Saturday, 23 September 2017

Flying to China

Kia Ora Tamariki,
I am on my way to China. I am at the airport, waiting for the plane. I am with other teachers from other Auckland schools. Will be boarding the plane in a few minutes.

Monday, 4 September 2017


Kaden likes inferring. He enjoys inferring when he sees if his inference was correct. You basically guess what is going to happen before you finish reading the book. It is quite fun when you get it right.   

Here is the link to the inferring clip.

By: Kaden 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Senior Indian dance group

Kia Ora,

This are the steps for our Y5/6 Indian dance. Please remember to practise them at home.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Post from Room10

Bula Vinaka,
Room 10 had a discussion around our inquiry question. Have a look at what they came up with. 

Saturday, 5 August 2017

CPDS Kapa Haka

Kia Ora,

The school Kapa Haka gave a wonderful performance in Week 2. It was a so inspiring seeing the CPDS Kapa Haka students performing in front of the whole school. We were proud of our Room 25 Kapa Haka students. Ka Pai.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Weekly Inquiry

Bula Vinaka,
For the past few weeks, Room 25 has been working on our inquiry. We collaborate in groups of four , do research on a big question and then present our work to the class.

This week our big question is

What makes a person a good person? 

We brainstormed some ideas before we got started. Here is our brainstorm.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Matariki Dawn Celebration at CPDS

Kia Ora,
This morning we attended the Matariki Dawn celebration. We enjoyed being with the CPDS whanau and learning the new waiata. Can you sing it with us?

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Wig Day - Support Child Cancer Wednesday

Malo e Lelei,
Today was Wig Day. Gold coin donation for Support Child Cancer. Many students and teachers came in different wigs. We had a laugh for a good cause. Here we are in our wonderful wigs.  Check out our teachers in their dreadlocks. 

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Room 25 Camp Experience - Video 4

Talofa Lava everyone,

This is our fourth video to Siyanqi Primary School. In this video, we are sharing our camp experience with our friends in Siyanqi Primary School.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Ningbo Siyanqi Primary School Video Sharing 3 - Morning Exercises and sp...

Namaskaram everyone,
This is the third video from Siyanqi Primary School. They are sharing their morning exercise routine. Do you have any questions for them? 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Maths Word Problem Hour

Today we started our Word Problem Hour. We worked in groups of four and tried to solve some maths problems. Our focus was not only finding the answer, but also working collaboratively such as taking turns, listening to our group members ideas, asking questions and making sure that everyone in the group was involved. This is the page we worked from . 

FIO Problem Solving pg. 9

No, that's not right. Lets try another strategy

Group discussion

Using visuals

Trial and Error

Hmmm, how do we solve the problem. 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Gracie's Poem

We wrote about how we felt in the hall when the Warriors visited us. Here is Gracie's poem expressing her feeling. 

Warriors in the Hall
As they asked the question                    
I realised what I was in to win
I felt as though I could spin
My hand shot up as quick as a bull in a pack...
They missed me, but then they came back

He handed me a bag with a band, he said congrats,
I said Oh thanks
I took it off him, look what I've won
I could feel the tingle in my lungs
It was the best of school days.

By Gracie Martin

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Warriors at CPDS

Morena everyone,
Today we had two of the Warriors visit us in school. What an exciting time. We were very inspired. Here are some of the photos of our session with the warriors. We now know that children need to sleep for 11 hours,  drink plenty of water  all the time (not fizzy drinks) to rehydrate and exercise to stay healthy. 

Patrick doing the Usain Bolt , choosing another student. 

Toafofoa Sipley

Mrs Singh practising her selfie skills. 

Toafofoa choosing students to answer questions. 

William with Toafofoa and Patrick Sipley 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

Our Global Village Poster

Room 25 celebrated Race Relations Day on March 21. We started our Global Village poster then. This is the end product of our poster. Every student shared their culture by drawing themselves and a friend. We are proud of our Global Village poster. 

Our first video to be shared with our sister school, Siyanqi Primary School, Ningbo, China.

Seraphiel's Debugging

This is my coding. I was coding on Scratch. I was trying to create this game and I didn't put a 'forever' command. So the program didn't work. Then I tried to put a 'forever' command and then when I clicked the green flag, my program started working. 

I learned whenever I need to put a green flag command , I also need to add the forever command.

By Seraphiel

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

Coding by Jifei

My Mickey coding.

I learnt Coding from Khan academy. It is a fun and educational place to learn code. You can experience real life videos and clips. In Khan academy, we learn  how to use Documentations because it is rather impossible to know all the commands so the documentations are like dictionaries. We also learn how to make animations, for example how to make a picture of a car move. Khan Academy also lets you learn from other programs. I did the program above on Khan Academy. I used circles, curves, images, text and rectangles.
Thank you

By : Jifei Shao


Room 25 did coding today. We worked on our puzzles. 

Trip to Tsi Ming Temple (Y5)

Today was Y5's turn to go for our trip to Tsi Ming Temple. We learned about the different way of life of other Kiwis. 

There were so many similarities to our CPDS disposition of being reflective, agile and self manager. We were curious about the structure inside the temple. The speaker was very patient and answered all our question. 

One key message we got from our trip is that if we need to always reflect on our actions and strive to do better than before. 

Feedback form Year 5's: 

Maddison: It was really fun and I liked it because I learned new things. It teaches me to be a good person. That did remind me of a story I read in the newspaper about a girl who had cancer and these 2 men shaved their head to help her fundraise for her treatment. 

Carter: I learned the different ways to sit. I could see the different cultures and beliefs. 

Victoria: I could find the similarities : The crackers tasted like Kiwi rice crackers. They spoke a lot about compassion and when they were showing it to us, they were not strict if we got it wrong. 

Maia : To show your good values and be kind to others and treat them how you would like to be treated. We should balance thinking about ourselves and others. 

Joe: We learned a lot of things that we do not learn everyday and saw lots of things that we didn't see everyday.

Lara: They have lots of statues that represented lots of different stories and characters. 

Seraphiel: The story told us that even though we know what is right, we sometimes are selfish . 

Mrs Singh: I found the story of the wise man and the intellectual very interesting. The summary of that story was we must always reflect on our actions. Our thoughts become our actions. If we want to do good, we need to think good thoughts as our thoughts will turn into our actions. 

We are so lucky that we have so many cultures living in peace in New Zealand. Experiencing different cultures enrich our lives and make us understand that in the end we are human and one big family on Earth. 

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Trip to Tsi Ming temple (Y 6)

What an interesting trip! We saw so many different items which we would not normally see in everyday life. The speaker shared with us their way of life and their beliefs.

We were able to relate it directly to our growth mindset principles where to succeed in life, we need to support our intelligence with practice and have an "I can" attitude. 

Another idea that we found was similar among all humans is that we all have consciousness, we have a choice of doing good, treating everyone with respect, care and love and not to judge people based on their looks, clothes or their language. 

Our trip today made us realise that New Zealand is very multicultural. There are so many people from all over the world who look different, eat different food, wear different clothes, speak a multitude of languages. But underneath that is the understanding that we are all humans and we value the same things - kindness, compassion and well being of others. That is what makes us human. We are proud to be Kiwis. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Indian dance Steps

Solving Maths Word Problems

Room 25 working on our maths word problems

Room 25 looked at how to solve maths word problems. Our steps are :
1. Read and underline the question.
2.Box key words
3.Circle important numbers - cross out unneeded numbers.
4. Solve - There are many ways to solve the problem depending on the question
- Draw a picture
- Make a chart or table
- Make a list 
- Work backwards
- Find a pattern
- Write a number sentence 

We then discussed as a group and wrote down all the different ways we could solve the problem. As a team we decided which strategy was the most effective. 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Race Relations: Athana and her mum singing a traditional South Indian song.

Race Relations: Tema performing a Tongan dance

Race Relations: Tai Chi Performance

Jifei's grandma and her friends showing us how Tai Chi is practised.  Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been shown to improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. 

Race Relations: Angel Singing a Chinese Song

Angel singing a Chinese song dedicated to all mothers.

A Tai Chi Fan

Using a fan to practise Tai Chi.

Race Relations: Tai Chi performance by CPDS grandparents.

Jifei's grandma and her friends practice Tai Chi daily and they shared the Tai Chi movement with us. It was amazing to see the all the grandmas in full control of their movements. 

Sharing of Cultures

Ran playing a traditional Chinese musical instrument. I wonder what its called and what is the history of this musical instrument.  

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Global Village

A few things that we found out during our discussion about race relations: 

1. New Zealand is one of the most ethnically diverse nations on earth and we are also one of the most peaceful. 
2. The change in our society has happened very fast, in less than a generation.
3. In New Zealand, communities across the country host hundreds of events on and around the 
21st of March to mark Race Relations Day.

We reflected on this and our questions is :

What can we do as a nation to preserve the diversity and peacefulness? 

During Race Relations Day, we started creating a global village poster. Here are some of us busy at work creating our global village people. 

Below is a pic collage of Room 25 diligently working on our global village poster. 
It is a work in progress and we will upload the completed poster at a later date. 

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Pace Relations Day- Tema performing a Tongan dance

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Race Relations Day -Room 25

Kia Ora, Namaste, Bula Vinaka, Malo e Lelei, Ni Hao, Namaskaram, Talofa Lava, Konnichiwa, Annyeong Haseo, Camusta, Kem Cho, Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki fateh, Hello

Today Room 25 celebrated Race Relations Day. This year's theme is "That’s Us: What do we stand for? What do we stand against?" 

Here are some of Room 25 children dressed in different cultural clothes. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

STEM Week - Mathematics

CPDS Einsteins building castles 

STEM Week Technology

Our future engineers 

Future Coders hard at work

Future coders hard at work debugging and getting the correct sequence. 

Some comments from our coders:

Milla: I recommend that all schools should regularly teach coding and I learned a lot of new vocabulary related to coding. 

Lily   : When I started, I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to do but then I figured it out for  myself. I enjoyed myself today. My partner wasn't very enthusiastic about it today but I kept on going. I tried al lot of different things and different functions.

Maddison: It's a lot of fun. I thought it would be boring but I realised it was really fun and I wanted to do all the work. It is helping me learn new things.

William  : I kind of found it challenging. I learned how to code and work together. I found it hard to continue. 

Troy: I think coding is important because if you are trying to create an app, you need to create a pretty intense code. My favourite part is creating loops. 

Riley : Coding is important for people who want to create apps. Others can code for fun. CPDS should start coding lessons so that they can be famous. 

Alex : Schools should teach coding because in the future most jobs will be based on coding. 

Scientist hard at work

CPDS scientist hard at work

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

STEM Week Learning to Code

This week is STEM week for the Puriri team. We were grouped into four different groups. Each day we did different activities. Below is the video of us learning to code. Coding is the new literacy. We found that it is important to know how to code as many of the jobs in the future will be in the programming sector. STEM Week Learning to Code on PhotoPeach

Learn to Code

Before we started coding, we watched this clip to understand why coding is so important.

Friday, 3 March 2017


Room 25 went to Waterwise on Wednesday. We realised the important skills we needed to have when we were around water. We had so much fun.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Football Taster Today

Today Rm 25 attended a football taster before lunch. We had 3 coaches. They demonstrated some skills and we practised the skills.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Julian's animation

Room 25 was learning about the legend of Nian in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Julian created the animation above based on the legend. 

Lion dance performance at CPDS

Lion Dance performance at CPDS.

CPDS Chinese New Year

Ni Hao, 
CPDS celebrated Chinese New Year last Friday. It was a wonderful experience as many of the CPDS Chinese parents came to share their culture with us. We were fortunate to be able to taste dumplings and red bean buns made for us by our wonderful parents. Room 25 presented a play on the legend of Chinese New Year during assembly. Jifei's grandmother performed a sword dance and a fan dance. We were fortunate to watch a professional Lion Dance performance. 
 Xie Xie parents. 

 CPDS Chinese New Year Celebration on PhotoPeach

Friday, 3 February 2017

Growth Mindset

Ni Hao,
On Thursday, Room 25 discussed "Growth Mindset" . We discovered that there are 2 types of mindsets. A fixed mindset and a growth mindset. We listened to Mrs Singh read 'Your Fantastic Elastic Brain' . 

Some of the words that were new to us were neurons, neuroplasticity, constructive feedback and malleable. We worked in pairs to find out what these words mean and discussed these words with our friends. 

First Day in Room 25

Kia Ora,
This morning we did our roll and went down to the hall for our powhiri. All new students and parents were welcomed to our CPDS whanau.

We also discussed our classroom requirements and safety in the classroom. Classroom rules are important to keep us safe and maximise our learning time.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Welcome to Room 25 2017

Kia Ora, 
Miss Larnach and Mrs Singh welcome you to Room 25. We are going to have a wonderful year learning lots of new things. 

Mrs Singh and Miss Larnach