Explain Everything

We have been learning how to use Explain Everything. We haven’t long had this app on our iPad’s so we were excited to find out about it.

Last week, we learnt to take photos and how we can edit them. We also learnt how to add text. This week, we learnt about changing backgrounds and adding recording as well as adding audio.

Here are some of our finished projects.


Have you used Explain Everything before?

Google Animations

We have been learning to use Google Slides to make animations.

First, we had to come up with a background, that wouldn’t be changing. Then, we added in some pictures and slowly made them move by duplicating the slide and moving one part of the picture.

Here are some of our slides. We hope you enjoy them.

Have you used Google Slides to make animations before?

Scratch Part 2

We got to finish our scratch projects today! We had so much fun creating the projects. When we had finished making our names, we were able to create anything we wanted.

Whaea Stacey then showed everyone how to take a screen recording on our iPads. We did this so that we could send our videos home through seesaw to our parents.

Here are some of our creations. We hope you like them!



Today, we got to learn about a coding app called Scratch Jr.

Whaea Stacey showed us how to create a new character and how to add a background. She then showed us the different actions you can do to move the characters.

Our characters had to be our names, and we could move them any way we wanted. Scratch was new for lots of us, but it was so much fun!

Have you used scratch before?


Interland Learning

Today, Whaea Stacey introduced us to an awesome new game which helps us with our cybersmart learning called Interland!

In Interland you can play 4 different levels: Kindness Kingdom, Tower of Treasures, Reality River and Mindful Mountain. All of these levels teach us different ways to be safe online!

Tere and Tanner even finished a level for certificates!

Throughout the game, we got given little messages that helped us be cybersmart!

Have you played interland to help with being cybersmart?


Yesterday, Mrs McDonald asked us all to bring in some vegetables because today we were going to be making some Matariki Soup!

Some of us had to peel some vegetables and Mrs McDonald cut our vegetables up to sizes that were easy to eat! We put the vegetables into 3 pots (2 were medium sized and one was HUUUUUUGGGGEEE!!)

It took about an hour and a half for the soup to cook.

While the soup was cooking, we set the tables up; we had to make sure everyone had a spoon (on the right hand side) and a bowl.

When we were eating, we also had some bread which could dip into our soup. It was so yummy that half of us (and room 7) had a second bowl! Mrs McDonald even took some over to our principal, Mrs Morresey, and she wanted to know the secret recipe!

We have also been making some trinket bowls using airdry clay. We shaped our dishes using a fork, paintbrush and toothbrush. We also painted them in a beautiful green, and used another paintbrush to draw thin black lines. When our leaf or fish hook has dried we will put some PVA glue on it to help seal it and make it shiny!

These are going to go into our art exhibition which we are holding at school on Matariki for everyone to come and see.

We also made Matariki stars; we had to research about each of the nine Matariki stars to colour in and decorate so we knew which star represents and what their names are!

What do you do to celebrate Matariki?

Digital Island Footprint

Today in our Cybersmart lesson with Whaea Stacey we learnt about footprints!

We discussed that real footprints can disappear from sun, snow, wind or water; but, digital footprints are permanent. We talked about we can’t always erase footprints so we need to be careful with what we put online. We need to be Cybersmart! We need to keep our private information private.

We then talked about our digital history and what websites we use at school (in the island) and some sites we use at home (out of our island).

Do you use any of the same learning sites as us?

Staying Safe Online

Today we learnt about being Cybersmart with our personal and private information.

We learnt that it is OK to share: what we enjoy doing, what sports we play, some of our favourite things, our first name only and our pets name. This information is called personal information.

We learnt that we should keep our private information private. Some things that are private information are: our last name, phone numbers, addresses, number plates and  our school uniform logo.


Today was our first cybersmart lesson with Whaea Stacey. She will be in every week for the rest of the year!

Private vs Personal

We are learning to make smart decisions about what personal information we share online. We have learned that we musn’t share any personal information that would help people to find us in real life; examples of this sort of information are our address, our phone number, and our last name. Personal information that it is ok to share are things like our pets’ names, our first names, and things we like to do.

We learned how to use images and shapes to cover up information in our pictures that might reveal our private information; for example the school logo on our uniforms, the number on our letterbox, and our car’s registration plate.

Here is an example of our work, practising these new skills.