Monday, 24 July 2017

How to embed a drawing

Hello bloggers Here is a tutorial I made about embedding a google drawing. I was lucky enough to have special guests helping me make my tutorial. Thank you to Raden and Vitaraag.

Here is a link to my tutorial


Friday, 30 June 2017

Week 9: Pest Monitors

Talofa bloggers

We have been learning about Native Birds this term. As part of our topic we learned about pest monitoring and decided to monitor our own bushwalk to see if we have any pests that could be threatening the native birds around our school.

We used the design thinking process to create a pest monitor. We used cardboard to construct the tracking tunnel of the pest monitor with sponges and food colouring at either end. This is our prototype. We will be putting them out this week over night. Hopefully they hold up and capture some footprints.

Watch this space!


Friday, 23 June 2017

Week 8: Banana Po'e

Ia ora na. Maita'i oe? Hello. How are you?

As part of our study on French Polynesia we made a popular French Polynesian dish called Banana Po'e. Each of us noticed that it tasted very similar to another Cook Island dish called Banana Pokē. Do you know of any other banana dishes that look similar to this one?

The recipe can be found by following the link below The Polynesian Kitchen - Banana Po'e Recipe

 
 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Week 8: Tahitian Inspired 3D Flowers

Hi Bloggers Check out our art!

We created these using a basic leaf outline as a template that ends up being a petal. We created Tahitian inspired designs on two petals. Then we photocopied them and coloured them using dye and sponges. Once they were dry we cut them out and used a glue gun to glue arrange them to create an 'ocean wave or Moana' effect.

ps Miss Fortes got this idea from some artwork she saw in another post and we loved it.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Week 7: Ports of Auckland Trip

Ahoy Bloggers Yesterday we went on our Ports of Auckland Trip. Prior to boarding the boat we walked down to Wynyard Quarter. We were supposed to have lunch down at Silo Park but the weather wasn't great and it poured down. The water disintegrated our name tags on our jackets. So we walked down to The Cloud and had our lunch there.

After that, we boarded the boat and cruised around the Ports of Auckland. There were so many containers and machines working in the ports. We saw a digger digging up dirt from the side of the port. It reminded some of us of what we had seen on TV when people search for gold. Once we finished looking at the digger the boat took off at high speed and some of us got drenched! We went under the Harbour Bridge and around the yachts.

Did you know Auckland is also known as 'The City of Sails' because of all of the sails you can see around the ports. Have you ever been out on a boat before?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Week 6: Animating Google Slides with Mr Winter

Hello everyone. Miss Fortes here.

Today I have been doing a tonne of learning with the fabulous teachers in the Ako hiko Cluster. This afternoon I have been learning about how to create animations using Google slides with Mr Winter.

Check out my first animation! I'm super proud!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Week 3: 'Student led' Ako Hiko Parent Workshop

Kia orana bloggers

Four of our very own students facilitated one of our Ako Hiko parent meetings today. They were Janine, JD, Nathaniel (all year five students) and Brooklyn (year four).

Their fabulous workshop gave parents the opportunity to upskill themselves in google docs, screencastify and develop their digital footprint.

Here are some photos of from today


 

Feel free to have a browse through the presentation below

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Week 3: Harakeke flowers

Hi bloggers

Today we had an amazing time learning how to make Harakeke flowers (flax flowers). Hinemoa was an expert at weaving so Miss Fortes asked her to teach the whole class how to make their own. Miss Madeleine brought some flax for us to use and helped Hinemoa teach everyone.

It was very challenging for us because we had to make sure the weave was tight and the folds were straight. This learning was a true test of resilience for Pohatu class. Some of us almost gave up but with the support of our peers, we kept trying.

When Miss Fortes asked Hinemoa what she thinks of teaching she said "It's a very hard job!!!".

Thank you Hinemoa for teaching us how to make the Harakeke flowers.


Thursday, 11 May 2017

Week 2: Kia toa performance

Today we were lucky enough to have Bernard Mangakahia perform for us. The title of his show was 'Kia Toa'.

He used powerful stories, interactive poetry and dance to take us on a journey of resilience. One thing that really stood out for us was that resilience isn't just something that you do on your own. You can be resilient together with others. For example, it's impossible to do a one handed clap on your own but if you work with someone else you can both be resilient and clap together.

Pohatu class highly recommend Bernard's Kia Toa show. Phenomenal learning!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Week 10: Car boot sale

On Saturday we held our first ever car boot sale fundraiser. It was awesome seeing so many family and community members supporting our school.

Our class created slime and sold it for $2 per bag. Miss Fortes loves science and was so engrossed in the slime making process that she forgot to take photos of us making the slime.

However she did capture some of photos of us measuring the slime. We measured out the slime using electronic scales because we wanted to make sure each customer got the same amount of slime for $2 (50grams)

Here are a few snaps from the exciting event.


Hansen class and their stall aptly named 'H Mart'

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Week 9: Basketball tip

Genete practising her follow through
Sela using her eyes and elbows to shoot 
This week we practiced our BEEF skills. BEEF stands for

B - balance
E - eyes
E - elbows
F - follow through

This helps us remember the essential skills to using the correct technique for a basketball shot at goal. I hope this tip helps you develop your own basketball skills.



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Week 7: STEM Challenges


This week our teachers introduced STEM challenges. STEM stands for Science, Technology, English and Maths.

We had two challenges that involved us working in teams. For some of us this was very difficult during the first challenge, but after reflecting on different ways to problem solve we found team work a lot easier during the second challenge.

Here are some questions we have for you.

  1. If you have done a STEM challenge before what challenges did you come across?
  2. How did you overcome those challenges?
Thank you for reading
From the STEM-tastic learners in Pohatu class


Friday, 10 March 2017

Week 6: Sausage sizzle fundraiser

Hi bloggers... guess what?

In term three our year five and six students are going on camp! Wohooo! To fundraise for this event we are selling ice blocks and sausage sizzles every Friday. We were lucky enough to organise the first sausage sizzle alongside some of our amazing mums.

Thank you to Andrew's mum, Eshaan's mum, Paul's mum, Mrs Falefa, Ms Patel and Mr Brodie for making this fundraising opportunity possible. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Some of the amazing support crew!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Week 5: Singing

Do you enjoy singing? Miss Fortes underestimated how much we like singing. She thought we wouldn't like this song because it was about a little girl called Moana... we proved her wrong! The girls sang beautifully and the boys really carried their voices through with so much pride. We are going to introduce this song at our next Hay Park Way assembly so the whole school can sing it.

Do you have any favourite assembly songs you like to sing?


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Week 4: Basketball

This term we have been lucky enough to start basketball coaching sessions.  Here is a short video of us practicing a jump stop.


After our lesson we went back to class and brainstormed some of the new vocabulary we learned and put these into a google slides presentation so we can refer back to them before our next lesson.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Week 3: Tuhi mai, Tuhi atu

Hello blogging world

We have been working on a short presentation to introduce ourselves to our new Tuhi Mai tuhi atu family.  We created this video using iMovie and our beautiful faces. 

Grab some pop corn, take a seat and enjoy meeting Pohatu class.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Week 1: First blog post for 2017


Welcome back to a new year of exciting learning in Pohatu class!

Today was our first day back at school where we had loads of fun learning and getting to know each other. We did this by working in groups to scan QR codes Miss Fortes had put up around the room. Each QR code had its own question - Christian and Bob found the QR codes that were hidden under a table and shelf.

The questions helped us find out that the overarching theme for 2017 is Hononga (connections) and our context this term is 'identity'. They also helped us remember a few other general knowledge questions.

One of the questions was about acting out the 'Hay Park Way'. Instead of just acting it out, our groups decided to create short films demonstrating the Hay Park Way. It was really exciting to watch our videos together on the big screen.

Thank you for reading our blog post. We look forward to you joining us on our learning journey this year.