Sunday, 29 May 2016

Autumn / ngahuru is well and truly here and this week we wrote poems to acknowledge the season. To begin our writing we had to stand outside on a cold autumn morning and look southward.  There in the distance we could see the Southern Alps and Aoraki, Mount Cook. To the west we could see the Tasman Sea rolling ashore. Our northern view was of the Twelve Apostles, the hills above Greymouth, also known as the two tuatara. We hope you enjoy our writing.
WALT use a range of language features such as simile, metaphor, alliteration and personification.
Context: Autumn Poetry
Success Criteria: We will write a free verse poem to express our experience of a Tai Poutini autumn.  The poem will include our choice of language features but it must also contain information that tells the reader where we are in the world. We may choose to use te reo Māori to enhance our writing.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Mihi Mahi

Kia ora

Earlier this year Ruma Tahi created visual mihi. We have had these linked to our learning site and now we would like to share them through our blog site. Waiho i te toipoto, kaua i te toiroa. "Let us keep close together, not far apart".

Click on the link to listen to or view our mihi.
Learning Languages: WALT Compare and contrast cultural practices.
Social Science WALT  Understand how people pass on and sustain culture and heritage for different reasons and that this has consequences for people.
Success Criteria: We can show that we understand the purpose of mihi  and how it connects to our whakapapa/family tree. We have developed our sense of self and place.  We have built on our pronunciation skills.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Triangle Challenge

Ruma Tahi students were given a Triangle Challenge to complete as part of our mathematical inquiry into triangles. When we had completed the challenge we made Digital Learning Objects to show our understanding of our learning.

Please follow the links to some of our Digital Learning Objects.

Friday, 6 May 2016

May is New Zealand Music Month

This week we explored cut paper artworks using the theme "May is New Zealand Music Month".

Follow the link to learn more about this promotion for New Zealand music.

There are many famous artists who have created wonderful artworks from cut paper. One of these was a French artist called Henri Matisse.


Our cut paper artworks had to have a 3-dimensional aspect to them.  To achieve this we created curvatures through our cut out hands, making them look as though they were playing their instruments. Some artists even tried to show key chords.