Team 4 - Term 1 2019

Gabrielle's Lolly ShopGabrielle's Lolly Shop
For the past week Room 13 have been doing some very tricky multiplication problems during their maths time. The equations we have been working on are all to do with different types of lollies and sweets. Here are some examples of these equations: 1170 x 30 = ____ and  340 x 39 =____ Pretty tricky, right? One of the things that made this maths so hard was that there was more than one part to it, to be more precise there were 3 parts! Do you reckon you could solve this problem in one week? Well come and have a go if you think you're clever enough.

Capital E TripCapital E Trip
On Thursday 14 March Team 4 went to the Capital E national arts festival. We saw three completely different shows that were based on completely different events. When we arrived outside Te Papa we ate some of our morning tea. Everybody was smiling excitedly, chattering on about what the shows were going to be like. Once we got in we saw this one that was in Maori in the whare in Te Papa. A student quoted that "although we couldn’t understand the Maori, the actions were very good so we could understand what the storyline was about". The next performance was called Troll which was a play about a boy who was being haunted by a troll and was really smartly shown using projectors and lights. The third show was Wolfgang's Magical Circus which was fun and action filled, featuring daring balancing acts and a funny story. It was a favourite throughout the team.

Family History InquiryFamily History Inquiry
Lately in Team 4 we have been working on finding out about our family history for our inquiry. We had to call and ask questions to family members to find out information about family trees and interesting stories, which we put together to make an A3 poster with information, photos, and drawings. We can display these in foldouts, or put these in pockets so we can fit lots of things. We are hopefully going to present these in Term 2.

Shared StoryShared Story
In Team 4, we have been doing shared story. Shared story is when we split into our groups Room 12 or Room 14 and the teachers read a book. The groups are reading a book called 928 Miles From Home, by Kim Slater. The novel is very interesting so far, there’s lots of unexpected twists. We think everyone’s enjoying it.


We have been doing some poetry where you write a poem about something but you don't get to choose. Each class got the same items then we all got into pairs and the teacher gave all the items out. Then we had to write 20 words associated with that item and made a poem about that item using the associated 20 words we found. We had to ditch two words we didn't want and you weren't allowed to choose how you do your paragraphs, there was a specific number per paragraph you had to write and you were only allowed to do 5 paragraphs. We split the words up between us and and then did our own poems. After we did that we all got into our table groups and did a massive sheet that asked questions like: what's something your teachers told you, or what's your favourite song? Then Gabrielle our teacher using all of them chose the best words out of our class's groups and made one big poem.

For the past couple of weeks Team 4 has been having heaps of fun at the Kilbirnie Regional Aquatic Centre where we have been doing our swimming. There are many groups such as swim squad, diving, water polo, learn to swim, kayaking and snorkeling. Sometimes afterwards we are even allowed to go in the kids pool. Diving is really fun: you get to dive off a very high board at your last lesson but it does involve quite a lot of effort. You have to pull yourself 1 metre up to get out of the pool after you dive. We go to Kilbirnie Pool which has a really deep pool were the water polo and diving people go. I assume all of the new Year 7s are enjoying their swimming activities more than ever.

Camp Photo ChallengeCamp Photo Challenge
At camp we took photos relating to the Northland School vision, and did two photos for each. The vision elements are: kind, curious, confident, creative and active. We took the photos from a folder, and put them onto a google slide, with a little caption describing what it is. Camp was lots of fun!

Nikau Palm ArtNikau Palm Art
In Team Four we have been doing some Nikau Palm art. We got the idea from the Nikau Palms at camp. We practised the techniques for it like learning to sketch the leaves and trunk. Then we drew the real thing! We drew a Nikau palm, the sea, Kapiti Island in the background, and either sunset, sunrise, night time or day time for the sky. Everyone enjoyed this art!


Kapiti Island at CampKapiti Island at Camp
On Thursday 21 February at 8:45 am Team 4 was getting ready to take a boat over to Kapiti Island. The boat ride was about ten minutes and once we were on the island we had a bit of a briefing on the island's origins. Then we began the hike. It took us about one hour and ten minutes to reach the top where we had our lunch. We were hoping to see a spectacular view when we got to the top but sadly the view was fogged. After a fifteen minute lunch break we were on the move again. Another hour and thirty minutes later we were back to where we started. While we were waiting for the boat we had a bit of a play on the beach, and some of us saw a New Zealand fur seal. Then the boat arrived and we headed back to the mainland. What a day.

Pedal Ready in Team 4Pedal Ready in Team 4
In the past few weeks Team 4 has been doing Pedal Ready biking lessons which is a bike safety program. A class is split in half and each group of students has two instructors that teach you how to keep safe on and off the road. Firstly you learn grade one which happens over one day where they teach you how to make sure your bike and helmet are safe before use and how to use and follow many indications and rules on the road when biking. In grade two you have to go on the road and use what you learned from grade one at a number of intersections and busy roads around Northland.

The Blind Trail at CampThe Blind Trail at Camp
At camp we did lots of fun things, and some challenging things too. One of the fun things at camp was the Blind Trail! The blind trail was rope tied between lots of trees. You had to hold on to the trees, while you couldn’t see anything. You wore a blindfold and it was night time, so that’s how it got the name the blind trail. We went in our cabin groups, and the others who were waiting were watching a movie. It was really fun clambering through the trees at night. Everyone enjoyed it!

Preparing for CampPreparing for Camp
As soon as Term 1 started in Team 4 we were straight into it: we were preparing for camp. The first thing we worked on was our fitness, so the teachers set up a course. We had to run as many laps as we could in 20 minutes. We also did some reading on all the different places we were going to go like Kapiti Island and Nga Manu Nature Reserve. Then we needed to do some home baking for our afternoon tea. The week before camp we had to start packing our bags to leave for our destination: Palm Grove Christian Camp, Paraparaumu. We also wrote about nice things you could do at camp but it had to have a connection to a quality that our teacher chose.

Treaty of WaitangiTreaty of Waitangi
In Room 12, we have been learning about the Treaty of Waitangi. In our inquiry books we brainstormed facts about what we learnt from the text. We discussed a bit about the New Zealand land wars. Then we moved on to making posters! We wrote on the sheet, and filled in some missing words. And then we decorated it using fun colours and pictures. Then Alex hung them on the classroom wall, and put some maps and interesting facts with pictures and drawings around it.

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