Sunday, November 26, 2017


Whanau Matai have been learning two songs that we will be performing at the End of Year Junior Prizegiving in Week 9 - Wednesday 9:30-10:30am.

Here are the two songs so that you can have a practice at home! History Maker and Aotearoa Christmas.

Monday, November 20, 2017


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We are learning about our precious rakau resource...

We used rakau sticks as instruments in our assembly performance. This is the song we learned:


We are learning about our precious flax resource...

Māori view the harakeke bush as whānau (family). The leaves grow in families of fans. The rito (‘baby’ leaf) grows at the centre of each fan. The āwhi rito (‘parent’ leaves) grow on either side of the baby to protect them. These groups of three leaves are never cut. Only the leaves on the outside of these (3rd or 4th from the centre) called the tupuna (‘grandparent’ leaves) are cut. 

Here we are cutting and weaving the harakeke to make angelfish with Miss Graham:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Now that we have discussed the types of questions we want to find out about, we get to hunt for the information! Last week's set homework was to research a creature of the student's choice. What a wonderful job Room 8 did on these! Miss Graham was very impressed with so many of the research projects.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


In the wondering part of the inquiry, we learn about different types of questions and how two form an open, leading question.

We talked about open and closed questions: those with information based answers, and those with yes or no answers, respectively. We want to ask questions that we can research and think about to reach a conclusion. Then Room 8 came up with some great questions that make us research and think!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


This is the part where we get super excited about the subject we are inquiring into, in this case: Creatures! We started off my learning how to draw some of these creatures. Here are our favourites:

Monday, July 24, 2017


Bugs and Beasts

For Term 3 we are studying all creatures great and small. We are going to learn about these creatures by conducting an inquiry. The Inquiry Process includes the following steps to increase our interest, knowledge, and thinking:

Sparking     Wondering     Discovering     Creating
Communicating     Reflecting

Come with us on our exploration journey to find out all we can about Bugs and Beasts.