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.

Ohaeawai's Science Fair

Here are a few snapshots that students took of each other presenting at our recent Science Fair.  The children were fantastic presenters and got better and better as the time went on.  In the end they were making people who were coming to visit make predictions about what they though would happen when they re-did the experiment and then asked further questions about what might happen if one of the variables were changed.  Great learning

"What do you think will happen when we turn on the hair dryer?"
"What object will go the highest?"
"What would happen if we used a different setting on the hair dryer?"

"This is how we made a paper areoplane..."
"What would happen if we used different paper?"
"What would happen if we made smaller/bigger planes?" 

"What do you think will happen to the duvet when we turn the fan on?"
"What would happen if someone was inside it?"
"What would happen if Mrs G's phone was on-top of it?"
"What would happen if the hole around the fan was bigger?"

 "What will happen when we let the balloon go?"
"Does it matter how much air is inside the balloon?"
"Does it matter where we attach the balloon?"

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

How to Make a Paper Plane

For the last week we have been learning about air pressure. Veon wanted to make a paper plane to see what would happen to it with the pressure from different air forces. On Monday we learnt how to make a paper plane. We looked at YouTube tutorials to show us how people present instructions. Olivia, Ella, Shiah, and Kaira have put together a video explaining how to make a basic paper plane. The Hovercrafts (reading group) wrote up the steps for us on Pic Collage. Tomorrow we will try to follow these instructions to make planes to test with different air pressures, like a fan, hair dryer, or air released from a balloon. Cheyne wants to try and make different designs to see which paper plane will fly the longest distance.
Check out our video to see if you can make a paper plane. Please let us know how it goes!

Yay! Balloon Rocket Experiment

For science we have been investigating different ways to make things move using air.  This is one we did today.

What will happen to the Balloon Rocket when we let it go.
We think the balloon rocket will go half the distance from one of our teachers whiteboards to the orange table.
First, we got some string. Second, we blew the Balloon Rocket up and then put the straw on the string and attached the balloon rocket to the straw with cello tape. Last, we let the Balloon Rocket go. Yay!! it went to the other side!!!!
Materials we used:
Balloon, string, straw and cello tape.

By Tanner & Zavier

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

July Reading Certificates

 In Te Maunga we continue to have some fantastic Readers.  Below are the students who have achieved a massive 90 nights reading.  You guys are amazing!

Here are the students who achieved 60 nights reading as well!  Keep up the awesome effort!