Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Standard unit for weight

In Maths this week we have been learning about the standard units we use to measure weight. We learnt about Kilograms and Grams. When we weigh ourselves we use Kilograms (KG's). Some of the things we figured out were...
- People weigh more if they have shoes on
- People might be heavier if they are taller
- People might be lighter if they are shorter
- People gain and lose weight which makes them lighter and heavier
- People might weigh more or less depending on the time of day and how much they have eaten or drunk.
- Of course, Chrissy weighed the most out of all of us!!
Watch our video to see some of our learning that took place this week. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Where the wild things

We created music based on the where the wild things are book...take a look at our video!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Salsa Dancing

Today we learnt a little about the history of salsa and some did some salsa dancing. This was a lot of fun!

We are learning dance and music skills in our lead up to the music festival. Our Inquiry is about "Sound".

Yoga to wake our brains up!

Yoga to start the day!

Saturday, 25 June 2016


In Maths we have been exploring weight and learning about non-standard units. We have had a lot of fun trying to balance the scales and seeing which objects are heavier and lighter.

Thank you Stephanie for talking to us about your journey

You can read more on the Mahutonga blog:

Te Papa Trip

We had a wonderful time visiting Te Papa yesterday to learn more about Matariki. Thank you to all of our parent support! 


This is the Year Three students making musical patterns with the Rakau sticks.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Rakau sticks

We have had a great morning working with students from Autahi. It has been a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and work on creating musical patterns with rakau sticks.


Today while the Year threes were at Te Papa the Year ones and twos were in mixed groups with some children from Autahi. We did some art about a Maori legend, danced to lots of different music and tried to follow a beat with the rakau sticks. We had fun!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wig Wednesday

Today was "Wig Wednesday". 
We had some very interesting head wear! Thanks to all the people who made a donation to Child Cancer.

Tai Chi

Today we did some Tai Chi to wake our brains up. We are experimenting with different types of music and movement.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


In Maths, we have been learning about capacity and how we measure it using non-standard and standard units. We have been looking at the size of different containers, recording whether something is full, half full or empty. We have also been thinking about if a container looks smaller or bigger does this make a difference? Should we always be accurate when we measure? What happens when we aren't accurate...will this affect our results? Take a look at our video to see some of the highlights of this unit! We had heaps of fun and there is still some more learning to do around capacity. Maybe you could help at home when you are cooking or baking...

Music: Shared Writing

We are listening to music...
We have been learning about sound as part of our Inquiry... Today we listened to a range of different types of music.

This is a piece of shared writing by Nic's literacy group:


Music reminds me of
Shooting stars in the night sky
A golden violin on a summer’s night
The moon singing in the dark sky
The funky DJ mixing disco sounds
A 90’s movie with a car chase

Music reminds me of
A giant tornado speeding through town
People running along like a herd of elephants
A volcano erupting with hot lava
Owls hooting through the night
The opening of a Brazilian carnival
Cannon bolts falling to the ground

Music makes me feel
Surprised like bangs of fireworks
Bright like Christmas lights
Excited like a university graduate
Strong like a super hero flying
Sad like a lost battle
Sleepy like I have walked for a thousand days.

Music is spectacular!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Our Sound Inquiry

We are beginning to investigate sound as part of our Inquiry about "Change". Today we begun to investigate musical instruments and materials used to create different sounds. 

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Kite Art

After we flew our kites on the beach we created some kite art and wrote poems about our experience...

Did you ever by Edward
Did you ever go kite flying at Worser Bay Beach
People screaming
Kites crash landing
People running
Kites swooping
People tugging
Kites pulling
People shouting
Kites falling
People chatting
Kites flying

Celebrating Matariki

We had a great time celebrating Matariki by flying our kites on the beach with our families.


This week we recapped on what we have learnt so far in our Spanish lessons. We learnt colours, numbers, feelings and greetings. You can learn the songs:

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Let's Go Fly A Kite

We have made our own kites to fly. We have been designing kites that have members of our family on them. We went outside to see how they fly...

Our Tautoru Kite...

See you tomorrow!

Kite making

In preparation for our kite flying celebration for Matariki we have been making kites in class. We have attempted a hexagonal box kite and also a kite based on traditional Maori designs. See you on Friday!