Monday, December 15, 2014

Class of 2014 Memories

This movie was filmed and produced 
by Mr Wong and Whaea Petra
to commemorate the amazing Year 8 students 
who are heading off to college next year. 
We wish them all the best 
and look forward to hearing all about 
their future accomplishments. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tuakana/Teina Technology Challenge

On Monday Room 7 joined up with our Teina class Room 10 to take part in a series of technology challenges.

Groups of year 7&8 students paired with year 3&4 students to make towers using spaghetti and marshmallows, build marble mazes, and play technology charades.

A lot of fun with some learning along the way!

Tuakana/Teina Term 4

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Year 7/8 Camp 2014

Press play to view a video of camp at Kokako Lodge. This Video was put together by our TPS student council.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tionee's in-depth reflection on Camp Kokako 2014

To end the year 7's and mostly year 8's like me leaving to college next year, the year 7's and 8's teachers including the principal at Tamaki Primary School put in a big plan ever since the beginning of the year to end our year in setting us off to a fun camp. At camp we did exclusive activities I think I wouldn't be doing in my life again. Check out my presentation, to find out more!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Camp Performance 2014 - Thank you Kokako Lodge

Camp Rap by some of Room 7 Boys

Camp Rap - TPS Room 7 Boys from Tamaki Primary on Vimeo.

It was time to emerge from the power surge and the sounds of the kids sounded like skids. Went to the hall to find a ball then I picked it up,then said sup.
I tried to be loud when my mouth was so proud.
Shouting to the skies where my ancestors lie.
On the kayaks I was confident feeling like presidents.
It is fiafia night this is it. I look all around to find the MIZ.

Trying to sleep but I cannot sleep and I guess I can’t because the bunks are too cheap.
Wake up in the morning smell the air. It smelt like a farm or a barn.
On the high ropes, I was so high, I thought would die but I lied.
When I got down I kissed the ground praise the lord I’m alive.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Camp Rap by Jayden

Last week - Weeek 5, our Year 7/8 students went to camp at Kokako Lodge. Here is a reflection written by Jayden in a form of a rap.

Jayden's Rap About Camp 2014 from Tamaki Primary on Vimeo.

Our time at camp it was very well, amazing
Rowing our boats, finishing on day four,
Doing high ropes on very high courses,
The end of the day, cabins filled with corpses,
Next archery shooting arrows from the bow,
Instructors, teaching people how to shoot low,
Having fiafia night with all of us so we can get our confidence and our pride, whole camp purpose ,
Celebrations, more noise than our cabins,
Juiced on our food like breakfast then our lunch,
Lets us have a long night lyrically reflecting,
Learned new things, group chants we’re resurrecting,
We drop bombs, Earlier than I wake up,
Using Sulaiman, an alarm cause I shake up,
We’re ready in our groups, the stars, we masters,
Cuz we be the best and you know you can't rap as,
Fast as I bout to wrap up, this is how it is,
Chiller than a S.H.A.R.P M.C me,
My rap so rip that you can't fee,
I got the flow so dont try and spoil it,
Losing inspections cleaning toilets,
I’ll take your class spinning for a 3 hour hike,
Leave you in the back take all the time you like.
Why would well would a wise student just,
weaving up words weave em up i'm a wordsmith,
I would write a reflection for this, it don’t matter,
Whoop your points back to your cutlery platter,
This goes faster than the days at our camp did,
Making rhymes faster than a kokako climbing trees,
I’d end you like how we ended on a bus,
Fix you up, beat you, no fuss.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Epic Rap Battle - Tagata o le Moana

Here is Room 7's epic film which encourages us to think about how we use the sea.  This was a product of our inquiry called Tagata o le Moana.  People of the sea.  Who's side are you on?

Monday, November 3, 2014

Wacky Mad Libs - Christopher

Christopher shows how he was given a list of word types to fill in before the programme inserted the words into the story to create wacky mad libs! Allows for a lot of creativity.

This is my Wacky Web tales that I did during grammarnastics. It was really fun because it created a story out of 16 words. When I was finished I made another one. It was really cool.

Room 7 Mad Libs - Cypress

For Grammarnastics today Room 7 explored word choice and how it is important when writing stories. We had a go at creating different wacky Mad Libs by choosing different word type examples and inserting them into stories.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deandra's fun slide design

After Room 7 looked at the changes in playground slides over time, the students were tasked with designing their own slide. 

Deandra has found a fun slide on the internet and labeled the different features that caught her eye. She has thought about what materials are used, design features, angles and height of slide as well as safety. 

This is a Google Drawing which I have created to link with the inquiry unit that I am currently  studying.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How playground slides have changed over time by William

Room 7 looked at how the design of playground slides have changed since they were invented in 1922. We thought about what changes were made to the design and what different materials are used. We also looked at some reasons for these changes.

This Google Drawing is showing you my work about how playground slides have changed over time, like in the olden days a man in England built the first ever slide made out of wood and now they change the slides for more safety with lots of colours and many different interesting shapes.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Explanation Writing - Sulaiman

In written language Room 7 were explaining what needs there were in the school and what technology could be used to address that need. Here is Room 7's newest student Sulaiman's piece of writing - I think he makes a good case for getting a games room at TPS!

A need in our school is a game room for year 7 and 8’s.

It would be good to have a game room because it will give year 7 and 8 students time to chill out because of the hard work that they do. We can go there at wet lunchtimes and we can play games instead of doing P.E.

It is a good place for year 7 and 8 to manage themselves and to show responsibility. It will bring them together and get to show incentive, only kids that are at standard or higher, can use the game room it would makes the kids that are not at standards want to achieve more.

We could also fundraise by giving a donation when you want to use the games. With that money we could pay for power of fundraise for community swimming pool, which would be a great thing for our area.

I think it is a great idea to have a game room in our school it would make everyday a good day. We could truly represent our four school core rules; manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, rangimarie and tukumarie.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Marsel's Technology Riddles

This term for our inquiry unit we are investigating technology.
This presentation was a way to test students' knowledge of different types of technology in the form of riddles to figure out.

Using our inferencing skills - Lauren and Lolo's Reading Task

Here is some fantastic work done by the Awesome Summarisers Reading Group.
After reading the journal story Mahinga Kai, Lauren and Lolo have pulled out some information about one of the characters and had a go at inferencing.

This goggle drawing me and my buddy (Lolo) has been working on, is developing my inference skills. I have read a book called Mahinga Kai Crusader Written By Stanley Waish.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grammarnastics Term Reflection by John, Cypress, Cavhyon and Brandon

This work highlight some of the different language features and figurative language types that room 7 have been studying this term for Grammarnastics. These language features will help make our writing more engaging and interesting for our audience.

This is a presentation that I have completed concerning grammarnastics. I have completed this task with my fellow peers such as Cypress,Cavhyon and Brandon. This presentation includes all the different language features that our class have used this term.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mele's Magic Sea Poem


Here is an example of some of the fantastic poems 
that Room 7 created with the wonderful Mrs Manuyag 
if you have a chance come and check out the rest of our poems and pastel art outside Room 7!

by Mele

The wind and rain
have swept the black sand clean.
A new part of a sand will appear

The waves become violent,
 as if they had no fear of anything.
All they care about is themselves.
People can never imagine,
just how angry the sea can be.
when you go out on a ship...
Boats disappear,

McKoy's views on different fishing practices

Here is an example of the work Room 7 has been completing as part of their inquiry topic Tagata o le Moana (People of the Sea). Here are McKoy's opinions on the positives and negatives associated with different types of fishing practices. 

Loni, Kereama, Marsel and Mele Marine Pollution Inquiry

Here is the fantastic inquiry presentation created by Loni, Kereama, Marsel and Mele on marine pollution. 

This is my presentation about pollution and the effects it has to our environment.

Tuakana/Teina Buddy Writing - Khorus and Lydia

Here is a wonderful example of buddy narrative writing that Room 7 did with Room 9 as part of our tuakana/teina chool programme.  Khorus and Lydia have written an interesting and exciting story with some great examples of figurative language. Ka mau te wehi to mahi! Awesome work!

Today for writing me and my buddy's Lydia and Hevani did a story about a anglerfish and a shark.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

T.P.S NEWS - Term 3 Week 4

Our student leaders took ownership of the school assembly in Week 4. They have decided to bring back T.P.S News. Click play to view the first T.P.S News for this year. There are reports on our previous trip to Kelly Tarltons and the Kiwi Can programme. Well done to our T.P.S student leaders for working hard to put this video together.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brilliant Inferrers Kini and Khorus' Antarctic Animal Fact Files

Here are examples of some of the interesting information the 
Brilliant Inferrers have produced after reading Who's Eating Who? In the Connected Series 2012 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Reflection On Trip To Kelly Tarltons by Deandra

This is a PowToon video created and crafted by me, it includes my highlights and the highlights of others. It is also my reflection about the school trip to Kelly Tarltons that I went on. I hope you enjoy this PowToon video because it took me a lot of thinking, writing, and in depth answers for the questions that I had.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

My Connections with the Ocean and the Sea by Jayden

Personally, we needed to use our prior knowledge on our inquiry topic and think of different things and ways the sea means to us and our community, Take a look!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Vocabulary Display Related to The Sea by Darwin

This task indicates the different parts of the sea and some information about the seas/ uses of the sea. Also it includes abnormal sea creatures that live in the depths of the sea. Take a look!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Ocean by John

The Ocean

A massive expand of crystal clear water was all I saw ahead of me with a teenie weenie sailboat proudly sailing along with it’s small white sails catching the little sea breeze. This same breeze blows against my skin, keeping it pleasantly warm  in spite of the slow fading sun, making me feel like it is hugging me warmly.

The beautiful colour which seems to be a mix of orange and pink fills the dark blue sky and colours the puffy white clouds. The calm ocean reflects this amazing colour in the way which only it can. The waves gently fall on the the sandy shore, slowly breaking then receding, always in a funny way touching my toes.

The smell which these waves produce is not fishy and disgusting as it sometimes is but rather soft and a little salty which is just so luscious. The seagulls circle in the air, occasionally landing near me. One seagull dives from the air only to lift itself back up again as it nears the water, making a small v shape in the water behind it. I find myself thinking that perhaps this is the most beautiful place in the entire cosmos.

This is a descriptive writing that is about the ocean and the 5 senses.

Deandra's View of the Sea

Tagata o le Moana:

I noticed the beauty of the graceful sea creatures as they soared through the water like how birds would in the sky. I heard the whispering cries of the sea as she urged me to come in. I could sense the salty air as it flows through me as a gesturing aroma of home.

I caught a hint of salt water on my tongue as I drew nearer and nearer to the lapping waves, I felt the cold water send shivers down my spine as I waded knee deep through the clear crisp water. The water surrounded me like a protective shield against intruders.

Dutiful fish were swimming frantically up and down the channels looking and scavenging for food as well as avoiding predators. A lonely turtle struggles to find it’s way through a swarm of fish but somehow it senses my presence and turns to the right direction.
When I hear the splashing of fish, I think of playing children.

When I see exotic marine mammals  playing I think of mischievous monkeys. When I can smell sweet, sensational aromas I think of mouth watering food. If I feel the tail flick of a fish then I think of a feather brush stroking my leg, and when I look upon a beautiful coral reef fish I think of my family. As I tasted the saltiness of the ocean water I think of the ocean as my peaceful home of tranquillity.

Jayden't Writing Description about the Sea

For this task we needed to create a piece of descriptive writing that relates to this terms inquiry topic which is 'Tagata O le Moana', Take a look!

Waves march against the sand as they scream for war before being forced to retreat from their march as they grasp for the remains of life before them. As the beacon of sunlight shines upon the scraps of driftwood and seaweed, the wrath of the army wasn’t over as the tide began to close in on the remaining grains of sand. An unfought war was nearly over.

 The bitter air foretells the approaching storm; there to celebrate the endless victory of the ocean. An aroma of salt-water indicates the tide’s cycle nearing it’s end, like a phoenix at the point of rebirth. The putrid smell of the moss gasping for a breath of air as the sun sets across the horizon.

 Engines moan at their driver’s as they return to whence they came. Crashes and smashes show the water trying to seize the land. Although the beach was empty, you could still hear the crying of the birds scavenging the remains. The water was tainted a slight green hue, this was a cause of waste and pollution already starting to take effect.

 The rusty surfaces of the railing are blocked from the slight touch of the steadily increasing power of the wind, sweeping the dust off my skin and revealing goosebumps hiding under the layer of dust like a cave exploiting it’s coal. A treasure chest without a lock.

 Rain taunts the tip of my tongue as it freefalls from the sky. The insides of my mouth are begging for a drink as the dehydration nearly causes me to succumb to the thirst. The taste of fish overcomes my taste as I stare into the empty, moonlit sea. It was time to go home.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tionee's Tagata o le Moana Inquiry title page

Here is a tino pai rawa atu example of the creative and ataahua (beautiful) inquiry title pages created by Room 7 learners. 

Today for Term 3, I've designed a poster of our learning unit for this term, 'Tangata O Le Moana', its all about the Ocean, and how it lets us, every other animals and living things on Earth live and strive.

Without the Ocean, theres no water, without water we all die. We should all be thankful it gives us food as well. Caring for our sea is important to our own selves.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tiere's New Words from Week 7

Here is a great example of work produced in Room 7's novel study. Hopefully some of these fantastic new words will find their way into the student's writing. Tiere has produced a wonderful and descriptive sentence using all of the new words she has learnt.

This is my word investigation chart.This task was to find words I haven't heard or seen before and investigate about it.I have sentences at the bottom of my chart to show that I have structured new words I haven't seen or heard before in a sentence.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Phoenix by Jayden and Nesbert

Here is a narrative story written by Jayden and Nesbert 

M.A.K.M-9000 - Mean, Auto, Killing Machine by Darwin and William

Last week Darwin and William worked together on a piece of narrative writing.

Step 1:
We activated our prior knowledge of what we know about narrative writing and then as a class we created a success criteria to guide us during the writing process.

How to write a narrative story
  • Use the T.O.P.S. writing structure to organise our ideas.

  • Use simple punctuation correctly in our sentences. . (at the end of a sentence) AKL (capital letters, nouns, I)  

  • Use the ‘CCC strategy’, dictionaries or sounding out patterns to check mispelt words.

  • Make sure your sentences make sense by proofreading for meaning, spelling and (complex) punctuation.

  • Write interesting language that will ‘hook in’ the reader (eg. metaphor, personification, hyperbole.)

  • Include dialogue to give the reader more information about the characters, events and solutions.
Step 2:
This is our planning for our story.

Darwin and William verbalising their story to another group.

Step 3 -  Click here to view their piece of writing for their narrative story

Step 4 - Feedback, sharing with our peers.

Step 5 - Re-crafting - using feedback given by our peers

Step 6 - Teacher Conference 

Step 7 - Publishing our end product - see our video below

Step 8 - Personal writing reflection.

We hope you enjoy the end product of our narrative story - we appreciate your feedback.