Thursday, 22 September 2016

Olympics: Bringing It All Together!

Term 3 has seen a focus on the Rio Olympics as our Inquiry.

We decided to share our learning on a poster.  We have brought through the key values, key vocabulary and ideas.  We also included literacy (similes & metaphors) and maths (tessellation).

To see each of these posters clearly visit our student blogs!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Sleeping Lions After A Big Day!

We had such a big day after our Olympic debut that we decided to play the game 'Sleeping Lions' and as it turns out, we were so tired some of us did fall asleep!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Artwork: Room 10 @ Rangikura

Va'aitino @ Rangikura
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This is my olympic artwork.  We had to tessellation the triangles together again and again to make it tessellation.  It was pretty hard to make the triangles to tessellate together.  And now you can see that i made it into a tessellation. And then you colour it in to be perfect so that is how you make your back round of your olympic person and to make it tessellation onto your piece of work.

If you can see there are three values that are called excellence,friendship,  And the important one is respect.  Respect means to be nice to other people that are in a different country or another place.  And to respect to people that are not in the olympic.

My  olympic person is someone that you might know who he is.  It is Usain bolt he is the first person in the olympic racer and aiming for the golden medal to win for their country and his family.  He is the fastest person in the whole world.

MatatiaL @ Rangikura

Olympics Artwork

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This is me and my olympics art work. At the back of me is my tessellations, we had to use triangles, squares and hexagons, I measured up a triangle sides that were 3.8 cm to make a hexagon. But I used hexagons and triangles because those shapes (polygons) fit each other. (But if it has a gaps in it that means it’s not a tessellation).

When I had to choose a picture in google, I had nothing because everyone choose the good ones. So I choose this on because he had a medal on his neck. When I look at my medal, it felt like it’s was me, God choose me, I was the one.

Also their are speech bubbles and the thought bubbles, speech bubbles are the similes and the thought bubbles are the metaphors.

In the border are the 3 values Friendship, Respect and Excellence, also the medals, they are bronze, silver and gold.

Philip @ Rangikura
Olympic art work

Here is a unique piece of artwork that I created along with support from Miss Hills and my classmates.

The first step that we had to make was to go on google and find an olympic athlete, after we found our athlete we had to print the picture off.  Then step two was to take a photo of yourself [and we needed our teacher Miss Hills to help us], Ms Hills asked us to look up to the roof like we had just won a gold medal.  Step three was to get an A3 paper and rule 4 cm in on the side and the same thing on the top.  We had to join these to make the border.  Step four was to come up with 2 similes and 2 metaphors for our poster and some speech bubbles and thought bubbles to put the similes and metaphors in.  

On the border of my artwork we had to have the olympic values and they are…


To make the tessellation we needed to measured a triangle with sides that had to be 3.8 cms, I even made hexagons!.  If you don’t know what a tessellation is it’s a repetitive pattern that can’t overlap or have gaps. Did you know that the only polygons that can tessellate by themselves are the hexagon, triangle and square, while the other polygons can’t really tesselate.  A polygon is the posh name for a shape,  a regular polygon is a shape with all equal sides well a irregular polygon is a shape with all unequal sides.

My challenge for you is:  
Can you find the triangles hidden in the hexagons?

Olympic Artwork 2016!

This term we (as in Room 10)  have been working hard on a piece of olympic artwork full of similes, metaphors, a maths tessellation, olympic vocabulary and our heads on our fav athlete!  

First of all, let’s talk about the similes and metaphors. Example of a simile: A bright flower petal fell from the tree and felt as light as a feather landing on our hand. Example of a metaphor: My pulse is a race car, drifting through the woods. The definition of an simile is a comparison between two things, using like or as.  A definition of a metaphor is a DIRECT comparison between two things without using as or like.  As you can tell, the similes and metaphors are the speech bubbles and the thinking clouds. Can you guess which one's which?  

Next I’m going to tell you about the tessellation.  If you are wondering what a tessellation is or means, It’s a repeating pattern without any overlapping and gaps. You can create this repeating pattern with either regular polygon or irregular polygons!  This tessellation was made up by myself and a few classmates that were kind enough to help me with the background.   If you look at the tessellation in portrait mode, it will look like a number 8! The shapes that I used to create this regular tessellation was a hexagon, a triangle and a square. I am proud of my tessellation!

Now,  let me explain why friendship, excellence and respect is on my piece of artwork. These are the 3 olympic values that athletes demonstrate at the olympics.  The rest of the vocabulary is  words that are related to the olympics such as gold, silver, bronze to represent the medals and 2016 Rio because the olympics were played in Rio, 2016!

Last but not least, the athlete I’m playing as is Sonny Bill William because he is my favourite olympian, even though he got injured during a rugby game.  This piece of artwork represents all different kinds of subjects we normally do at school - Maths and art for the tessellation, the vocabulary, the similes and metaphors were part of our writing.   

Now this lovely piece is hanging above our heads in Room 10!

Maria @ Rangikura

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Olympic Day At School!

We had a great day using our athletic skills at our Olympic Day.

We were given the country India and came up with a chant.  

Watch the video to hear it.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016


We are learning how to scumble using pastels.  More pictures to come.

More pictures to come.....

Monday, 5 September 2016

Hong Kong STEM Challenge #2

Our buddy class in Hong Kong challenged us to a STEM activity. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

We were given 3 challenges and they were:

Challenge #1 - Build a structure with a cube as the base.
Challenge #2 - Build the tallest structure that you can and your base can be any size.
Challenge #3 -  Build a structure with something that balances off the side of it.

Here are the materials we had access to:
We were allowed to choose what we thought would best help us achieve our goal:

6 x long sticks
1 x wooden 100s square
2 x pipe cleaners
2 x straws
1 x 1m ruler
11 x plastic cubes
1 x bunch of popsicle sticks
4 x wooden small flat pieces

                         To read about our student's experiences click on individual student blogs

Challenge #1 - Build a structure with a cube as the base.

Challenge #2 - Build the tallest structure that you can and your base can be any size.

Challenge #3 -  Build a structure with something that balances off the side of it.

In Room 10 we are problem solvers.

To read about our student's experiences click on individual student blogs