Friday, 11 May 2018

Kumara - Our Journey

Check out our Kumara journey, it started last year and we've just harvested them. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Mistletoe Bay Camp

Some of the Te Hiringa tuakana (seniors) got to go on a second camp this term with Totara 1 class. It was in Mistletoe Bay in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island. 

It was a great camp with lots of outdoor activities. They got to try out new things and challenge themselves.

Check out our slideshow of photos.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Observational Drawing

This term we have been doing observational drawings. 

First we started off with some practice activities which made us look closely at the pictures we were given and then we had to redraw the pictures so they were as close as they could be to the original picture.

We thendid something much harder and did observational drawings of our shoes. Some of us did 2 or 3 pictures and we noticed new things each time to add to our picture.

We also drew our flowers that we had done an experiment on. We had been looking at how plants absorb water and put some white flowers in food colouring and after a couple of days we could see the petals changing the colour of the food colouring they were in.

Thursday, 15 March 2018


As part of our Te Māra Kai ki te Tēpu (Garden to Table) unit we have looked at composting. It is a great way to give back to the garden so it can have nutrients to grow more food for us. What's even better is we had food scraps left over from our vege prepping we did for the kai cooker at the Family Fiesta last week so we used those!

Check out our photos!

Monday, 12 March 2018

Family Fiesta

Last Friday we had our annual Family Fiesta to raise funds for our school. Our class had two jobs we had to do to help out with it.
The first was performing in the Kapahaka group. We sang He Honore, Tiaho Mai Rā and did a haka which was a combination of Ruaumoko and Tahu Potiki.

Our second job was helping with the kai cooker (like a hangi). Our whanau came and prepped the veges for the kai cooker on the Thursday after school. On Friday morning we helped put the veges and meat in the trays.

First we put in the watercress on the bottom, then added a mixture of paukena (pumpkin), kumara, riwai (potato) and karoti (carrots) then spread the chicken drumsticks around on top. We carried the trays and stacked them in the kai cooker.
In the bottom of the kai cooker we had to put manuka wood chips to flavour the hangi. They had to be soaked overnight in water so they could create smoke and not burn.

Check out some photos of us!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Te Tiriti o Te Hiringa

We have been learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. We read a story about how Waitangi got its name, the story of Maikuku's cave. 

We decided that we needed to come up with a class treaty to make sure that we all have the best environment to learn in. We came up with lots of ideas and then managed to get them down to 4 things that we could follow. 

Here is us with our Treaty that we each signed to say that we would abide it. 

Our class treaty

Monday, 12 February 2018

When Harold came to visit

We have also had Harold visiting school over the last fortnight. We love it when he comes to visit. 
This visit he was telling us all about food and how it powers our bodies. He taught us about the food pyramids and the nutrients different foods give us. 

Listening to the information Carmen was sharing with us
Thinking about the cards Carmen had given us and whether they were true or false.

Having an X-ray so we could see what happens to the food we eat when it gets to different parts of the body
 The seniors were really interested in what types of nutrients were in different foods. Carmen gave us some labels from boxes so we could analyse the sugar, fat and salt content. 
Analysing the fat, sugar and salt content of some snack foods.