Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Statistics - who are we?

Continuing on from our previous work around heart rates and exercise, we are moving on with our Statistics programme. We have been surveying each other in our Maths groups to collect data. We decided some measures that are unique to school life to ask our classmates. Big questions like, 'do you have a Worser Bay hoody?' and 'how do you get to school?'

Using the measures we came up with, we asked our classmates for information.

We used stick people to represent those that we interviewed

Now we are beginning to interpret and share our findings. We are finding this challenging but are using our Growth Mindsets to stick with it and do the best we can!

graphing our findings is particularly challenging!

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Worser Bay Athletics

On Friday, we ran our Year 4, 5 and 6 athletics. What a beautiful day! Students were ready, parents were there and we couldn't wait to start our events. 

The sprinters gave it everything, the vortex and quoit throwers were throwing as far as they could and the long jumpers leapt!

Avery: I really liked doing Athletics at the beach. I am thankful for the sun on Friday.

Marnie: I am grateful for being able to do lots of activities on the beach!

Lily S: I had so much fun trying the different activities on the beach. I am very proud of myself.

Angus: I am thankful for the teachers letting us do athletics day today and supervising it.

Chris: I showed good sportsmanship at athletics and was kind.

Sammy: I liked doing athletics and athletics practice because I really liked throwing the vortex and the quoits.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Mā runga i te... Describing method of transport in Te Reo Māori

We've been learning to ask the question:

Mā hea koe tae mai ai? - How did you arrive?

...and responding with:

Mā runga i te pahi. - I came by bus.

We are also building our vocabulary, learning modes of transport from plane (waka rererangi) to scooter (kutarere). Check out the flash cards here.

Monday, 21 October 2019

Building Positive Relationships

Manaakitanga is a principle we embrace in the Māhutonga Matariki Whānau. This is about caring for others, uplifting them, supporting them and making them feel at home!

We are learning to celebrate difference

Life would be very boring if we were all the same. Celebrating difference is exciting and makes life interesting! 

This is us at karakia. We are getting awards for being connected. We are all so different!

We are learning to listen to each other

We actively listen to the person speaking. We may need to turn our body so that we are facing the speaker. This helps the speaker to feel valued and supported.

We are actively listening to each other!

We are learning to give our time to others

When we give our time to others it enhances our Positive Relationships. We are learning to be present in the moment. Spending time building relationships is a valuable life skill. One way that we give time to others is in our Positive Purpose Student Council Groups. 

We are practising our Positive Purpose, planting as part of the Enviro Group. 
We are learning to develop our conversations

We are developing our communication skills through conversations. We take turns, build on each other's ideas and keep focused on the question.

We are learning to give and receive feedback

Giving and receiving feedback is really important in learning. It can help us to gain a different perspective. 

We are giving and receiving feedback in the helping circle
We are learning about empathy

Empathy and understanding builds connections between people. Every relationship can teach us something!

Building relationships with people helps us to become more connected!

Friday, 18 October 2019

Kei te..... Using the simple present tense in Māori.

We have been learning to talk about what we are doing in the present tense in Māori.  We used the example below from He Reo Tupu, He Reo Ora to begin to collect useful verbs which describe everyday actions.   We want to be able to talk about running, walking, dancing and singing so we have been using the Māori Dictionary to help.

Kei te tākaro ngā tamariki.
The children are playing.
Kei te oma a Te Awarangi rāua ko Mere.
He tere a Mere ki te oma.
Te Awarangi and Mere are running.
Mere is fast at running.
Kei hea ia?
Where is she?
Kei muri i te toka.
Behind the rock.
Kei konei koe!
Here you are!

How does our heart rate change after exercise?

In Maths this term we are looking at the wonderful world of Statistics! We begun the week with conversations around why collecting statistics was important and the role they play in government.

Later in the week, we looked at the heart rates of our class and plotted the data in a stem and leaf graph. We then went for a run around the school and took our heart rates again, inputting the data again.

We then compared the data and made statements about it. Some great questions came out of this for example 'why does your heart beat faster in exercise?' and 'why is the median different to the mean?' We are working towards being able to complete our own investigations. We will plan, collect data and interpret findings.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Bonjour to our friends in Brindas, France!

Our Learner Attribute focus this term is, "I am Connected." As part of our Positive Purpose Digital Technologies Student Council Group, we have been focused on being connected with other schools. 

Our friends at Brindas School in France have started their new school year and we wanted to send a quick note to say bonjour! 

They have made a movie for us. You can see it on their blog:

Dear Friends,
We’re going tell you some stuff that we do at Worser Bay School these days.
First things first, we have 3 classes called Māhutaunga Matariki, Tautoru and Autahi. Autahi is for 5 year olds, Tautoru is for 6 and 7 year olds and Māhutaunga Matariki is for 8, 9 and 10 year olds. Fun Fact: All our classes are named after some Māori stars. Our school is on a hill, it's a small hill and small school but it is a good school. We learn Māori for one of our languages. We also say Māori phrases as well. We have sausages for lunch on Tuesdays if we pay $2. Sometimes we have pizzas on Wednesday, if you pay $5. 
Please ask us any questions!

This is some of us in Māhutaunga Matariki! Bonjour!

Dear Friends,
How are you?
Here's an update, because it was a long time since we contacted you last
Lately we have been to the local Museum (Te Papa.)
We also had an Art Celebration where we displayed some art that we made. We did swimming sports and are looking forward to a beach week and sailing at the end of this term.
We are also looking forward to our school fair.
We attended the “Tūrangawaewae- Art and New Zealand” exhibition at Te Papa. It was very inspiring! This is an art piece which resembles pou/ carvings. We are sketching it.

Dear Friends in France,
Did you have the School holidays? well if you did I hope you have had a good time. One of the things that we are doing is one of our teachers, John, reads us a story every day.
Do you have an inquiry? Well, if you do, I would love to know. We have been learning about Space and now we are thinking about Māori navigators.
At our school we have a school fair and a Poetry night. On the poetry night we make little books and then read our poems to the adults.
By Sammy

We have an athletics tournament coming up. This is us training!

Dear Friends, 
how are you? 
Yesterday I had my road patrol training. We help students to cross the road before and after school. 
I am really looking forward to our school fair. It is coming up really soon. In a few weeks we have senior beach week and we get to go sailing. Has anything exciting happened to you?

New Zealand's copy of the 2015 William Webb Ellis Trophy, the Rugby World Cup. We can imagine the Positive Accomplishment you'd get lifting this up.


We have been writing poetry and soon we will be writing songs too.  We started using a poem by Jacob Sam-La Rose, A life in Dreams. There is so much to say about Dreams, much of it pretty strange.   We are also filling our 'Poet's Toolbox', with metaphors and similes, personification and alliteration, consonance and assonance, and many more, to make our poems sound good and make the reader imagine!

                                          Whose that dreaming? Who's that imagining?

There Have Been Dreams          by Adam

Their have been dreams silent as night with creatures slowly creeping up behind, but turning around, not a sign

Their have been dreams with never ending falls it just keeps going, going

but when I hit the ground, gone.

Their have been dreams were nothing is right, upside down buildings, cars only go backwards, people shuffle around on their butts, again nothing is right

There have been dreams where giant bloody eyeballs come chasing, I turn around the corner, there it is again




then all of a sudden just as fast as it started, it's done

Dreams.                                 by Jasmine

All the times you looked so boring

now it's really coming to life.

And there have been times

When you just don't know what you did

Wrong and now you see it all.

There have been times when you’re there

You’re at the existing time

And you suddenly wake up

Back in your boring old room in bed.

There have been times when dreams

Keep appearing back in your head.

There have been times when the house

Was falling down.

By Jasmine

Great writing guys!