Thursday, 24 May 2018

Maths: Fence Post Problem

Today during maths we were to finish off tasks we did not finish either this week's tasks, or the previous weeks tasks. In this problem we needed to find out how many corner posts and regular posts would Savelina have to buy to enclose two adjacent paddocks. We found this task quite easy and hard at the same time because there were some bits that we struggled with, like writing a blurb in the DLO. Although in the end we solved it. We learnt a new word, adjacent. It means something or someone next to each other. For this activity, I worked with Fraidoon, Sanujan, and Ofa.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Maths: Money Problem

This week for maths we are busy finishing off work and posting it on our blog. For one of our maths task we were given a maths problem about salary. I worked collaboratively with Sanujan, Ofa and Julian. At first we were doubting each other of which answers we were right or wrong. Then we went over the maths problem with Ms Kirkpatrick. At the end we were all wrong but we learnt a lesson by Occam Razor that If there is no evidence to the contrary, the simplest answer is correct. In this problem we tried to add up all the big numbers without using the calculator and and after we've got our answers it turned out to be right. I think next time we need to agree with each others opinions.

Maths: Ways To Travel To School | Maths Problem

This week for maths, our task was to figure out this statistics problem. We found out that most primary students get to school is by car and most secondary student get to school by bus. After that we survey all the students in Ms Kirkpatrick's maths group. According to our survey most of the student in Ms Kirkpatrick's maths group get drop of school by car and the least amount of students come to school by bus. For this task I've decided to work collaboratively with Sanujan and Ofa.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Writing: Using Our Punctuation To Create A Conversation

This week for writing, our task was to create a fake iphone conversation using With this website, you can simply create a fake conversation. The reason why we did this was because we were going over our punctuation, and this would be a fun excersice. Once we had finished creating this, we were to write the conversation down in a story format. Meaning that after each sentence, whenever someone new began to speak, what they say will be on a new line. This was an individual task, but a really fun one.

"Hey Michael!" Karma exclaimed.
"Hey Karma." Michael replied.
"How are you man?" Karma asked.
"Good thank you, how about you?" Michael replied.
"Great! Do you want to hang out with Willis and I?" Karma questioned.
"Sure, when and where are we meeting?" Michael asked.
"Meet us at Central Park at 12:30." Karma informed.
"Ok, see you there." Michael said.
"Ok, seeya." Karma replied

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Maths: Mathematical Me

This week for maths, our task was to blog one of the pictures we had taken for week 1's Mathematical Me activity. The picture that I chose was Sanujan testing whether the width of my nose is the same width as one of my eyes. This turned out to be a true fact, and Sanujan and I found this really interesting considering that everyone else had been measuring from one edge of someones nose, to the point of the nose, and finishing on the other side. Although whenever someone measured this way, it would always be false. So when we realised this, we tried to measure the width from one side of my nose, under the point of my nose to the other side. Once we had tried this strategy, we found out that this was the correct way to compare the width of an eye to a nose, and that they measure at the same width.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Poetry: Two Day Wonder Re-written

This week we had yet another session of poetry. For this session of poetry we read the poem, Two Day Wonder, by David Hill. This poem shows the differences between feeling sick, and feeling well. This poem included a lot of words that quite a lot of people would never use when writing. So changes needed to be made. Our task was to re write the poem in our own words. Although the poem needed to compare going to school on a day of summer, comparing to going to school on a day of winter, and needed to include more sophisticated words. This was a collaborative task, so I worked with Fraidoon and Sanujan.

I struggle to wake up, as I resist to get out of my warm bed.
I was stuck in the rain yesterday, now I have a fever, and a boiling head.

I dawdle through the icy smooth floor, chuck on my uniform, and go to boil the kettle.
I felt like I slept for days, maybe I’ll even get a sleeping medal.

I chuck on my bag, and scurry my way out the door.
I need to get to school fast, because I make it back home at quarter past four!

I have half an hour left, so I need to run.
Although I forgot my lunch, looks like I need to purchase a cinnamon bun.

As I leapt out of my bed I hear the birds carolling and chirping away.    
The bright leaves rush and gush in the breeze as they sway.

The sun peered over me like it was just waiting to give me a hug.
I say hello, stride to the kitchen, and boil the jug.

I assemble and eat my breakfast, and prepare to brush my teeth.
I then walk outside, and put up the christmas wreath.

Then I kiss my mum goodbye and dash my way to school.

But I make sure to check my bag, because that’s the school day rule.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Inquiry: Making The Human Body

This week for inquiry, our task was to learn about the bone structure of a human, and how the skeletal system works. So as a fun activity for this, we were asked to play a small game where you would match all the bones together to make the human body. The best score that you could get was 26, so if you had to move bones more than 26 times, you wouldn't get a perfect score. I played the game a few times, and after many times accidentally clicking a bone without moving it, I finally got a perfect score.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Reading: Harry's War DLO's

This week for reading, we read the story Harry's War. We read this story with my reading group, and had a few DLO's to create. 1. A vocabulary DLO that showed all the new words in the story, 2. an Evaluating DLO that has what we learnt from the text, questions we have after reading, and what the text was about, 3. To create a DLO about the Bulford Kiwi, with different facts, and information about the Bulford Kiwi. For this activity, I worked with Sanujan, Joshua, Jericho, Mataio, Savelina, and Zane.

Inquiry: Mrs Gren DLO

This week for inquiry, our focus was on the human body. To learn about what a living thing needs, we read a short story named Mrs Gren. Mrs Gren is a simple story about an old lady who find everything to be a living thing, because it could more, or breath, or sense, or grow, or reproduce, or excrete, or eat. Mrs Gren is also an acronym. It is made up of Movement, Respiration, Senses, Grow, Reproduction, Excrete, and Nutrition. All the things a living thing needs, or can do. We were to make a DLO with a partner, that explained each word, and what they mean to the human body. If you do not understand one of the words, you can look at the DLO, which explains each one. For this activity I worked with Sanujan, and we had a lot of fun doing this activity.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Inquiry: Comparing Lung Capacity

This week for inquiry, our task was to compare our lung capacities. To compare the lung capacity of students in LS2, we used one breath to blow up a balloon, then we measured the circumference of the balloon. Then we could graph the results to compare them.

Maths: Age Problem

This week for maths, our task was an age problem. We were given a few hints, and then we needed to figure out each person's age. There were 5 characters, and we were only given one of their ages. For this task, we could either work with a partner, with the teacher, or by ourselves. For this task I chose to work by myself.  Once we had found our answers, we were to make a DLO that explained how we found the answer.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Writing: Reading and Re-Writing Nice Work | A Poem By Judith Nicholls

This week for writing, our focus was on a poem named Nice Work. Our tasks were: Read the poem, find 5 words that mean Nice, Find out what the joke in the poem was, Find out what literary device "As long as a string" is, and rewrite the poem with a different simple word. I started and finished this task just today, and had a lot of fun doing it. The word that I had replaced for NICE was BAD, I chose this word because this is another word that a junior would use, compared to words like WICKED.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Reading: The Unfinished Drink

This week for reading, we learnt about the story of Privet Ted (La Tour Mollet d'Auvergne). A poem written for Privet Ted was our main focus, because it told his story. We had two tasks to complete, 1 was to make a summary of the poem, and 2 was to create a DLO talking about Privet Ted's story. For both of these tasks, I worked with Sanujan, and we both decided to make a small animation for the DLO. This poem is both a sad, but happy poem. The sad part being Privet Ted never returning, but the happy part being him not forgotten. The full poem can be found midway through the animation if you want to read it yourself. Although unlike a real animation, this was done with a few different pictures, rather than over a hundred. In the end we think we did a great job, and that it turned out really well. Hopefully you think the same.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Inquiry: The Story Of Hineahuone

This week for inquiry, our task was to create a storyboard about the story of Hineahuone. This task was to be done with a partner, so for this task, my partner was Sanujan. Sanujan and I work really well together, so he was one of the obvious choices. Although before we could create a DLO, we first needed to sketchnote. Sketchnoting is when you take notes of a story or text by drawing simple pictures. You need to understand the basic parts of the story from only looking at the pictures. We did sketchnoting because it takes up less space on a sheet of paper, and is a fund and creative way to do something that people would find boring. Sanujan and I ended up loving this activity, and hope that we can both work on something like this again.

If you want to read the full story, then read from here down.

According to Maori legend, the world as we know it was formed when Tane Mahuta – the god of the forest – prised apart Ranginui, the father of the sky, and Papatuanuku, the mother of the earth. Afterwards, Tane Mahuta and his brothers slowly went about making all things on earth and in the sky. When they were done, they had created a dazzling and beautiful world, but there were no people to enjoy it.
Tane Mahuta went about convincing the gods that they should make a woman, who could then go on to have children. The gods agreed, so Tane Mahuta took red earth from Papatuanuku, and shaped it into the form of a woman. Impressed, Tawhiri Matea, god of the winds, whispered “take my breath. Give her life”. And so Tane Mahuta bent over the woman he had created, placed his nose against hers, and breathed deeply. Her chest moved, and she sneezed – “Tihei!” The gods were ecstatic, and together they gave her the gift of life – mauriora – and the first woman, Hineahuone, was made.

Today, the hongi is the traditional greeting of the Maori people. It is known as the ‘breath of life’, and is performed by pressing noses – just like Tane Mahuta did to breathe life into Hineahuone. This greeting makes the visitor at one with the tangata whenua, or hosts.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Reading: Memorial

This week for reading, our activity was to read a Sophisticated Picture Book named Memorial. As story written by Gary Crew, and Illustrated by Shaun Tan. We were asked to make a presentation with a partner that had multiple slides, each with something different. We were then to choose one of those slides to post on our blog, with a link to the original full presentation Here. On the slideshow, you can see a heading that explains what subject of the story we are talking about. For this activity I worked with Sanujan. I chose him because we work really well together, and manage to come up with the same ideas.

Chosen Slide:

Friday, 13 April 2018

Tech: Sanding My Pewter Design | Pewter Casting

This week at tech, we continued sanding our pewter designs. This week was the best week for me, as I got through 3 different design states. Now I am up to the point where I sand my design with a 1200 grit piece of sandpaper, with water, to get rid of all of the dust on the pewter. I made a DLO (Digital Learning Object) to explain two things. What I managed to complete that day, and what I have to do next time. I had a little bit of time before I had to post it, so I drew a picture as well to show what I had done.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Maths: How To Use A Protractor DLO

This week for maths, one of our tasks was to create a DLO that explained the basic parts of a protractor, and how you use one. It needed to have a detailed explanation, and if we wanted, a picture showing how a protractor works. This was an individual task that wasn't to challenging. As long as we understood how to use a protractor, then it was simple to explain. This activity took me around half an hour to complete, and compared to my other DLO's, it's a lot more blank. Although it turned out quite well in the end.

Reading: A Summary On All Te Tiriti Texts

For reading for the past couple of weeks, Mrs Anderson's groups have been reading short texts on the Treaty of Waitangi. While reading these texts, Sanujan and I have been making summaries on these texts, while adding in our own drawn pictures of scenarios in the stories. Although for the 5th and final text, Sanujan and I not only summarised this text, but instead all of the texts in one big summary. To make this summary, we first found a bunch of key parts of the story, and redrew the parts ourselves. We spend roughly 2/3 weeks creating this, and it was definitely a hard task. In the end Mrs Anderson loved the summary, and the pictures too. So she decided to print and laminate it, and put it on the wall.

Filming In A Someday Workshop

This week on Tuesday, I wasn't at school. Although it was for a good reason. I didn't arrive at school, because I instead went to Mount Smart Stadium to make movies in a Outlook For Someday Workshop. In this workshop, we would learn new tips and tricks on film making, and would make our own short films. The day started off with getting into groups of 4 or 5, and move to a new room. In this room every person would chose a card with a picture on the floor. We would then move to a table, and explain to our group what movie idea we got from that image. The care I had chosen was Asking For Help. The idea that I came up with from this card was about a child with dyslexia who struggles with learning. Because of this he is lonely when eating, and gets made fun of. It was to my surprise that this became our groups movie idea. Keep in mind that these were random people who signed up to the workshop like me, so I had to make new friends. Which is definitely something that I struggle to do. Although the people I worked with ended up to be really nice people. There was Emily, Faith, Lucy, Malinda and I all in one group. Having 2 hours to film, edit and voice record an entire movie. It was a tough challenge, but we all had a fun experience. In the very end we watched through everyone's movies, and in our opinion, we did the best. I didn't get any of the footage in the end, or the planning for that matter so I cannot show you the movie.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Reading: Grey Angles

This week for reading, our challenge to complete in time was all about ANZAC day, and World War 1. Everyone in Mrs Anderson's reading group was split into four groups, and each group would be reading a different story about World War 1. The story that my group and I read was a story named Grey Angles. This story explained the job of World War 1 nurses, and how they felt. What we did after reading this story was go through a series of activities that related to the story We would then complete these activities with a partner, although some activities had to be done with the whole group. This included making a DLO, and making a summary.

Keywords: All keywords in Summary will be highlighted in yellow
Nurse/s, World War 1, Sick, Injured, Edna Pengelly, Treated

This text talked about the Nurses that Treated Sick and Injured World War 1 soldiers. It also shared World War 1 Nurse Edna Pengally’s story. It talks about what operations Edna was a part of, and how she felt during her working hours. Edna Pengelly was born on the 5th July 1874, and died on the 20th August 1959. It explains that patients would be Treated in tents, Hospital ships, and even trains! There was a part of the text that explained shell shock, and it’s symptoms.  

Maths: Finding Angles With A Protractor

This week for maths, our task was to complete a sheet of paper with multiple angles on it. We were to use a protractor to find these angles, and check our answers with a buddy. Then we were asked to make a DLO showing our work, which explained how we got our answers. For this activity I worked with Alex and Nyjah, and had Alex check my sheet of paper.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Reading: Making A Kahoot

This week for reading, Mrs Anderson though of an amazing idea. This idea was to each make a kahoot about the Treaty Of Waitangi with a group, and present it to the rest of the class. is an amazing website that allows to create, and play awesome quizzes for free. You can play these quizzes with anyone, without having to pay for the site. Anyone can make a quiz, and getting first place against everyone else is the best feeling of the site. For this activity, I worked with Sanujan, Joseph, Jeremiah, and Mataio. Luckily when playing other people's quizzes, Joseph and I both got a first place victory. This was an awesome activity, and seeing everyone's quizzes was even more awesome.

If you would also like to play our kahoot, you can click this link to play with friends: Kahoot

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Maths: Finding The Missing Angles | Week 8

This week for maths, we were asked to fill out a sheet of paper.. This paper contained multiple angle problems, that we needed to fill out. These were triangle problems, including different varieties of triangles. From equilateral, to isosceles, to right / left angled triangles. What we were asked to do, was examine each triangle, and find out what other angles are left out. There are a lot more details in my DLO, so if you want to know more, you can take a look at that.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Assembly: Duffy Assembly | Getting Our Books

Today, we had our first Duffy assembly of the year. A Duffy assembly, is like a normal assembly, but instead, there would be two representatives from Duffy, that would talk about their life story that all started because of reading. They would then present our Duffy books that we selected at the start of the term. We all chose 4 books, and we would explain which books we wanted in order of how much we wanted to read them. We would then get 2 of those books at the assembly. We chose 4 books, just in case if Mainfreight (The ones who give us the books) run out of stock for the specific book. The 2 books that I received was Wandmakers Apprentice, and Amulet The Stonekeeper. The Amulet series is one of my favourite series of all time, so i'm glad that the series was an option. Although Wandmakers is a new series to me, in which I have never read a Wandmaker story. We all thank Mainfreight for giving these books to us, and we will all enjoy reading.

Writing: 5 - 7 - 10 Writing | Week 8 | The Tunnel

This week for writing, we were asked to write a description for our 5 - 7 - 10 Writing. 5 - 7 - 10 Writing is when you write as much as you possibly can for 5 minutes. Then you would talk about your story to a friend, and read your story to them. You would do this for 7 minutes. Finally, you would edit, and complete your story in 10 minutes, and have it shown to your teacher. Although unlike last times 5 - 7 - 10 writing, we were to write a setting description, rather than a character description. Our subject of this weeks 5 - 7 - 10 was The Tunnel. Which showed a picture of a tunnel  formed by trees in a forest. This was an awesome subject to write about, giving me the perfect opportunity to add in a lot of words that I would never use of a daily bases. Using words like perambulate, rather than walk. This let me write and an epic setting description about the tunnel.


The Tunnel

I see the dark, oak wood trees surround me. There are bushes, expanding around the
trees, and stumps of the forest foreground. The trees curling around the corner of a large
rock, blocking my perspective of the sun. The rough edges of the rock, smoothing the
closer I get. The grass swirling around each tree, growing longer and longer, by the
second. Broken branches then start to heal, growing faster than a cheetah running across
a long, blank, grassy field. “This is a mysterious place,” I say to myself. I then see the
trees arc into a circular formation, forming a tunnel for me to stride through. The tunnel
advanced for a very long time, as if the tail of the tunnel was getting smaller and smaller.
The tunnel then goes dark, as a silence fills the forest. Then the tunnel suddenly brightens
up, and there is a visible door at the very end, with nothing to provide information for
what may be on the other side.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Inquiry: Researching Stephen Hawking

This week for Inquiry, we were asked to make a DLO in a group of 3 or 4 on Professor Stephen Hawking. We were given a set list of questions to answer, and put onto our DLO. They were, who was he, what did he do, what made him famous, what is motor neuron disease, 3 or more facts, what qualities he had, what a physicist is, and how Stephen Hawking's computer functioned. I did this activity with Sanujan, Julian and Alex, and we all had a fair share of work done. Sanujan and I also had quite a bit of fun with this activity, so what we did was draw Professor Stephen Hawking, in the Simpsons art style. We did this because Stephen Hawking has appeared in a Simpson episode.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Maths: Ordering Decimals From Smallest To Biggest

As a part of our maths this week, we were challenged to order a set of decimal numbers from smallest to biggest. The numbers were written on the board, and we needed to transfer them to our books in order. We then were to make a DLO showing our answers. To make this DLO, I worked with Sanujan, and we got it done in a really small amount of time.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Writing: 5 - 7 - 10 Writing | The Greatest Library In History

This week for writing, we again did 5 - 7 - 10 writing. 5 minutes to write as much as you can, 7 minutes to talk about your story to a partners, and 10 minutes to edit, and finish the story. Although, to add a twist to it, we needed to use this time to write a character description. We were given a set prompt, and today's prompt, was about the greatest library. I loved this prompt, because it sparked my imagination, and let me write an awesome story.

The Greatest Library In History

Melissa sets foot into the library, that she had heard great comments about, from her
friends. She lives just across the street from this library, and has wanted to go. The only
thing that was restricting her from going, was that she could only go with her mum or dad,
who both work 24/7. Although, today Melissa’s mum got the day off, and agreed to take
her for half an hour.

Melissa grabs a book, and flicks across the pages as her imagination kicks in. She looks
back at the pages, and reads: The beautiful princess stumbles across a small cottage, and
meets Gumbo, the gumball. Melissa looks back up from the pages, and sees a purple
gumball, waving his hand.

Melissa turns her head, to see a lolly path, leading to a chocolate fountain. She says
goodbye to Gumbo, and skips her way to heaven, only to hear her mum call her name.

Melissa then closes the book, and this magical wonderland, then transforms back into the
library. “Thank you for taking me to the library mum, it was the best day ever.” Melissa

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Maths: Scooter Quest

Today I played a small game about rounding decimal numbers. This game can be found through This Link, so if you want to play the game yourself, you can just click on the link. What you have to do in this game, is deliver news papers to houses. You have to take the correct newspaper, to the correct house, and the way you can know, is by answering the question below. There are 5 houses, each with an answer. Only one of the answers are correct, and you have to make the choice. There are multiple types of questions, from rounding a number to the nearest whole, the nearest tenth, the nearest hundredth, and the nearest thousandth. To make a more specific blog post, I also timed my game play to show in my post.

Time: 3:48.72

Maths: Creating 3 Maths Problems

This week for maths, our task was to come up with 3 maths problems. Although, we needed to create these problems with a pair, and these problem needed to be about 4 different times, for the 2010, and 2014 Giant Slalom times. We then needed to present our problems to another pair, and answer their question. Mataio and I showed, and answered with Jeremiah, and Tiava. When checking Jeremiah and Tiava's problems, we luckily got them all right. Although when having our problems checked, they also got them alright. Which must've meant that they weren't hard enough. Once checked, we then were to choose one of the other pairs problems, and make a DLO on it, including our answer, and results. I enjoyed this activity a lot, and being able to present my work to others.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Writing: Creating A Character Description

This week for writing, we were asked to write a character description. Although, we first needed to chose a prompt. We could either do it on a magician, who can make things levitate, or on a boy who is lost in the forest. Although, I chose to do it on the boy, because I love suspense and adventure, and I can't think of many situations about a magician. I included 2 characters in this description, the boy (Who the description was about), and Jessica (The side character). The main points of the description, is that the boy is lost, and Jessica stumbles across him. She helps the child find the trail, and the rest is left as a cliff hanger. I had a lot of fun writing about this prompt, and I love writing stories about being lost in a forest.

Lost In The Forest

Jessica has stumbled across a small child, while hiking in the forest. She thinks that he is lost. Jessica is quite a far distance from him, and she doesn't think he notices her. Jessica can see him pulling out his map, so she must be correct. Jessica walks over to the child, and simply asks, “Are you lost?’’ He nodded his head, and explained that he lost his family, and the trail. Jessica looked at his map, and told him that he was reading it upside down. She pointed to where the trail was on the map, and then took a look at him. He had brown hair, a white shirt, and a few backpacks on the ground. He looked to be around 12 years old, maybe even 13 or older. Jessica looked up to be greeted by a tiny sign hammered to the ground: Trail Straight Ahead.

She told the kid to go back to the trail, and to keep an eye on where he’s going. He then hurried his way back, thanking Jessica before he left.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Agents Of Change: Setting Up Our 2018 Goal

This week, we wrote our 2018 goal. To help us set goals, we looked at how we could become agents of change in our own 2018 learning journey. Everyone was asked to do this, and everyone had their picture taken next to the P.B.S Agents Of Change sign. We were asked to also make a DLO, showing us next to the sign, and with a box including our goals. My goal, in exact detail is, one way I could become an agent of change, would be helping others more often. By not only focusing on my work, but helping others with theirs. A lot of people don’t understand their work, or where to start, and there may be times where I am that person. My point is, people are in need of help, but can’t always get that help from a teacher. So I am willing to throughout the year, make sure my peers aren’t in need of my help, and if they are, that I can get them the help they need. Although, to make my DLO stand out even more, I wanted to illustrate an image, showing how I could address myself, for someone who needs help. I had a lot of fun creating this DLO, and writing a goal. I will try my best to stick to this goal, and will still continue even after school.

Tech: Pewter Casting | Third Session

Today, we had our third session of Pewter Casting in Tech. This session was all about getting our moulds ready, and cutting them out. But before we could do any of that, we needed to choose a design. I did not make a post about the previous tech session, but it is simple to explain. We needed to choose our 16 designs, and make the decision of who we're making it for, and what we're making. I chose to make a pewter dolphin for my mum, and I think that I'm off to a good start. Just today, I started my cut out of the dolphin, and now only need to cut out the fins, and nose. I then needed to have the pewter melted into a liquid, where it could then be poured into my mould. The next couple of weeks would then consist of polishing, and filing the finishing product. Where it could then be taken home, and given to the recipient, (In this case, my mum).

The Design I Chose

Maths: Building Blocks Math Problem

This week for maths, we had another problem to solve. It was, Penny finds her old childhood building blocks. She wants a tidy box to store them in. There are 100 2cm blocks and she needs to construct a rectangular cuboid in order to most easily fit the box into her wardrobe. In her technology class, she saves costs by constructing an open wooden box using the least amount of wood. What are the dimensions of her box that holds all 100 cubes? For this activity, we could either work with a partner, or by ourselves. And because I know that I would struggle on my own, I worked on this with Fraidoon. A lot of people had different way s to figure this out, but I think that Fraidoon and I had one of the most unique ways. All of the working out, and our answer can be found in the DLO, including a picture, showing what we did to start.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Screencastify: Blogpost Analysis

Last week, Sanujan, Ofa, and I made a video presenting our blogpost analysis. This blogpost analysis showed how many blogposts we had posted each year, with a little description about why we had a certain amount of blogposts. Everyone made a blogpost analysis, but Mrs Anderson came to us three, asking us whether we would enjoy making a video talking about our work. We accepted the challenge, and got right to writing scripts. We then were to record it. We used Screencastify, and recorded us reading our scripts. It was a lot of fun, but after this, was the better part. We next needed to edit it. So Sanujan and I took that role. What I did was edit the video, with Sanujan by my side, giving possible ideas, which actually turned out to be good ones. He also looked up a few videos, finding out how to blue screen in iMovie, as I downloaded the scenes. I really liked making this video. I got to spend a lot of time with Sanujan, and learnt quite a few things about editing.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Inquiry: P.B.S & Winter Olympics Venn Diagram

This week for inquiry, we were asked to make a Venn Diagram, comparing the differences and similarities of Panmure Bridge School, and the 2018 Winter Olympics. For this activity, I worked with Sanujan, Nickaela, and Brooklyn. I learnt a lot from this activity, the biggest thing being that Panmure Bridge School, and the Olympics share some of the same values! This was surprising, but a great new fact that I had just learnt. A Venn Diagram for anyone who doesn't know, are 2 circles put together, to form 3 sections. The 2 outer sections are the differences between 2 subjects, while the centre is the similarities.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Writing: Chinese New Year | Explanation

This week for writing, our activity was to write an explanation about Chinese New Year. Specifically, how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Although, we were also allowed to write an explanation about a Chinese New Year topic of our own. This was a paired challenge, where you had to work with someone in a different group. So I chose to work with Jonathan. We wrote an explanation on 'How Chinese New Year Began'. An easy topic to settle on, while still including a lot of information to add in. Although, before we could start writing, we needed to plan. We watched a YouTube clip and made notes. We would then with our partner, find more information on our own, just so that we have engough information before we started. Jonathan wrote the explanation and I helped him by asking questions and adding detail to his ideas. After we finished we paired up with another group and gave each other feedback and feed forward.

How Did Chinese New Year Begin?

Chinese New Year is a global celebration, celebrated by millions of people. How did this
greatly celebrated tradition start?

It all began a long time ago, when Nian, a Chinese monster first started attacking villages.
Nian started his or her attack on a small village, scaring the people away, and eating the
animals. This disturbance continued for the next few years, until a wise old man let out the
monsters secret. He began to tell the people about the monsters fears. “Nian can only be
scared by fire, loud noises, and the colour red.”

The people of the village were in awe. They ended up believing the old man, and began to
plan their strategy. The next time the monster arrived, they began to stand up, and light
their flames, and bang on the drums. They wore the colour red, waving red flags at Nian.
Nian was shocked, Nian began to run away, never to return again. The old man was right,
and ever since, Nian had never been seen.

The people began to celebrate their victory. With food, parades, and a lantern festival.
Every year, Chinese New Year will be represented by a new animal. The 12 animals are a
rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, hen, dog, and pig. Legend has it,
that there was a race between the 12 animals. The winning animals become a
representative of the  Chinese New Year. The following places becoming representatives
for the following Chinese New Years.

Chinese New Year animals are a way to show personality. Depending on the year you
were born, the animal chosen that same year would be the animal you represent.

Jack and Jonathan

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Maths: Elective Maths

This week for maths, our activity was about solving problems. This weeks problem was about elecives. It was about finding the amount of people in each elective group. There were 6 to find, but we also needed to figure out how many people had left the school to go to an inter school sports competition. So we needed to change the amount of kids who are left at school to get the correct answers. We then needed to make a DLO showing how we got our answers, and showing our answers. This activity could either be done individually, or with a partner or group. This time, I worked with Carl, and it was a really challenging activity, but on the other hand, really fun to work out. It took Carl and I roughly half an hour to get our answer, and once checked, we found that we got all of our answers and working out correct. All of our working out can be found in the DLO, including the problem as well.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Care Awards: Silver Respect | Getting My Badge

Today at assembly, I got my silver respect badge. To get this badge, I needed to do 5 different activities, and have them checked by a student leader, a teacher, and finally Mr Johnston. Once checked off by a teacher and leader, I needed to book an appointment with Mr Johnston, and explain all of what I did to him. I then needed to wait until assembly, to get my badge, and have my photo taken.

Tech: Pewter Casting | First Session

Today, we had our first session of tech. For tech this term as year 7's, our focus was on Pewter Casting. Pewter, is a type of metal, that can bend easily when thin. It can be melted into a liquid form in about only 1 minute, and dries in about 5. What we did for this tech session, was to think of designs to make a cast out of, and give to someone we respected. We were also given a demonstration by our tech teacher, Mr Grunden. Mr Grunden is a cool teacher, he informs us about what to do, and adds in quite a few jokes when doing so. I really liked this first session, although we didn't do much, it was still fun and exciting to see the pewter casting method in action.

Summer Learning Journey: Prize Annunciation

Today in assembly, Rachel and a friend from the NEXT Foundation, presented the Summer Learning Journey awards, and certificates. This Summer Learning Journey had a lot of participants, and award
recipients, and it also had a lot of challenges and comments. Because of the amount people entering the competition, there were a lot of winners. This time, there were 4 winners! The winners this time were Alex and Mele, both in first, Ofa in second, and Marieta in third. As well as that, there were also spot prizes to top it. So there were over 50 participants, 4 winners, and 3 spot prizes! We all want to thank Rachel, and the rest of the Summer Learning Journey team, and also the NEXT Foundation, for providing us with cool NEXT Foundation T-shirts, for the winners to wear.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Maths: 2014 Auckland Marathon Math

This week for maths, we had to complete 2 hard and easy math problems. These 2 problems were about the 2014 Auckland Marathon, and our goal, was to find the time differences between the winner, and the average runner. The first problem, wasn't too challenging. Although the second problem had some problems. Firstly, the seconds were different from each other, so our math concluded of borrowing, and negative numbers. The way we solved the math is in a DLO, so it isn't necessary to explain what we did to figure it out. For this activity, I worked with Alex, and Julian, and got our worked checked by Ms Kirkpatrick.

Reading: Making A Summary On The Pathway

This week for reading, our must do was to read, and make a summary of the book, The Pathway. This book was about the inequality of Maori people, compared to the British. It talks about how no law was set in place, and the unfairness of currency trade of the Maori's land. We needed to read this story with a group, and write down a list of vocabulary words that we found crucially important. We then needed to choose 6 of those words, which could sum up the story with a couple of sentences. We then needed to as a group, write a summary of the story, with those 6 words, and make a DLO out of it. For the DLO, I worked on it with Sanujan. We both loved the concept of this activity, and enjoyed creating our own Maori Cheif, and a can of nails.

Kiwi Can: Our First Session

Today, we had our first Kiwi Can session. This term, our focus on Kiwi Can is encouragement. Specifically, encouraging our peers. Our teachers this term, are Lilly, and Matt, two great Kiwi Can leaders. Because this was the first Kiwi Can of the year, of course we needed to introduce ourselves. So individually, one by one, we announced our name, and a hobby that we enjoy out of school. Once that was out of the way, we got into our energiser. What we had done for this, was a game called, "Change Places If..." The rules are simple, everyone stands in a circle, with one person in the middle, and that person will then say the name of the game, followed by an action. For example, "Change places if you brushed your teeth today!" Once said, everyone who had done that, would move to a new position. If you are the last one to move, you go to the middle of the circle. Then it's your turn to say the name of the game. We then talked a little bit about encouragement, and explained how to play the next game. This game was called 10 Second Tag. For this, get into 2 teams, and put bibs on to show what team you're in. One team has a ball, and then other team has to run. If you have a ball in your hand, you can move your feet. The only thing you can do, is pass the ball, and tag the other team with the ball. If you are tagged, you are out. The game goes on for ten slow seconds, and by the end, you count how many people were tagged. Then switch over, and play again. Whatever team has the most eliminations, wins. I really liked this weeks Kiwi Can session, we learnt a lot about encouragement, but had a lot of fun at the same time. Hopefully next week is even better.

Writing: Making An Explanation About Our Morning Routines

This week for writing, we needed to write an explanation. This explanation needed to be either of our morning routine, or our experience of walking to school. For this activity, I chose to do it on my morning routine instead, because my 30 minute long walk to school wouldn't make an interesting text. This explanation needed to consist of 5 different parts. An introduction, 3 paragraphs, and a conclusion.

My Morning Routine

Key Points:
  • Wake Up

  • Make Breakfast

  • Prepare Everything

Each morning, I have to prepare myself for school. When doing so, I have quite a few things to do before I leave.

Firstly, I wake up, and get dressed. I then make my bed, put deodorant on, and make sure my computer is charged for the day. After checking, I refill the kettle, and start boiling some water. While it is boiling, I brush my hair, and wash my face. Although I don’t shower in the morning, I’ve just grown up showering at night before I go to sleep.

Once I’ve finished washing my face and brushing my hair, I then head into the kitchen, and make breakfast. After breakfast, I go to the toilet, and brush my teeth. After that, I put on my shoes. Before I leave, I first do the dishes, and hang the wet tea towels up on the line. I would then wait until 8:00 to leave.

If it isn’t 8:00 already, I check to see if I have everything I need to bring, or to do, and then lay down and wait until I have to leave.

Finally, once it is 8:00, I leave to walk to school. Then my morning routine is done, and my day begins.