Last week it was Tongan Language Week. Room 14 enjoyed practicing and learning simple Tongan Language greetings.
Saloni said they are preparing for the Funky Junk parade in week 9 so started making recycled drums using old tyre tubes and tins. They painted the drums in their house colours.
They also made a Kiekie which is a Tongan dress, and ornamental girdle around the waist. They are mainly worn at casual occasions. It is worn as a sign of respect. They have made their own house colour kiekie to represent their respect for their house colour and for the wearable arts in Week 9. They are all made with recycled materials.
Avery made his out of green fabric as he is in Macmillan House, but he also wanted to include Stewart and Gledstanes as well. They have all had a lot of fun and they hope they do it next year.
By Flynn and Jack
This week Room 7 have been learning about the letter S and Sammy Snake.
We made sandwiches and had a visit from Seven Slimy Snails and a Slug.
Look at these gorgeous pictures of our slimy visitors and these wonderful first diagrams of snails by Mia and Lena.
Can you see the Slimy Snails Sitting on Charlotte, Priya and Afi?
We Sat on Stage and Sang our Songs and did a little dance at the junior assembly.
We had a wonderful week learning and felt so proud of ourselves.
In Harakeke Pod they have been looking at the legend 'Sina and the Eel'. During writing time the students wrote a retell of the story. With Sina and the Eel in mind and because it was Cook islands Week, they decided to make a Tapa cloth. Harakeke Pod have also been learning about their brains and how it control our thoughts, feelings, actions and memory! Have a look below at some of Harakeke Pods awesome retells and artwork they have been done!
Sina and the Eel retells
A long time ago there lived a beautiful girl with long dark hair. Her name was Sina. She had befriended a long shiny eel. As the eel grew larger he became more demanding. Soon he fell in love with Sina but Sina was frightened. She ran to tell her relatives. She told her uncle and cousin about the eel and how he frightened her. Soon her cousin was sent to kill the eel and her cousin severed the eels head. In the eels last breath he asked Sina to bury his head, so Sina did. A tree grew with refreshing nectar from the fruit that it grew. The fruit was a coconut and it had the face of the eel. Two eyes and a mouth so when Sina drank the fruit she would in fact be kissing him.
Once upon a time there lived a girl named Sina. She was as pretty as a flower. Every night she would visit her friend the eel. They would talk and he said once he was a prince and they would swim together. After a while the eel got bigger and bigger and Sina got more and more scared because the eel fell in love with Sina and started demanding for Sinas love. Sina ran away. When she looked in the water she could see the face of the eel, so Sina ran to a village. Sina ran to find her uncle and cousin. Sinas cousin said he would go and confront the eel, so Sinas cousin chopped the eels head off. In the eels last words he said “ can you please bury my head”. So Sina buried the eels head and it grew into a beautiful palm tree. When Sina drank from a coconut she was in fact kissing the eel.
Last week Room 6 got the chance to go in front of the assembly for their first time and they danced to songs, ‘it’s a great day (greetings dance) and ‘skip into the middle’ (circle dance) they enjoyed it so much and had a lot of fun.
Each week they have fun friday. Fun friday is where they get to do a discovery about something and be creative, they get to use their imagination. They found a fairy in their classroom, they decided to make furniture for her so she can feel at home. They made beds, pools, seats and they use a pumpkin as a house too!
By Tegan and Sophie
Across the school we have been looking at Matariki. Here are some examples of what our awesome classes have been doing.
Retell writing By Krishdeep Room 3/4
Tamarereti and the Canoe.
Once upon a time a big Taniwha was going to eat the men. When it was morning it felt dark like night. Tamarereti got up. He was hungry so he decided to go fishing. He caught 3 fish. The King of the Wind didn’t push his canoe so he slept in it. When it was morning the King of the Wind pushed his canoe to an island. Tamarereti was hungry again so he decided to go back home. He climbed up to the top of the island. He saw golden rocks and he threw them into the sky. He forgot to ask the God of the Sky. He said “Oh oh!” He is going to smack him and growl so he got back home. He didn’t get growled. The God of the Sky said “ Ka pai! You make my sky beautiful.”
Matariki Artwork By Room 2
Star constellations that the students made out of marshmallows and straws as part of a Literacy activity.
Jigsaw Matariki questions and answers
Well, another fantastic sleepover with our tamariki! Our fantastic parents helped prepare a delicious meal of nachos followed by warm apple crumble and ice cream which ensured that no one went to bed hungry. Classrooms were buzzing with excited children, mattresses and pillows and some very brave adults who were kind enough to stay with us for the night. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy last night so our Matariki stars were not bright enough for us to see. Possibly we could have seen them with the early risers at 5:30am....but it would have been freezing! Luckily fruit weetbix and yoghurt or some more delicious apple crumble followed by a milo set them all up for the day. Thank you to all our AMAZING parents who supported our sleepover in so many ways, we appreciate your help!
In Kowhai Pod they read a book called the 'The Woven Flax Kete'. They were learning about taonga and that taonga (treasure) doesn't have to be things you can touch, taonga might be something such as care or kindness.
They then talked about what was special to each of them, our families and what they thought was special to Katikati Primary School. They used this as a writing activity. Once they had done this they learnt about the drafting stage of artwork. Each student was given three separate pieces of paper and had to think about how they were going to fill the space.
Once they had completed their drafts, they were given calico to paint onto. Once each panel was dry they then added details with black felt.
The three separate panels were then sewn together, and each student learnt to plait pieces of fabric together for the wall hangings handle.
Have a look at what they created
On Friday the 18th of May our Year 2/3 students were privileged to have Kelly Brazier, a New Zealand Rugby Sevens player who competed at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier in the year come in and speak to them. Kelly told the students a bit about herself and then the students were able to ask Kelly some questions.
This is some of the information we found out;
How old were you when you started playing rugby 7s and what made you choose it?
Kiekie pod have been learning about why it is important to maintain and sustain the NZ native bush.
They painted a picture of the bush using pastels, paint and pencils. The paintings were made over four sessions, because just like the bush there are many layers and various shades of green. Their paintings are quite dark just like thick native forests. As they learn more their paintings will be added to.
If the weather is good next week they are going for a walk in the bush, so they hope to see what really is in there and then they can add it to their pictures.
By Augustine and Rajveer
Written By Augustine Burrell-Ellery
On Friday the 16th of March, for the first time ever the Yr 2 and 3s had a Interhouse Fun Challenge Day. There were lots of fun activities like;
Pacific Garbage Patch
And the Egg and Spoon Obstacle course
Teams were made up of Yr 2 and 3s from different classes but from the same house. Teams had to work together by showing teamwork, great attitude and great sportsmanship.
Emma said her favourite activity was the bucket race. Harakeke pod did a tally chart to represent their favourite activity and Beach flags came up number one followed by the Pacific Garbage Patch.
The weather was perfect for the House Challenge. It looked like it was an awesome day enjoyed by all the year 2 and 3s.
Congratulations to Macmillan House for winning the Interhouse Competition!