Sunday, 5 August 2018

Collages - Art - self potrait


This term for Art, we have been learning how to make our art pop. To start the term of we decided to do self portrait collages. We had three types of self portrait collages we could choose from. There was one with it side on, front on and an angled one. I decided to do the front on one. For the front on one we had to collage the background with newspaper print and the hair with colourful items from magazines. Here is the finished product, Hope you enjoy it!😄🎨😃🎨

Maori myth - Imovie

Maori Myth - The chief and the Seven Sisters

The Chief and the Seven Sisters

In ancient Māori history, nestled deep in the New Zealand forest there was a small village. In the village there lived six beautiful sisters and their mother.  The six sisters names are Waipunā-ā-rangi, Ururangi, Waiti, Waitā, Tupu-ā-nuku, Tupu-ā-rangi and their mothers name was Matariki. The sisters were very gorgeous and their goodness shone from the inside as well, the other villagers loved the sisters who were kind and generous. The village was ruled by a cruel chief who liked to keep all the goods for himself. One day the Chief decided that he needed to marry. Unable to choose just one sister, the chief wanted to have them all to himself, so that the people in the village might begin to like him just as much as the sisters.

Angered by the chiefs plan, their mother did not want to give her daughters to the chief because she thought that the chief would not treat them well and keep them safe. To protect the sisters, she decided to think of a masterplan. The six sisters had no idea about what was going on behind their back, about the chief trying to capture them and their mothers struggle to protect them.

After much thinking and plotting, Matariki decided that the safest choice was to catapult her daughters high into the sky. Matariki was a creator, for the next few nights she secretly constructed an enormous catapult. The catapult could throw all of her daughters at the same time, so they would end up together in the sky as a cluster.

Matariki decided to wait until nightfall, so that the rest of the village and the chief would be asleep. She wanted to keep her plan a secret, especially from the chief and her daughters. Matariki was worried that her daughters would refuse to go up to live in the sky. Afraid of being lonely without them, she also decided to catapult herself into the sky because she wanted to accompany her daughters as they were still young.
When nightfall arrived, Matariki asked her daughters to meet her in a nearby clearing with the promise of some new clothes. When the sisters arrived, Matariki hid behind a tree and waited till they gathered in the right place. Releasing the catapult, the six sisters flew high up into the air, settling amongst the stunning stars. Reuniting with her daughters, Matariki carefully explained her plan to the sisters who understood and forgive their mother for her deception.

After Matariki catapulted her daughters and herself, they decided to travel around the world to see lots of other traditions and cultures. Nowadays we can see the six sisters and their mother as stars and it is a sign of the Māori New Year and that is why we only see Matariki in late May or early July.
The End

By Haley, Prianka, Valora, Zoe and Tanisha. Image result for matariki











Great work, your group has worked really well to write an original narrative about Matariki.  Your use of traditional characters and maori names have helped it to sound more authentic. Great use of interesting vocab and verbs. Just remember to use a range of sentence types when writing to add interest.   Miss Richardson




Thursday, 21 June 2018

Key Competencies - T1/2



Key Competencies are the capabilities pupils need to develop for
living and lifelong learning.

EFFORT / ATTITUDE

A --- CONSISTENT
B --- SATISFACTORY
C --- INCONSISTENT

FIRST
SEMESTER

SECOND
SEMESTER
MYSELF
MY TEACHER
MYSELF
MY TEACHER
MANAGING SELF




I show that I am keen to learn
A
A


I complete work to the best of my ability
A
A


I use classroom time well
A
A


I listen and follow instructions carefully
A
A


I begin work straight away
A
A


I can stay on task and work independently
A
A


I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them
B
A


I make sensible behaviour choices
A
A







RELATING TO OTHERS




I cooperate well with others when working
A
A


I treat others with respect
A
A


I play well with other children
A
A







PARTICIPATING AND CONTRIBUTING




I share my ideas and opinions with others
B
B


I listen well to other people’s opinions
A
A


I take part in activities outside of the classroom
A
A




TEACHER’S SIGNATURE   Miss S Richardson        





Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Matariki should be a public holiday

This week was the start of Matariki. Matariki is a Maori new year celebration that occurs one a year in June and last 1 month. The stars represent 7 sisters n the sky. In class we were discussing if Matariki should be a public holiday. At the end of our discussion we decided that Matariki should be a public holiday. Here is my letter to RT Hon Ms Ardern about making Matariki as a national holiday.🎉🎉


106 Halsey Drive
Lynfield
Tamaki Makaurau 1042


Raapa Rua Tekau ma Pipiri


Dear RT Hon Ms Ardern,


My name is Haley Smith and I am a Year 6 student at Halsey Drive School in Auckland. This week we have been learning the significance and importance of Maori culture and Matariki. Matariki signifies the seven sisters and occurs once a year in June, and it signifies the new year for Maori people. It also lets us learn some of the Maori Traditions, culture and the history of New Zealand. I wrote a letter to inform you my claim about having Matariki as a national public holiday. Without a doubt if we have Matariki as a public holiday everyone in the country will know the heritage and history of New Zealand.


I am very aware that we only have 3 public holidays that our related to our bicultural history and events of New Zealand. There are only 9 holidays out of 260 working days and when Boxing Day occurs every year most shops and supermarkets are usually open and still working so most families do not enjoy their public holidays. In my opinion everyone should have equal rights to enjoy public holidays with their family and friends.


If we have Matariki as a public holiday it would be an opportunity to bring communities together and understand other cultural practices and religions. In 2017 the government surveyed 1000 New Zealanders and asked if they know what Matariki is. It had a shocking result that only 69% of the 1000 kiwi’s surveyed know what Matariki is. When the government surveyed another 1000 New Zealanders about if they knew the Chinese new year a colossal amount of people knew what it was. Even though we have a small country we have a tremendous amount of history that many people don’t know about. That is why we need to know our bicultural history and tradition of New Zealand. If we have an enormous celebration for matariki it would attract people from around the world and we would have more tourists visiting our tiny country.


Without a doubt I think that we should have Matariki as a National Public Holiday. One of the main reasons why we should have Matariki as a National Public Holiday because we only have 3 National Public Holidays out of 260 working days. Another main reason of having a Public Holiday is that we have an opportunity to bring communities together and recognise other cultural understandings. I know that you are a very busy person so i would like to thank you for reading my letter. I hope that you write me a letter back or consider this in the parliament.


Yours Sincerely,


Haley Smith
What did I do/Learn?
WALT - use persuasive language
For example - Flattery, Emotive Language, Facts and Statistics, Quotes, Center Arguments.

What did I like?
I liked that we used a planning template and had a more time for editing our work

What would I do differently next time?
I would use more types of vocabulary and emotive language to really persuade the government.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

WALT - Use appropriate visual language features Queens Birthday Invitation



WALT - Use appropriate visual language features

This week in class we decided to focus different types of visual language features and in celebration of the Queens Birthday this week we decided to make an Invitation to an imaginary birthday party of the Queens. HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!