Thursday, April 15, 2021

A.N.Z.A.C Day

 Today we learnt what is important about A.N.Z.A.C day and why it is commemorated on April the 25th each year.

We watched clips about A.N.Z.A.C day, read the book Dawn Parade, listened to the poem In Flanders Fields and made poppies to take home.

Here is a link to our inquiry slide for A.N.Z.A.C day.

At the bottom of this post we have included the clips to make the poppies yourself at home, if you wish.

We enjoyed making our poppies together and thinking about the past. 

For a PDF downloadable copy of the Poppy pattern go to:

Tuesday, March 23, 2021


 This week we have been learning about the Tongan culture and how to make a ngatu, a cloth made from bark. We learnt that these special cloths are often made in groups and take a long time to complete.

Ngatu is made from the bark (tutu) of the paper mulberry tree (hiapo). Making ngatu is called koka‘anga. Ngatu is very important in Tonga. It is used for blankets, mats, clothes – and even kites. 

If you wish to find out more go to the School Journal Level 2 June 2018.

We decided to make our own special mat to display on our classroom wall. We didn't have the time or resources to make our own cloth so we used rectangles of hessian. Here is a picture of our display.


 In Room 6 we are looking at the different cultures and traditions that make up our classroom. This week we looked at Māori weaving Tukutuku.

Tukutuku panels are used to decorate wharinui (Māori meeting houses). we also discovered the different patterns used and what they represent.

The kaokao pattern symbolises the arms of warriors performing a haka. It also symbolises mountains and the strength and shelter of the meeting house.

The mngroa pattern symbolises the stars, especially the group of stars known as the Milky Way. There is a traditional story that tells how Mui placed a shark in the night sky to form the Milky Way. (Mngmeans shark; roa means long.)

you can find out more about tukutuku by reading Junior Journal 55.

After reading about the tradition of weaving we gave it a go ourselves, but just using a very simple pattern.


How to Use Punctuation

 We have been looking at how to use and read punctuation over the last 3 weeks. Here is an example of our morning work.

We enjoy working out the punctuation on our white boards.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

The Adventures of Jessica and Zebedee

This week we read and discussed the book The Adventures of Jessica and Zebedee. In this story (written by Linda Joy) A young girl called Jessica lives in an orphanage that is run by a lady called Madam Iceberg. We discovered that Madam Iceberg was not a kind lady and that Jessica's room in the orphanage was referred to as an office.
Her life changes when she is gifted a parrot named Zebedee.We discover that Jessica is a really good artist and that this skill leads her into a new lifestyle away from the orphanage. They have many adventures together, some better than others. 
We gave this book a 5 out of 5 star rating and would recommend this book if you like adventure stories.
After finishing the book we drew our own pictures of Zebedee. We have added some of them to this blog.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Spiders and their Webs for Halloween

 On Friday we did art to help us use the maths skills that we have been learning. 

First we had to fold our paper to make a square.

Then we had to fold the paper in half (1/2) to make a rectangle.

Next we had to fold the paper in half again (which made quarters (1/4).

We then had to find the middle and draw a straight line using our ruler from the middle point to the bottom corner point.

After this we had to draw a parallel line on both the left and the right.

Finally we had to draw an even number of curved lines on either side of the parallel line.

we then coloured in the middle line and every other line, this helped to guide us when cutting.

After making the web we coloured in the different parts of our spider before cutting it out. We then glued our spider legs to the back of the body making sure that they were glued symmetrically (where I glued one leg, I had to glue the opposite leg in exactly the same place).

We had lots of fun making our web and spider. it was great that we could also take it home to share with our family.

Here are the links to the sites we used to make our web and their spider. I hope you have as much fun making these as we did in Room 6.

web link

Spider template from -

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Kindness Day

 This week we have been reading and learning about flowers. 

On Friday we chose to have a day of art and craft. We made a flower garden using vivid and crayons to do this we followed a youtube clip. We practised first on newsprint as we had not drawn with a vivid before. We were very pleased with the outcome and hope to do an activity like this again soon.

A tip from Room 6

If you need to find the middle of your paper without using a ruler or marking the paper with a pencil, fold your paper in half and then in half again to make quarters. Where the two lines cross is the centre of your paper.

We also made a four tier flower using watercolours.We had four different sized flowers to paint. We discovered how to make our paint colours lighter and darker with how much water we had on our paint brush. When the paint was dry we cut out our flowers and then folded the petals into the centre of the flower, this gave our flower a three dimensional effect. We were very happy with our flowers.

At the end of the day we took them home with us. We are going to give them to someone who has been kind to us. 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Week 6 Day 5 Online

Our final day of online learning. Here are our results. 







Friday, August 28, 2020

Week 6 Day 4 Online Learning

 Another day of achievements for the following students in Room 6.