Category: Ako | Learn

Rewrite but don’t use…

LI: To use a wider range of variety vocabulary 

Today, we were challenged to rewrite a sentence without using certain letters, as well as keeping the same meaning. Thanks to WordHippo, which it’s a website that helps us discover a new different word. We were given 3 texts to rewrite and each text got really hard with certain letters that we couldn’t use. For example: We had to rewrite the text of “Humpty Dumpty” and the letters we couldn’t use were “A, L and K”. If you want to see our text, take a look at the next slide!

We found this activity challenging yet helpful because the words we used could be added into our vocabulary list!

Building a Catapult

LI: Practical build challenge to design and create a new newspaper model of a catapult.

For this week, we were creating a catapult. A catapult is a simple machine that was used to launch heavy objects at enemies with great force. These machines are used for militaries, battles or war. There are 3 main catapults, they are Trechubet, Mangonel, and Ballista. We had to be creative and build a catapult with newspaper and tape. Our catapult was inspired by the Mangonel. After we completed it, we tested out how far it could launch.

I found this activity enjoyable because it was fun how we using out creativity to build our catapults.

Google Meets Panmure Bridge School

What was the big message?

Panmure Bridge School met the Google Team, which are Steve, Caro, Teyha and Simon. The Google Team introduced themself to us and talked to us about what they do at their job. While they were conversing, they also gave us worthy advice which could help us in the future. Here is an advice I found encouraging, “Embrace every opportunity and do as much as possible before you decide to have fun.” They also gave us really big messages which were supportive. The message I felt encouraged by were, “Possibilities are achievable” and “Celebrate failures and success.” Later on, they answered some of our questions we were eager to know. One of the question I found interesting was “How did Google got it’s name?“. I found out that Google is a misspelled version of Googol, the number 1 by 100 zeros, which was picked to signify that search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.

I felt really inspired because of the the advices and the big messages they gave us, it was supportive and encouraging.


Haiku Poem – Maui and the Sun

For this activity, we created Haiku Poem about the Maui and the Sun. We had to watch a story on how the Maui slowled the sun, we had to write 5 verses with 3 sentences in each of them. In a Haiku Poem, there is 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables on the second line and 5 syllables on the last line. A Syllable is a word that are broken into pieces and it contains a vowel, here is an example, Syl-la-ble.

I found this activity helpful because this could help me write poems.

Long Division Algorithm

LI: calculate quotients of whole numbers, using long division.

Remember these steps: Divide, Multiply, Subract and Bring down. Here is an example: 3 divided by 285. We need to know how many does the divisor go into the dividend? You can’t do that, therefore we have to do 3 divided by 28. 3 times 9 equals 27, and 27 is the closest to 1. Now you have to subtract the dividend with the number you multiplied making a new digit and then bring down the other digit which turns into 15. You just repeat the same process to find the answer. (You can take a look at my DLO on top to understand it more easily!)

I found this activity helpful because division algorithm is an easier for me to solve maths problems.


L.I: To evaluate the facts and make an informed opinion.

A Provocation is an action or speech that triggers a strong feeling about a topic. Our topic was “Did the punishment fit the crime?” For us to make an opinion we read an article about the two mens who stole 96 medals. We created two perspective, Perspective A and Perspective B. We thought that the punishment was too easy. This is because they stole 96 medals that are important to our country not only that also taking something apart from New Zealand memories, but they also committed fraud, money laundering and burglary offences.

I found this activity helpful because this could help us make an informed opinion when it comes to an action that triggers a strong feeling about a topic.

Place Value

LI: To explore numbers (written, expanded, numerals).

Me and my partner created a DLO about Place Value. Place Value are the numbers that has their own house, therefore they are basically separated into columns. Each columns has their own label representing their positions, for example: Ones, Tenths, Hundreds, Thousands, Ten Thousands, Hundred Thousands, Millions and it just keeps going. Each column can only go to 9, if the columns goes higher then 9, a new column is generated.

I found this activity helpful because this is an easier way for us to learn bigger numbers.

Statistical Inquiry

LI: To read the text, gather, sort, graph and analyse the data.

For this activity, we learnt how to gather and analyse data. Me and my partner collected data’s by posing a question for us to ask our class, LS2. Our question was “Do you prefer to read Non-Fiction or Fiction?”. After we gathered out data, we created a graph showing 22 students preferred Fiction and 13 students preferred Non-Fiction. We’ve found out that Fiction is the preferred type of genre which is obviouslys because they feel motivated when reading made up stories because it has entertaining

I found this activity interesting because there were multiple answers to our question.

Treaty of Waitangi

LI: To explain what The Treaty of Waitangi is and why is it important to the people in Aotearoa.

For this task, we had to research about the Treaty of Waitangi and the reason why it’s important to New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi is an agreement between the Maori Chiefs and the British. There is also the three P’s, Protection, Partnership and Participation. We also looked at the Art of the Treaty from the 80s. We then read a book called “Te Tiriti o Waitangi” which is made by Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and Toby Morris. We thought of reason why the Treaty was important to this country, New Zealand.

I found this activity interesting because there was some intriguing facts and informations about the Treaty.

Leaders We Admire

Leadership is being a role model to everyone by having the confidence to take action of guiding people, being a great influencers others, and organising important tasks.

We had to find leaders we respected and give a reason why we admire them. The leader I admire is a women named “Mother Teresa”, she is a good leader because she provided poor people that didn’t have anything to consume or weren’t feeling so well. She also supported orphans that had no parents and no one for them to be looked after. She spent so much time raising and giving her love to orphans that has been having a rough life, now here is the reason why I respect Mother Teresa.