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Belonging and Community Workbook – Slides

This term we are learning all about the words BELONGING and COMMUNITY. Throughout the term we are going to be working through this: Workbook. Today we watched a video and answered a few questions. Look at my next blog post to see the Poster!

Explanation Essay (Practice Test) – Special Place in the Community

A Special place in the Community: Panmure Basin

  1. The Skate Park – Helps coordination, gives a fun hobby, help you get in shape

  2. Nature – Reduces Stress, The sun gives you vitamin D, helps eyesight 

  3. Friendly for all types of people – Large walking base, very flat (no bumps), good for scooters, bikes etc.

The perfectly circled walk of Panmure Basin, is a special place. This 3.2 km and 30 minute stroll has lots to offer. You can go for a joyful skate, and try out some new tricks. Relieve some stress with the sunlight or look at the beautiful trees. Even just going for a simple walk with your family members.

The skate park is fun and fitness in one. There are more than ten boxes, ramps and rails to do tricks on. This provides help with coordination in your hands, eyes, legs and feet. Coordination doesn’t only assist with physical health, but boosts self confidence. Skating is a hobby for a lot of people. The skatepark gives a quick and easy place to feed this hobby. There are just under 100 million skaters world wide. It is important to do things that are fun, but also help your body in a physical state. Skating helps with physical health, and improves your stamina.

There is nature all around. Trees, bushes, grass, birds, the Sun and much more. Studies have shown that being around nature helps with physical and mental health. It lowers blood pressure, reduces nervous behaviours and improves your overall mood. Being in sunlight has many benefits, it gives you an important vitamin. This vitamin being Vitamin D, it is needed for maintaining healthy and strong bones. Nature gives your eyes a chance to define things far in the distance. Your eyes can benefit from nature too!

The walk is friendly for all types of people. From a family to the elderly, everyone can enjoy it. The walking space is wide, meaning families can walk and enjoy each other’s company. Scooters and bikes can ride with a large space beside.It is very flat, with only few bumps. Meaning that it is friendly for the elderly, they can walk and appreciate the experience. 

From a skatepark to long walks, those are the things that make the Panmure Basin special. Many other things lay around the basin, but these are the most noticeable. Panmure Basin is a special place, and has a place in people’s hearts.


Task Description:

Today in Literacy we had a practice test. Tomorrow we have a real test, so we thought we would just prepare for it. We were tasked to write an explanation essay about a special place in our community. I chose the Panmure Basin, read my essay to learn more!

Whakatauki – Maori Proverbs

Today we had our first session of extension, we carried on with our topic about marine life. We learned about Whakatauki, which is Maori Proverbs.  Focusing on the marine Whakatauki we chose one and explained what we thought it meant. The whole extension class did this, having 2-4 slides each. Enjoy 🙂

Explanation Essay – Introduction Practice: G.I is the best community in NZ


G.I, the community that makes a change. This small, but distinctive community is located close to the waters of  Tamaki estuary. It offers schools, with lot’s of learning opportunities. People who are unique and stay true to themselves. You can find most of these people at community centres like Te Oro, or reading a book at our local library.

Task Description:

Yesterday we practised the plan of an explanation essay. Today we practised our introduction with the plan from yesterday. The introduction had to be 5 sentences.

Five women disqualified from Olympics due to clothing infringements – Kiwi Kids News Summary

The International Ski Federation, was barraged from competitors after a number of disqualifications due to clothing in the ski jump competition. The country’s of Germany, Austria, Norway and Japan ached when disqualification fell open their team mates for suit infringements. This causing anger and tears from the competitors.Each team was made up of two women and two men, and all five of those people who were disqualified identified as women.Wind resistance plays a important part in ski jumping, skis and suits are checked by officials to make sure that competitors have not done anything to gain an unfair advantage.The judges at the ski jump declined to comment when asked to do so by Norwegian journalists.

Protests outside NZ Parliament – Kiwi Kids News Summary

A group of people have been camping outside Parliament, protesting against issues around vaccinations and Covid Lockdowns. NZ Police have been involved in the situation, this is to ensure the safety of all people. So far over 100 people have been arrested. In the statement on Friday Wellington District Commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell said police will continue to monitor this protest at Parliament grounds. Police have been trying to move the protesters on their way, with an unsuccessful attempt the Parliament sprinklers have been turned on in a desperate situation. Apparently these sprinklers will remain on until the protesters leave, and will stay on until then. Police stated this afternoon, that misinformation and a “range of different causes and motivations” are the problem. This making it difficult to resolve the heavy situation with the protesters.

Explanation Essay – Plan Practice: G.I is the best community in NZ

G.I is the best community in NZ

  1. There are lots of schools, which gives kids lot’s of learning opportunities.

  • Pt England

  • Tamaki College

  • Ruapotaka Primary

  1. Everyone in the community is unique.

  • LGBT

  • Pacific

  • People with disabilities

  1. There are many places that people around the community can connect and have fun.

  • Te Oro

  • Library 

  • Beach/Reserve 


Task Description:

This week we are learning about Explanation Essays. To write a good essay, you have to have a good plan, so that is what we practised today. I came up with 3 ideas and then added some bullet points/reasons why they make G.I a good place.

Korero of the Week – W2 Play The Right Way


This weeks korero was Play The Right Way. We explained a few tips on how to have a happy and fun playtime. Here are the people who contributed to this slide:









New Zealands Borders Open up – Kiwi Kids News Summary

New Zealand’s Prime Minster, Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand’s border will open.This announcement was last week, and will only allow fully vaccinated New Zealanders into the country. Along with other eligible travellers from Australia back into New Zealand, this will happen on the 27th of Feb. This border will open in stages starting at the end of February. It will be the first time New Zealand has opened up for nearly two years. Two weeks later, fully Vaccinated people, from all countries can visit NZ.