Friday, 8 December 2017

Week 8: Congratulations

Hi bloggers

We just wanted a share a couple awesome reasons to celebrate.

Firstly, congratulations to Tyrone and his team for winning the junior division at the New Zealand Tag Nationals in Otara.

Secondly, congratulations to all of our Year 6 learners who graduated. You put on an amazing show! We look forward to hearing all about your journey through intermediate.

Thanks for reading

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Week 7: Summer Learning Journey Practice - Activity One

Hi my name is Jemma.

Today i am going to tell you two new facts hear's one.

South Africa has 55 million people wow million's of people . Second fact is that South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of the African continent wow that is so interesting. I am learning
new facts that are interesting . I wonder if you are learning new facts too?
See you later.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Week 6: Orienteering

Talofa lava bloggers

Every Thursday we do orienteering with Leon. At first, we thought it was a bit boring because we had to listen to so much new information. Miss Fortes said that even though it was part of our sports programme, there is always a time to sit back, listen and learn.

Now we think that orienteering is the best sport in the world. Here are a few photos of us completing a Motala. This means many courses or relays.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Week 5: Thank you letter

Dear Dosirak.

Thank you for the food we had yesterday for our lunch. It was lovely and I liked it. I loved the soy milk because it tasted like banana and strawberry milk. I loved all the food.

Thank you Jemma.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Week 4: Dosirak, made with love for NZ kids

Annyeonghaseyo. Pohatu Class-eyo. Bangawoyo.

As part of the 2017 Korea Festival School Programme, we had 100 Dosirak lunches provided for us. These free lunches were generously provided as part of the “Dosirak, made with love for NZ Kids” programme run by The Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Auckland in conjunction with the Korean Education Centre.

Arum was the amazing woman who gave us the opportunity to participate in the programme. We were so excited when we saw Arum pull up with her father. Some of us quickly ran up to greet her in Korean and help her unload the delicious lunches.

We would like to say a massive 'Gamsa-hamnida' (thank you) to the following people
  • Arum and her father
  • Korean Consulate in Auckland
  • Korean Education Center in New Zealand
  • Michael Choi and the other fabulous chefs
  • AUT
  • JR Wholesale Meats
  • BidFood

We learned to say 'kimchi' when we pose for a photo instead of saying 'cheese'. Here is a picture of us with Arum

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Week 3: Orienteering

Hi bloggers

Here are a few pics of us doing orienteering. We learned that is is important to always have you map North facing when you are trying to navigate your way around a course.

Thnaks for reading

Friday, 27 October 2017

Week 2: Swimming

This week we started our swimming sessions down at Cameron Pools. We all met our coaches and learnt about water safety. Here is some of our learning...

"It's important to swim between the flags because if you don't you can get into trouble." - Jemma

"If the water on the ocean is rough and there is a smooth part that is a rip and you need to stay away from it." - Nathaniel

"Hypothermia is when your body temperature drops too low and you actually can die from it. So you need to wear something warm in the water like a wetsuit." - Vitaraag

"You always need an adult when you are around the water and they need to supervise you. This means that they need to have their eyes on you in case you get hurt."

Do you have any other water safety tips you would like to share with us?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week 10: Diggin through the archives

Kia ora everyone

Last week we remembered that we had an unfinished piece of learning we started back in Term two. It was a Mannequin challenge that included some information about our beautiful native birds. We were inspired to share our learning this way after seeing some awesome examples of 'sharing' at Tamaki Primary and Pt England School.

We would like to acknowledge Alex Smith for giving us permission to use his instrumental of Black Beatles as our backing track in this video. Thank you, Alex, you rock!

This was filmed on the 19th of June and has been under wraps until now... So here it is ladies and gentleman.

Pohatu Class Mannequin Challenge!

ps, we are planning on recreating this again in term four once we get some feedback to help us refine our mannequin skills

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Week 8: Stop motion animations

Hey bloggers

This week we created some short films to share our learning (stop motion animations etc). 
We would love some feedback! If you have a moment please stop by and leave a comment helping us improve how we share our learning. Here is a sample of what we created.

Blog ya later

Week 8: Red Cross People Savers

Malo le lei bloggers. Today we were lucky enough to have Rob (who volunteers for the Red Cross), come in and run a first aid course with us. We learned all about how to check if someone is responsive or not, call emergency services for help, correctly tying a sling, applying a bandage and so much more! We highly recommend all classes do this course because it is free and super informative!

Thank you, Red Cross and Rob for teaching us how to be 'people savers'

Viliami and Lucas using the new iPhone9 to practice making an emergency call

Nathaniel modeling how to check if someone is responsive and what to do if they don't respond

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Week 6: Fun with SchoolKit freebies

Today my class planted a little garden. We used a little pot, water, measuring cup, seeds and soil. When I poured water onto the soil tablet I saw it turn into soil mixture. It was growing big.

Here are some photos of us using our measurement skills to plant our 'Little Garden' seeds. Thank you SchoolKit and New World for our Little Garden.

By Jemma


Monday, 21 August 2017

Week 5: Digital footprint

Konichiwa bloggers

Today we have been talking about digital footprints and how you can monitor your own digital footprint. We pushed CTRL+H to access our history. Then we copied our history from over the last 24hours. Then we pasted it into a word cloud generator. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Week 4: Attempting a screencastify task

Kia orana

Miss Fortes here. This week I created a poem task for Pohatu Class to complete. It involved reading or singing this weeks poem over the top of a backing track made using Incredibox. I noticed that only a few students had completed the task so I thought I would give it a try myself and see how it feels to complete one of my tasks.

Did I come across any challenges? Hmmm watch my screencastify below and find out.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Week 3: Screencastify

Did you know that you can embed a screencastify into your blog?

Here is an example of screencastify that has been embedded into this blog post. Thank you to Nathaniel for letting us use his screencastify. We would also like to acknowledge the NZ artist our class has been named after - Mr Warren Pohatu. He is the amazing artist that created the shark picture in the background.

We also want to acknowledge Mark Maddren for his positive, thoughtful, helpful blog comment. We were all stoked to learn how to embed a screencastify into our blog. Thank you Mark.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Week 2: Teaching the juniors in Bishop Class

Ola bloggers and welcome back to week two!

Today my class and I worked alongside Bishop class (Year 2/3) as part of a Tuakana/Teina session.

Tuakana means older once that in charge and Teina means the younger once that listen to the older once.

First, we discussed how to be effective Tuakana. I learned that I have to teach the Teina to understand what they are doing. I can do this by talking more so that they can understand better.

The biggest challenge I came across was moving the blocks because I have to tell them where to put it and sometimes they got confused.

Next week I am looking forward to playing the film to see if it's good or great.

This is Dani signing out :-)

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.