Saturday, 19 August 2017

Celebrating Matariki in Pitau 2!

There was a lot of excitement on the last Friday of term 2 when we welcomed our whanau (family) into our classroom to celebrate the Maori New Year with a Matariki breakfast! Our room was filled with parents and children all working together to prepare for a spectacular feast! A huge thank you to everyone for your donations of kai (food), your company and time to show our tamariki the importance of working together to celebrate this special occasion. A great conclusion to our learning around the Matariki New Year!

But wait! Theres more...

The grand finale to our day of celebrating Matariki was an afternoon spent flying our kites that we made as part of our learning around how Matariki is celebrated. We were thrilled to be joined by our friends from Team Pitau and Team Kakano. What a spectacular display of laughter, creativity, energy and tangling that filled our school that cloudy afternoon.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Telling the Time - Paper Clocks

To help us focus on how a clock looks and works Pitau 2 have had super fun making our very own paper clocks. We then looked at different types of clocks such as watches, grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks and more. Then every student transformed their paper clock into their favourite type of clock.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Manu tukutuku

In Pitau 2 all of our class worked collaboratively to create a manu tukutuku, a traditional maori kite. 


Manu Taratahi

We used native New Zealand plants which will last for a long time and make the kite light and strong. Some children stripped the middle part of the toetoe plant we will use this to make the frame of our Manu taratahi.

Other children prepared 
the harakeke, a flax. They split
 it into thin strips so that we can use these to tie the frames 
together with.

Manu taratahi is a triangle shape kite. Blake made sure that he held the frame steady so our teacher could tie our frame together.

Rows of Raupo were tied onto the frame with the harakeke. Emily-Jane, Blake and Savanna began this process for us by making cross patterns down the middle of the frame to hold it together. 

Team work was very important for us to be able to complete our kite. Myrah, Ella, Jarome and Charles joined Emily-Jane to continue finishing the sides of our kite! 

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Te Iwa O Matariki - The nine stars of Matariki

We began our learning journey of Matariki believing that there were the seven sisters (stars) of Matariki but new found knowledge is being revealed that there are nine stars. 
So Pitau 2 decided to work collaboratively again to create a stunning representation of the nine stars of Matariki. 

The wishes, remembering and gathering stars, Matariki, Hiwaiterangi & 

The water stars Waitī Waitā and Waipuna-a-rangi.

Our friends from Koru 3 helped us to create a mould for our earth stars  
TupuānukuTupuārangi and Ururangi using clay.

 A huge thank you to Mr Boyd and his team of clay experts from Koru 3 for sharing their knowledge of plaster of paris clay moulds with us! 'Mean as' Mr Boyd!

Discovering Matariki

We have been learning about Matariki through wonderings, stories, conversations and exploration into this important celebration in New Zealand.  
 Our Matariki expert and extraordinaire Miss Jan-Hai (Wiremus Mum) popped in to share her knowledge to further enhance our wonderings and understandings of the Maori New Year.

Wiremus Mum encouraged us to share what we knew about Matariki.
"Matariki is the new year," said William
"There are seven sisters. The oldest is Matariki," said Max 

We talked about celebrations and harvest time. If the stars are bright and high it will be a good season for harvesting. If the stars are low and less visible. Hazel said "It will be cold and not very good for harvesting." 

We discovered that there are nine stars of Matariki. We were fascinated by the water stars and what each star represented. These are some of our drawings of water stars on ipads.

After learning about kites being used as maori text messages, eating hangi and rewana bread, singing waiata (song) and it being a time to remember. The children were given stars to decorate and take home as a taonga (treasure) to share with whanau. (family)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Telling the Time - Making Clocks!

Pitau 2 have been taking out some more time to explore clocks. 
We have learned the names for the parts that make up a clock and we have been practising making clocks with materials before we attempt to create our very own paper clocks.

Our clock is like a beading clock and it is made of beads. They show the circle on the outside of a clock. The pink straps are the hands and we made a game out of our clock.

We used paper and beads to make a clock. I used the paper for the hands in the middle.Then I used the beads to go between the numbers.

We used some blu tack to put the numbers on the table. I helped to write the numbers of the clock on card.

We used paper for the hands and the numbers and we used equipment for the little spaces and we drew numbers on the paper so we put them in the right place and in order.

Our clock is a wonky clock. The straps go around to the numbers. There is buttons in between it.

Me and Zoe we put little blocks all around the table and the four blocks are where the hands go to.

I made a Big Ben clock. It has two hands on it. They have cubes for the numbers. The hands go round and round.

My clock was a mini clock because it is small. The hands go one way. They never stop.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Telling time in Pitau 2 - A Human Clock!

What better way to explore clocks than to make a human clock!

But wait...

What do Pitau 2 know about clocks?

These are some of their ideas about clocks...

"Something that ticks," said Savanna

"It goes around and around and it never stops," said Hanlin

"The biggest number on the clock is 12," said Olivia

"Sometimes it has lines on it," said Isabelle

"Some of the numbers on the clock get big," said Emma

 Then we took our ideas about clocks outside to create a human clock.

Students were given the numbers on a clock and began to arrange them onto our clock.

We discovered that the numbers 12, 6, 3, and 9 are opposite one another on a clock.

It was great to see our clock slowly coming together.

We did it!

Finally we showed a variety of times using skipping ropes that
represented the arms on a clock.