Who are we?

Te Rōpū Whakamanawa is a group of Year 5 and 6 students at Ara Tū Whakatā Gilberthorpe School in Hei Hei, Ōtautahi, Aotearoa. We work in a collaborative learning space of Years 4 to 6 students, called Te Ara Takitini. Welcome to our blog where we share our learning throughout 2019.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Welcome Welcome

Kia Ora Whakamanawa 2019

Where did those holidays get to?  Today we had our first day back in Te Rōpū Whakamanawa.  We have 23 Year 6 students and 4 Year 5s in our class this year.  We are working on learning about our standards and expectations, our names and history, our class mates and whānau and forming relationships within the school.
Our first day back was a good one and it is great to be back. 
Here are a few pictures of us today:

It feels like we are going to have a fantastic 2019 and we look forward to sharing our learning journey.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

The Time Has Come

Goodbye, farewell, see you sometime soon...

Today we are reflecting on our year and looking forward to where our new pathways take us.

My highlights~ I really enjoyed being introduced to James Russell and then being able to read all of his books in class.

My lowlights~ Something I didn't enjoy that much was how chrome books were not used for learning all the time which made some children become dishonest because they would hide the fact that they were on something they shouldn't be, like games.
My headlights~ Next year I am looking forward doing less work from home and spending more time with my son. 

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Pride in Achievement

Our Value for this Week

This week we are finishing off the term with our value, Pride in Achievement.  Here is our learning slide:

Monday, 3 December 2018

Dollar Day Market

Whakamanawa Market Day

At the end of term three, we had an idea to help us raise some money for camp.  We thought it would be good to have a market day.  While we were preparing for it, we decided we would make everything cost one dollar, which then prompted us to call it our Dollar Day Market.  
We started by preparing and planning for our stalls.  We created a Google slide so we could advertise in our school.

We were so amazed at the turn out of our market day and were not expecting so many people to come.  We made an impressive amount of over $1400.00.  Check out some of the pictures below:

We are looking forward to holding another market next year.

Our Learning

Our Learning Slides

For our end of year reflections, we are working on a slide that is a collection of learning we have done.  Each of us have this in our drives and will be using it for sharing to our whānau through Linc Ed and our individual blogs.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Writing With Mystery Doug

Writing With Mystery Doug

Today for Writing, we watched two Mystery Doug clips.  One on leaves changing colour in autumn and one about dragons being real or not.  We got to choose which topic to write about and what type of writing we would do.

We have been working on our understanding of different styles of writing and then having choice about what type to use based on the topic.  
This is our template that we used to start writing.

Check out our individual blogs to see what Whakamanawa students chose.
Have you seen Mystery Doug clips before?  They are really good for learning about science and our world.
Here is a link so you can check out Doug.  Mystery Doug

Sunday, 4 November 2018


Celebrating Diwali

Thie week we are celebrating and learning about Diwali.  We viewed this slide below and also watched a video clip about the story of Rama and Sita.  This afternoon, we created slides with either facts or an animation of the story.  This was a way that we could create something to help guide our learning.
We looked at some slides created by past students and also some activities we had from our study of Diwali in 2016.  
We have some interesting activities planned for the week.
We have an expert in our class too.  Noah went to the Diwali celebrations in town over the weekend and is very knowledgeable so he ia available to help others with their learning.

Our next step is to share our learning and creations with our whānau and junior school tamariki.