Friday, 4 November 2016


Hi everyone, welcome to our the Totara 3 assembly. This term we have been working on our visual mihi's, explanations, lists and thinking about 21st-century learning. Here is a snippet of some of the things we've been doing.



Weve spent most of the term writing explanations (and we're glad thats over!!!) Here is one of Finlay's 


21st Century Learning

During the week, Madeline came and presented to us a series of videos and ideas relating to new ways to learn. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Tie Dye T-Shirts

At the end of last term we tie dyed and screen printed our own t-shirts. Tell us what you think...

Friday, 2 September 2016

Perspective drawing

WALT: Construct simple shapes using 2 vanishing points.

This week we began to construct simple cuboids with two vanishing points. The vanishing points give our drawing its 3D look. If we position our shape on the horizon line we can only see two of its faces. If we contract out shape above or below the horizon line we can see 3 faces.

I think the hardest part we found was the cross over of the vertices to the opposite vanishing point.

Below is a short video we made to take you through it step by step.

Friday, 26 August 2016


Last week being book week, we had to dress up as one of our favourite book characters, here is a short presentation of what we dressed up as.

In writing we have been learning how to write the perfect paragraph to go along with our explanations and some us have made a stop motion to display our new learning, here is a few examples of work.


This term we have been looking at how rubbish is disposed from a lollipop wrapper to Kate Valley Landfill in Canterbury.

Learnz has taken us on a journey from your rubbish bin to the dumps around the South Island. Here is a short presentation of our new learning.

 Certain kinds of rubbish takes a long time to break down. Here is what Harrison and Alvin found out

For the Art Soiree Totara has made Tie-Dye T Shirts we will be screen printing them but so far here is the product.

In art for the last couple of weeks we have been focusing on what makes a good Logo as well as Protest art

Zoe’s learning on protest art.

This week we began to learn how to ride unicycles. Here is a short video on our progress.

Book Character Assembly

For many of us this is our 8th and last Book Character assembly. This is what we dressed up as this year! See if you can spot Ricky Baker

Saturday, 9 July 2016


Sophie came up with a very clever solution to TOO MUCH INFORMATION
To finish off this term we decided to do some hands-on maths. Enlargements are very much Geometry and Measurement rather than art. Many things need to happen to be able to create a successful enlargement; Measuring the image, estimating the new grid size, using division to confirm, measuring and ruling accurately & finally spatial awareness-to be able to transfer points on an image to a new (and larger image). I was very impressed  by Room 14s efforts.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Virtual Field Trip

Where are we?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Following Instructions

Room 7 invited Room 14 to come up 'for a surprise'. We didn't quite know what it was going to be but we were told we had to wash our hands first!!! When we got there we found that Room 7 had been writing instructions. We had to read and then follow what the instruction said. Yum!!!

Friday, 20 May 2016

Sharing the Learning

Today we went to Room 7 to share our learning across the classrooms. I was very proud of everyone who shared, supported and listened to others in their learning.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Brighter Money

Monday 2nd May

Have you seen our new money? It's pretty flash! Visit the Brighter Money Website to find out the ins and outs of our LEGAL TENDER.


On padlet # 2 share in your learning teams 'What is new learning for you? and What does it make you want to find out about?

Brighter Money Kahoot

Create a digital learning object about your new learning (a kahoot perhaps?)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Money, Money, Money

Monday 2nd May

With PrEP this term, it's a good time to get our finances in order! First things first though. What do we know about our New Zealand Currency?

THINK, PAIR & SHARE in your LEARNING TEAMS and complete the ignition padlet. Don't to forget to mark off the job as 'COMPLETE' if you want to be PAID!!! (huh?)

Friday, 8 April 2016


Hi there folks. Room 14 are on assembly this Friday. Here are the items well be presenting.

Curious Cove


This term we've written heaps of different things heres a snippet of some of them




As part of science this term we have looked at surface tension, buoyancy and the forces that affect things to either make them float of sink. Here is a link to Finlay's Blog that shows an experiment we did.

Float my Boat

Zak's Reflection on the WATER CYCLE

Oral Language

For Oral language we have recently found out that a certain food chain in New Zealand charges more for their food in poorer areas of NZ and less in richer areas. Here's some of the things we thought about this.

Waka Voyaging

We have begun our first Virtual Field Trip for the year. This week we have found out about about different kind of waka and how traditional navigation was done using a star compass

Friday, 18 March 2016

Float my Boat

The trial. There was no point having a competition if we couldn't get out boats to float...

Float my Boat

Today we began a investigation into designing 'boats' made out of Plasticine. We have already spent some time discussing floating and sinking and what affects the chances of things doing that. Today we all had a piece of Plasticine of the same size and we had to design at boat to get as many staples in it as possible.

Here are some of our designs.