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: Put the shapes where they need to go.

It was hard when: People say the wrong place to put the shapes.

I really liked: Being the person that says where to put the shapes.

Kerri thinks

Heidi, you have worked hard to learn and use our maths position words. Learning in the playground and practising by playing games like Simon Says really helped us. It is tricky to follow instructions when they are not clear and that makes it difficult to make the pattern match the picture. It is also tricky to use the maths words when you can point your hand to show where to put the shape! Remember to keep on using those words in and out of the classroom to give clear instructions and directions.


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.

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: in the playground when I'm playing with my friends

It was hard when: I do something to hurt someone and I didn't mean to

I really liked: feeling proud when I show whakawhanaungatanga

Kerri Thinks

Heidi, you are a delightful, kind and caring young lady. You show whakawhanaungatanga in and out of the classroom when you notice people and help them, when you use kind words and when you share your ideas. It can be tricky when you hurt someone by mistake, remember to say sorry and this might help you and the other person.

When I grow up

My favourite thing is the slide because I like doing trains on the slide. It is so funny. When I grow up I want to be a nurse. It will be fun and I can help people.

The slide is fun to play on and even better to share with friends! I have noticed how you love to help people and are so very kind and caring. You would make a great nurse or what ever you choose to do when you grow up.