Category: Ako | Learn

Understanding Fractions

LI:  To find a fraction of a whole number 

For maths this term we are learning about fractions and in this DLO we are showing our understanding and the strategies we used to find the fraction of a whole number. We used our prior knowledge of multiplication and division to find the answers to the equations.

I found this activity challenging but also fun because I got to experience my first time learning how to Subtract, and Multiply fractions.

Collaborative Art

LI:  To use different types of warm and cool colours to recreate a world-known painting from Van Gogh.

This week’s art is about Van Gogh and his famous art piece “The Starry Night”. The Class was divided into 2 groups of 16 people, 1 of each group remade “The Starry Night” in warm colours and cool colours digitally. Each group divided 16 pieces of the Starry Night with each person in the group. Working as a collaborative team we gathered all or pieces to 1 DLO to finally reach our desired outcome.

I found this activity really fun because I liked collabrating and helping my group with there drawing, and Art is also one of my favorite subjects.

Statistical Investigation

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

Our maths group created a diagram which shows the top six rivers in Auckland from smallest to largest. We used our collaborative skills to find out the data of each river. We put these rivers in this order from shortest to longest ( Whau River, Puhoi River, Tamaki River, Waitakere River, Hoteo River, and Wairoa River. We used our knowledge to come to the conclusion on what river is the longest out of the 6 rivers in Auckland, which is Wairoa River.

I found this activity was amazing because my group and I were collabrating and sharring our disscusions with each other which helped us with our bargraph.


Procedural Writing

LI: To write a set of clear instructions that show how to make a hangi.

Title: How to make a Hangi

A hangi is a traditional Maori method of cooking food underground using hot stones

  •  Equipments/Materials:
  • Iron
  • Metal Basket
  • Foil
  • Volcanic stones/ Rocks
  • Hooks
  • Covers
  • Gloves
  • Cylinder water
  • Leaves
  • Lighter
  • Shovel
  • Paper
  • Twigs/wood
  • Sticks
  • Sacks (metal)
  • Metal basket ( Metal Cooking tray)
  • Cloths


  • Ingredients


  • Meat ( read meat, ox, chicken, pork )
  • Vegetable (Pumpkin, Taro leaves or Banana leaves, Kumara, Carrots, Carrot, )
  • Stuffing
  • Dig a pit big enough for the baskets that hold the kai
  • Build fire in the bottom of the pit, by using wood, kindling, and stones.
  • Let fire burn for 3-4 hours
  • Peel vegetables (get food ready) while the oven is burning.
  • Once fire is burnt out, the rocks will be hot
  • Put the meat basket down before the vegetable basket.
  • Use shovels to transport hot stones from fire into hangi.
  • seal hole with wet cloths.
  • Use shovel to cover the hole with dirt
  • After 3-4 hours of letting the hangi burn,
  • You uncover the hangi and take the food out.
  • Enjoy your kai.
  • Always stay close to the food area.
  • Make sure to be safe around the oven.
  • Stay away from buildings.

Today we unpacked how to follow and write a set of instructions. To do this effectively your instructions need to be explicit and the steps to follow ordered. Each step begins with an instructional verb and should be written in a way that is easy to understand.

I enjoyed this activity because I got to collaborate with some people on figuring out some notes.

Digital Escape Rooms

LI: To create a digital escape room that allows others to practise their knowledge  of prefixes and suffixes

This week I learnt how to create a digital escape room using Google forms. All my questions are on the affixes because writing the questions/answers and wrong answers really made me think how to think carefully about the questions. At the end I needed to crack the code to get into the game and to increase my knowledge of affixes.

I found this activity fun because I enjoyed playing the games and trying to crack the code.

Mrs Anderson has created a page on our site with all our escape rooms on it. Click on this link to crack our codes and increase your knowledge of affixes.

Key Competencies

LI: To create a comparison of the before and after experiences at camp.

Before camp, we wrote down what we would achieve at camp by using the acronym TRUMP. The meaning of Trump is thinking, relating to others, using language symbols and text, managing self, and participating and contributing. These 5 words help us to remember when to use them in every activity. When we came back from camp, we wrote down how we used the key competencies for our belongings and in the activities. 

I found this activity fun because I got create goals for myself and try to complete them at camp.

Research about Scurvy

LI: To understand what a balanced diet looks like and why it is important for human health.

For our first Inquiry topic for Term 2 we did a study about what a scurvy is, how can people get affected, and what can we do to avoid it. We wrote did you know facts to help us be able to learn about scurvy such as, Did you know that scurvy could also cause a gum disease? Scurvy is caused by lack of Vitamin C for at least 3 months. I was mostly common for pirates

I found this activity interesting because I got to learn some facts and information about scurvy and what I can do to prevent it.



Ko wai ia?

LI: To learn about the Royal family and their family generations.

For this week’s Te Reo Maori lesson, we learnt about the Royal family tree and who the members of the family are. We also looked at the family tree and labeled each member by translating it from Māori to English. One of the family member’s name is King Charles and in Maori it is Kingi Tiāre.

I found this activity interesting because I got to learn who the Royal familys names are in Maori and how there family tree works.


Class Rules and Expectations Poster

LI: To follow the classroom rules and expectations (including wet day procedures)


This week we did a PB4L poster discussing about the Class Expectations and Rules and why they’re important to follow. This poster is also about respecting the teachers and pupils in the classroom. An example of this is like not talking while the teachers are talking so that you can learn what your doing next.

I found this activity fun because I got to learn about the expectation of class and learning with my group about the rules and expectations of what we should not do in class.

Moko Ika Hikuwaru

Moko Ika Hikuwaru is a taniwha that has 8 tails. We drew what we think it would look like without tracing or copying any other designs and we also used our own prior knowledge on what designs to draw for our taniwha. We made our taniwha have four flamming red eyes and a wrinkly body leading to his 8 tails.

I found this activity fun because I got to work one of the best aritst in class and used our imaginations to complete this task.