Who are we?

Te Rōpū Whakamanawa is a group of Year 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 2018.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Kapa Haka Visit to Woodcote Retirement Home

Celebrating With Our Community

One of the highlights of our week was spending time out in the community.  We celebrated Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with residents from Woodcote Retirement Village.  Check out the waiata we sung together.


Our Weekly Values Focus: Teamwork

This week our values focus in Teamwork.  We will be learning about why teamwork is important and how we can show this especially within our home base classes.
Here is the slide we will be focussing to help with our learning.

In Te Rōpū Whakamanawa, we are working together to get as many respect points as we can in Kiwi Can.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Make Someone's Day Every Day

In week 6 we focussed on making someone's day as we really embraced the Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Throughout the week we tried our best to show kindness in whatever ways we could.  We had kind words left in notes in random places, gifts, flowers, letters and cards made, compliments, sharing of Fish! tickets and so much more.  It really showed how life is much better and enjoyable for all when we all show a little kindness just because we can.
We posted letters to each other in a post box.
We celebrated Daffodil Day and shared gifts between hubs.

Our principal Mr Wilkinson shouted us a surprise pizza lunch.
We gave every student in Takitini some books.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week

Kia ora koutou
This week has been one of our favourite weeks with more emphasis and inclusion of Te Reo Māori.  Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is always a good reminder for us and a good way to kick start our learning.  In Te Ara Takitini we have been viewing the slide below and then creating new learning.  
Some of us performed at our local retirement village which was an absolute pleasure and a blessing.
This is the slide we have been using to support our learning.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Tongan Language Week

Celebrating Tongan Language

Malo e lelei.  To help our learning and to celebrate Tongan Language Week, we have created this slide that will help our language grow.

Keep an eye out on our individual blogs to see what we learn, create and share next week.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Cook Island Art

Cook Island Tivaevae Art

To celebrate and acknowledge Cook Island Language Week, we did some Cook Island art for a Fun Friday activity.  We used stencils and folded paper to make these beautiful pieces and are looking forward to having them on display in our learning space.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Digital Ignition

Digital Ignition

Today we had our first session with Lyn from Digital Ignition Māpura Matihiko. We started learning about Binary Code.  
Beginning to learn about Binary Code.  
Binary code used to communicate with the robot.

Lyn tells the robot what to do.

Cute little guy.

Sussing out the code to spell out HELLO!
We are looking forward to our next session where we will work with iPads, robots and code.

Our challenge for the week is to see if we can spell out our names.