Thursday, 17 December 2015

Year 3's Snow Globes

Here are the year 3's snow globes!

Snow Globe mania!

These are the year 2's snow globes.  They are hanging in the classroom ready for next year.  We had to think about what our world would have in it if we lived in a snow globe.  Then we used oil pastel and dye to create our backgrounds.  Next we posed for a photo.  Once the photo was taken we laminated it, placed it on the picture and attached it to a plate.  We then decorated the plates and named our worlds! Here they are.  If you want a closer look, come in and see!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Year 3/4 sleepover

Last Thursday night the year 3's and 4's had their annual sleepover. Instead of a movie the children & teachers decided to put on a talent show. Take a look at our photos and have a chat to your child to see what they did in the show!

Teddy bear picnic

Tautoru had their teddy bear end of year picnic today! Lots to celebrate and so much fun to be had. Check out the photos below and have a chat with your kids about the day! 😎

Friday, 4 December 2015

The Nightmare

Today we made a trailer about zombies. We also included some Mahutonga kids. Made by Edward, Angus, Cruz and Dylan.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

super hero trailer


The Earth reading group have been working together to create trailers for imaginary films.

It has been great to see groups problem solving, sharing ideas, and working incredibly well as a team.

Maths - groupings to 20

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Hour of Code: Star Wars Blocks

Today we took part in "The Hour of Code" We had to work together collaboratively to work through the different levels on the Star Wars course. Some juniors and seniors worked together to get through the levels. 

We worked as a team to complete the levels

You can find out more at:

We got certificates for completing the course!

Last week of spelling testing

This week is our last week of spelling testing and we have had some wonderful helpers! Thank you Annette, Vanessa, Vicky & Hayden! We couldn't have done it without you. If you want to help out with spelling next year please contact Chrissy in Tautoru early next year.

Thanks again, Chrissy & Gillian

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Three Little Pigs, By Logan


Dear  Logan
You know the story of the three little pigs?... well it's not like that!
The huff and puff thing was because I had a terrible sneezing cold, and the reason the first two houses fell down was because they were weak. The pigs were dead so I ate them so they didn't get wasted. When the newspaper pig reporters found out about the pigs I ate, they didn’t think a wolf with a cold sounded interesting so they jazzed up the story with all the big bad wolf stuff and took me to jail. I was framed!  
The BIg Bad Wolf
The brown wolf from My

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Stories with groupings to 10

Sand 1 have been practising their groupings to 10...they made up stories to go along with their groupings of 10.

Once upon a time there were 10 beautiful red swans. They were separated into two lakes. 5 in one lake and 5 in another lake. 1 of the swans missed her friends so they had a play date so now there were 6 in one lake and 4 in another.

There were 4 small dolphins in one swimming pool and 6 larger dolphins in another. 1 of the small dolphins went to see the bigger dolphins to ask if they wanted the others to come over. So all of the small dolphins said yes but 1 was left behind so there are now 9 dolphins in one swimming pool and 1 small dolphin on the other side. One of the big dolphins came back and brought the small dolphin over so now there are 10.

Once upon a time there was 10 dinosaurs and 1 went away to another tribe and another 1 went to join him. So now there's 2 in one tribe and 8 in the other.


Here we are practising our waiata for assembly this week "Tai Aroha". We have been practising for a long time and hope that you are able to come and watch us on Friday.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

ICT Afternoon Group

In the ICT afternoon group, we have been exploring different apps on the iPad. Today we used imovie, imovie trailer and pic collage to display our collaborative group work.

Our disaster posters: As a group, we had to think of a disaster and how we would escape from that place. We had to think about objects that we might need.

This is what we came up with...


Maori legend art

Friday, 20 November 2015

The Environment Group

We are learning about debates and as part of our inquiry, we want to find out about the environment. Our inquiry is called, "who should look after the environment". So far we have made brainstorms. We think that everyone should look after the environment.

Yesterday, we did Google Hangout with Room 10 at Kelburn school. They are near Zealandia. They are very lucky because they see lots of native birds such as kaka, tuis, sparrows, kereru and they even saw a shag fly over the other day. They are also interested in the environment and want to trap pesky rats and other pests. They talked about smart rats who managed to dodge the traps. They are designing different traps that will attract the rats. 

We also found out that Mahutonga have also been setting traps for the rats down the bank. The rats are not going for the food in the traps as they don't feel comfortable enough to eat there.

By Lizzie, Max, Ben, Mateo, Jan, Finlay, Izar, Liam, Zach and Theo B

Enviromment by Theo B

Care for the environment, oh please please please,
our future depends on us, it realy does please.
it’s for me, it’s for you
it’s for everyone on the globe
let’s keep our earth clean and very bright green
just care for it it’s now a big deal
if we did look after it a few years ago this would not
have troubled our poor mother earth.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Giving and following directions

Created using Pic Collage.

Sent from my iPad


Gardening Groups

This week in our Tuesday afternoon gardening groups we planted some plants in the garden boxes. We planted basil, mint, peas and some beans.
We also researched some edible plants to find out what plants suit what climates and what is the best time of the year to plant them.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Friday, 13 November 2015

Assembly: Friday 13th November 2015

Well done to these guys for leading the karakia
We shared our firework similes 
Well done to our great presenters
Principal Awards for collaboration

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Fading like ghosts and as fast as a comet !

The Earth and Wind reading groups have been learning about similes.

We have used fireworks as inspiration and have produced some amazing examples.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Afternoon Clubs

(Trailer by Mya)

Club day was a success! We mixed up with seniors and juniors, new teachers and new spaces. Our club is the ICT and team building groups. We had to work together to cross the minefield and plan how we'd get off a deserted island. Watch this space for some videos explaining our strategies!