Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Global WALT:  To write a narrative to entertain my audience.

Use a range of descriptive language
Use range of conjunctions to join ideas
Written in Past tense
Appropriate paragraphs

Structured correctly by including an orientation, problem, resolution and conclusion.

Good Grated Cheese and Stinky Salami
By Sophie Wilton-Greenstreet

Once upon a time in a city called Dairy City lived a good dairy superhero named Good Grated Cheese who was a CRIME FIGHTER! He was a full piece of cheese until . . . his enemy Stinky Salami GRATED HIM TO PIECES!! Good Grated Cheese is so thin like a spaghetti piece and Stinky Salami is so fat and cold blooded.
The problem was that Stinky Salami was on the rampage for . . . Good Grated Cheese!! Stinky Salami is going to grate Good Grated Cheese until there is nothing left of him!! Dun Duuun Duuuun!!!
There was another superhero called Super Sausage who was willing to help Good Grated Cheese to defeat Stinky Salami forever! So Super Sausage and Good Grated Cheese headed out . . . but Stinky Salami was on guard. Good Grated Cheese and Super Sausage failed to defeat Stinky Salami.
By failing, Super Sausage and Good Grated Cheese lived in a city of chaos. It was dark and it was alway gloomy and miserable. Stinky Salami was ruling the world. They lived miserably ever after.
The End

Monday, March 27, 2017

Show not Tell Paragraphs

We have been learning about how to make our writing more descriptive so that the reader is interested and engaged.

For one of our ‘Show not tell task we were given a: Telling sentence such as ‘the pizza is delicious'. We then wrote a showing  paragraph to describe the telling sentence.
Here are a few examples of showing paragraphs for 'The cake is delicious' and 'It was a windy day'.

The cake was Delicious

Flexible, vanilla, sponge flooding with gooey, pink, fairy icing topped with, mouthwatering, Ocean blue, blueberries blending it’s watery juice to make the icing a bright purple.  Swirling like a tornado in my dry mouth, a tsunami approaches with delicious  icing when the fluffy sponge hit my teeth. Everybody could smell the juicy blueberries wafting in the air a mile away.

It was a windy day

The tree’s leaves rustle in the warm breeze as it whistles like birds in the early morning. The rubbish forms mini tornados as small as my little sister.  It howls like the kettle steaming. The fresh air running away fast.

By Keira

The pink fluffy icing lay on top the chocolate infested layers of sponge. The sponge layers are stacked like bricks. I plan taking a bite so I get a taste of every luscious ingredient. Mmm, so good!!
By Sophie

Dark chocolate icing smudged neatly all on the top with mouth watering strawberries.
The chocolate swirling in my mouth like a tornado.
Everyone around the table are begging for a slice of the best food ever.
“Mmmm so good”

I heard the breeze rustling in the trees outside.The trash was spinning round like a tornado. Cans banging on the floor like a cow slamming it’s cattle bell on the floor.
It was so noisey!!!!!

By Brayden

As I step out of the door with my groceries, my hair swirls in a tornado.There's leafs blowing through the air as trees dance.My shoelaces blow left to right as I take every step .I put on a cozy jumper as it gets colder and colder,

By Stacia

Self Portraits- Mirror Reflection

WALT: Draw our self portrait to scale


  • Follow step by step instructions to draw each part of the face.
  • Use a compass to draw the circle for the main part of the face
  • Use the lines dividing the face to help guide where to draw your facial features.
  • Personalise your portrait to make it represent you.

For visual art we have be learning how to draw our self portraits to scale. We drew a draft or two following   step by step by instructions. Once we were happy with our draft portraits we were able to create the one that you see in our mirrors. We really enjoyed drawing out portraits like the experts do and them personalising them to make it into a self portrait. By Taleah 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wheelay Celebration Friday 17th March 2017


Reminder: Netball is every Tuesday Afternoon until Week 10. If it is raining we'll be in the hall (like last week), but if it is sunny we'll be using the courts. Please make sure you bring your hat and shoes to school!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Dog Safety

Yesterday Janet From Animal Management and her dog Cody came to speak to Rooms 17 and 18 about how to be safe around dogs. This visit was organised because lately there have been a lot of stray dog reports around Wattle Downs. We felt it was important for children to know how to be safe around dogs to to keep themselves and others safe.

Symmetrical Name Monsters

For Geometry we have been learning about Transformations (Reflect, Rotate and Translate). We created some symmetrical art using our names.

Here is a short video about Geometric Transformations to Help with your learning 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

'A moment in time' writing- NZ 1800s

WALT: write to describe a moment in time so that our audience can visualise what it was like to live in NZ back in the 1800s.

Success Criteria
  • Add detail by using a range of language features
  • Include a some of the 5 senses.
  • Use proper nouns
  • Use present tense 
  • Include topic specific vocabulary.

In the 1800’s
As I woke up I got changed into my corset, bonnet, and apron.  My brother delicately changed into his shirt, coat, top hat, and trousers.
We had an usual selection of eggs, bread, vegetables, fruit, fish, or meat.
After breakfast I went for a walk and saw all the forests around me.
I was watching the Maori fighting over stuff.
 I decided to go back to our hut and decided to get a loaf of bread to trade for a blanket made of feathers. As I traded I walked back home to do cleaning and to look after the baby.
I was looking forward to lunch as I put the pot above the fire, mmmmmm, soup.
I finished all the chores and meals including putting the baby to bed.
I finally fell asleep in my bed and dreamt about all the extreme chores I had to do tomorrow!   

By Keira

My Life 200 years ago

I was woken up by my papa (father) and he told me that we were going to hopu (hunt) kararehe (animals) for rauemi (resources). So I got out of my tira (hammock) and I put on my tapahu. After, my papa and I got our whakatu rakau (weapons) and went hopu.

My papa told me that we were first going to the kokihi (beach) to hopu seals. The whakatu rakau that we used were taiaha and (long-handled fight staff) pouwhenua (pointed fighting staff). My papa used the taiaha and I used the pouwhenua.

When we got the the kokihi, we found rua (two) seals. We hid behind rocks and waited for the seals to come close enough for us to patua (kill) our taonga (prey). When the seals were about rua (three) metres away from us, my papa and I whakaeke (attacked) the seals with our whakatu rakau!!!

My papa and I kept hitting the seals with all our kaha (might) until they were lying down on the ground dead. When my papa and I finished them off, we carried them in big sacks and went back to our wharepuni (house).

When we got back to our wharepuni, we cooked the seals until they were super juicy and tenderised. It was so delicious that I wanted to go hunting for more juicy food.

By Joshua

How The Maori lived in The 1800s
I woke up this morning and got out of my moenga whaka werewere⇐(hammock) and get ready for my day. I get up and go to put my kakahu on. My kakahu⇐(cloak) is made of bird feathers and is very comfortable. I go out with my patu⇐(bone breaking stone) and my toa⇐(short spear) to go hunting for animals. I walk down into the jungle wilderness and I heard the sound of the water from the Waikato River rushing downwards.
I step around as quiet as a mouse so nothing hears me.I hear something moving in the bush ahead. I see a wild dog. I get closer and closer. I throw my toa at it’s legs it was a clear shoot and it falls to the ground. I walk up to it and take out my patu. It frantically tries to get away. I slash it over and over with my patu. It died with one hit and I take it back to my wharepuni⇐(house) to go and cook the dog then I can have a meal.
I go to light my fire. It takes a few moments for me to get the fire going. I put up two sicks in the ground facing up and one across. I put the dog on to the stick going across the top of the fire. I waited until it’s cooked but meanwhile it was cooking I went out to find some pakeha to trade with for some species. I hear some pakeha talking so I go to trade. I come back and my food looks and smells cooked so I put spice on my food and ate it.
I go down to the beach with my line with a hook on the end of it. I get in my waka and go out into the deep ocean to go fishing. I go to a deepish spot and throw my line down with some of the leftover dog meat. When I think it’s on the bottom I wait. The line starts to go out. A fish is hooked so I pull with all of my might. I pull and I pull and I pull. It’s finally up on the top of the water so I grab it and throw it into the boat and go back to the shore.
I get back to my wharepuni but on the way I go to some other pakeha. I trade them my fish for a musket. I head back because it is getting dark. I get back and lie down in my moenga whaka werewere. I go to sleep and rest before tomorrow starts.
By William

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Reflection, Rotation, Transformation and Tessellation

Basically, a tessellation is a way to tile a floor (that goes on forever) with shapes so that there is no overlapping and no gaps.


Regular Tessellations

regular tessellation is a pattern made by repeating a regular polygon.
There are only 3 regular tessellations:
tessellation regular triangles
tessellation regular squares
tessellation regular hexagons

Look at a Vertex ...

tessellation vertexA vertex is just a "corner point".

What shapes meet here?
Three hexagons meet at this vertex,
and a hexagon has 6 sides.
So this is called a "6.6.6" tessellation.
tessellation notation 6.6.6

Semi-regular Tessellations

semi-regular tessellation is made of two or more regular polygons. The pattern at each vertex must be the same!
There are only 8 semi-regular tessellations:
tessellation 3.12.12

right arrow
To name a tessellation, go around a vertex and write down how many sides each polygon has, in order ... like "3.12.12".
right arrowAnd always start at the polygon with the least number of sides, so "3.12.12", not "12.3.12"

In order for a shape to tesselate, the interior angles must divide evenly from 360.

Other Tessellations

There are also "demiregular" tessellations, but mathematicians disagree on what they actually are!
And some people allow curved shapes (not just polygons) so we can have tessellations like these:
tessellation curvy
Curvy Shapes
tessellation circles lines
tessellation eagles

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


For PE Room 17 are participating in the 'have a go' hockey programme  offered by Counties Manukau Sport. This programme is to give kids the opportunity to have a go at a new sport code which they may not not experienced before. Students learn the basic skills of hockey and participate in a range of fun activities where they apply the skills that they have learnt.
Just a reminder, please remember your closed in shoes, PE uniform and hat for hockey.