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.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Orana Park Trip 2019

Orana Wildlife Park 2019

Te Ara Takitini had an amazing animal adventure.  Two buses took us to Orana Wildlife Park and as we made our way there, we chatted about what we might see.

We were greeted by Elizabeth our educator who took us around the park and shared her expertise with us.  

Here are a few of our highlights.  There were so many exciting and informative parts of our day so these are just a few. 
This beautifully coloured peacock showed us his feathers but I missed the shot.

The Tasmanian Devil is a nocturnal animal so was sleeping in its little hut.  The keepers were cleaning their enclosure and checking in on them.

A friendly young springbok made its way over to say hello to us.  Springboks can jump straight up in the air, higher than their own height.

One of the absolute highlights of our day was seeing the lions up close while they were waiting for their enclosure to be cleaned.  One pride was outside while the other pride lingered in the cage.  
We learned that male lions that have been fixed, don't have manes because they don't have the right hormones.  Their energy then goes into their bodies which then makes them bigger than they might usually have been.

One of my all-time favourite farm animals is the kunekune pig.  When we wandered through the farmyard animal section, we stopped by to chat with the grunty and friendly kunekune pig.  Ethan got to pat him which made the kunekune grunt even more.

For us to see the cheetahs, we had to head uphill.  They were hiding in the long grass but luckily Kirty's mum had spotted them so we went to higher ground.


Some of the funniest animals we saw were the orangutans.  One of the females was ambling around with a sheet that she used to cover herself.  She even did a rolly polly and then the male looked like he was biting her.

An absolute highlight of the day was seeing the great gorillas.  Three of them were resting on the nests they had made from shredded paper.  We sat and watched them and could quite easily have stayed and watched them for ages.  They are our closest cousins and we could see similarities between the gorillas and us.

We had a really good day and are grateful to have had the opportunity to visit Orana Park and learn some interesting facts about different animals.  One very important thing we heard about was the impact of humans on many of the species of the animal kingdom and how these are struggling for survival and many are endangered.  

It would be a huge loss if these animals were to become extinct, so our next step would be to make sure we use products that have not impacted on forests and these special creatures.  We need to make sure that we don't support the killing of our animal kingdom.  

Monday, 2 September 2019

Math Magic

Strategy Sharing

This week we are sharing our math strategy learning by showing that we can use the strategy.  Here is an example of what we did.



My next step is to be quicker at creating these examples of my work.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Our Classroom Environment

Class Expectations

This week we are looking at our schoolwide expectation for our classroom environment.  We had to reflect on how we have been going with this and what we intend to do, to make sure these expectations are met and shown every day.
Here is Deegan's example:
We used information from our school expectations pack and also our own experiences.

Our next step is to make sure we actually show this expectation and not just say it.

Do you have any helpful tips for how we can make a better classroom environment?

Asking Questions

Question Time

Our value this week is asking questions.  We will be using this slide to help our learning about why asking questions is a good skill to have in our learning.



In Te Rōpū Whakamanawa, we will be using questions to support our learning in our Street Art and Inquiry Topics.


Tongan Language Week

Malo e lelei

This week we celebrate Tongan Language Week and will be learning some basics.  This is the learning slide that we will be using.


We will share some of our learning on individual student blogs later in the week.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Be Positive...Always

Using Venngage

Today we learned about looking good online.  This means, being positive in all that you do online.  We learned about Venngage and used this creative tool to show different ways to stay positive and safe online.  This is an example that Miss Waho used to show us:



My next step is to get quicker at using Venngage and see what else I can use it for.

I got the information about this from the Uru Mānuka Learning site.

What do you think is the most important thing about being polite online?

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Our Names Our Place

Learning The Names of Our Spaces

This week we have been learning the names that have been given for the spaces around our school.  We did an assessment to see what we knew.  The highlighted sections are the ones I got right.  We then went through the names and meanings and I have changed it so all of these are in the correct order.


My next step is to use these names more often.

I got all of this information from Te Ara Takitini site and we worked together as a class.

What could we do to help remember all of these names?