Friday, 20 February 2015

Geometry - Maths

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: Put the shapes where they need to be because people are good at telling me where they need to go.

It was hard when: I needed to tell people where to put the shapes because I can' t always remember the right words.

I really liked: Using the shapes because it's fun to make different patterns.

Kerri thinks

You have done a great job in you maths learning this term and I love the way you have practised using the maths position words to twll your buddy how to make the patterns. I am pleased you enjoyed this learning and I think Simon say's helped listen for instructions. It can be tricky to use your words when you can point your finger to help show your buddy, keep on practising. 


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 :

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: when I am playing.

It was hard when: At home because my brother is mean to me.

I really liked: playing in the playground because I get to be really nice to people.

Kerri Thinks

Awhina, you are a delightful young lady and you show whakawhanaungatanga inside and outside the classroom. You share your ideas, use kind words, listen and you notice when people need help. I love how you are taking your learning home, it can be tricky to show whakawhanaungatanga when people are mean to you, remember you can do the right thing even if somebody else isn't.

When I grow up

My favourite thing is the monkey bars becasue I can sit up there and see the pool. When I grow up I want to be a scientist because I will make potions.

When you are on top of the monkey bars you do get a great view! I wonder, does being up there give you ideas for your potions?