Monday, 25 August 2014


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Progress on fractions!

We finished off our fractions learning with a post test this morning. Here is a photo of all the @tribeoflearners who have improved on the pre-test score! Great success team!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

WALT Read With Accuracy

Nic's Reading Groups chose to read a text about "The Biggest Snake That Ever Lived!" Woah! It was pretty massive.  The snake was called the Titanoboa.  There were lots of technical words, which challenged us to read them with accuracy.  Here is a youtube video about how to pronounce ophidiophobia. Do you know what it means?

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Northern Cluster! What?!

Russell Street School Performing Arts Group Wows Regent

Wow, wow, wow, wow guys! I mentioned that you were really good today but tonight something magical happened! WOW! You really stepped up to the next level - I was incredibly proud of you all. Many thanks to all the people involved in making The Northern Cluster Arts Festival a huge success. 

Nga Mihi Nui


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Northern Cluster Support

Wednesday is show time! We have had many weeks of preparing and planning and practising our bracket!  Thank you to all who came down and gave up part of their day to prepare for the event. We are almost good to go.
This Wednesday, all of Poutama will be heading down to the Regent to support the Northern Cluster Performing Arts group. Note being, this is a free trip; there is no cost to the activity fee.

The bus will pick us up at 12pm and we will be returning to school by 2:30pm.

We are really looking forward to it!

For the night performance, could parents of the Northern Cluster Performing Arts Group *please tune in here*  you will need to drop off your child/ren at the big green door on King Street and they will head to Dressing Rooms 5 and 6.  Please note, unless you are a parent helper you will not be allowed to enter the building through this door. Parent helpers will receive a "backstage" pass from me and you will be able to come in. 

The show is scheduled to start at 7pm and the run time is 1 hour and 10 minutes so they will be ready to be picked up by 8:20pm at the entrance of the Regent on Broadway. 

Monday, 11 August 2014

The Artist, The Model and The Clay

Looking forward to starting our next phase in Inquiry! Here are some highlights of the drama games we played to help us develop space, levels and focus.

Flipped learning / Maths Fractions of a set

I received a notification via twitter today from a friend who I went to uni with.  He is the DP of a school all the way down in Invercargill, NZ! It said this:

I thought this was really cool because JP, Adarsh, Hunter and I worked on this showme to help us understand how to solve factions of a set using multiplication.  We have now helped another teacher to help teach his students! I replied to Mark saying "wow, cool and exciting" and he replied:

We have just helped someone in Invercargill understand this strategy with his teacher facilitating the learning.  I am glad to be a part of it!  Check out the showme!

Aroha, Jade and Niamh's Mask Dance

Aroha, Jade and Niamh have been adapting some dance moves from Dean McKerras and making them their own.  Well done girls for working hard on your dance routine - it was fantastic!

Dream Sketches by @tribeoflearners

During the past week @tribeoflearners (Nic's Whanau Class) have been learning to sketch.  We watched a youtube video to learn how to set out the composition of a face. We then used some collage techniques for the background. Some of us who finished within the time limit, used coloured clay to make it 'pop' on the page.  Each of us chose someone to sketch - check out our awesome creations!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014

WALT Summarise

Nic's Reading group have been practicing how to summarise a text.  We read a Maori legend called Ki-O-Rahi and e chose different ways to show our understanding of the main ideas.  Here is Callum and Emmett's second draft.  They shared their movie during sharing time today and we gave them some feedforward about making sure their movie makes sense to someone who does not know the story. What do you think?  Check it out: