making this movie for many.

Finally students were recorded telling their facts.  These they had to reaseach themselves, and the practice so they could say them loudly and clearly.  When all the recordings were done, children took turns working with Mrs G to assemble it on the iMac.


Monday, 2 October 2017

September Reading Certificates

Wow lots of Reading Certificates for the month of September.  The first 3 certificates (in green) are 120 nights reading.  This is outstanding.  Well done everyone!  Keep up the fantastic reading.  

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Bus Two's Auckland Adventure

Here are some photos and videos of bus 2 from our trip down to Auckland.

MOTAT educators took us into their flight classroom to learn about drag, lift, air pressure, weight, and thrust. This linked really well back to our Term theme 'Up, Up, and Away!' Our kids were excited to see experiments we had done in class for our science fair built on in the MOTAT flight classroom. We then got to catch the tram to MOTAT's main building, for more hands on interactive learning. A big hit was the Sunlight exhibition as you can see in the following link.
Bus 2 at Motat

Bus Two then headed off to the Zoo. Dave and Erin were amazing educators. After we had our orientation talk, we got to wander around with our groups exploring the zoo. We meet back for a BBQ dinner, set up our beds, then Erin played a true/false animal game with us. After dinner we had a look in the store room where they keep all the animal food. Erin gave us a close up look at a frozen rat, ew! There were definitively interesting foods and spices we did not expect to see, like coffee and curry powder! After the store room we covered our torches in red cellophane, so we didn't hurt any eyes (animals or humans), and Dave and Erin took us around for a night walk and talk.

After such a full day of adventure it didn't take long for our amazing kids to fall asleep!

The next morning after we packed up Erin took us on another educational tour as some of the animals were let out into their enclosures. Check out the following link for our zoo sleep over photos and see if you can spot the Team Maunga monkeys.
Bus 2 at the Zoo

Our next stop was Kelly Tarlton's. This was always a big hit with the kids. They took us into the classroom where we got to learn and touch treasures from the sea. They also showed us the video of how Kelly Tarlton's was built underground. We then got to explore around with our groups. Click on the link to see the kids exploring.
Bus 2 at Kelly Tarlton's

Thank you all for your support and help with our trip, from fundraising to parent helpers.  As you can see on their faces the learning opportunities and experiences were really well appreciated by our tamariki.

Make sure you check back on our blog for the iMovie trailers the kids made of the trip.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Visiting Harold

Last week our class had a visit from our very special friend, Harold. He taught us to be safe, kind, caring and sharing friends. We also learnt about being bucket fillers to keep our friends and teachers happy.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

August Reading Certificates

Another 90 Night reading Certificate!  Well done Laylah.  You are amazing.  It is no wonder that your are progress in your reading as quickly as you are!

Well done to our 60 nights reading certificate people too!  Keep up the awesome effort!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Duffy Role Model Assembly

Today we had a very special visitor by the name of Rachel Wharerau, (stage name Temara Star) visit Ohaeawai school for Duffy role model assembly. We were very privileged to hear her sing an original song called Dream-Catcher which was about encouraging people to follow their dreams.

We can't wait to get our Duffy books later this term!

"It's cool to read, it's cool to succeed!" 

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Place Value Maths

Recently we have been learning face value, place value and total value and using place value equipment to help us with maths problems.  Below is a picture of us working in pairs to add place value equipment together.

Here are some pictures of what we needed to be able to understand before we could to this activity above.  

"We have enjoyed using the place value equipment as we can see what the numbers look like".



Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Welcome to Team Maunga!

On Monday the newbies moved into Room 5 and 6 to learn. They are Saxdyn, Frank, Riah, and Heidi. It is so much fun because we can help them. When we play with them they are kind to us.
We love having them in our team!
By Sienna M and Stella

I like Team Maunga because we do different learning. 
By Heidi
Team Maunga is good because we do spelling.
By Frank
I feel happy in Team Maunga because I like to work. My friends are here.
By Riah
I like doing work in Team Maunga. I like drawing pictures about the book.
By Saxdyn

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Shiah rides a bike

This term we have been very lucky to have a new student start with us.  His name is Shiah.  He has been part of a small bike riding group that goes out each morning to ride with Amiee.  Shiah initially didn't believe he could ride a bike, but now look at him go!  

He will be racing around our school bike track in no time.
Great work Shiah!

Adding 2 digit numbers using place value

In class this week we have moved on from hungry nines and super hungry 8's to revisiting place value.  We are now learning to use this to  add problems with larger numbers.  Below are some rewindable learning moments we wanted to share so we could all look back at them and remember how to solve these sorts of problems, and also how to talk about solving these sorts of problems.

Not only is this a great way to remember for ourselves, It will also help us develop the ability to explain this to others for our student led workshops that we run on Fridays.  

Friday, 25 August 2017

Hip Hop rewindable learning

This term we have been having Hip Hop sessions with Horrace.  We really are enjoying learning all the moves for our new dances each week, but sometimes its hard to remember all the steps, so we decided to make some movies to help us practice when Horrace isn't with us so we can become even more confident with our dances.

We wanted to share it here on our blog so we could revisit it ourselves, but feel free to watch and learn the steps to.  Be sure to let us know how you go with it.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Cross Country

We all did really well in our School Cross Country.  

We are very lucky as our school cross country is also the local inter-schools cross country.  Here are some photos of us doing a walk through will all our local schools.  

We love our cross country track.  A big thanks to our Local Farmer Mr Gravatt who lets us use the paddocks around our school to make this event so memorable - complete with cow poo and mud!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Whaea Mal and Whaea Hellen

We are having fun with Whaea Mal and Whaea Hellen in Team Maunga learning with us!
They have been reading to us, and helping us with our work like maths. We now have 4 teachers!
By Te Marama

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Morning View of our school entrance way!  Just a few strange characters here!

 Going for a parade in our local community!  We enjoyed going through the neighboring preschool and then around past our local shops.  

 Back at school (our class) we had a quick snap shot of our classes amazing costumes before we went off for some fun activities run across all levels in all classes!

 Mrs G's group did a Coding in the morning followed by a Dr Seuss Breakout.  Great learning and collaborating across all year levels - Love seeing Te Maunga kids learning alongside the Te Moana kids and also being able to tell the Te Moana kids what they think will work.  

Great breaking into the breakout box all of you.