Thursday, 30 June 2022

Matariki Celebrations

 Nau mai Matariki, nau mai Puanga, nau mai te tau hou Māori - We welcome Matariki, we welcome Puanga and the Māori New Year.


Matariki / Puanga is a time for learning and storytelling and an occasion for people to come together and celebrate what has been achieved in the past year. A time for whānau being together, celebrating a new year where everyone can flourish and remembering friends and whānau we have lost over the past wee while. 

We met on the beach to see the stars and say karakia together. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Te Iwa o Matariki- Celebrating The Matariki Stars

When Matariki disappears in the sky and then reappears, it marks a very special time in the Māori Calendar as each star in the Marariki cluster has links to an aspect of our environment. You can read more about them here. 

We've spent time in our whānau groups across the school learning about the different stars and also connecting with all our teachers and peers. Here, some of us were learning about Waitā, the star that looks after ocean creatures, and creating musical rhythms to represent the animals. We used rakau sticks to create musical beats that represent different animals. It was wonderful to work with seniors from across the school.

We also learned about how Matariki is a time to celebrate with our whānau. We made some whare (house) that show our whānau and the Matariki stars shinning in the sky.

Here are some of works in progress!

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Dwarf Beans

This week we wrapped up our plant inquiry, which we’ve been working very hard on this term! To finalise the end of our inquiry we planted our dwarf beans into the school vegetable garden. We first planted these beans as seeds and have been watching them grow, learning all about how plants change and the resources plants need to survive in the meantime.

We documented these developments in our Tautoru seed diary, and also drew scientific diagrams of how our seeds have developed throughout the term. Our Tautoru kids have really embodied the learner attribute of “I am a thinker,” learning all about how scientists think, and how we can be scientists ourselves when learning new things!


We have enjoyed learning about Matariki in Tautoru this week. Matariki marks the Māori new year and is a time for us to come together with our whānau, reflect on the past and look forward to what is ahead. Sharing the wisdom of our family members marks an appreciation of what they do and allows tamariki to reflect on what they do for others.

The youngest sister star of Matariki, Hiwa-i-te-rangi, is often called the wishing star. People send their goals, aspirations and wishes to Hiwa-i-te-rangi, in the hopes that they will come true in the new year. In Tautoru this week we’ve been drawing Hiwa-i-te-rangi and writing our own wishes on the back of the star. Doing this allows us to ask Hiwa-i-te-rangi what we want to see in the new year and tell her hopes we have for our futures.

Wednesday, 1 June 2022


 These last few weeks alongside Autahi, we have loved our Friday swimming sessions at the Kilburnie pools. We use lots of Grit when learning how to swim, making sure to not give up when it is tricky and telling ourselves things such as “keep trying” and “you can do it!” 

Swimming has also been a great opportunity to show Character Strengths such as Respect and Honesty. We show these to our peers, swimming instructors, teachers and parent support. 

It has been a pleasure talking to our tamariki and picking up an increased confidence in their swimming abilities. 

Leaf Art

 As part of our inquiry into plants this term, we have been learning how to use plants to create artwork that honours the natural beauty of our surroundings. Leaf rubbing helps us see the unique markings to each leaf and how different they are, like our own fingerprints!

Please enjoy these photos of our leaf art creations. We will be finishing this art at the end of the week so check out Seesaw for the finished products. 

Thursday, 26 May 2022

Expressing ideas through Drama

 This week we have begun to explore how to share ideas through drama. Drama is a wonderful way to play with ideas and communicate them to an audience. It’s also lots of fun! 

We have started by learning some fun drama games. One game is when we have to pretend to take our pet for a walk. Our pet might be small dog or a huge elephant. Imagine taking your elephant for a walk and trying to carry it. What would that look like?

Or imagine giving someone a gift but you don't know what it is. Where would your imagination take you? 

We will keep building our knowledge of drama skills this term with different ways to communicate ideas and use our imagination.

Garden to Table

We have learned about how plants change and this week we ventured into picking some greens (yes, greens!) from our garden to cook with them. We made some delicious corn fritters with some silverbeet. We had never tried silverbeet before so we had to dial up a bit of bravery to try this new green food.

We took turns at adding the ingredients and stirring the mix. Ximena helped us to scoop the batter and put it in the frying pan.

Finally it was time to try the fritters. Yum! We then wrote about the process. 

It was fun to try something new and we will have new crops to try throughout the year.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

How Plants Change Inquiry- Being Scientists

As part of our inquiry, we have been learning about how we can behave like scientists to find out more. First, we learned that scientists are thinkers because they ask questions! They also observe carefully to notice what is happening. After doing some learning and getting out into our garden, we dialed up our Curiosity and came up with these questions about plants:

Next, we learned that scientists carry out experiments to find out answers to their questions. We set up an experiment and made some observations. We put some celery in food dye to see how it absorbs water. We also made some predictions as to what might happen next. Most of us thought that the whole celery would change colour. We made some diagrams of Day 1.

We waited a couple of days and then looked at how the celery had absorbed the food dye. Sometimes experiments create discoveries that are unexpected! Only the celery leaves changed colour, and when we looked inside, there were these channels where the celery absorbed the dye.

We discovered that plants have thin channels inside called xylem. They are like plant veins that help them transport water and food to the leaves. Here is a video about our experiment if you want to do it at home: