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Pita Pockets

Today in class we learnt to make a healthy sandwich using a pita pocket.

We had the choice of grated carrot, lettuce, cooked chicken, mashed boiled eggs with mayo, pita pockets, feta cheese, tomato, and Kewpie mayonnaise. There was halloumi for those who can’t eat meat. People had choices with their fillings. We thought it was yummy. Miss Lowans heated the pita breads in her air fryer.

Private vs Public

Today in Cybersmart we learned about Private and Public information.

Sometimes when sharing information online we need to stop and think about whether the information is suitable to share, whether it is in fact information that should be kept private.

We had a good chat about this presentation and decided what we think.

Taniwha Art

On Friday we embarked on a journey to learn about the Tāniwha of the Tamaki river, a mythical creature from Maori culture that is said to inhabit New Zealand’s waterways.

To start our lesson, we explored the history and significance of Tāniwha to Maori culture. We talked about how they were considered to be guardians of the river and protectors of the people who lived nearby. We also discussed the importance of respecting the Tāniwha and the river, as it is a vital part of the ecosystem.

After learning about the Tāniwha, it was time for the students to create their own designs. We used Google Images to look at different representations of Tāniwha and discussed their unique characteristics. Then, the students were asked to sketch their own Tāniwha, incorporating some of the features that they found most interesting.

Next, we moved on to the colouring process. I introduced the students to the colour wheel and discussed the concept of complementary colours. We talked about how complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel and how they create a pleasing contrast when used together.

The students were then given oil pastels to add colour to their Tāniwha drawings. Some chose to blend colours while others preferred to use a more vibrant style. Many students chose to use the complementary colour scheme to make their Tāniwha really stand out.

Overall, this lesson was a great success. The students were enthusiastic about learning and creating, and I was thrilled to see them engaging with the material in such a meaningful way.



Copyright laws and t-shirt designs

Today in Cybersmartwe learned about copyright law and attribution. To use someone else’s work, you have to have their permission, or it must be free to use. For this task we designed three different t-shirts.

  • The first one was from Google images, and would not be able to be printed because of copyright.
  • The second one was from the explore tool. It could be printed, but only with attribution.
  • The third one we created ourselves, which means we can print it if we wanted to.

Scams and Phishing – Cybersmart Challenge

Today in Cybersmart we learned about the importance of looking at emails, websites, pop-ups and messages very carefully. Scams and phishing sites and emails aim to take your data and personal information. You can try the challenge here for yourself.

Check out Donyal’s ideas for how to spot them!

Launching our Blog Commenting Competition

Today in Cybersmart we launched our Quality Blog competition. We have been learning how to write quality blog comments this term as part of our Smart Relationships focus in Cybersmart.

For the competition you have to write a comment to someone else on their blog, and then submit the comment on a form. The person with the most comments at the end of the term wins!


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