Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Kei Te Pai Ahau?

We are learning how to greet people
and say how we feel in Te Reo.

   Listen to us singing and when you are ready, join in. 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


As part of our session on statistics today, students were asked to analyse data represented in a bar graph and pictograph.  Kaleb and Izzy were keen to share their findings with you on this particular activity. 

We love receiving feedback, so let us know what you think by leaving a comment in the box below.

Reading With Manusina!

Easy Blog Photo
Manusina has only been at Rangikura School for 4 weeks and speaks fluent Samoan. Today she will read in English for you.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Hong Kong

This year Room 10 is lucky enough to be learning and collaborating with students from the Australian International School Hong Kong (AISHK)

Team Respect has put this video together to provide a snapshot of what it is like at Rangikura School. This week we have been learning about idioms and we will be sharing our learning with the students at AISHK on Friday afternoon.  We are very excited to meet our new learning friends.

Welcome Australian International
School Hong Kong (AISHK)

Welcome to Rangikura School where culture and diversity is welcomed and celebrated. 

Let Team Respect give you a brief tour around Rangikura School.

We would love to see what your school is like.   

Have a great day!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Culture And Where We Come From Matters...

Here are some greetings shared by Team Support.

We hope you enjoyed our video.

Inquiry Learning.... Purposeful Learning

Today Team Respect took a look at some lines of inquiry that they would like to follow up.  

This is harder than it sounds as the children had to think about a topic that they were generally interested in, and the topic had to be one that they can research the by finding information in books and online.

After quite a bit of discussion and sharing each student came up with one question.  Take a look at the picture to the right to see the different inquiry topics the children want to research.

The next step was to generate questions of the original thought. Once again, this was harder than it sounds.  But we got there and have a starting point.

In Room 10 we want to make our learning purposeful and engaging. We know there are times when we will have to learn things that might not be as interesting as our own inquiry project.  But, the skills we learn will be used across all the subjects, giving us the skills we need to be successful.

Stay posted to keep up to date with our progress.

How A Shape Can Be A Copycat!

We are learning about transformations
(reflection, rotation and 
translation, or enlargement).  

Yesterday in our maths session we were given a 'copy cat' problem to solve.  We had to investigate if a shape could be made into the same shape but as a bigger version of itself.  

This morning, Izzy took the shapes and showed the class how a square, triangle and rectangle (oblong) could be a copy cat.

Can you work out why these shapes are copycats?  Leave a comment below and we will tell you if you are right!

We know that translation means moving.... without rotating or reflecting... just moving.

We know that reflection means every point is the same distance from the centre line and the same size as the original image.

We know that rotation means turning around a centre point.

Idioms.... Lots & Lots Of Idioms...

 Here are some idioms we have been given from people around our school:

  • Pain in the neck
  • Get under my skin
  • Can't put your finger on it
  • Put your foot in it
  • Foot in mouth
  • Put your back into it
  • A tongue lashing
  • Better than a poke in the eye
  • Can't get my head around it
  • Hard to stomach
  • In one ear and out the other
  • Quite a mouthful
  • Got a skinful
  • By the skin of my teeth
  • Legging it down the road
  • By the arm load
  • Going weak at the knees
  • Giving you the cold shoulder
  • Horses couldn't drive me away
  • Having cold feet
  • Two left feet
  • My eyes are on you
  • Pull your socks up
  • Wear your heart on your sleeve
  • Use some elbow grease
  • Wrap your tongue around it
  • The horse has bolted
  • Hit the road
  • That cost and arm and a leg
  • The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
  • Mind over matter
  • Heartbreaking
  • Gut instinct
Here are some more idioms... click this link

Thank you to @AKeenReader for your additions to our list!

Monday, 15 February 2016

What Sort Of Mindset Do You Have?

Do you have a FIXED or GROWTH mindset?  

We are learning about how our mindset can affect how we think about ourselves,and the impact if can have on our learning.

A group of 10 children had a go at breaking down what they thought mindset meant.  

After that we came up with things we say to ourselves when we have a fixed mindset.  

To help us be better learners, we thought up some positive ways of motivating ourselves when we feel learning is hard.

We now know the difference between a FIXED and a GROWTH mindset.  

We know we can change the way we think about our learning by talking to ourselves in a positive way.

After all, thoughts become things......

We are learning about idioms!

We are collaborating with a school in Hong Kong called the Australian International School Hong Kong (AISHK).  We are excited about learning and sharing together.   

Our first challenge is to share what we know about idioms.  At the moment we don't know many so we are going on a research mission this week to find out some.

Today we learnt that an idiom is when there are word combinations which have a different meaning to the literal meaning of each word... in other words... don't take it seriously, it's a play on words!

We will share our knowledge with our new friends in at AISHK on Friday after lunch.  We can't wait to meet everyone online.  Being a 21st Century learner is exciting and gives us a purpose for our learning. 

Here are a couple of idioms we found today....

  • have a change of heart (means you've changed your mind)
  • gut instinct (you just know it's the right thing to do, but you can't explain why you know) - thank you to @AKeenReader for this one!

We can't wait to share the others we come up with by the end of the week.  

If you have any, please leave yours in the comment box below, we look forward to hearing from you!


Friday, 12 February 2016

Geometry: Translation, Reflection & Rotations

We have be exploring

Translation, Reflection and Rotation.

We now know that translation means moving.... without rotating or reflecting... just moving.

We now know that reflection means every point is the same distance from the centre line and the same size as the original image.

We now know that rotation means turning around a centre point.  

Can you see the translation, reflection and rotation in the children's work below?  

Leave a comment and write the name of the student and what you can see!










You can have fun trying these activities by clicking on the links below.  

Let us know how you got on.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Class Treaty For Room 10!

Did you know that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed on the 6th of February 1840?  We worked out that was ages ago.... we think that was 166 years ago... are we right?

We decided that we would incorporate the principles of the treaty into our class treaty, alongside our STAR values.  You can find out more about what these are by clicking on this link.

We really like our treaty.  

What is your's like?  

We would love you to send us a photo or video telling us about your treaty.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Collaboration and Innovation.....

Collaboration and innovation was the name of the game in Room 10 this week.  Children worked with their peers collaboratively to discuss and then share their ideas with the class on what would be good values for our class to abide by.  

The success criteria revolved around incorporating the principles from the Treaty of Waitangi with the Rangikura STAR values.

Treaty of Waitangi:

  • Partnership
  • Participation
  • Protection


  • Supporting Each Other
  • Tell the Truth
  • Achieving Our Goals
  • Respect (self, others, environment)
  • Self Responsibility

As you can see in the picture, the children are really looking deeply into where they can find connections to the principles from the Treaty of Waitangi and the school STAR values.  

Along the way the children are also extending their vocabulary and collaboration skills with others.  We hope to have it finished by the end of next week.  You are most welcome to come and visit us in Room 10 to see what we decided on.  We love having visitors!

Room 10 would love to hear what you think, so please feel free to leave a comment below this posting and we will respond to you.

Thank you.

Room 10