Wednesday, May 27, 2020

How to make a greeting card

Kia ora Kaihatea!

Chase wanted to make cards, so here we have a couple of links so you can make different cool cards of your own.

POP UP CARD video version

Here's an idea for a lift-out card Chase found. This one is a Puppy Present Folding Surprise.

I'll add more as we find them.

Hope have fun making cards for someone special :)

Ka kite,


Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mahi Kainga Week 5

Kia ora Koutou,

Aroha mai for the late mahi kainga this week....

MAHI KAINGA WEEK 5 the late edition…..



An equation is like a number sentence. 1+1 = 2 is an example. You can have more than 2 numbers before an answer: 5+3+1+2+4 = 15.


Here are some numbers. Your challenge is to add, subtract, multiply, or divide these to find “the answer”. You will be making ‘equations’. There are different ways of doing this. You can only use each number once per equation.


1.     Make equations using add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

2.    Can you add, subtract, multiply, or divide these numbers and find the answer here too?

3.    What’s the BIGGEST number you can get?

4.    Can you DOUBLE and HALVE these numbers?

5.    What numbers can you find QUARTERS  of? If one of these numbers is a QUARTER, what is the whole number


Remember, you need to “prove” you’re right by showing your working on paper, or explaining to mum or dad or someone.





School is open from Rāhina (Monday)!


(1) Draw an emoji to show how you’re feeling about coming back to school. Feel free to invent your own, you don’t need to copy one.


(2) Write a “class award” for somebody at home who you are grateful for. (You could do this for as many people as you like).





(3) Compare school to home.

Ways school is like home.

Ways school is different to home.





What’s the BEST thing about school?

What’s the best thing about home?





What’s the WORST thing about school?

What’s the WORST thing about home?






(4) Thinking about coming back to school….

Something you’re excited about…




What is one question you have?




What is one thing you’re nervous about?




What is one new thing you’d like to see or do at school?





·      Remember to READ EVERY DAY

·      Write something every day

·      Practise maths basic facts

·      Practise skills on studyladder

Do feel free to ask any questions, make any suggestions, or share any learning you're doing.

Ka kite,


Mahi Kainga- Sharing our Learning!

Kia ora Koutou!

Here is some home learning from some Kahikatea students :) 

Here is Chase's zoo.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mahi Kainga Week 4- ZOO


You’ve been asked to design a new zoo for Whakatū Nelson. There are several parts of the planning stage, and you can choose which ones you do.

The animals are real, so they’ll need companions. You can’t have a lone animal in a zoo, it’ll get lonely and that isn’t fair.

The animals have to be realistic, even if you’ve made the animal up for a special ‘Monster Zoo’. The animals need enough space to move around, somewhere to sleep, play, and so on.

Think about keeping the animals safe with fences or ‘moats’, as well as vets or someone who knows how to feed them and look after them.

Your zoo doesn’t have to be the old-fashioned cages with overseas animals. You might have a special zoo for monkeys and dogs, or horses and cats, or whatever you like. You need a MINIMUM of 3 different types of animals. The more different types you have, the tougher this will be for you.

Remember, you can do as many of these tasks as you like.

Task 1. Animal fact sheet.
The zoo needs to know about your animal. Tell us things like: how big they are; what they eat; what their teeth are like; do male and females look the same; what the are babies like; what their enclosure needs (eg what sort of plants, toys, water, etc); where they live in the wild… you might think of more.

A picture or diagram of your animal is needed. Label the important parts.

If your animal is a monster or alien that nobody else has seen yet, this part is VERY IMPORTANT!

Task 2. Design a map of your zoo.
This sounds easy…. but it isn’t!

Draw a map showing: where each animal lives (sleeps, plays, eats, etc); buildings like garage, animal hospital/ vet station, kitchen/ food storage and preparation, ticket office, café, wharepaku, playground for humans, gift shop, your office, paths/ footpaths.

Task 3. Design a logo.
Every zoo needs a logo. This will be on the main gate, on advertising, on staff uniforms, and so on. Your logo will include the name of your zoo.

Task 4. Are you allowed?
Your mum and dad might worry that your zoo will take too much time off school. Write them a letter to them explaining that you want to run a zoo, and convince them to say yes you’re allowed (you’ll need to think of some really good reasons to convince them).

Task 5. Timetable.
Every zoo needs a timetable. Design a daily or weekly timetable showing: animal wake-up and sleepy times; kai time; when visitors are allowed; if the vet has a daily or weekly check-ups; what time enclosures are cleaned; whether you have activities- like giraffe riding, teaching monkeys to climb, reading to dogs, etc.

Task 6. Invitations.
Your zoo is NEW and very few people know about it. Design an invitation for your friends and whanau. This might be like a party invitation. You’ll need to let people know when to come (day, time), what to bring, how many other people they can bring (if you invite your friend, can they bring their mum or siblings). It’ll need to look cool, so use cool font and colour so it’s eye-catching.

Task 7. Talk to the animals.
You can talk to the animals in your zoo, obviously. I know you haven’t spoken with them yet, but imagine you have already. Tell us about “the time” you spoke with an animal. What did they say? What did you talk about? What special animal words do you need to learn?

Task 8. You or your whānau can invent this one.

Remember, you DO NOT have to do the whole lot, unless you choose to!

Ka kite,

Monday, April 27, 2020

Mahi Kainga Week 3

KAHIKATEA MAHI KAINGA WEEK 3 click here to go to google doc

Reading: Reading lots will help you get ahead!
  • Read each day -  Parents, ask questions about what might happen next or to recount what they have read
  • Read to your child each day as many times as possible. These could be story books/ poems/songs.
  • After reading, summarise in your own words what happened.
  • Use the animal strategy cards to help say new words. 

Writing: When writing, think about your writing goals- spelling, capitals and full stops, descriptive language, etc.
  • Write a story every day. 
  • Write a book review.
  • Find out about an animal and write a report about it.
  • Keep a diary or journal. You can write about what really happened, or add a twist for drama.
  • Look for interesting words when you’re reading to use in your writing.
  • Practise 5 tricky spelling words. 
  • Here are 300 writing prompts. Have you used the Scholastic Story Starters yet?

Maths: Remember to practise your basic facts often!
  • Practise basic facts, or use the Mathletics site each day .
  • Encourage addition and subtraction using money. How much change?
  • Baking is a perfect way to measure mass and capacity and practise fractions.
  • Tell and write the time from digital and analogue clocks. Ask your children to help create a daily or weekly timetable.

  • Portrait. Draw a picture of someone at home, but DON’T look at the paper while you’re drawing!
  • Perspective art. This means ‘vanishing point’.
  • Leaf rubbings. Can you use leaf rubbings to add texture to a picture? What if an animal or monster had leaf rubbing skin?
  • Draw a scene from a book you are reading.
  • I’m sure you’ve got lots of cool ideas.

You need to prove you’re right. Use this as a way to improve multiplication or adding skills.
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A farm has chickens and sheep.

How many feet do 5 chickens have?

How many feet do 5 sheep have?

How many feet do 12 chickens have?

How many feet do 12 sheep have?

How many feet do 5 chickens and 5 sheep have?

How many feet do 6 chickens and 7 sheep have?

I went to the farm and counted 24 feet. How many chickens and sheep might there have been? There is more than 1 answer.

If you solved these and you’re happy, try writing your own maths questions.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

What have we been up to?

Here is what Kahikatea have been up to and learning in lockdown.

Hi Damien
I made some craft a few day’s a go. I did some writing today.
One of my writing was about dogs and the other story was
about cats. The flowers were scented. I made all of these
in the picture. Hope you are having a good day.
From Taylor 😄😜🤩🤪

Taylor, those flowers look amazing! Your writing is excellent- you're using paragraphs!

Here's an example of students inspiring students!

Hi Mr Hardman

I saw Taylor's wreath and wanted to show her that we had done the same thing!
We also made poppies from green straws and red muffin cases.

From Ella
That looks like a lot of work Ella!

We all know Chase is a motivated learner, and here he is at home creating awesome perspective art! What you can't see (due to my limitations) is Chases's cool Lion Tamer story, or the 2D shapes he drew. Drawing 2D shapes isn't easy, but Chase did a really good job.

Tino pai tō mahi, Chase! I like how this picture 'disappears' into the background!

Our Lachy has been working very hard, and apparently turning into a Smurf....

It is SO GREAT to see what you're up to. Well done to those of you who are making the most of this lockdown to extend your learning, whether it's maths, writing, art, craft, baking, looking after animals, and so on. You guys are awesome!

Ka kite,

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Zoom catch up (in case you missed invite).

In case you missed the invitation to daily zoom catch up.

Topic: Kahikatea Catch-up
Daily this week at 10am.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 913 8850 8766
Password: 1Qg9M2

If 10am doesn't work, we can make another time to suit you :)

Ka kite,