Thursday, 10 August 2017

Maths Agents

We are Maths Agents!!!

Every day we check in to our special maths boardroom.  In the boardroom we have special maths missions that we need to complete.

 We have our own agent number that we need to pin on our clothes when we check into the boardroom.

We have a maths challenge that we have to try and work out each time we come to the boardroom.  

This week we have been looking at the ways we can add one and take away one from a number.  This concept also helps to consolidate our before and after knowledge.

We work in a range of different groups to help challenge our maths learning.

When we have finished our mission,  we check back out of the maths boardroom and come back to our Te Kakano classroom.

Our Whakangahau Presentation

Here is our Whakangahau presentation on cooperation and collaboration. 

Please click on the blue headings to take you to any links such as videos and slide show.

 Below is the King's Speech play.

Friday, 4 August 2017


Come and see Te Kakano's Whakangahau (assembly). It is on Monday the 7th of August in the hall at 12.30 pm. We would love you to come.
We will be sharing our learning on the meaning of collaboration and co operation.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Using Drama in the Classroom

Using drama in the classroom is a wonderful way to use our imaginations.  Today we played a game called 'Set the Scene'.  After listening to the story the Three Little Pigs we each had to pretend to be a character or object in one scene of the story then freeze into that position.  We used our faces and our bodies to show what we were were without talking.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Visit to the Locals Cafe

What an adventurous and fun 'Friday Surprise Day' we had on the last day of term.  Mrs James and Mrs Johnson took us on a surprise trip.  We all had to put on our jackets and walking shoes and off we went on a mystery walk.

It was a little cold and wet but we didn't mind as we walked up towards the school gate.

We had to walk up the big hill on Tukapa street but we all persevered.  Where were we going?  Ava thought we might be going to her house.

Wow we are here!  We have come to the Locals Cafe.

Robyn who owns the cafe is Mitchell L's mum.  She has kindly let us visit her cafe.  It is very busy inside so we are going to try to be very quiet.  Robyn is showing us around the kitchen where they make the food.

This is one of the cooks.  They were very busy cooking the delicious food.

This lady washes the dishes.  She uses a very hot dishwasher.  Her job is very important otherwise there would be no clean plates to eat from!

The people that make the coffee are called baristas.

We looked at all of the food in the big fridges and saw an enormous mixer that mixes the ingredients up.

YUMMY!!!!  We each got a warm bagel, a hot chocolate and a chocolate fish to eat.

When we left we said a big thank you to Robyn.  Robyn gave us a pen each and some note pads so we could play cafe's back at school.

When we got back to school Kairangi wanted to write Robyn a letter to say thank you.  Great idea Kairangi.  Lots  of the other children decided they wanted to play cafes!

Asher is being the customer and Noah is taking his order at the table.

Autumn and Romeo decided to be the baristas.  Mmmmmm that coffee and hot chocolate smells good.

Lawrie and Asher are  ready to take orders with their note pads.

I wonder what Kairangi is ordering?  Jake is busy on the till.

Asher is now the cook.  He is flipping the food over in the kitchen.

Giuliana is sitting in the cafe enjoying a lovely hot chocolate.  What a nice way to end our day.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Our trip to Muru Raupatu Marae

On  a sunny Tuesday  morning we were picked up from school and traveled out on a bus to Bell Block to visit the special marae called Muru Raupatu.

We were very excited!!
We were welcomed on the marae by our kapahaka group who were wearing their new kapahaka uniforms.  These uniforms were later blessed when we went inside the whare nui.
Before we were welcomed onto the marae we waited near the entrance.  Later that day Mr Ritai showed us the carvings on the entrance way.  They represented all of the tribes in Taranaki.

Before entering the whare nui we all took our shoes off and  took part in the hongi to greet our hosts.
Later in the morning we were lucky enough to see the kapahaka group perform outside.

We did lots of fun and interesting activities through out the day.  Hoaini taught us about the stars and Puanga.

Some of the older boys taught us the haka and the girls learnt some waiata.

At the end of the day we were lucky enough to see the hangi being pulled up.
There was alot of steam and we had to be very careful.  "Yum it smells delicious" said Romeo.  For many of us the best part of the day was eating the hangi.  Wow what amazing food.  It was scrumptious!!!!
Thank you Muru Raupatu Marae we had a wonderful day!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Walking Colours

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How can we mix colours without touching them?We found a way in Te Kakano.  Mrs Johnson put seven clear plastic cups out.  We  poured a different coloured  dye in  four cups  and water in three cups .  We folded paper towels and placed one in each cup making sure the paper touched each other.  Slowly the dye travelled (absorbed) up the paper towels and then down into the next cup.  New colours began to appear.  I wonder what these new colours were?
After the experiment many of our learners began experimenting with the paints and creating new colours.
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