Sunday, December 10, 2017

Room 5 thinks school is cool!

In room 5, we have been very lucky to have special people come into school to help us to be the best we can! We have had so much fun with our learning in Term 4 and we want to share some of this with you.

Coach Pat
Coach Pat comes and teaches us once a week. It’s so much fun and I always learn so much. I learnt about catching, throwing, shot put and even sprinting. When I first did sprinting I felt nervous but Coach Pat taught me how to start and then I could run as fast as a flash!

My heart was beating in my chest… baboom! Baboom! I could feel it beating like a drum. I peered to the people on my right and on my left. I felt determined to run as fast as a cheetah. I heard Coach Pat say “on your marks… get set, go!” I darted down the field and I came 3rd. I felt elated.

Story Time with Otara Library
What a hilarious afternoon. We had people from the Otara library come into school and read us a story. I could not stop laughing. It was hilarious and I even got to go up on stage.  The hook was behemoth and we were in a waka. The story had lots of kaimoana in it and it made me feel hungry. I thought they were so funny. Room 5 and I laughed and laughed.

Sport Skills

Kia ora and welcome to the new learning for Room 3

This term we have been learning so many new skills for different sports with teachers from the Junior Whanau every Friday

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Here is a proud Year 1 student, Calais enjoying the skills he has been learning in T-Ball this term. He is holding the bat ready to take a swing at the ball.
Some children were learning Volleyball skills and were able to challenge each other in a fun and friendly game.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Room 2

Mālō e lelei from Room 2!

In Term 4, we have been learning all about performing arts. Every Monday, our amazing teachers have been teaching us how to dance, sing, act and make music with our bodies.

“In drama class, we learn how to be in role. Being in role means that we have to pretend to be our characters. Sometimes it’s hard because we forget to stay in role, but it’s alright because acting is fun.”
By Samuelu

“In music class, we learn all about making music. We don’t need to use instruments to make music. We can use our bodies. We can clap, we can stomp, we can click, and it will sound good.”
By Longovuka

“In dance class, we’re learning to do Bollywood dancing. I have never done Bollywood dancing before but I think that it is amazing!”
By Brooklyn

On Wednesday, we performed in front of the other junior school classes. We were so nervous! It was awesome seeing everyone’s incredible performances. We all worked so hard! A few children in our class were even awarded for  showing great manawanui in performing arts. We were so proud of our talented friends.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Room 7 Blog

Kia Ora!  Talofa Lava! Malo lelei!

Hello and welcome to Room 7’s Blog. We have been very busy people over the last few weeks at Yendarra.

Room 7 chose the story ‘Pirates love Underpants’.

Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy with your Whanau of us creating our masterpieces for ‘Book Week’.

On Thursdays Coach Pat comes in to teach us sport skills!

This week we have been practising our Athletic skills and racing each other. Tino Pai, well done Asela, Alexcia, Azaelea and Graeme for coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd equal.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Room 9 Gardeners


In Room 9, we have been looking at planting our   vegetable garden. Our inspiration came from our amazing new garden over by the Wharekai. We have been using the New World little garden seeds to help us learn all about growing plants.

First we went over to our vegetable garden to see what yummy and delicious healthy kai has been planted.

This is our progress so far :)
Week 1

The plants have just begun to grow.

Week 2

Our butternut is growing the fastest. We learnt about the importance of watering our plants and what too much water can do. Our plants love the sun and they go out everyday to help them grow.

We did some amazing sentence writing to help us remember what we are doing.

I am planting vegetables.
  • Matthias

I looked at the plants.
I planted the seeds.
  • Debra

We planted the sunflower
and it is growing.
  • PJ
We know that a plant needs sun and water to help make it grow. We loved planting our vegetables and flowers.

What flowers and vegetables do you love to plant?

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Making Music in Room 7

In Room 7, we have been practising to play the glockenspiels! We learnt how to play ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’. It took a long time to get it right, but we tried our best and even performed in assembly to our friends! We were so brave!

“When Room 7 were on the glockenspiels we played Mary had a little lamb and I was so terrified. But I kept trying my best.” - George-Kruz

“I was excited and shy because everybody was looking at me” - Kepueli

“We were fabulous. I made an enormous mistake but I kept on doing it.” - Amaia

“As I was sitting there, I saw 10,000 eyes staring at me.” - JJ

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Junior Hapu Celebrate Money Week!

Celebrating Money Week in the Junior Whanau

During Week 5 we celebrated Money Week. This is a really fun week because all of the Junior Whanau children learnt more about money. We learnt how to spend, save and share our money wisely. Have a look at all the fun learning activities that we have been doing.

The Room 1 students played money games where we learned to add and subtract.  
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We had word problems that we had to solve and we played shop where we learnt about getting change. We also worked in mixed ability groups to brainstorm everything we know about money. week.jpg

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In Room 2, we have been looking at the different ways in which we can make money. We've also been using our place value knowledge to add amounts of money together.

In Room 3 the children enjoyed learning about adding money.

I learnt how to add money and match it to the amount e.g $5 + $5 = $10”

I used my knowledge of skip counting in 10's to help me add money.”

Room 5 has been celebrating money week.

We have used money to help us understand how to count and give change.

We have learned a lot this week and even did our own countdown shop where we learned about budgeting. We are money smart.

In Room 6 we learnt how to give change using NZ money.

We set up our own in class shop and sold different items like vegetables and fruit.

"I really liked buying food to feed my family at the shop"

"I learnt that there are so many combinations that can be used to make money, today we made $17.00 and everyone made their money differently. I used a $10 dollar note, $5 dollar note and a $2 dollar coin but my friend used three $5 dollar notes and one $2 coin"

In Room 7 we have been celebrating money week by comparing prices between different brands, spending money at ‘Mrs Dunlop's Diner’ and learning about making good choices with money!

"I would buy the milk for $3.44 instead of $4.49 because I don't want to have no money left." - Erasmus.

"I am going to buy the shoes from K-mart because it doesn't take all your money. Also I am not going to buy the Nike shoes because it takes all your money." - Jocabeth.


Room 8 have been learning to recognise money. We have been doing this by playing money Bingo.

We have been discussing that money has a value and looking at how much each coin is worth.
We can order coins from the smallest in value to the largest.

In Room 9, we celebrated money week by looking at how we spend our money and what we spend our money on. We can now organise our  money in the correct order from 10c to $5. During our discovery time, we made our very own piggy banks to help us save our money.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Money Week in Room 5

This week in Room 5 we have been learning all about money. 

Room 5 has been learning that you should always think carefully with your money. We have been thinking about saving our money for something special. Room 5 has been doing an online shop with the Countdown website and it has been really fun.  We started with fruit and vegetables on our shop so we have healthy and nutritious kai to fill our pukus. 

"I bought carrots, apples and oranges. I also worked out how much money I had spent so I don't run out of money" - Lupe

"I wonder how much money I would have to save to buy some new chapter books?" -Omera

The gold coins are dollar coins and the silver and bronze are cent coins." -Meleulu and Khloe

Thanks for reading our blog. We have had such a wonderful time learning all about money and what New Zealand money looks like.