Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Rippa Rugby

For Kiwisport we are learning how to play Rippa Rugby. As most of us are pretty big rugby fans we are really enjoying increasing our skills and knowledge of this sport.

Today we worked on defending; trying to rip a flag off the person carrying the ball. We started by getting into pairs and taking it in turns to act as the ball carrier and the defender. It was harder to take the flags off than we first thought and we realized that we had to be quite quick to grab the flag - it was easier to take a lunge to the side of someone and make a grab than to run behind them!

After practicing these skills we launched into a quick game which we really enjoyed. We focused on getting used to the way the game is played and working together to be strong attackers/ defenders. We look forward to introducing more rules and positions into these games as we develop our skills and understanding further!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Sharing lollies!

This afternoon we participated in a maths problem solving lesson about sharing lollies. We have realised that we use fractions a lot in every day life, when we are cooking, sharing food and different items. This was the problem we solved today:

Maara and her three friends are going to share a licorice lace. If the lace is 12cm long, what length of the lace will each friend get? What fraction will they get?
2 other friends approach Maara and would like some of the lace too. How can they split the lace (which has already been cut into quarters) between 6 people equally.

We solved it by cutting up a real lolly lace. At first we thought we could just cut the lace into 6 pieces (sixths) but then we realised that this was not possible because we had already chopped the lace into quarters.
We know that each of our quarters need to be the same size. The width of the lace was relatively consistent so we measured the length to create equal pieces.

We cut each of the quarters into three pieces, so that we had 12 pieces altogether (or twelfths). We then shared these between six people and each got 2/12 of the lace.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Fractions of a set

Today we used MnMs to find fractions of a set. We had 16 MnMs in our packets to start with and we found different fractions of this set. Then we ate one of the MnMs and found fractions of 15 of them. We ate different fractions of the set each time!

Check out the fractions that Alex made with his MnMs:

In this picture we see 4/5 (the four groups at the bottom) of 15 which is 12. 

This is a 1/5 of 15 which is 3 (the group at the top).

In this picture there was 15 altogether. 3/15 or 1/5 of the packet were red, 2/15 were orange, 5/15 or 1/3 were blue, 4/15 were green and 1/15 are yellow.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

How to make scones

This week we have been working on adding detail to our sentences so that our audience can follow our recipe easily. Check out Mathews recipe for scones:

Scones are an English type of bread which are very popular and they have been eaten for hundreds of years. The British upper class take their scones very seriously and follow rules about how to eat them. This recipe makes 6 small or 4 large scones.

Plain flour, for the dusting
1 ½ cups self raising flour
½ cup milk
40g butter


First wash your hands and get ready to cook.

Add the flour and butter into a big bowl. Rub the ingredients together
between your fingers and mix it and it will become like breadcrumbs.

After that, add some milk slowly to the centre of the bowl to make sure it doesn't get too sticky

Then you knead the dough on a floured tray and shape it into small balls. You should be able to make six small scones.

Put the scones on a baking tray and make sure you don't touch them too much because it will make the scones tough to eat.

Put the tray in the oven at 200 degrees celsius and then it the scones will be ready to be eaten in 20-25  miniutes

You might like to eat them with cream, butter and or jam. Traditionally they would be eaten with tea. Why not have a tea party and have a go at following tradition British Etiquette? There are tips in the video below!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Grease is the word!

Today room 8 and the seniors at Glenbrae School were fortunate enough to watch Auckland Girls' Grammar school's production of the musical Grease. Check out AJ's review of the show!

Grease is about a girl named Sandy from Australia who is an intelligent nerd. She likes a boy called Danny who is in a group of cool boys. A group of girls help Sandy to be with Danny.

My favourite part of the play was when they sang Grease Lightning because I liked the dancing. I liked that the actors all had a lot of confidence and they were talented. I would recommend this play to high school students as the story is set in high school. I'd tell them that it is about a nerd who wants to fit in. I would say that it is very funny and also very realistic.

Monday, 14 August 2017

English High Society

We learnt that it is polite to eat the scone as two separate halves

Today we compared the differences in cultural protocols between the Māori and British during the 19th century. We looked at tikanga last week and discussed these before we made our Takakau, so we discussed English cooking and protocol this week before we made scones.

Trent illustrating correct napkin use

This morning we baked the scones in the oven and learnt about the English upper class and high teas. We discussed etiquette and how many rules the British had around having afternoon tea - even regarding which direction to stir the tea! We then practiced these as we sat to enjoy our scones.

Keeping our napkins on our laps we take small bites!
Keeping elbows off the table!

This was very timely as we were off to watch a play soon after - another English tradition that was around in the 1800s (and before).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

How to make Takakau

This week we made Takakau after being inspired by Room 5 at Kawakawa Primary School.  We then learnt how to follow the structure of a procedural text. This is what Mathew created:

Takakau is a Maori bread that was first made when the Europeans came to New Zealand and they brought flour to the country. You can eat it with butter and syrup or you can have it with a boil up or hangi.

1 teaspoon salt (to your taste)
2 cups flour
2 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
100 ml milk or water

First mix the flour,salt,and baking powder together

Then sift or mix all the ingredients together.
Slowly add in the milk to the middle of the bowl and stir it.

Then knead the dough.

Place the dough into a pan and make it flat

Then it is ready to be cooked in the oven for half an hour at 200 degrees Celsius and eaten.

Geography Challenge!

While we have been looking at the history of New Zealand in our inquiry lessons, we have come across lots of information about other countries as well. This made us curious about the different cultures, countries and continents of our planet.

Miss Stone set up a Geography inquiry challenge where we had to use Atlas' and maps to find different information.We had to use lots of our reading skills as well, to skim and scan for information and to use the contents and index pages.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Handling our emotions

In Kiwican today we discussed how to manage our emotion. We need to be able to recognize and respond to our emotions so that we make logical decisions about things.

In one of our activities we had to act out a series of emotions, can you guess what we are trying to display in each of these pictures?

Te Reo

This week in our te reo lesson we learnt how to ask someone for a drink. Check out the cartoon that Alex and Trent made below:

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Land Wars

This week we have been learning about the two versions of the Treaty of Waitangi and the issues that resulted due to this. In reading, we have learnt about the land wars and about some of the important political figures at the time. Check out Anita's diary entry as Hone Heke, which shows his changing perspective of the Treaty.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Procedural Writing

This week we have started to look at procedural writing. As it is our first time writing in this genre, we started by reading different procedural texts and identifying their key features. We will be focusing on following the structure of a procedural text.

AJ and Fasi identified the key features of the text below:

Friday, 4 August 2017

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

This week in writing we created an explanation about the Treaty of Waitangi. The students then had to present their writing in a DLO that would teach others about the subject. Some of the students created Explainer videos which you can watch below!

Davarni & Telesia

                                                    Anita, Salote & Tumanako

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Astounding Assembly

Kia Orana! As this week is Cook Island language week, we watched performances from the Cook Island group. It was great to hear the national anthem and to watch some traditional dances.

Not only were we celebrating this beautiful culture, but there were lots of awards for learners who have been working hard this term. Rachel Williamson visited Glenbrae School to give certificates to the students who participated in the Winter Learning Journey, a holiday blogging programme. In room 8, AJ, Anita, Charlie, Davarni, Fasi, Francesca, Po, Salote and Telesia blogged during the holiday and they received a certificate. We also celebrated Anita and Telesia who placed joint second in this programme for our school.


This week we started to learn about fractions. After defining what a fraction is, we revised how to find a fraction of a whole. Check out AJ, Fasi and Mathews diagram which shows what different fractions look like:

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The New Zealand Wars

This week the Tui and Ruru reading groups were learning about the New Zealand wars. Check out the Thinglink that Tumanako made to share some of the things that she learnt:

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Insulation with Mrs Tofa

Today the students from room 8 went to room 7 for their science intensive with Mrs Tofa. There they learnt about insulation. Check out Maselino's explanation about insulation:

What is insulation?
 Insulation keeps the heat inside and it keeps the cold air outside and keeps your warm during the winter. Use pink batts to keep your house warm like use it for the ceiling and for the walls.

Where you put insulation?
You put your pink batts in the walls, roof and ceiling and mammoth insulation for the floors. You can buy Mammoth from the warehouse. You have to install it in a mask because it might be itchy.

Why do you need insulation?
 Many people don't have warm houses and many people have them because their houses are insulated. Some people can get sick or die because of the cold in their houses.

Telesia made this google draw to illustrate the importance of insulation: