Thursday, 21 June 2018

Key Competencies

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





I show that I am keen to learn

I complete work to the best of my ability

I use classroom time well

I listen and follow instructions carefully

I begin work straight away

I can stay on task and work independently

I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them

I make sensible behaviour choices


I cooperate well with others when working

I treat others with respect

I play well with other children


I share my ideas and opinions with others

I listen well to other people’s opinions

I take part in activities outside of the classroom

TEACHER’S SIGNATURE   Miss S Richardson  

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Matariki should become a National Holiday

This week it was the start of Matariki. Matariki is a Maori celebration that happens when the stars of Matariki appear in the sky. After some discussion in class, we have decided that Matariki should become national holiday. This is my letter to Ms Ardern  for her support.

106 Halsey Drive
Lynfield 1042
Tāmaki Makaurau

Rāapa Tekau ma toru Pipiri

Dear Right Honourable Ms Ardern,

My name is Tanisha Smith and I am a Year 6 student at Halsey Drive School. This week at school we have been learning about the importance and significance of Matariki. After some discussion in class we think that Matariki should get the identification that it deserves and become a national holiday.

I really feel that Matariki should become a national holiday because it is vital to acknowledge New Zealand’s bi cultural history. Without a doubt the Maori culture is unique and special to New Zealand, therefore it is our responsibility to teach people about the stories, language and history of Matariki. In 2017 1,000 New Zealanders got surveyed and 69 percent of them knew what Matariki was. Matariki is a celebration of the new year, signalled by the seven stars seen in the sky. I know that if we acknowledge New Zealand’s bi cultural history, it will keep the Maori language alive for the future generations.

Matariki should also become a national holiday because families are busy and it will be a good time to spend time together. In New Zealand we have nine public holidays out of 260 working days and on five on them, businesses are still open and people work.. I’m absolutely certain that if we run large public events, it will attract tourists from all over New Zealand and it will bring communities together. While some people might argue that it will cost to much money to pay for these public events, the benefits to families and communities will be worth it.

I really believe that Matariki should become a national holiday because it is important to acknowledge New Zealand’s bi- cultural history, while families are busy and should spend more time together. Can you please hold up a referendum so that people can give their opinion if Matariki should become a national holiday. As you’re prime minister, I know that you’re very busy and I appreciate your time for reading my letter.

Nāku noa,

Tanisha Smith

What did I do/Learn?

W.A.L.T: Use persuasive language
For example: flattery, opinions or quotes, counter arguments
What did I like?
I liked using the planning template and by doing step by step construction

What would I do differently next time?

I would like to use cause and effect

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

W.A.L.T: Use appropriate visual language features

As it was the Queen's birthday, we decided to give her an imaginary party. This is my invitation for the Queen's royal subjects.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Narrative - The missing Shadow

The Missing Shadow

In a land far, far away there lived a young girl named Lavender. She was the most cheerful person in the land.She had curly, brown hair and a big half moon smile. Her mother says that she looks like a smiling mop that’s upside down. Lavender is never seen without her best friend, Shadow. They spend all day talking, laughing and visiting places together. Without her shadow, Lavender would be lost and lonely. At night, whenever she goes to bed, Lavender always keeps her star shaped night light on so she can drift off on a sailing boat to sleep admiring her shadow.

One night as she prepared for bed, Lavender went to switch on her night light ‘Click!’ but when the room illuminated she suddenly realised that her shadow was missing.
“Where could she be?” Lavender whispered. She quietly got out of bed and decided to search the house. Lavender started looking in her bedroom. She went through her
drawers and cubby holes. Lavender tried calling out Shadows name but she wasn’t there. So she screeched open the door and started tiptoeing down the hallway calling out Shadows name. She checked the vase, behind the photo frame and behind doors, but still couldn’t find Shadow. Then she decided to go check down stairs, so she tiptoed down the creaky stairs calling out Shadow’s name, checked the hallway, the kitchen the living room and the bathroom but there was still no sign of Shadow.

Then Lavender decided to check outside, so she took out a flashlight from underneath the kitchen basin,  slipped on her flash pink coat and shoes, then opened the door. When she opened the door, a sudden bitter wind rushed into the house. The tickling wind made Lavender shiver. She decided to firstly check the park. She light up her flashlight and then checked on the slide but couldn’t find her shadow. Lavender then checked  the swing, the monkey bars, the seesaw and the merry go round but there was no sign of her shadow. She even tried calling out her shadow's name but there was still no Shadow. Then she decided to examine the beach. She looked under trees, shells and sand but there was no sign of Shadow. Then Lavender saw a dance club, so she thought that she might find Shadow there.

When she entered the dance club, she was so surprised to see so many shadows dancing about. Lavender knew that Shadow would be here somewhere. She tried looking through the dancing shadows but it was really hard. Although she couldn’t find Shadow, she still tried to get a glimpse of her. She checked the bathroom, then she saw a stage so she checked on the stage and behind it, yet there was no sign of Shadow. Then she pronounced that she would  go up on stage and ask Shadow to come, so that they could go back home. Lavender walked up the steps of the stage and got everybody's attention.
“ I am Lavender and I have come to look for my best friend Shadow, if you are here can you please come up on stage so that we can both go back home” Lavender said. Then Shadow came up on stage ,gave Lavender a big hug and said sorry for leaving. Then they both said by to all of the shadows and went back home and they both lived happily ever after.

WALT: Write a narrative

I will need to include...
  • An interesting title
  • A hook sentence which captures the audience
  • An opening paragraph to introduce characters and story setting
  • Organise the story into paragraphs - Build up, problem, solution, ending
  • Language features
   * Verbs and adverbs
   * Descriptive language - Adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification
   * Time connectives - eventually, finally, after that, suddenly, meanwhile, then,

  • Interesting dialogue which adds to the story  

Monday, 28 May 2018

Invasive Yellow Crazies

In reading this week we have been making warning posters about invasive yellow crazies. We made a poster on google drawings. This is my warning poster. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Giant Pandas

Giant Pandas
Pandas are not just any ordinary type of bear but one of the most laziest and unique. They are huge animals with a black and white coat that features large black patches around its eyes. They live in the mountain regions of China, where there is snow. Panda cubs love to play in snow.

The Buffet

Did you know that 99% of a Panda's diet consists of bamboo. Pandas spend about 12 hours eating bamboo.They eat about 10 kg (22 lb) of bamboo a day.  Pandas compromise about 1% of their diet with
other leaves and meat. They eat a variety of food like eggs and some insects along with their bamboo leaves and shoots.

The Master of Climbing

Did you know that pandas can climb trees? They can climb to up to 13,000 feet to feed on higher slopes in the summer season. Adult pandas don’t spend much time climbing trees, but panda cubs climb for a lot of time. Pandas can climb up trees easily unless the trunks of trees are hard and smooth, without any spot to set their paws.

Pandas are very unique and lazy animals, that live in cool, wet bamboo forests in the mountain regions of China. They have a black and white coat that features large black patches around its eyes. Pandas endangered species, but they are getting hunted for their valuable fur. Their fur are made into hand bags, luggage and more. To help pandas we need to stop buying products that are made from panda fur.
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By: Tanisha

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Winds of Tawhirimatea

This week we have been doing comic strips for reading about " The Winds of Tawhirimatea ".This my comic strip.