Thursday, 29 October 2020

Te reo Māori in Tautoru!

 Each term or so, we have a focus or new sentence structure in te reo Māori to learn. For the rest of the year, we are giving ourselves the challenge to learn two new sentence structures and the kupu that go along with it!

The Weather

Each morning, we start the day with the karakia and then one child leads the class in asking and answering what the weather is today.

He aha te huarere? (What is the weather?) 
He rangi _____. (The weather is _____).

At the moment, we are focusing on these kupu: Kapua (cloudy), Makariri (cold), Pupuhi te hau (windy), Paki (fine), Ua (raining) and Mahana (warm).


He aha te huarere?  (What is the weather?)
He rangi Kapua. (The weather is cloudy).

Let's hope we don't become too familiar with Ua and Makariri when saying the weather each morning, and more familiar with Paki and Mahana!

Pass me...

During our scheduled te reo Māori time each week, we are learning about how to pass familiar objects found in the classroom to each other.

The more physical nature of this sentence structure has allowed us to learn it more easily. We have found students are picking up this new kupu as we are often passing each other objects. Now, we could ask others to pass us things in te reo Māori rather than English!

Homai te ___ (pass me the ____).
Ānei! (Here!)

The objects we are focusing on are pene rākau (pencil), pene hinu (crayon), muku (rubber), whakakoi (pencil sharpener), kutikuti (scissors), pukapuka (book), pepa (paper), kāpia (glue stick), pene whītau (felts), pukapuka tuhituhi (writing book), iPapa (iPad), korowhiko (computer).


Homai te kutikuti. (Pass me the scissors).
Ānei! (Here!)

Māori Alphabet song

Check out this video to help with pronunication for the vowels and consonants in te reo Māori.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

The Joy of Reading

In our busy world, reading books for pleasure is becoming something we need to focus on. It is such a wonderful way to unwind. In Tautoru, after lunch, we get to read for pleasure. We connect with imaginary worlds, we extend things we are interested in or we share the joy of reading.

We share books with a friend.

We immerse ourselves in a book by ourselves.

We enjoy being read to. Here is Scott with his current chapter book.

Talk at home this week about how you might be able to keep up the joy of reading alive.

We are Learning to be Powerful

Our Learner Attribute for this term is I am Powerful. We can show this when:

  • I can think about overcoming challenges 
  • I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself
  • I understand that not knowing is good 
  • I take action 
  • I keep trying and don’t give up 
  • I can make decisions about my environment 
Here is a group of us being powerful by taking action. We using Positive Purpose by picking up litter.

We have been exploring and writing about what being powerful means to us. We have also been thinking about how we might develop this attribute in different ways. Here is some writing about our thinking on being powerful.

Cara: I think I need to be more powerful. When I went rock climbing for my first time it was so scary. I wanted to go to my mum.  I said "I want to get down." A guy who was next to me said "Sit down on the seat. It will pull you down." It is really fun!

Zoe: I can think about overcoming challenges. I am challenging myself to read two Dog Man books in one day!

Tommy: I am powerful because I try and don't give up. I am excited about new learning and I challenge myself because I learn how to write longer stories. I can think about overcoming challenges because I challenge myself to write three pages!

Tuesday, 13 October 2020


This week in maths we started an investigation into algebra. It has been a fun start our maths learning after the holidays.

We spent the beginning of the week talking about patterns and developing questions for further investigation. 

There are patterns all around us and it has been great to create our own and then sharing the rules with our friends to recreate.

We have even headed outside to create patterns in groups with our friends. The goal is to teach our pattern to another group but we need to practice a bit more first!


Life cycle of Plants

As part of our inquiry into plants we have had our little garden seedlings returned to school. Many of our seeds have sprouted and we are all very excited about the measurement, care, and the eating that will happen over the next few weeks. 

In base groups this week we have spent time observing and drawing our seedlings. We have noticed how different each seedling is. We spent time sketching the different shapes and sizes of the seedlings and then visited our school garden to see more of the life cycle in action.

Our school garden has plants going to seed which has helped us to understand how seeds are dispersed and begin their own life cycle. We have also completed a life cycle of a flowering plant which made our garden visit even more connected.

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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff!

This is the Year 3 and 4 students on our walk

School Kits challenged us to walk the length of New Zealand in a day! We needed 278 people, walking 10,000 steps each to walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff. We reached out to the community to ask you to "donate" 10,000 steps. We also did our own walk (it wasn't quite 10,000 steps but we know that we would've done 10,000 each by the end of the day!) 

This activity was designed to help us connect with the community and to promote healthy activity. 

Thank you to everyone for your donations. We made it! Now for a holiday... 

A map of our walk