Friday, 20 February 2015

Maths - geometry

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: follow the instructions when my buddy tells me how to make the pattern.

It was hard when: to do 1/4 turns and 1/2 turns.

I really liked: when I followed the instructions for Simon says and went down the slide.

Kerri thinks

You use the correct names for the shapes and your position words to give instructions to your buddy so she can make the pattern. It can be tricky to always use your position words when you can point your finger to show where the shape should go. You can practise using your maths words anywhere, in the classroom, in the playground and at home.


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.
My Poster

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: At lunch I share my lego with my friends because it's showing whakawhanaungatanga.

It was hard when: Your angry at them because they do mean stuff to you.

I really liked: When I can get along with my friends because then I can play with them.

Kerri Thinks

Sasha, you use kind words in and out of the classroom. You notice when children are hurt and you love to help. You always share your ideas and learning during class and group chats. I think you show whakawhanaungatanga in the playground and in the classroom. It can be tricky to keep doing the right thing when your friends are mean and you are angry. Perhaps you could share your problem with a buddy or a teacher or maybe take a deep breath and play with somebody else for a while you may stop being angry.

When I grow up

I like to play on the scooters. We like them because it is my favourite thing. I like listen to reading. When I grow up I want to be a scientist because it seems like fun.

Listen to reading helps to build your reading fluency because you are listening to great reading and playing on the scooters with your friends is great fun! It has been fantastic to have you join us this year and I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring.