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: look at the card and I tell my buddy how to build it.

It was hard when: when Toby got a tricky card it was hard to make the sail. It was a bit like a house but it wasn't.

I really liked: doing maths in the playground, going up the slide and turning when I played Simon says.

Kerri thinks

You can use the correct names for shapes and our maths position words to give instructions to get your buddy to make the pattern to match the card. It can be tricky to use your words rather than point your finger to show where the shape should go, keep on practising and it will get easier and easier!
I am pleased that maths in the playground and Simon Say's helped your learning. We had great fun and time to practise our tricky instructions like 1/4 and 1/2 turn.


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 play ground 

It was hard when: I was on the chair because I slip on it

I really liked: it because I feel proud when I show it

Kerri Thinks

You show whakawhanaungatanga in and out of the classroom. You use kind words and you listen to your buddy. You are beginning to share your ideas with the class and your groups more and more as the term goes on. Keep it up Kyree!
When you are thinking about your learning, please add some more ideas have a think a time in the playground when you showed whakawhanaungatanga.

Kyree's writing

My favourite thing is sliding down the pole. When I grow up I want to drive a car.

Looks like you are having a great time sliding down the pole Kyree. The playground is a great place to explore and try new things! Keep up all the good work.