Friday, 18 August 2017

Celebrating the Cook Island Language and Culture

Celebrating the Cook Island
Language and Culture

Room 5 Performing a Cook Island 
Drum Dance during Assembly

Thanks Mariana for all the help!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Hobbies Taster


Hobbies Taster Slideshow

Tamaki Makaurau has so much to offer! My kids were thrilled to find out about some of the activities below and were even more excited to learn that they were all for free. This meant that all they needed to do was convince their parents and whanau to accompany them there so they could enjoy it together.
16 Fantastic FREE Things To Do In Auckland

Monday, 7 August 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 2

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 2

Week 2 had lots of practical tools that I found superb. Here are some of the focuses/tools that I will definitely keep using:

These were all great for use in my work.

Some of this can be used with my learners now but are mostly for older year groups.  

I can even see myself using this one in my personal life. Or is that overkill? 😂
Google Sheets 

Below is the map we created of our ideal holiday destinations- Fun!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Parts Of Speech Poem

I found this poem really helpful....

The Parts of Speech. A Grammatical Poem By Mary Morel.
Every name is called a noun as field and fountain, street and town.
In place of a noun the pronoun stands as he and she clap their hands.
The adjective describes a thing, as magic wand or bridal ring.
The verb means action, something done, to read and write to jump and run.
How things are done the adverbs tells us as quickly, slowly, badly or well.
Preposition shows relation as in the street or at the station.
Conjunction joins in many ways, sentences, words or phrase and phrase.
The interjection cries out hark! I need an exclamation mark!

I saw this poem and loved it. I wish I had been encouraged to learn it as a child. Most children struggle to remember the different parts of speech regardless of how many times they are taught. What kids do find easy though is to learn a rhyme or a song so this is a great way for them to remember the different parts of speech. Although the children in my class are working towards learning it by heart and aren't currently able to fully comprehend all aspects of the poem, we have it on a poster in the class and have read it out loud as a group. We also did an exercise where my students provided alternative examples for each part of speech. This is a work in progress and we set the time during our writing sessions throughout the week to revisit the poem to specifically focus on each area.

We also watched this video.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 1

Digital Fluency Intensive 

An intense but very beneficial first week!

Digital Fluency Intensive Week 1: 28th July

A great first session with Dorothy Burt at the digital intensive workshop. I learnt a huge amount. This is definitely an area where I have plenty to learn. Here is some of what we focused on in week 1.

The Origins of Manaiakalani:

I loved getting to know a bit more about Manaiakalani. Here are a few things that I learnt about the origins of Manaiakalani:
  • The name Manaiakalani is taken from the name given to Maui's fish hook - the tool used for the biggest fishing project ever. It is therefore a very apt name for such an ambitious teaching project.
  • The main focuses were on empowering learners, improving their schooling experience and results and embracing the digital age.
  • I didn't know my principal was one of the original founders.
  • I did not know that if a child was enrolled in a Manaiakalani school over a period of 3 years that their rate of progress in Writing was twice that of what was expected nationally. This means that these students on average made an extra year’s progress above the expected rate per year.
    Here are some of the cluster's aims in more detail.
  • Motivate our learners  to engage with the curriculum
  • Provide a model for 21st century teaching and learning
  • Work with learners to establish an authentic audience for their learning
  • Empower our learners with an evidence-based belief that their personal voice is valuable and powerful
  • Raise achievement outcomes
Google Tools:

We also learnt about some new Google tools. Some of the best Google tools that we worked with throughout today were:
  • Google basics - Google files/sites saving. I had knowledge of some of the processes already but some of it taught me that I had been doing things the hard/ long way for quite some time.
  • 'Google Saves', 'Google Drive', 'Google Docs', 'Add Ons' and 'Blogger'. This gave me a greater insight into specific Google tools and offered a lot of clarification for me. I'm hoping that my confidence will build quickly from here.
  • Also got a lot through designing the poster.
I have already taught my students some of the tools that I was taught in week 1....

These 3 links are well worth a watch and each for very different reasons too.......

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Food Tasting Night Term 2

Food Tasting Evening

Tamaki Primary hosted a food tasting evening at the end of Term 2. It was a great night.
Here is Room 5's Menu & displays.

Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf

Both the children & parents loved our food tasting night.
Great dishes made by all the classes and some lovely informative displays as well.
 Our Pumpkin, Date & Almond Loaf was a popular dish on the night.

Banana & Mango Smoothie

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Fuelled For Life

Fuelled For Life

What a brilliant Inquiry focus this was! Below are some helpful links to lesson plans that I came across. I found aspects of each to be really beneficial for my own teaching which I integrated into my planning and tailored them to meet the needs of my students. Feel free to watch Room 5's video of all their best moments during 'Fuelled for Life'.

Food Facts

Looking at the various health benefits of different foods.

Guidelines and tips for diet and exercise.  

 How to make compost.

Different forms of maths in our daily diet.

Friday, 19 May 2017


The ANZAC Ceremony

 ANZAC Research

Explore the resources below to learn about A.N.Z.A.C day.

When finished create a DLO that answers the following questions.

  • What does ANZAC stand for?
  • When do we have the ANZAC ceremony?
  • Why do we celebrate ANZAC?
  • What started WW1?
  • How do we hold a commemoration on ANZAC day today?
  • Why are poppies a symbol for ANZAC day?

The room 5 students absolutely loved all the research we did in and around the history of the ANZACS and the two World Wars. It was the first time I had approached teaching a topic like this to a class this young. The students had absolutely no knowledge about anything to start with but we gradually built quite a broad understanding over a 2 week period. 

Students were also asked to interview members of their family to see if any of their relatives were ever involved in a war. They also chose either a soldier or a medic each to research and then write a biography on. To finish off the topic we had one further discussion as a class where I used a lot of 'Talk Moves,' to allow them to dig deeper into what life must have been like for soldiers and their families during the war. We then discussed how their lives would be affected if another war was to occur now. 
A great inquiry topic which the students handled with surprising maturity and were very invested in their learning.




Monday, 24 April 2017

Sonny Bill Williams & Julian Dennison Thank Room 5

Little did we know that we had some environmental superheroes in our own class.......

Here are some of the lovely messages of support that we received from famous Kiwis who heard about our mission to clean up the environment.......

🏈  Sonny Bill Williams ðŸˆ

🎥  Julian Dennison ðŸŽ¥

Thursday, 20 April 2017

“Te Taiao O Tamaki”- The Environment of Tamaki.

Te Taiao O Tamaki”- The Environment of Tamaki.

Learning Focus:
How do we impact the environment around us and what can we do to lessen our effect on it.

Specific Focuses:
  • How has the local area changed over the past 50 years?
  • Water Pollution
  • Air Pollution
  • Rubbish- School/Household
  • Waste Reduction School/Household
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  • Global Warming

The video below was made by Room 5 as part of our campaign to raise awareness about how we are treating our environment.

Water Pollution- Creek Visit (Week 1 & 2)

To properly see how we impacted our local environment we went on a class trip to the creek at the start of Term 1. Students were asked to closely observe their surroundings on the way. 

The children found an alarming amount of rubbish both in the creek and in the areas surrounding it, most of which was making its way into our waterways. The children decided that they wanted to clean this up, so we collected it all into bags. We then sat down as a class and discussed how the items could have got there and what was likely to happen to them now. We also talked about how the creek flowed into the sea and was therefore also polluting our oceans. Here are some of the questions which were prompted by the trip:
  • How did the rubbish get into the creek?
  • How long does it take to decompose?
  • How will this affect our waterways?
  • Where does this creek flow into?
  • How does it affect the creatures that live in there?
  • How does this affect the food chain?
  • If rubbish/pollution is swallowed by the creatures that live in the water do we then end up eating it when we eat them?
  • What affect does it have on the water that we drink?

Analysing The Rubbish We Collected

We then separated all the rubbish we found into 3 different categories to analyse what was being discarded and the best way to deal with it.
The 3 categories were:

Biodegradable, Recyclable & Landfill

The questions raised were:

What sort of things are biodegradable? What rubbish can we recycle? What should go into landfill? What are the effects on the planet?

A few days later we were visited by a lady who worked at...

She gave us a more detailed understanding of the waste management process in Auckland and some helpful hints for us to employ to help the environment. This kick started our focus on......


The class then set recycling goals for themselves both at school and at home and started our environmental campaign by making videos and posters and educating others.