Wednesday, 8 November 2017


At Tamaki Primary school we try to show our school values everyday. Manaakitanga is one of those values and it means caring for others.

We made this film to show everyone that kindness is contagious, enjoy!

Friday, 27 October 2017

Science experiment Week 1: Food colouring and Milk!

One of our goals for the term has been to do a science experiment each week!

In Week 1 we did a science experiment that involved mixing food colouring, milk and detergent and watching the reaction. We wrote down all of the powerful language that was being discussed to help us write detailed recounts after the experiment. 

Room 7 came and joined us for this lesson and we had a lot of fun. 

Check out some of the photos and blog posts about the activity!

Arizona @ Tamaki Primary School: Science Experiment: SCIENCE EXPERIMENT! On Monday the 16th of October 2017, Room 8 and Room 7 joined together and we made a science experiment. Miss Morriso...

Alyssa @ Tamaki Primary School: Food colouring experiment recount: In room 8 we were learning how to edit a recount.

Jackson Pollock

Last week we had an AMAZING art lesson where we learnt all about this famous artist called Jackson Pollock and his unique painting technique.

Read Hope T's recount below!

RING. The bell went for all of the students to go back to class.we all arrived to class. we sat on the mat and waited for a while. Room 7 came into our classroom because we were doing painting.
Good morning Room 7 and 8 Miss Morrison said we are going to do painting today not just any kind of painting and painting from a famous arts. Well my beautiful teacher miss Morrison showed us what the painting looked like and who the famous arts was. First she made one for us to look at then she told us about the famous arts his name was jackson pollock the painting he made was a very expensive because the painting he made was a very amazing art he sold it for $140 million.

We all lined up outside of the classroom and we waited for the teachers to come in the front so we can head off .

Down stairs to the grass near the park. I put the cardboard down. We went somewhere and separate because we might splash the paint on them. Some people stood up and some people sat down. we all started. we splashed the painted everywhere we splashed and splitted the paint. I used black and it looked like night I flicked the stick like a wound and I drizzled  the black and white and it look like storm. I flicked the stick and it made blobs of paint . I went with the paint and almost covered the whole cardboard. finally we finished we all lined up.
We went back to class and we put all of our painting on the tables in Room 8's classroom.
Click on some of the blog posts to hear more recounts about our art lesson. 
Isaia @ Tamaki Primary School: art

Stephney @ Tamaki Primary School: Splittering Art: On wednesday the 18th room 8 and room 7 were learning about splattering art.It was really fun and I enjoyed.We went outside and got some st...

Timote @ Tamaki Primary School: Art Action

Fe'ao @ Tamaki Primary School: Art work-Fe'ao:This is a recount about the art room 8,7 and some room 5 kids did hope you like it :)

Here are some photos from the lesson!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Zones of Regulation: How are you feeling?

This term we are having a focus in Room 8 on managing ourselves and our emotions. It is important to be able to know how we are feeling and that it is ok to feel those emotions. The thing we need to work on is managing how we behave when we are feeling sad, angry, happy etc.

Today we had a look at the "Zones of regulation" and how to support ourselves when we are feeling different ways.

Check out this video to help explain what the zones are:

One of the key parts of this video is to remember that it is absolutely FINE to feel any of these emotions. Whether you are in the blue zone, red zone or green zone it is normal. It is even expected to be in each of these zones everyday! What we must work on is how we manage ourselves and our behaviour.

Room 8 had a go at reflecting on what their different zones looked like and how they could manage themselves. Take a look at their excellent work!


Alyssa @ Tamaki Primary School: Zones of Regulation: This is a lesson on our emotions.

Stephney @ Tamaki Primary School: Zones of Regulations: Today in room 8 we have been talking about the 4 groups of the zones of regulation.They are Blue, Green, Yellow and Green, These fo...

Carra @ Tamaki Primary School: Zones of regulation: Today we were learning about the zones of regulation it is a part of what mood you are in blue yellow red green and yellow what mood are you...

Hope L @ Tamaki Primary School: Zones of Regulation.: We are learning about zones.

Faka'ata @ Tamaki Primary School: zones of regulation

Fe'ao @ Tamaki Primary School: Fe'ao Tino-Zones of Regulation: This is what Zones of Regulation is.

How do you regulate your emotions? Comment below how you help to manage your feelings!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Last week we celebrated Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language week!)

We had some great language lessons and learnt a Waiata with our buddy class.

We had a great Ako session from some Room 10 students, Michael, Curtys and Kenneth. They came in and taught us a game called Pūkana - which we are loving! We also learnt our Mihi's and did some Māori hand art.

We learnt the Waiata E tu Kahikatea with our Room 2 buddies. We then made leaves to wear to represent us standing together as the Kahikatea tree. 
We performed this in our Māori language week assembly!

The words of the Waiata are:
E tu kahikatea
Hei whakapae ururoa

Awhi mai awhi atu
Tatou tatou e

The translation is:
Stand like the kahikatea (tree)
To brave the storms

Embrace and receive
We are one together

Friday, 8 September 2017

James and the Giant Peach

Room 8 has been reading James and the Giant Peach this term. Today we finished the book here are some of our book reviews:

Fe'ao @ Tamaki Primary School: Fe'ao-James and the Giant Peach Novel Reflection: This is Novel Reflection about James and the giant peach hope you like it!!!

Hope L @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the giant peach.: This is our story about james and the giant peach.

Stephney @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the giant peach review: This is my review on james and the giant peach.There were questions Mis Morrison gave us that we had to fill in and it was fun.Please leave...

Dwyane @ Tamaki Primary School: Book review of the james and the giant peach

Alyssa @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the giant peach: In room 8 we are writing a narrative about james and the giant peach.

Hamish @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the Giant Peach: this is my book review on James and the Giant Peach

Carra @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the giant peach book Novel: Today we made a novel reflection on James and the giant peach.

Taonga @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the Giant Peach.: Today room 8 had to do a book review about james and the giant peach.

Mason @ Tamaki Primary School: James and the Giant Peach Review - Mason

Room 8's Narrative writing

Check out some of Room 8's Narratives!

Hamish @ Tamaki Primary School: Into the darkness: This is a my text on dragons

Alyssa @ Tamaki Primary School: Darkness: Today in room 8 we were writing a narrative about anything and I picked to write about darkness.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Making Slime!

Today we had a freaky Friday session and made Slime!

As part of our inquiry this term we are looking at what people do for Hobbies and a popular suggestion from the students was to invent and create stuff. At the moment, lots of Room 8 have been buying or making 'slime' at home so we thought we would make it as a class!

It was a very interesting experience and it got messy quick - but it was lots of fun. We then sat and brainstormed about how it felt to have the slime in our hands. We came up with some great describing words.

Check out some of the photos below of our science experience and some of the students reflections.

Hope L @ Tamaki Primary School: How to make slime?: We are learning how to make slime.

Lia @ Tamaki Primary: SLIME: The first time when i made slime it did not work and I am going to show you some  photos.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Kiwisport Hip Hop!

This term or Kiwisport we have been learning Hip Hop with our instructor Jasmine!

Here are some of the things we have learnt:

Financial Literacy lessons from PWC

Last week Room 7 and Room 8 were lucky enough to have two coaches from PwC come and teach us about how to be safe and responsible with our money.

Taonga wrote a summary of our first lesson.

On Session 1 we meet two guys called Tim and Sash. With Tim and Sash we learnt how to be trustworthy they said way to be trustworthy is if someone lends you something then you give it back on the right time. It also means it has to not be damaged. After that we got into teams and Tim and Sash gave us a paper that we had to act out in front of the class which was a bit scary but fun because we got to act it out.  

In our second lesson we learnt about insurance and the different types you can get. We also spoke about the difference between saving and borrowing money and how it actually can sometimes mean you spend more if you choose to only pay a little bit at a time.

Fe'ao wrote: Amazing! That lesson was incredible I learnt what was right to buy and how to save money. Also lending and borrowing stuff that’s not yours. And I loved yesterday one it was about your identity and insurance lesson but I liked it anyway!    

Here are some of the blog reflections about the lessons:

Carra @ Tamaki Primary School: FLIP Reflection: Today we are making a reflection on PWC Flip and it was amazing.

Alyssa @ Tamaki Primary School: FLIP reflection: In room 8 we are writing a reflection about us with the pwc people.

Stephney @ Tamaki Primary School: FLip session: On Monday and Thursday we had sessions with tim and sash about saving money.I have learnt that if you have any broken property you can have...

Fine @ Tamaki Primary School: THe Flip Session: When i did the Flip Session it was the best we get to writer on the paper that we got and we have to finish the paper that we did yesterda...

Thank you so much to the PwC team who came and taught us the lessons!

Friday, 11 August 2017

Room 8 writes colour poetry!

Today in class we did colour poems. We had to write about the senses, (sounds like, looks like, smells like, feels like, tastes like).

Here are some that we made.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hamish @ Tamaki Primary School: the new 3d printer

Check out Hamish's awesome blog post about his experiences with the new school 3D printer! He has been one of only two students to be trained how to use it and has already made a cool keychain!

Hamish @ Tamaki Primary School: the new 3d printer: this is the new 3d printer its very cool :D

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Cook Island language week buddy time

Today we had a Tuakana Teina session with our buddies. We made Cook Island 'Ei's!

An 'Ei is a floral headband or necklace that is usually worn during celebrations.

Have a look at some of the photos - we had a great time!