Tōtara – Yrs 6-8


Di Cameron & Anna Lopas

Kahikatea & Tōtara (Yr 6-8) – The Year 6,7,8 collaborative class of ‘Rimu’

As our “When Art and Technology collides”, unit comes to an end, we are reflecting on our learning about pixels and the key (metaphorical) life learning of breaking large problems into small manageable sizes. Our art afternoons continue to be centred around portraits; moving from Andy Warhol as our artist model for inspiration … to Chuck Close …. to the more abstract, Kimmy Cantrell. Enjoy our creations in the office! 

Tōtara has been focusing on sound, colour and light in a science unit. We have been looking at how we hear and see and doing some experiments to help us to understand this; using prisms to split white light into the rainbow colours, using flat, concave and convex mirrors, moving focal points, bending objects in water, looking at shadows, “seeing” vibrations using tuning forks, drums and rice.

In considering the wide spectrum of our mathematical confidence across all of Rimu, our ‘extension’ mathematicians are taking part in a national monthly Problem Challenge (run by the University of Otago)….. and it’s been all about action games (Beep/Buzz, Maths Tag, Obstacle, The Nasty Game, etc), and card games (Target, Pyramid, Close Call, 21) to sneak the basic facts and times tables learning in amongst the fun and action for our less confident mathematicians.

Artwork inspired by American artist Kimmy Cantrell.

Totara class have been working on fractal triangles.

Each triangle is a fraction of the other triangles.

Totara_Kahikatea Yr6-8 Stationery List 2020


The RE:ACTIVATE project has focused on aspiring artists from year 1-8 and year 9-13. Two designs from each will be produced by SCAPE to feature in the six week exhibition from October through November.

This year pupils of Little River School submitted their designs for sculptural art along the theme of Tūrangawaewae. This theme closely aligned with our annual concept of Identity and one that our pupils worked with their teachers and Josie Whelan to develop into unique designs for public artworks.

It is with great pride that we can officially celebrate Alex as one of the artists to have their design constructed and featured in the central city of Christchurch.

Alex has kept this exciting news secret for a month. If you know her well, you would have seen a grin and bounce in her step since she learned her design had one!

Alex’s design is made up of coloured transparent windows, each piece representing people of different shapes, sizes, colours, religions, and beliefs.

The sculpture is intended to show how everyone comes together as one, to strengthen and support each other.

Alex thinks that our Tūrangawaewae is being together.



Totara are making Diaramas to depict an aspect of France.

Parisienne café life, by Kei and Zara.

Tour de France, by Louisa, Alex, Harry J and Gordon.

Paris night Skyline, by Belle, Chloe L and Malcom.

A typical street in Paris, by Chloe M, Wendy, Hamuera and Nate.

Rueben, Lizzie and Alex presented a fabulous dish made from our veggie garden.

Today Totora students were making Gingerbread Men.

“The Hare & the Tortoise was the inspiration for a delicious day!”

By Keiana.

Link to: Totara Stationery List 2019