At Matahui School we really value friendliness and caring for others. In Kowhai class we made friendship circles and imagined how friendliness was being shown in our circles.
Kowhai class would like to share some of their learning with you over Term 1 2019.
We have been learning to write persuasive texts. They are trying to convince you which art form was the best way to express yourself. Read their arguments and then you can decide!
My favourite art form is drawing. Drawing is the best because you can draw things that aren’t real. You can use any colour. It looks like it’s real but it’s not. You can use different types of pens.
It is so fun. By Tyla
My favourite art form is painting. You can use little brush strokes to show light and dark and movement in the water.
You can paint whatever you want. I like painting. By Phoenix
My favourite art form is dancing.
You get to twirl and dance and jump.
Dancing is the best!
My favourite art form is painting. I like it because you can blend colours. You can make different colours. You can make whatever you want. You can take your art home and keep it forever. I love painting! By Anna
My favourite art form is drama. I love drama because you can act characters and I love making people laugh. I love dressing up and I love being brave and calm in front of lots of people.
When I act, I can tell a story.
I love drama. It is the best!
My favourite art form is drawing. We can draw things that are the best. We make awesome pictures.
I feel creative!
My favourite art form is music.
Music is the best because you get to listen to all different music.
Music is the best because you can play different kinds of music.
You can play ‘The Wind and the Sun’. The wind is really loud. The sun is really calm. Butterfly Fly Away is very calm too. What Does the Fox Say is very loud.
Music makes me feel happy.
My favourite art form is music.
You can dance to music.
You can play the piano and close your eyes.
My favourite art form is music.
The music is very nice because it is very beautiful to listen to music.
I love to sing.
Music makes me feel safe and sound.
Congratulations Matahui School on a fantastic school production!
Kowhai class was in the forest scene for the production ‘The Point’. We were autumn trees. Here are paintings of ourselves in costume, photos and stories:
Matahui School is putting on a show called ‘The Point’. I am an Autumn tree. I look sparkly with my leaves -orange and yellow. I say “We have a point!” I love to sing. The show is brilliant! By Charlotte
Our school did a play called ‘The Point”. I am an Autumn tree. I’ve got red and gold leaves on my headband. They glisten. It’s treetastic! I’ve got leaves on my body. They are gold. I say “No, you didn’t think!’ I feel that the play was treetastic! By Cameron
Matahui School is doing a show called ‘The Point’. We are Autumn trees. We have yellow and orange leaves, with sparkles. I say “It’s a time of magic and excitement!” I love the singing and the dancing. By Emma
I am an Autumn tree. I liked how the parents were watching me. I look sparkly with my Autumn leaves. I say “Pointless! Pointless!” I felt happy because it was my first school show. By Anna
The show is fabulous. I love the dance. I say “Pointless! Pointless!” I am an Autumn tree. I have orange, brown, and red leaves all around me. The show is cool. By Phoenix. I am an Autumn tree. I look like an Autumn tree, with orange leaves, yellow leaves, red leaves. I say “Oh my boy! You have a lot to learn. Tell me, where are you three from?” The show was cool. By Callaway I love how the people were clapping. I am an Autumn tree. I have yellow leaves on my head. My favourite line is “Yep! It’s timing! Ha ha ha!” I felt nervous and happy. By Aroha
Matahui School is putting on a show and we are Autumn trees. I look sparkly like a tree. I have a headband with sparkles on my headband. We also have yellow leaves. I like singing the song. I say “No roots! No roots?” I feel happy and shy. By Kaida
I am an Autumn tree in the play. I have Autumn leaves, yellow, red, orange. I say “You and your dog will work like dogs.” I was happy because my Mum was watching me. By Saxon
We are Autumn trees. I have yellow leaves sparkling around me. I have leaves sparkling in my hair. I say “For the love of a horse, what are you trying to do?” I felt scared and happy and brave. By Payton
I am a beautiful Autumn tree that sparkles. I love being an Autumn tree that sparkles. I say ‘You know, leaves like that do not just grow on trees.” I like how we did the singing. I wear yellow leaves around my body. I looked great and fantastic. I wear red leaves on my head band, sparkling up on my head. I felt excited. By Tyla.
I am an Autumn tree. I liked how the parents were watching us as Autumn trees. I looked fabulous because I have golden leaves – they sparkle and shine. That makes me feel proud of myself. I say “For crying out loud, would you get out of there!” The show was great! By Darcy
Kowhai class celebrated the beauty of autumn by creating similes and a painting of themselves with their buddies, throwing leaves to the wind. We made leaf prints using autumn leaves.
Haere Mai! Welcome to Kowhai class.
Here are our self portraits using black paint on a backdrop of primary colours, then mixed together to make a secondary colour.
We have been learning to introduce ourselves and our age in Maori.
Ko Darcy toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
Ko Aroha toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
Ko Callaway toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
Ko Cameron toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
Ko Payton toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
Ko Kaida toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
Ko Charlotte toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
Ko Emma toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
KoTyla toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
Ko Anna toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
Ko Phoenix toku ingoa. E rima aku tau.
Ko Saxon toku ingoa. E ono aku tau.
My Dad by Aroha
My dad is the strongest in the world.
My Dad is tall like a giraffe.
I love him and he loves me.
Aunty D by Blair
Aunty D is my Mum’s sister.
She has blue eyes. She has beautiful clothes. She has long, blonde hair. She is beautiful.
She spoils me by giving me treats. I help her in the farm.
I love Aunty D. She buys chocolate. I eat it with her. I snap a piece off for her and me and we eat it all.
I feel happy when she is by me. Aunty D is very kind.
The value of the week was courage and we shared times in our lives when we have shown courage:
Darcy: I showed courage when I first started school. I felt a bit shy.
Blair: I showed courage to make good choices with my brother.
Aby: I showed courage when the dentist pulled my tooth out.
Sam: At the beginning I felt really scared to go into the native bush. It looked like a big black hole. But the I did it. I liked it and I felt really proud of myself.
Lily: Dad wanted me to go on the chairlift at Cadrona. I felt really scared because it looked so high. But I did it and I had a really great time.
Aroha: I always show courage to tell the truth.
Kaida: I showed courage on my first assembly when I had to talk.
Gabe: I showed courage when Niki and I went on a bush walk with my Dad. It was really dark in there.
Olive: I went on a moving chairlift in Rotorua. I was really scared to hop on while it was moving. Someone helped me and I did it and it was fun at the top.
Saxon: I showed courage when I went to see the ducklings.
Niki: I showed courage to go into the alpaca’s cage at Gabe’s.
Cameron: I showed courage when it was my first time trying a new food – spanakopita –
and I did it and it was really yummy. I also showed courage when I had my blood test.
Our inquiry this term is the question ‘How can we express ourselves through the arts?’
We made a series of self portraits showing our different emotions. Can you guess how we are feeling?
We sang and played “Blue is the Sea’. The sea has many moods which we tried to express in this song.
We had so much fun at Boat Day so we made paintings of the day. We tried to paint like the impressionist Claude Monet. He thought about light and dark and reflection. His paintings often looked better when we stood back from them because he used little brush strokes. We also wrote cinquain poems. This is where you count the syllables in each line and the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.
Black shiny tube
Bouncing on the water
I feel excited in my tube
Small blue kayak
Riding the little wave
Happy and strong and really proud
Black round circle
Spinning in the water
Fantastic fun in my fun tube
Yellow fast kayak
Paddling on the calm sea
Taking control of my yellow kayak
Sailing, turning in the breeze
I am the captain of my boat
Big fun kayak
Adventure on the sea
Nervous, excited, happy, proud
Fast red kayak
Paddling from side to side
So much fun circling and turning
My boat is red
Floating, slicing through the sea
Having fun in my red kayak
Swimming in the water
I caught a fish on my fishing line
On the jetty
Fishing with my Daddy
First time fishing, my favourite
Swishing, turning, blasting
I feel so great in the salty breeze
Fast kayak, bright blue
Floating, paddling, speeding
Happy, smiling in the kayak
We had lots of fun experimenting with the rhythms in ‘Cockroach Sandwich in my lunch’.
What a great term of learning we’ve had!
We had a wonderful day visiting the Tauranga library and art gallery.
First we visited the library where Penny read us some stories
Here is Lily’s story:
On Thursday we went to the Tauranga library and Art Gallery. At the library we read some stories called ‘Sad the Dog’ and ‘Boa’s Bad Birthday’. In Boa’s book he was excited that it was his birthday but when he got presents that he couldn’t use, he was sad. Then when he got Dung Beetle’s present he loved it and thought that it wasn’t a bad birthday. In Sad’s story he was sad because his owners didn’t love him. The artist used facial expressions and sad colours. When Sad felt happy the artist used bright colours.
Next we went to see Richard Orjis’ garden. We observed some things. He expressed his feelings for plants. Then we went to the art gallery and studied Barry Dabb’s art. He expressed his love of colour and he loved his paintings to be BIG!
And a snippet of Sam’s story: Richard Orjis expresses his love of nature, growing a wild flower garden.
And Cameron’s story: The wild flower garden was pretty and Richard was expressing his art.
Great observation going on in Richard Orjis’ wild flower garden!
This great observation continued at the Art Gallery with Fiona when we looked closely at wild flowers and sketched and painted them with water colours.
And together we created our own wonderful wild flower garden!
We also enjoyed seeing Barry Dabb’s paintings.
Here are snippets of our stories:
*On Thursday we went to the library and art gallery. I love the big paintings. Barry loved the colours and so do I! By Aroha
*Richard showed that art can be in the form of plants. It doesn’t have to be paintings. He has his own individual style. Barry makes his paintings look real. The illustrator used the colours of the fish in the book to show feelings. By Aby
*Richard Orjis expresses his love of plants and nature. Barry Dabb made big paintings of Cook Island flowers. His art expresses happiness! By Blair
Congratulations Matahui on a fantastic show!
Room One were the school children, along with fabulous actors from Room 6 – Shane (Blake), Charlotte (Zoe) and the wonderful Miss Scow (Rose).
Here are our paintings, recount writing and photos:
Our Production Windust By Aby
Our school did a show in the hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We wanted to have fun and show the Mums and Dads and Grandparents.
Our job was to be the school children with our teacher Miss Scow. One of the things I say is ‘You be quiet Billy! What do you know?’
We did a dance called ‘Gonna Break out!’ It is cool because it’s a lot of movement. Miss Scow does not know we are there.
I felt nervous and excited and I also loved it!
Windust By Gabe
Our production is in the Hub and we are the school children. It is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Miss Scow is the school teacher. I like it being the school children. I like sneaking in when Miss Scow is dancing but she doesn’t know we are there.
I felt fantastic about everything in the show.
Windust by Blair
The whole school did the show in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I sing and dance and all the people did it. And Room 3 was on the hay and Room 3 was singing with us.
I like singing ‘Gonna Break out’ and dancing. Miss Scow doesn’t know we are there. But then she realises we are there. I like that Miss Scow doesn’t know. That was fun!
I felt happy singing and dancing.
Windust By Nikora
Our school did a play at Matahui School on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
I am Billy and I’m a school kid.
In the act I say “I don’t believe in bandits”. But I was wrong. There are bandits in the hills!
On my second act I lose my money in a magic show.
I like the show a lot!
Windust By Kaida
All the kids at Matahui School are putting on a show.
We are the school children. We are the cowgirls and the cowboys. I like dancing and singing.
Miss Scow is our teacher and she throws stuff on the floor in the dance.
I like saying ‘Dare you to!
WINDUST By Sam
Matahui School put on a play in the Hub on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Our class are the school children. Miss scow is our teacher.
I like dancing to ‘Gotta Break Out’ because it is fun.
I felt happy the parents were watching me.
Matahui School Show By Saxon
We did a play called Windust in the Hub.
I am one of the school children and my teacher is Miss Scow.
The show is very, very, very fun!
Our inquiry for this term is based on the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can these be told?’ We are very fortunate to have the wonderful Katikati murals close by, for us to explore and find out the history of Katikati and stories of the past, told through a visual art form. Here are our photos, paintings and stories.
My mural is Jimmy Culpan’s Packhorses. By Nikora
Jimmy Culpan’s job was to take food and supplies and newspapers to the bush men so they could survive. Today he would go by car. He had two pack horses called Bess and Carr. Jimmy was 17. I think it was a hard job. It was a long way and sometimes it was muddy.
Sunday in the Bush Camp
The bush camp men must be tired from working all the days except Sunday. They have different saws. They need to sharpen them to make them good at cutting down the trees. Jimmy Culpan is there with his pack horses. He brings supplies and letters.
The Waitekohe School By Aby
The Waitekohe School had 33 kids. It was quite small. Our school is also in katikati. Now Waitekohe School is a house in katikati. I even saw the house after the trip to the katikati murals. It was just one class room. They only used chalk to write on blackboards. The children were 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – all those ages. They all learned different stuff. The Waitekohe School had no jungle gyms. Our school is much better because we have a playground, with a big orange ball swing, monkey bars and a sooper dooper flying fox!
Rev. kattern’s ostriches By Saxon
Rev. Kattern’s is chasing ostriches down the main road of Katikati. They escaped from the farm. The girls used the feathers on their hats.
Sunday in the Bush Camp
Sunday is a day that the bush men get a bath. They were probably stinky because they have dirt because they work all week cutting kauri trees. They cut their hair and they eat. The miss their family.
This is Waitekohe School. By Kaida
They had one classroom for all the children. Big children and little children.
I like my classroom now and I like painting. The children wrote on blackboards with chalk.
My mural is Sunday in the Bush Camp. By Gabe
In the camp men had a holiday on the Sunday. They sharpened their saws. They had a haircut. They bath. I think the bush men would like having a day off from cutting down trees.