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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.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Constructing New Furniture

A Great Example of Teamwork

With moving into a new shared space, we found we needed to purchase a few new pieces of furniture.  Today I decided to let the kids go for it.  This was partly to help develop our team work and communication skills and how to read and follow written assembly instructions.  The fact that it all looked too complicated for me when I opened the box,  also played a part in motivating this exercise.  

Three groups worked together and in record time and with so much ease, we soon had two new wheelie chairs and a tote tray trolley.

Working together to put all the parts together.

The instructions were discarded, the communication solid.

Many hands make light work and everybody contributes.

Adding the finishing touches.

All pitching in.

Boom!  Check that out.

Voila!  Another fine creation.

Done and Done!  A solid and sturdy trolley for us to use.

If I knew they were going to nail these so quickly I would have given them a few more projects.  I know what I'm going to do next time we have something to out together.


  1. Great team work guys! You have done so well!
    We have lots of new tables that need made up....Would love some help :D

  2. Well I am impressed, and without using the instructions. Good old Kiwi ingenuity! A great record of class teamwork. Well done! ;-)

  3. Kia ora Rimu
    Chloe here
    This looked like a very fun challenge even tho I didnt partisipate.

    You did a very good job I was very impressed.

    Maybe next time you could just be more awesome than you already are.

    What was your favorite part about this challenge?

    Anyways blog you later

  4. hi its tru here
    the everything is awesome at the end is really cool and funny

    blog u later

  5. Hi Rimu class Tyler here.
    I like the way you guys done a lot of teamwork.
    Next time could your add more photos.

  6. Buenos Dias,
    My name is Anthony from ODS. Your furniture is amazing. I love the chair my grandpa has about 4 chairs just like that. The tote tray trolley I have that in my room that is were I put my
    art stuff. It is very helpful.
    If you want to comment on my blog it is odsanthonyas.blogspot.co.nz

  7. Kia Ora Rimu Class
    Im Ella From Grey Main School!
    Wowww Its awesome that you guys have new furniture.
    Did you guys enjoy putting it together?
    We are getting new furniture in our room soon!
    Na Ella