Sunday, 12 May 2019

Maunga Nui and Iti's Assembly 10th May 2019

On Friday we shared our learning at our assembly.
Here are are our movies that show our space writing that we put onto green screen. Nui wrote about a starry night, Iti were using adjectives to describe the sun. Come into our class and have a look at all our published stories on our writing frames.

In the afternoons Maunga Iti have been working with Team Maunga exploring rocket launches into space. Hannah worked with Harley Barlow, Susanna worked with Kaelan, Tyler worked with Rakai, and Andrew worked with Ivy and Daniel S, to create a Stop Motion of a rocket launch. First they had to create their rockets in the LEGO room. Then we learnt how to take lots of pictures moving our rocket slowly each step. When we played our movie it made our rockets look like they were launching into space all by themselves. This week we are learning about gravity. The children choose the activity they want to do over the week to learn and explore more about our theme. 
Here are their Stop Motions.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Rocket Coding

Today we have been working with coding in scratch again.  We linked this to our learning in class which is about space and ROCKETS which we are VERY excited about.

Here are a few examples our coding.  Enjoy and don't forget to comment and ask us questions.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Week 11 - 3 Minute Frenzy Stars

Here are term 1's final 3 minute frenzy stars (We did it a day early as we have heaps of fun planned for our last day). 

A big congratulations to all our tamariki on how they are setting themselves goals to improve each week.  Love seeing how you are achieving your goals Team Maunga.

 Remember to keep practicing over the holidays so you are ready for Term 2. 

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Saturday Morning Rugby

Here are a few pics of children from team Maunga at their second rugby day muster.  Great seeing the children learning the skills of rugby and how to work as a team.  Keep it up Team Maunga, you rock!

Friday, 5 April 2019

Week 10 - 3 Minute Frenzy Stars

 Here are this weeks 3 minute frenzy stars.  The children aim to improve their own score and we track it so we can easily see how they have improved.  These children have been choosen as they are consistently showing improvement across the term.  Keep practicing.  Remember the tip from last week about practicing writing word families as this help to speed up writing down simple words.

Well done Waiahi, Harley, Kaelan, and Aston

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Duffy Assembly

Today we were lucky to have Hayden visiting us from Duffy Books. He told us all about his experiences as a Director and how it all started by reading 3 books that he issued at his school library.
Hayden told us stories about all of the people he has met, including Harry Potter, Ricky Baker, and the stars of the Hobbit movies. We learnt a lot about green screens, body doubles, and making miniatures.
Thank you Hayden for coming to speak to us this morning.

Here is Hannah receiving her Duffy books

Monday, 1 April 2019


Congratulations to these four boys for being able to get 100% in their stage 2-3 basic facts check this week.  They are very excited to be able to trade their red basic facts rocket in for their new green basic facts rocket.  Well done guys.  Can't wait to see how you keep improving. 

Looking forward to seeing lots of other kids move onto their green rockets too.

Friday, 29 March 2019

Week 9 - Word Works Star

Here we go again with 3 Minute Frenzy Stars

Congratulations Levi, Jemima and Beau.  Remember everyone to keep practicing writing word families as this is a way to get quicker at writing as many words in 3 minutes as you can.  Start with ones like 'at, cat, mat, sat, bat, rat, that, spat...' then move on to other ones like 'it, fit, bit, sit, mit, kit ...'. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Coding with Tania

Today Mrs G's reading groups were lucky to get to work with Tania who is helping us learn 'computational thinking'  and 'coding'   We talked about writing a program that would make our car move across an ipad screen, by giving it specific instructions like move forward 3, back 4.

Once we were able to do this, we went off to choose a new background and create other program sentence 'algorithm'.  Watch out for another post with videos of some of the algorithms that we created.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Maths with Mrs Ogle Week 8

This week we had Mrs Ogle come and visit our class again to help us all with our math's.  This was fantastic to be able to all see how far we have come in this math's journey this year (and to get some ideas of where to head next.  

We began the session by counting in different ways, and with different patterns.  E.g. in 2's (using a 'sit, stand' pattern) in 3's (using a 'sit, sit, stand' pattern) and in 4's (using a 'sit, sit, sit, stand' pattern).

 Dianne's Problem was one that she used at different levels across our whole school and Team Maunga focused on going up to the number 20 to solve the problem and answer a number of question about it.

The problem told us that :  Andrew had 20 biscuits.  He iced every second one, put a cherry on every 3rd one and every 4th got a chocolate button.  Some of the questions the children answered about this problem included, how many biscuits had icing on them, how many biscuits had nothing on them  and could a biscuit have all 3 things on them.  This caused LOTS of discussion, problem solving, drawing to find the answers and using materials to answer it too.

Like normal we all came back to share some of the great work we did and today we all stood around a table where a group had used materials to clearly show what was happening with the problem.

Interestingly a few days latter, these 2 cute monkeys were spotted practicing their patterns using our 100's board.  Well done Jemima and Taysia for keeping the learning alive!

Week 8 - 3 Minute Frenzy

This week Maggie joined the word works group in room 6 and did her first 3 minute frenzy in her book.  She did great and achieved 12 words with Mrs G helping her to think about words. 

This week Mrs G set the challenge for the rest of our word works group to complete their 3 minute frenzy without her prompting them with words to write.  This was quite a challenge but despite this Harley and Nakita achieved their personal best and in Nakita's case, she met goal of 21 words for this week.  Well done both Harley and Nakita.

Keep up the great work everyone, I really love seeing what you can do.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Wearing White for as a sign of Peace and Unity

As a result of events that happened in Christchurch on Friday 15th March, our school joined with a number of other schools in wearing white as a sign of peace and unity for all cultures and nations that call NZ home.  Here are a few pictures that were taken on the day to share with the other school who also joined us in wearing white.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Week 7 - 3 Minute Frenzy Stars

Here are week 7's  3 Minute Fenzy Stars.  One of them almost doubled her score from last week and got 20.  Well done Ivy L.  Well done also to Nerali and Aston, who continue to improve their scores each week! 

Fantastic work everyone!
Ivy L

 Nerali                                                        Aston

Friday, 15 March 2019

Swim Safe Movies from week 5 & 6

Here are the swim safe movies from weeks 5 & 6.  Now we have shared them at assembly you will be able to share them with all your friends and talk about all the important learning that can be done around swimming safely both in pools, oceans and rivers.

We are incredibly lucky as New Zealanders that we have so many opportunities to enjoy the water, but it is also very important that we help all our children enjoy it safely.

Enjoy, remember to comment and ask questions to help our children further their own learning by answering your questions.

Part 2

Part 3

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Swim Safe Week 6 Term 1 2019

Again we had swim safe this week.  This week we were continuing to practice and learn about keeping safe if we fall into water.  Tracey has been very impress at how each week we have improved with what we have been doing with her.  

This week we did lots of practice around tilting our heads and floating on our backs.  This is till quite challenging for many of us so we will keep working on this both in our classroom swimming sessions as well as our next swim safe lesson next week.  

So to re-cap.  Here are the things we have been learning.
  1. How to break the water with our hounds to protect ourselves
  2. How to go into a mushroom float (so we pop up to the surface safely and don't panic)
  3. How to move from this mushroom float to a position where we can kick on our fronts to safety.
  4. How to go from a kicking on our front position to a floating on our back position.

We have made our learning into rewindable movies but will share them with you all at assembly next week (and it will also pop up on our blog this day for you all to enjoy at home as well).

Week 6 Term 1 - 3 Minute Frenzy

Here is this weeks 3 Minute Frenzy Stars.  They are showing both how they can write words quickly and also improve their own personal bests.  Well done Nerali, Harley and Rakai.  Keep working hard.  We can't wait to see what you can achieve by the end of this year!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Strep Throat & Rheumatic Fever

Today we had visitors in to our school to talk to us about how they come into our school to do throat swabs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.  They reminded us all of the importance of washing our hands and coughing into our arms to help prevent the spread of nasty bugs and also of the importance of taking all the medicine if we need to have them.

Here are some photos of us at the assembly.