Friday, 20 February 2015

Maths - geometry

We have been learning about shapes and position words. Position words tell us where something is or where it is going. 

We use words like: On the cushion, on the mat, In front, behind, the back of the class, around, under, beside, between, middle, on top, in, through, out, off. 
We have also learned about turns and can make full and half turns. Quarter turns were new for us and can be tricky.

Task: Pick a picture of the blocks in a pattern (dont show your buddy). Using our maths words describe how to make the pattern. Remember to give accurate clear instructions.

Success Criteria:
  • I use the correct names for shapes 
  • I use our maths postiton words
  • I  give clear instructions about position
  • I follow postion instructions

My Shapes 

I use the correct names for shapes


I use our maths postiton words


I give clear instructions about position


I follow position instructions


I can: Listen to the instructions my friends tell me.

It was hard when: I don't know what they mean when they tell me where to put the shapes.

I really liked: Playing with the shapes because it's my favourite activity.

Remember to add a because to your thinking.

Kerri thinks

Emily, you have worked hard to learn our maths position words. Learning outside and playing games helped us all to learn what the position words were and to have a go at 1/4 and 1/2 turns. Keep on practising using the words (especially 1/4 and 1/2 turn) rather than pointing with your hands when you make the shape patterns with your buddy and it will get easier and easier.


We have been learning all about whakawhanaungatanga and what it means. We think it is all about getting along better, including everybody and being in a team.

When we are showing Whakawhanaungatanga we will : be nice to 

See:  people sharing and noticing other people

Hear:  kind words, encouraging words like "ka pai", "good job”, “can I help?"

Think about: about other people, listen and share.

Task: Listen to your buddy and learn some things about them. Work together to create a poster sharing what you have learned about each other. Remember to practise using encouraging words, to share ideas and to notice how you your buddy might be feeling. 

 Success Criteria:     
  • I used kind words.
  • I listened to my buddy and found out something new.
  • I shared my ideas with my buddy.
  • I show whakawhanaungatanga in and out of the playground.

I used kind words.

I listened to my buddy and found out something new.

I shared my ideas with my buddy.

I show whakawhanaungatanga in and out of the playground.

I show whakawhanaungatanga when: All the time.

It was hard when: At home.

I really liked: play with others and being nice.

Kerri Thinks

Emily, you use whakawhanaungatanga in and out of the classroom. You notice when people are sad or feeling left out and you try to include them.
Next time, please add some more details to your reflections. Think hard about your learning and see if you can think of times when it was tricky... why is it tricky at home? can you think of a time when you showed whakawhanaungatanga?

When I grow up

I want to be a singer because I'm good at singing.  At school I like listen to reading because I like to play on the computers.

Using the computers for your learning is really fun. Listen to reading is a great way to build our reading fluency (making our reading sound like talking) because we can hear what great reading sounds like. I can see you love singing and drama and I cannot wait to see how you share your music learning for this year.