Monday, 28 July 2014

Subtracting Using Negative Numbers

Have you ever wondered how to use negative numbers to help sole equations? Well watch this quick tutorial to learn how!

IMG 0925 from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Eye See You...

We have been learning how to Create drawings that are realistic. Here are our beautiful eyes looking over us in our class. Thanks Miss Morris for helping us create such beauty. Some of us symbolise the eyes as our ancestors looking down on us.

Monday, 16 June 2014


Mr Cottrell was lucky enough to go and see William and Harlem Wepa-Hazel perform at the regional karate competition in the weekend. The boys did very well, showing their amazing skills and that practice makes perfect. Their whanau was very proud of their determination and commitment. Here is a video of William doing his kata on the weekend and we will post a video of Harlem and William performing in class as soon as we can: Ka Pai boys!

William's kata from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

William came 2nd in the individual kata and 2nd in the weapons kata (he had to face a black belt) Harlem came 1st in the individual kata.

Lost in Minecraft

Alex and Marty reading groups read the story 'Tough Enough.' Here are all of the settings in the story. Well done Chris!

Minecraft - The Story - Episode 1 - Tough Enough from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Matariki Day

Yesterday, Tōtara Hub enjoyed a day of Matariki workshops. A huge thank you to Yvette Hardaker and her amazing volunteers who made this day happen. Wow! Thanks Mr M for making the video to share our amazing learning. 

Nga mihi to all of the whanau and community for coming in to share your knowledge with all of us. We hope we can share it too!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Ngā Tukemata O Kahungunu

We have been learning all about Waka.  All of Room 7 kids were looking forward to working together and having the experience on a waka taua (war canoe). Today we were lucky because the weather cleared up and so we got to go on the Waka and we are very grateful to the parents, because they gave up their time and work to go on this trip with us. We would like to thank Jim for leading us on the Waka and showing us how to use paddle and all the things we needed to know. We had a great time on the boat and learning the history of Kahungunu and how the stars helped Maori to get to NZ.
Written by Georgia Perry.

He Waka Eke Noa (we are all in the canoe together, with no exceptions)
We were able to put our class whakatauki into practice and we all did a fantastic job.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

No Safe Harbour (buddy reading)

We have been learning about character traits and how the writer tries to make the reader infer about their characters. We are reading 'No Safe Harbour' with our learning buddy. Here are our thoughts on the characters, after the first chapter.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Amazing Lyrics

This week Room 7 have been inspired by two young boys who performed on the Britain's Got Talent show. Here is the link: Bars and Melody
Pai a singing from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.
We have some very special and talented children in our class, who made up their own songs about the sun and their lives. They created their own lyrics, beats and music. Take a look at these guys!!!
Kiana and G from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Connor and Dylan sun rap from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Sun rap from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Sun rap from Tipene Cottrell on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Teaching Room6 our times table strategy

We learned a new strategy on how to work out our 6x, 7x, 8x,9x and 10x tables. Here we are teaching Room 6 our strategy.
Click here for the link