Thursday, 10 December 2015


For Inquiry we had different choices . In Joy's inquiry we did some gardening and science it was fun.

What did you accomplish? We made the garden behind the library much more pretty.

Why did you chose Joy's inquiry? I chose Joy's because I enjoy science and I would have time to work on the enviroteers project.

How will your inquiry impact the future? All classes will have their own garden and a more beautiful spot to do things in.

Sunday, 6 December 2015


What I did for writing was cinquains and Free Verse free verse is a poem with no rules and a cinquain has 2 syllables then 4 syllables then 6 syllables the 8 syllables then some ting describing the first line. We had to design a slide to go in a sort of poutama magazine.

I think my poems are the best I have done and I have definitely thought outside of the box with using topics no one else thought of.

Date of Origin

  • Why do you think the author kept back till now the information about the role that Rezza’s father played in searching for ways to overthrow the Guards? (Pg.96) because the information might have been dangerous to anybody who knew it so he kept to himself
  • Serge is revealed as a spy for the Guards by his glowing fingernail. (Pg.104) Did you predict this? Why? Why not? What signs have there been? He was much too edgy and I saw that he was spying but I only suspected it then the fingernail gave him away.
  • Why do you think the cake tin is so important in the battle to overcome the Guards? because the cake tin probably has some sort of chemical or explosive element that is set off by the guards molecular structure, maybe.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Date of Origin

Rezza compares life in the city to life at the cabin. (Pg.88) Why do you think the author makes this comparision? To show how Rezza doesn't like the city and how different it is.
Will talks to the elders about how “Tomorrow’s going to be … a perfect dsy for the big party.” (Pg.91) What makes Rezza suspect Will is making up stories about a party? Maybe she suspects there is a hole in Will's story(Pg.94)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


For writing this term we have been doing poetry with troy. My story is about getting an eyelash stuck in your eye.

I blink, I regret

I can feel it grinning, giggling

Pure torture

Rub Rub Rub

Still there

now there's two


I blink, I regret


The only sense I used was touch because you cant smell an eyelash, you cant see an eyelash, you cant taste an eyelash and you cant hear an eyelash.

I used things like rub rub rub, I repeated some things like I blink, I regret.

Next time I will use more onomatopoeia and make it longer.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Date of Origin

  • What connections do you think the author wants you to make to phrases such as “herded into transit wagons and transported to camps”? (Pg.46) I think the author is writing it and relating it to WW2
  • How do you think Kesai feels about her future as her Date of Origin approaches? How would you respond if you were in that situation? I would join the rebels and beat the gaurds quickly so my date of origin doesn't come.
  • What do you think happens when people turn into Aggers and are programmed to work in the mugatyl industry? I think because of their little barcode thing it would take over the brain and go straight to a guard outpost so the guard would transform you

  • What questions do you have about the book from what you have read so far? How did the guards take over so quickly and why didnt earths defences like launch a nuclear missile at the guards?

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Self Directed Learner

I think I am a Self Directed learner because I can do all of the things in self managing
The goal that I am currently working on is "Having a sense of urgency"
The things I need to do to achieve this goal are move faster, get more work done, be more serious about my learning and get faster at doing my work.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Reading Follow-Up

  • “Rezza knew her life was harsh and the Aggers lives weren’t much better, but at least everyone knew their place.” How do you think people’s acceptance of their place in life plays in the hands of people who have power? 
The guards would have total control because nobody wants to challenge them, they all know their place.

  • When the rebels blew up the mugatyl pipeline, Boyd said “How satisfied the rebels must be.” (Pg 41) What can you make about Boyd’s view of the rebel activity after making this statement?
She thinks the rebels will be happy their operation had succeeded. I also think Boyd is in favour of the rebels

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Pre Reading Task and Prediction

Cover: I think the guards may be angry and since they look so futuristic I would assume that they are in the future. I am curious to know who is in the wrong is it the girl or the robots chasing her? I wonder what a date of origin is.

Blurb: Well it turns out that it is in the present times, I wonder why they have weird names normaly people don't name their child Boyd. I wonder how the guards came to rule the world, I wonder what an agger. I think the rebels are going to blow up the guards. #EXPLOSION

Title: Date of Origin is a strange title that does not let you know much but it definitely hooked me in!

Prediction: I think the story will be set in a city because of the alleyways also there will be not much food which is why they hunt but a robot dog is pretty cool, I suspect that Rezza will encounter emotional problems like having one of the main characters taken by the guards.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Maori Portfolio Sample

Description: On Monday we do Maori work our task was to make a poster that had the Maori body parts then we turned the poster into a movie Mitchell and I chose to use puppet pals.

Big Idea: We had the English words and the translation in Maori

Feedback:I think you did a really good time you could put more body parts in.

Evaluation: I think our movie was great I liked how we used different voices but we could have made it longer.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Passion Project Term 3

Every Thursday we have passion projects dram or pop art. I am doing passion project with Suzanne I started with pop art then moved to passion project. My passion project is the Enviroteers the Enviroteers are group consisting of 3 leaders and a child from almost every classroom the children from the classes report what we discussed at the meeting. So far we are taking out the rubbish bins for a week, handing out notices, cleaning up and raising awareness. Pop Art with Kate is where we had to find a picture then turn it into a stencil then copy it four times then paint it with clashing colours.

Big Idea: we hope to see the school as an eco friendly school with little to no rubbish.

Feedback/Feedforward: I think you have done well with almost whole thing you are changing lots of people in the school and there's a lot less rubbish around the school I think you could work on getting your team more on to it.-Thomas

Evaluation: My group and I worked well together but we need to be more on to it.

Maths Sample

For Maths we had two tasks where we had to show two strategys for each one.

Big Idea: We are learning to use more strategys and work with decimals.

Feedback/Feedforward: I think you did well on explaining it. Next time you could make some of the words or numbers clearer.

Evaluation:I definitely think I improved on my handwriting but should have taken a shorter amount of time to get them done.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Writing Sample

Description: For writing this term our task was to write story and get inspiration from the picture below. since Mitchell and I had already started a story so we continued it with the new twist.

Big Idea: My goal is to add more detail to my sentences. I learnt how well I can work with someone.

Feedback/Feedforward:I like how you have explained your evaluation and your description. Next time you could add a little bit more to your big idea.

Evaluation: I think I did well on the story and on my goal but I think a little more detail would have been good next time I will work by myself so I can get better even more.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Production: Wearable Art

For production this year our overall theme is Life. We are all split into 3 different groups. I am in Elements with Troy, my other options were Heroes and Villains with Rebecca or Out of Africa with Kate. In elements we had to choose out of four elements what we wanted to do, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. I am doing water.

Here is my mood board. 
Feedback/Feedforward: i really like your thinking your thinking out of the box i like your cultural thinking. But you need to use other patterns like fizz and Pisaz. nice work. -Jett

So far what I have done is at home I have been making an old man mask to show that the sea (my conscript is the sea now) is really old I will also spray paint popcorn to demonstrate coral. I have completed the end of my trident and have found some cardboard tubes to stick it onto.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Reverse it Up

For literacy we have 9 tasks called tic tac toes. We are all sorted into two groups questioning and summarizing I am in questioning. For this task we had name atleast 10 things a computer can't do.



3)Feed you 

4)Fly by itself

5)Contract disease

6)Function without energy

7)Grow facial hair

8)Swim freestyle

9)Be bowling ball

10)Float by itself

11)Be a dentist

12)survive lava

13)Have earwax

14)Be a pirate


15)Grow a monobrow

16)Play sport

17)Commit suicide

18)Physically knit

19)Build a house

20)Physically Use a computer

21)Physically use a bathroom 

22)Physically read a book

23)Physically Evacuate the building

24)Grow a ponytail

25)Physically cause global warming

26)Use a porta potty

27)Physically play the saxophone

Big Idea: We are learning to question the text this task helps us because we are questioning the computers abilities.

Feedback: I really like how you have explained everything and the fact that you have done more than the 20.-William
Feedfoward I really like how you have 27 things but since you are so close to 30 try go for 30.

Evaluation: I did well with my creative ideas but I probably could have had more on the list also I needed to put myself in the learning pit more.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Rags to Riches

For one of our tic tac toe activities we had to do Rags to Riches which is where you are on a fake game show and you must guess the summary that goes with the short story.


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Science Food Web

Every Thursday we meet with our science group my one is with Troy our task was to show our findings on a food web I chose the Arctic.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

ET Reo Reflection

ET Reo is a thing we do in the afternoon on Mondays at the moment we learn about lunch box te reo which is all the things in our lunch box translated into maori.

The task was to create A video showing that we liked or disliked some food, I was successful because the video had all the things we needed.

Feedback: I really like how you have pretended you where the which and also how you have pronounced the words.

Feedforward:Next time you could add more detail to your description and big idea

Evaluation: I think we could have made it a little longer but at least we did all of the things that were required.

Maths Portfolio Sample

For math we had to solve the questions on the sheet below. But for stage 6 we had to show two ways to make the question work.

Evaluation: I think I did well on my maths it took me a while to get the hang of itbut in the end I got there I am most proud of my persistence.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Writing Portfolio Sample

For writing we watched a video about a mouse that gets rejected and the finds an owner and our task was to write something similar, vaguely similar or the same. My story is about a cat. whatever my cat dreams it comes true. My goal is to write complex sentences. We had to put highlight the complex sentences red so they would stand out.

Big Idea: Here is fantastico story.

Feedback/Feedforward: I really like your story but I agree with you. You did go through lots of events pretty fast but it was really nice to read well done.- Mitchell

Evaluation: I think my story was very good but I skipped through lots of events so I need to babble on a bit more.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Reading Portfolio Sample

My Goal in Reading is Comprehension. In Reading we have been going to workshops based on our goal. We did a star test at the start of last term and from that we chose our goal either reading Comprehsion or expanding vocabulary. Comprehension or Expanding Vocabulary. We have 2 Workshops a week for half a hour. We also have one Gym session which goes for one hour. There are two hours a day and 3 days for a week. When we don't have a workshop or Gym we do a tic tac toe activity.

Success Criteria:
- Text to Text When you make a Text to Text connection you relate two bits of text together
- Text to Self  is where you make a connection that is in the story and in the story
- Text to World When you make a Text to World connection you relate something in the text to something that's happened in the world

Evaluation: I think I did quite well choosing my words carefully and my drawing totally RAD!!

Feedback: I really like how you added lot of information to everything. -Mitchell

Feedforward: Next time you could work on making the picture more easy to read.-Mitchell

Science Portfolio Sample

Every Thursday we have science when we started we had three tasters Suzanne, ebony and Troy. The digestive system Animal Adaptations and Food Chains. After the tasters we chose our first and second choice of what we would stick with for the rest of the term I chose troy and the food chains for my first and the digestive system with Suzanne for my second I got my first choice!


A couple of weeks ago we made a poster to display how the food in our lunch box was made I did an extra thing in my lunch... THE SPOON I think spoons are very important, we found out that no matter what everything came back to the sun.

Evaluation: I think my lines are pretty clear and my pictures well I am especially fond of the cows I drew the yogurt I think it is well placed but I think I can do better with lines and making them more tidy.

Feedback: I really like how you added lots of detail to your description.

Feedforward: Next time you could make your pictures bigger and your words bigger on your poster.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Catch Me If You Can- Defense

Every week we learn about skills and movement that will help us play sports. This term’s focus has been around defence. We made a video showing some of the goals we have been practicing. I have highlighted the thing I think I have done well YELLOW and one thing I would like to work on PINK.

WALT: Defensive skills and movements
Success Criteria:
Body Movement
  • Weight on balls of feet
  • Feet shoulder width apart
  • Knees flexed
  • Concentration and eyes on ball, head and eyes up
  • Push hard off outside foot and go forwards to attack pass
  • Quick small feet, stay on balls of feet
  • Arms within confines of body
  • Take feet to ball
  • Land with a SBP
  • Body angled to see player and ball
  • Anticipate pass and player movement
Restrictive Marking
  • Meet player as they start towards the ball/where they want to go
  • stay close to the attacking player
  • Head and eyes up, arms close to body to avoid obstruction/contact
  • Angle body so attacking player is ‘pushed’ away from where he/she wants to go
  • 0.9m from ball carrier

I think I did quite well because I was reacting fast and stopping the ball but I still have to work on catching the ball instead of pushing it out of the way.

Feedback/Feedforward: I think you really well because you where reacting for the ball but you can do better-Fergus

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Discovery Time

Today we did discovery time, I did the lego it was fun I made a gun I was never happy with my gun I wanted it to be able to shoot so I made it shoot rubber bands I got the inspiration from the catapult group I made sure it worked in one of my designs I had a safety switch as well.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Blockers and Drivers

This is my poster for all my blockers and drivers.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Te Ahu a Turanga Noho Marae

Description:  In week 7, we had an overnight stay at the local Marae in Woodville.  We were immersed in Maori culture and participated in a range of activities.  We set two goals to focus on during our stay.

Big Idea:  
1.  Did you achieve your goals? I think I did How do you know? Nobody got cranky with me and I was satisfied with my effort

2.  What are you most proud of from the marae stay and why? Telling my amazing story to everyone and hearing them laugh with me 

3.  What challenged you the most and why? The gorge walk because it dragged on and on and on and on and on and my legs "broke" and it was to steep.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Maths Symmetry

In Maths we have been learning about symmetry. Our task was to make a poster or a educreation or a show me telling our audience about the four different triangles.

Big idea
I worked with Jett on this movie our goal was for the movie to make an alien from outer space learn about triangles.

I think we did really well but I think we concentrated on humor but we did do a pretty good job. -Liam A

Make your time speaking and video a bit shorter use a more fluent voice and make sure your background noise is very quiet.-Louie

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Story Telling Why is gold valuable?

Purpose: create a story to share orally
Description: Oral storytelling is a Maori tradition. We have been planning our own story to tell on the Marae in Week 7.

My favourite part about my story is the creativeness I like the way I present my story.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Star Test Results

On Friday we did a star test a star test is a test that tests our reading knowledge

My goal is comprehension i will achieve this by Summarising text; include sequence of main events.

I think I did well on my test I am a little disappointed at how much I got wrong but I will work hard to achieve my goal.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

My Writing

I saw the slimy, ugly and lumpy excuse for a food sitting in front of me with its poisonous fumes billowing up my nose ruining the epic smell of the steak and chips.
I tasted the awful taste of dirt and water sloshing about in my mouth it was enough to make me sick in my mouth.
Yuck, disgusting and gross only begin to describe the taste that is BEANS
I felt the slug like exterior squelch against the roof of my poisoned mouth as i struggled to keep myself from vomiting my own guts up.
I thought "what have you done with my mother witch?"
I thought "someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed!"
I thought "KILL ME NOW"

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Stuck on an Escalator

In class we watched a video about 2 people stuck on an escalator we decided to make a recreation of the video in a situation where someone is stuck and not using his/her initiative of the power to act.

Criteria: (Content)
1. Video - 30 seconds long, time is limited.
2. Scenario - Show someone being stuck and not using the ability to act.
3. Clear Message - Short sharp clip. Can the watcher get the point of your video?
4. Unique - Coming up with something funny that gets a laugh from others.
5. Time Passing - Do you need to show time passing in your clip to emphasise your message.

Criteria: (Movie)
1. Light - Make sure the sun isn’t creating a hard to see clip.
2. Voice Volume - Needs to be louder than other background volume eg Noise, Kids.
3. Frame - What’s in the frame to make your message obvious
4. Steady Hands - Make sure the camera is still.
5. Individual Clips - Don’t do one continuous shot of 30 seconds. Make a range of short clips and join together.

Evaluation "I think we did really well Mitchell kept the camera steady and Joseph was good at making the "pee" althogh my facial expressions could possibly be more realistic"

-Connor "That was good music and good acting Liam you could turn the sound down a little"

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My Swimming

This term we have started swimming again. We made a video to show our skills in the pool. We looked back at our video and observed what we could get better at. Then we made a goal

My goal is to breath less when I am doing sprints I want to do this by the swimming sports

I think I did great at my swimming although I had to change my goals a lot

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Maths Knowledge Test 2014 Term 1

This is a test that we did to question our knowledge.

The big idea was to get a goal out of doing a series of tests so we knew what to improve on in our maths my goal is to get speedier at my divided bys.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Childhood Memories

Purpose: To share memories about my childhood

Description: We wrote a story using a format starting with remember to explain memories from our childhood here is mine:
Remember I pulled together all of the timber in dads cluttered shed, I stole the barbecue cover, my mini tramp and blankets and sheets and Renae's carseat I started to build until I had made a spaceship so well built I could go to mars. I prepared for launch as I called for Renae to hop in. My ridiculously inexperienced loyal companion hopped onto the pillow behind me. 

Remember, me opening the shuttle's airlock only to be greeted by a martian that had my own mother I was scared out of my little blonde hair, I raced back to the space ship but the soothing voice of alien drew me back I was surprised of the similarity between earth and mars.

That was my inter-galactic adventure!