Using language, symbols, and texts

Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological.

Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others.

Cultural Diversity in Aotearoa NZ HB Tāwhiri 2021

  • Posted on: 2 March 2021
  • By: BonnieDalton

In our community and in our HB alone, we have an increasing amount of whānau who identify with one or more cultures from all around the world.
This year as we cannot connect to our world as we usually would, the tamariki will learn about, appreciate and celebrate the uniqueness of the many cultures within our community. It's important to understand our diverse world, and how to understand other people's cultures and world views. It will also help tamariki feel their culture is being valued and appreciated in our community.

Independent Spellers Year 1-3 Term 1 2021

  • Posted on: 1 March 2021
  • By: BonnieDalton

The Stage 6/7+ Phonics group students will be starting their own independent spelling programme instead of a phonics group starting in Week 5 Term 1.

They will be using Studyladder to complete Set Spelling tasks each day.
They will start by working through learning common prefix origins such as 'fin', 'under'. They will then move to suffixes and then some common spelling rules e.g. when to use soft or hard 'g'.
Each lesson has a tutorial that explains the root and meaning, plus two follow up activities.


  • Posted on: 1 March 2021
  • By: NadineWalmisley

In HB Moana we are going to do a whole lot of mini investigations/inquiries.

Week 3: How are they going to get all the water into the huge swimming pool in town?
Week 4-6: The Seasons - what are they? How do they happen? Where does the wind come from?

Stage 2 Maths Group 2021

  • Posted on: 1 March 2021
  • By: NadineWalmisley

In term 4 we will continue to work with Numicon. We will work in small groups for four LA guided numeracy sessions each week. We will supplement Numicon activities with elements from the Stage 2 Numeracy Project material to support our learning.

Alongside our small group lessons, we will use Seesaw online activities, games, worksheets and book work for additional activities that support and enhance our learning.

Term 1 Goal 2021

My main goal for 2021 is to complete my SDL project, which is to create a movie-trailer-esque animation for a story I am working on. As of writing this, it is almost half-complete.
NCEA wise, my goals are to complete my two English classes and Geography, and get the credits from them.
I don’t really know enough about the Music class to know if I’ll complete it in a term, and Maths is probably a lost cause. If I get an ‘achieved’ with Maths I’ll be satisfied.

2021 Term 1 Handwriting and punctuation workshops.

  • Posted on: 22 February 2021
  • By: MelvaGill

Workshops needed to support specific skills see below.
In small workshops twice a week work through these skill sets in modelled and independent sentences.

Handwriting group term 2 x weekly

Capital letters workshop
Amber Ava Ben Evie Jia Johnny Juno Kash Leo Lilly Mary Orland

Ben Evie Honor Kash Leo Lilly Mary Orlando Zia?

Sentence structure inclu run ons
Ava Ayla Jia Honor Bella Ben Evie Lilly Mary
Kash Orlando
Tautu. Laura? Zia?

2021 Term 1 Art Melva and Suze HBs

  • Posted on: 22 February 2021
  • By: MelvaGill

Creating art that expresses our feelings about belonging and building whanaungatanga in the HB.

This will include
1)self-portraits in pastel using poems
2)koro created from watercolour paint pictures and black vivids to represent core values
3)hexagons expressing individuality and collective experiences in felt.

Further art work ideas to be added.

Creating art to express ideas about ourselves and our community, using new techniques in art production

2021 Beach Inquiry Term 1 Melva and Suze HBs

  • Posted on: 22 February 2021
  • By: MelvaGill

Working with the School Kit to understand the cause of pollution and our role in this.
Develop and implement a beach clean up day to reflect this new learning.
Share this learning with New Zealand schools as part of the school kit.

this unit will include creating reports that will build developing strengths in
1)Using a scaffold to pre-plan writing, Suze storytelling, Melva hamburger plan from Sheena Cameron Literacy.
2) sentence creation, (incorporating experiences and new learning)
3) compound and complex sentences
4) paragraphing/linking.