Finlayson Park School

Welcome to B10's Page 

 On this page, you will find all sorts of things we do as a class. Should you have any questions or queries, please see the classroom teacher for more information.

The New Zealand Curriculum Key Competencies are:

  • Thinking
  • Managing Self
  • Participating and Contributing
  • Relating to Others
  • Using Language, Symbols, and Text 


The 4Cs in our school are: 

  • Common Sense - whakaatu atu i te mahi tika / 常识 (cháng shí)
  • Cooperation - mahitahi / 合作 (hé zuò)
  • Consideration - whakaaro atawhai / 体谅 (tǐ liàng)
  • Courtesy - āronui / 礼节 (lǐ jié) 


As 21st century learners, we will use different learning approaches to expand our knowledge using the 4Cs of 21st Century learning skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Creativity


If you have other queries and cannot make it into school to chat, please email Miss Li



Our big idea for Term 1 is Tikanga/Culture. We will be learning our own pepeha and present it to our buddy class. Our buddy class for this year is a Year 2/3 class. Through the learning of pepeha, we will look at linking between Māori kupu (words) and phrases as well as the connection between whenua, tangata and the overall world. We will be looking at different worldview such in Māori and other ethnic stories. Our project includes investigating, understanding and analysing various myths and legends. We will present them in a way of "digital storytelling" through different medium.

Our big idea for Term 2 is Sustainability. Our topics this term will include ANZAC, STEAM projects focussing on Science and The Arts, Samoan Language Week and Matariki. We will choose different ways to present our work through vlogging, stop motion, video explanations, greenscreen, voice-over or iMovie videos.

Our big idea for Term 3 is Enterprise. We will be learning about money matter relating to financial literacy and financial capabilities. Our sessions will focus on budgeting, terminologies in finance, tax and more. Our Team Market Day will be on Week 9.

Here is the outline for Language Weeks in Term 3:

  • Week 2 of the Term - Cook Islands Language Week
  • Week 7 of the Term - Tongan Language Week
  • Week 8 of the Term - Māori Language Week
  • Week 10 of the Term - Chinese Language Week


Work from 2020

Our big idea for Term 1 is Tikanga/Culture. B10 students have started inquiry on Class Cultures and all students have presented their work. Students are working on their myth and legend and will be presenting this through animation, Google Slides or Docs. The next sub-topic is for students to inquire about various patterns or animals that represent a chosen culture.

B10 has swimming and Mandarin lessons every week. Snapshots of our learning are in the attached image below.


Home Learning started in the eighth week of Term 1. B10 students came back to school on Week 6 of Term 2.

We have started off with "the poisonous mushroom case" as Inquiry Learning inspired by a New Zealand Herald article which reported about a doctor accidentally ate some poisonous mushroom during the lockdown period.

The following week we were focussing on "the dead fish case" inspired by the New Zealand Herald article which stated approximately hundreds of fish were found dead and were floating in the waters of the Hauraki Gulf earlier this year. From this topic, we also compared how fish and human breathe.

The topics we will be focussing on for the rest of Term 2 will be "Outer Space ~ being creative" and "Looking into the Future ~ our voices". We have started to learn about turns and angles, as well as warm and cold colours for our Maths agamograph on mixed number fractions and improper fractions.

Here is a picture collage from our learning so far.


Our big idea for Term 3 is Sustainability.

For the first part of the term, we will be focussing on The Arts and The Ecosystem, which includes visual arts, drama, and poetry writing. We will be learning about various ways of "reduce, reuse and recycle" items to create art pieces and understanding the various influences of humans in the natural world. Our final product will be mixed medium art which contains fabric, ink, paint, and more.

As we move into later in the term we will be learning about Election. Our integrated learning will be persuasive writing, studying about different leaders, and how they interact with others. We will run our own mini-campaigns and learn about how to be a responsible citizen in terms of participation during elections.

Here is a collage of some of our learning

Sports => Hauora

Temperature => How to use a thermometer? What is the best living condition for humans/animals?

Kiwi Can => Building Key Competencies and Life Skills

Inquiry => Integrated Learning

We have attached some published persuasive writing. We would love to hear what you think of our ideas.


Our big idea for Term 4 is Humanity.

For the first part of the term, we will be continuing on with following the Elections and News. As we move towards the following weeks we will be focussing on Hygienes which focusses on Oral Hygiene, Cleanliness and Food Safety.

In Week 6, our Ngā Hau e Whā Toru Team will be going to camp. Make sure you check out the information on our Team page.

We will have a busy Term 4 with lots of revision and review of all of our learning this year.

We will attach snapshots of our learning as the term unfolds.