Tag: Inquiry

My Pepeha

LI: To write and say our pepeha.

We each wrote pepeha’s to help get to know each other. By writing pepeha’s this allows us to connect to each other and form friendships in learning. My pepeha tells others about who I am, my iwi as well as my ancestors and what year they came to Aotearoa. For example: My ancestors are from Ngapuhi.

I found this activity fun because I got to learn wherr my grandparents were from and how to say my pepeha in Maori.

Celebrating Diwali

LI: To use your smart searching skills to find out what Diwali is and how people celebrate around the world.

Our challenge was to write create a DLO that tells others what Diwali is and how people celebrate around the world. Something I found interesting was the many reasons different religions celebrate Diwali because they all have very interesting stories.

I found this activity fun and interesting because I learnt about a cultural celebration and it was very fun to learn about.


LI: To remember and give information about Kokako Lodge.


After camp, we created a brochure about information and highlights about our experiences at Kokako Lodge. We used our persuasive skills and gave reasons to why our audience would want to go. We used pictures to show what it is like at Kokako Lodge and what they have to offer.

I found this activity fun because I got to persuade people about why they should go to kokako lodge by using my personal experiences.

Research About Scurvy

LI: To understand what a balanced diet looks like and why it is important for human health.

For our first Inquiry topic for Term 2 we did a study about what a scurvy is, how can people get affected, and what can we do to avoid it. We wrote did you know facts to help us be able to learn about scurvy such as, Did you know Scurcy can bo killed by eating Lemons and Limes? Scurvy is caused by lack of Vitamin C for at least 3 months. I was mostly common for pirates/sailors.

I found this activity helpful because I got to learn about Scurvy and what I can do to prevent it so I don’t get it.

Moko Ika Hikuwaru

Moko Ika Hikuwaru is a taniwha with 8 tails. We used our imagination to try and draw what we thought the taniwha would look like. We thought it would be green, have 4 eyes, razor sharp teeth and 4 legs. We imagined him inside a lake infront of mountains and a sunrise with a bridge. We needed to draw this freehanded without tracing and use our imagination.

I found this activity fun because I got to try new drawing techniques and freehand.

Kauri Dieback

LI: To gather statistics and protect the Kauri Tree from getting the Kauri Disease.

The following week after camp we did a research about the Kauri Dieback. Then we created a DLO about the Kauri Disease on how we can prevent it from destroying our nature. Though we can do things such as cleaning our shoues before and after walks to stop the disease from killing our tree. 

I found this activity interesting because I learnt about the Kauri dieback and how it can effect our Kauri trees and kill them.

What is a River?

LI: To identify and describe the features of the Tamaki River

This week we have been learning about what rivers are, their unique attributes and how to label them. We then created a DLO about the Tamaki river and its history. Did you know the Tamaki River was originally called Te Wai o Taiki, meaning “The Waters of Taiki”. The name Taiki is a shortened form of Taikehu, the name of an ancestor of Ngāi Tai. Using our knowledge that we acquired, we showcased the features of the Tamaki river using an aerial map. We then compared the Tamaki River with a prominent river in the world. Our group chose to look at the Mississippi. Finally we made a comparison of the two rivers.

We found this activity fun and interesting because we got to work togeather and learn interesting facts about rivers around the world.

Treaty of Waitangi

LI: To explore the world in 1804 and the art of the Treaty.

This week we looked at what the world was like is 1840. Did you know in 1840 the british stopped sending convicts(People who commit crime) to Australia?

After this we identified some of the key people and their role in the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. I found it interesting that a black and white photo taken in 1840 of some building is the oldest known photo.

We then used the information from both of these activities to help us read a painting of the day the Treaty was signed. The photo above was a painting by an artist called Marcus King made in 1938 from a interpritation he though what it was like inside the tent signing the treaty.

Create Transport

I created my own transport vehicle called S.L.A.Y.

First we came up with our own designs and made a label diagram.

Then we learnt about explinations and what the structure of a explination is, the structure is TIES or TIMES.

Lastly, we wrote our explinations for why our vehicle helps society.

I enjoyed this task becuase we got to design our own vehicle. I did good at comming up with my design.

Custom vehichle Design

For inquiry we created our own design for a new vehichle.

First, we came up with some pros and cons for different vehicles. For example: A pro for a horse and cart is that it can go anywhere. A con is that you have to stop and feed it regularly.

Then, we brainstormed some ideas on how we cna fix the cons. My way of fixing a horse and wagon is that we could make stops with horses and stuff to look after them so every time your horse gets tired, you can swap ot out.

Lastly, we made a design for our own vehicles. My idea is a UFO that can be an air vehicle and a sea vehicle. My custom design has strong fans and propellars so it can go it the air, and it has air tight glass so that it can double as a submarine.

I enjoyed this task becuase I got to come up with my own vehicle design using my imaginatoin. I think that I could get better at finding ways to fix some cons. I did good at listing the pros and cons for already made vehicles.