Sunday, 6 December 2015

Poetry ( Troy )

Description: We have been writing poetry, all different types like, limericks, free verse and also Cinqueins. We all had to write a free verse and also a Cinquein for the slide to go with an appropriate picture for the subject of our topic. Here is the slides with all our amazing poems. If you look at my poem it always looks like ?

The syllable numbers are:


All of our Writing:

Feedback/Feedforward: I think you describe your poems really well. I think that you have chosen
Great topics to write about and used language features in your poems.

Evaluation: I think I have done a great job and have used great language features in my Cinqueins to describe the moment or memory.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

3D Printing (James)

Description: Every Thursday we do Inquiry where we chose between 3 teachers that we liked in the taste testers. I chose James. We have been doing 3D printing we have had to challenge ourselves. We used Sketch Up to design and then we used the 3D printer to print out our designs. Here is a image of my finished piece.


Big Idea:

We have been trying to do something that will benefit our school, I am benefiting the school by, showing excellence and creativity, in designing and inventing things. I went out of the box by printing a guitar and my next step is to create some strings for the guitar to make it better.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Questions (This Land We Call Home)

Description: This we in our reading group we have been answering questions about the book and doing fun tasks with our reading buddy here are the tasks we had to do.

Blooms Questions:

Name where the story is based... In California (World War ll)

If you interviewed Paula what would you ask her?... How is it like living in this sort of country?? 

What year is the story based... 1941 in California

What I would place in my box if I was going 
away from home:

- Water
-Cans of Food

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Free Verse Poetry

 Description: We have been learning about Free verse Poetry where you don't have to rhyme or have any amount of lines. I wrote my poem about Christmas. We also had to put some language features in our writing like alliteration, similes and also giving a non living thing a livings things actions. Example:The pillow lay there as if it was asleep.

Big Idea:

Snow falls from the air, 

the gingerbread smell, 

the pine needles from the Christmas tree circling the smell around the room.

 Present rappings and cards, happiness dancing around the street. 

Christmas carols, bells ringing. 

Family’s get together surprises smiles. 

Christmas lights decorations,

Snowmen cold and the fire blazing.

Evaluation: I think I have done very well because I have created a image in 
the readers mind, when I write a free verse poem again I might try and add more language features, like similes and alliteration.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Agency Wall

Description: This term we are trying to identify our goals and what we need to work on.
First we had to hilight the things we could do in yellow and the things we could not do in pink.
Then we chose what part of the wall we needed to work on. Here are some questions.

I think I am a Self Managing learner because I need to work on some things epesically my goal now because I have only just heard of it and would like to complete it.

The goal that I am currently working on is... Being open to the cognitive wobble

The things I need to do to achieve this goal are... to get into the learning pit where things are hard.

Monday, 26 October 2015


Description: We had to write a letter to the dad in the story. And here is my letter to him telling about the how things are going at home and at school.


At home we are running out of food and money, also last night a barn burnt down, we were hoping it was the school but yeah I am kind of disappointed!! 

Also the Post Office is crazy I could not even fit in the shop so sorry!! I could not post your things you asked for. I will try tomorrow!

When I was at the Lunch bar everyone try's to avoid us, the man would not serve me but everyone started leaving so he served me FINALLY! But that was the last of our cash. He brought some over for us, Mum was so thankful.



Description: We had to answer so we questions we we had read 7 - 8 chapters then some more questions for 8 - 9 chapters. The book we are reading is this land we call home.

7 - 8 Chapters Questions

Paula remains loyal to her friend Ken in spite of the loss of her brother at Pearl Harbour (p. 53) What does this tell you about Paula?

Ken is a great friend of her brothers & Paula is being nice to him because of the loss.

Can you identify with Paula’s feelings when she finds out Grandpa Miller’s threats? 

Worried & anxious about it.

Have you ever felt so angry that you could explode? (P.56) How did you deal with it?

Having to go to bed when they get to stay and watch something 

What feelings did the incident in the food store on page 62 evoke in you? What is your stance (opinion) on the issue of persecution of Japanese families?

9 - 10 Chapters Questions

Do you think people should use the term ‘Jap’ (P.70) Why/Why not?

No because it sounds quite rude and is quite offensive in the past they used to but in World War 11
It started to become more derogatory.

Ken makes an entry in his diary about the government freezing bank accounts of Japanese families so people cannot get money out. (P.72) Why do you think the government froaze the accounts? 

Because they want them gone and know one likes the Japanese being there.

Can this action be justified? Why/why not?

Yes - By being nice to other people and accepting their decisions.

How does the author convey the feelings of Kaz and Ken as the Izumis prepare to leave their home? (pp 76-77)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Pearl Habour

Description: Hannah P and I researched about the attack at pearl harbour here is our information put together into a poster. The book we are reading is called This Land We Call Home.

Monday, 12 October 2015

This Land We Calł Home

Assess the cover the blurb and the title.
What made you choose this book?  
What appeals to you?  
What hooked you in?
Make some predictions about the story.  When and where do you think the story is set?  What do you think is going to happen?  Why?


1. The front cover made me curious to find what was happening in this image, with the 2
    seasons Autum & Spring. Also the title hooked me in because I wanted to know what land was it? Also what was the barb wire why? would there be barb wire there.

2. What appeals to me is the blossom tree and the title on the front, I also would like to read a author's book that I don't know about.

3. What hooked me in was... Reading the blurb hooked me in because I would like to read a book in a different decade.

4. My predictions are... That Ken's family are in the end going to be one of the important family's in their country!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Story Wheel

Description: I choose a story wheel for my tic-tac toe, what I had to do was read an article or a book and illustrate some images through the story telling them in 8 pictures a summary of the story. Here is my picture of the story wheel.

A summary of the story:

This is a quick summary of the story... In the forest was a bird election and they were all fighting against who should be president but then they saw the helicopters and trucks started to appear so they all worked together to stop them and they decided they did not need a president and everyone deserved to be one.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Live Below The Line

Description: This year our family ( The Smith Family ) are doing something to raise money for some
people in countries that are very poor and don't have enough food. We raise for an organization called Oxfam they do work to end poverty around the world. We have to eat on $2.25 for each person for the whole week. We can't have afternoon tea and we have very little lunch and brunch.

A link for our blog this year:


This the link to our blog last year:

This is Oxfam's Website:

Passion Project

Description: Every Thursday we investigate our passion and turn our passion into
a project. This term I have been working with Georgia around agency. We have been working on a
poster about agency. We have had a Talk with Ana's mum (Nicolette.)
I am doing a poster for the seniors that will be more stern and Georgia is doing the Juniors which will be more fun but at the same time telling them to be Agentic.

This is my progress so far:

WALT: Use the PASSION inquiry process to investigate my passion, independently/in small groups.

My passion project is: To make a Poster about Agency so that more people are showing
agency and maybe one day I whole school could become agentic learners.

Big Idea: I am trying to get better at making a poster like, Layout, Colors, Fonts, Text & Visuals like pictures.

Evaluation: I think I have improved my skills on making better posters and more
hooking. Layout & colors I think I have aseptically done well on these things because I would have used lots of pictures and not put my writing in the center where most people read I would have put it all over the place. Nicolette also helped me a lot with my skills. 

FeedBack/FeedForward: I think your progress so far has really improved in your design. I love the design that you have done so far and the detail. Rosalind:)

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

WOW ( World Of Wearable Arts )

Description: WOW started in Nelson 1987 where they started to make wearable arts in 2004 they announced that they were moving to Wellington to make more money. They started to have light, performers (Dancers,) and someone who introduced each category.

Now that they moved BMW have been a sponsorship and now around about 35,000 people come each year for $120 to go. It usually spills over 1 weekend. WOW's 30th anniversary is in 2007.

Video Report Summarize:

Big Idea: We had to video or write a summary about WOW with 
When, Why, What and How.

Evaluation: I think I have done well by summarizing this into a smaller paragraph and have
used the three Ws really well. Next time I could put it into 20 words to summarize this article.

FeedBack/FeedForward:  i think you did a good job one your news because you tell them what and it gives you all the information that they need. I think you might need two work on made be have some photos of the costumes, what they made. Alyssa :)

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Kapa haka Reflection

Description: In Kapa Haka I play the Guitar where I have to play the songs, Nic is the official
player and he is teaching me the songs. In my other post about Kapa Haka I had a goal that I was trying to improve on, here it is.

Goal: I need to work on starting a song and strumming the right rhythm I think I am improving on playing the right chords throughout the songs.


Evaluation: This year I think I have completed one part of my goal because I have
put some effort into practicing and can get the strum right, now I just have to work on getting
the chords right and sounding good.

New Goal: For next term I would like to be able to play at least one song by the end of next term.

FeedBack/FeedForward: You are doing a great job at learning to be the guitar player. You just need to work on strumming louder. Ana :D

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Troy A Maths

Description: This Term we have been learning to PLAT, R/C, PVP, D/H. We have to work out these
questions, Production Maths. Here are the questions on what we had to figure out. Also here is my
working out of the questions and me explaining them to you.



Big Idea:

We have been learning to use the most effective strategy to work out
the question we are trying to solve. It has to be fast and easy. Here is the questions I completed
with these strategies.


Evaluation: Next time I think I would like to work on Place Value & Partitioning.
I think over the terms I have been getting better at Known Knowledge.
been getting better at working with my know knowledge

Monday, 24 August 2015


Description: We do Writing every Monday and Thursday I am working on Ideas with Rebecca
and my goal is I know the purpose of my writing. This is my piece of writing about this picture down below. Here is also my planning before I wrote my story.

My Plan:

Story/Big Idea: There is always a Beginning Middle & End in a any story my goal is to entertain so
I wrote a narrative. The clues I put in were... This morning I absolutely had to sharpen my claws. The clue is why didn't Luna just go to the cardboard to get the treats. She sharpened her claws before hand.

Evaluation: I think I have improved on my Ideas and Organized them well by fitting them all in
I think I have improved on a lot of things and I think I could work on using only the words I actually need. I think I also need to work on putting more than 1 clue into my writing.

FeedBack/FeedForward: I think you have very good words in your story but some of the spacing is not right but i really like your story! Katie :)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Out Of Africa

Description: Every Friday we plan and make our wearable art for production. We have to make a garment to show at production I am in Out Of Africa and I am making a lizard and to make the scales I will use leaves. Here is my mood board and my plan to give you more detail about what
I am doing.

Mood Board:

these are going on my head piece

This is my head piece

This is my singlet with colors like a chameleon



1) The materials that I used to create my garment were: Hot Glue, Paint, Paiper Mache, Card, Tin Foil, 
     Paper, Material (Green.)

2) The most challenging thing about production for me was: The hat making was the hardest because I popped 
    ballon to early and it was still wet and harder to dry.

3) One way I demonstrated a growth mindset during production was: I never gave up when something went wrong
    and I keep going till I reached the point where I was proud.
4) Something I am really proud of about production was: Never giving up and having a growth-mind set all the way
    till I reached my aim.
5) Our school vision is to create agency, creativity and excellence. I showed this by: I showed this by...

Monday, 17 August 2015

Sports, Sports, Sports

Description: I wrote a quick summary about the Tall Blacks, Silver Ferns and the All Blacks. I wrote with a What, When, Why, How and Which into my summary. Here is my summary about the Sports weekend.

Big Idea: Sports Weekend

                                                    Sports, Sports, Sports

On August the 10th the All Blacks played a game of Rugby against the Wallabies (Australia) played in Sydney and we won we also had a weekend of Netball losing against the Diamonds (Australia) 58-55 in Sydney. Also the Tall Blacks (Basketball) we won 70-66 in China against Mexico, they were defeated.

News Report

Description: For one of our tic-tac toes we choose this article to make a News Report of I did this Report with Katie I hope you enjoy.

Reason: I think we should change the flag because people get up mixed up with Australians
and it also has the Union Jack which is a British symbol but that was only when they ruled us.

Big Idea: Changing the NZ flag


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Story Wheel

Description: My goal is Summarizing. Summarizing is to sum up a story to make it shorter and pick out the main parts of the (article/story.) To help someone get a tiny bit of what the story is about.

Here is the link:

Big Idea: First we had to chose a KKN ( Kiwi Kids News ) article then we had to get a story wheel and illustrate the keywords or key ideas of this article, here is my piece of work. I choose this article

FeedBack/FeedForward: I think you did a great job because you really explained the article well in pictures it really clear what you are trying to explain I don't think you have to work on any thing.

Serena :)

Evaluation: I think I have done well taking away the main parts and
putting them into a short story, I think that I need to work on making my images clearer.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Everyone is a Genius

Description: We had to look closely and observe this picture down below.
we had to write down some thoughts and responses about this picture here are mine.


  • Never Give Up
  • Don’t ever think you can’t do something
  • Keep trying 

  • Don’t Believe what everyone else says

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

New NZ Flag

Description: For one of our tic- tac toe tasks I like this flag. WHY? Here is some connections I
made and why I think this is a good new flag for new zealand.

Big Idea: New NZ Flag

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Inter-School Cross Country

Description: On the 17/06/15 a group of year 6 and 5s went to run a 3.2km run. We were all very muddy at the end, i slipped over about 3 times. We went to a farm last year we went to Massey Track. It was much harder this year with the steeper hills and slipperier grass. Here are a couple of photos of me when I was sprinting at the end.

Evaluation: I think I have done well by not walking and trying my hardest, Next time my goal is to
get in the top 20. This year I got 42nd out of around about 136 people. I am happy with my result.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Kapa Haka

Description: In Kapa Haka we have been practicing songs I play the guitar so I have to play the songs. Here are some questions that explain what is challenging, what I will do to manage to help this challenge, what I enjoy, what I am most proud of and a personal goal for me.

Big Idea:

At kapahaka I enjoy... Playing the guitar and watching the kapa haka perform

I am most proud of… I am most proud of myself for trying to play but am improving

I find….challenging because… Starting a song because I find it hard to strum the rhythm

I am managing this challenge by…. I will practice perfect to make it perfect

A personal goal for me is… Is to be able to start a song by the end of the year

Our school wide focus this term has been around showing excellence. I show this at kapa haka by... trying my hardest to keep my rhythm and my chords the same as Nic.

Evaluation: I need to work on starting a song and strumming the right rhythm I think I am improving on playing the right chords throughout the songs.

FeedBack/FeedForward: Next time you could look at what you had you have in your description. You answered your questions very detailed and I really like the photo you have put on. Great Job. Rosalind:)

Monday, 15 June 2015


Description: In writing we have chosen a writing goal to work on my goal is to use connectives usefully and not use them to much. Connectives are when you connect two sentences together. We have written a story from a picture and written a story to describe the picture and tell them what our imaginations are thinking of before and after the picture here is my story.

                                                  My Planning for my Story


   Evaluation: I think I need to work on using connectives more often and using them when I can something I have done well was using speech marks in the right places. I also think I am improving on showing the reader the characters feelings not telling them. 

 FeedBack/Forward: Wow Grace! You are a amazing writer. I wish  I was as good has you. I recon you will be a famous author just like Lauren Child . My favorite sentence was when Zone said ' Hel-lo' Keep up the good work!
Sophie W

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


Description: In maths this term we have been learning about three types of strategies reversibility, rounding & compensating, equal addition and place value partitioning. We have also been having workshops for maths I am in Troy A.

Big Idea: I have mainly been working on place value & partitioning. Here is how you do it,

234 + 138 = 372
8 + 4 = 12
30 + 30 = 60
100 + 200 = 300

300 + 60 = 360 + 12 = 372

Evaluation: Next time I need to work on Place Value & Partitioning to make sure
I get the right answer every time. What strategy I have done well at is Reversibility.

FeedBack/FeedForward: i think you have worked out all of the problems well. but maybe next time you could show more working out on problems 3 and your second way of working out problem 4.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Inquiry Presantation

Description: In science we have been learning about how to be a good scientist.
my inquiry was about sea otters. We had to find information about our main question we were focused on. We were mainly focused on their biological adaptations and behavioral adaptations.

Purpose: To think like a scientist

  • Talking like a scientist
  • Thinking like a scientist
  • Making predictions
  • Doing experiments


FeedBack and FeedForward: I think you did a good job at adding a lot of detail also adding some sound. Next time you could make the answer to your question more clearer. -Zara

Monday, 1 June 2015

Tortoise And The Hare

Description: For our reading portfolio post I decided that I shall choose for my tic tac-toe The Tortoise And The Hare. My goal is Comprehension we read the story and then we had to answer some questions about the story.

  • To use text to text connections
  • Make connections to the world etc. text to world
  • Make connections with your self and the character
  • To Visualize

Questions for “The Hare and the Tortoise” 

Big Idea: To make text to text, text to self and text to world connections.

In my workshops I have been learning to make connections with the text. 
(Text to text, Text to world and Text to self.) I know I am getting better because I can make connections to the world, text and to myself. I can improve on making text to text connection i think I succeeded making text to world and text to self connections.

Great job Grace. I love your honest evaluation on what you could work on. I agree that you might need to work on making text to text connections. You have answered the questions really clearly though. Great work, :P Aye

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Conjunctions Writing

Description: In writing with Elly we have been learning to use conjunctions more in our 
writing here is a piece of writing that I have written to show conjunction. The ones that
are highlighted yellow are the conjunctions I have used in my writing

As I look out the foggy window, I see santa claus run across a snowy thick roof
puff! Flakes of snow (shaped as snowflakes) drift and swirl around santa, he rises up
and lands on the floor of an old cottage, but the first thing santa spots is the mince pie and a nice big glass of orange juice. Santa makes such a loud gobbling noise that a little girl around about 6, skips into the room. She has orange hair and a few freckles placed neatly on her cheeks.

She spies santa dressed up in a red and white uniform. SANTA! She yells, she freezes then faints. Luckily santa has a present for her that is a doctor's kit. he quickly pours some fright medicine in her mouth and she awakes immediately.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Catch Me If You Can- Defense

WALT: Defensive skills and movements

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

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

Evaluation: I think that I need to work on Push hard off outside foot and go forwards to attack pass.
One thing I think I did really well was pivoting out to the ball and away. I think I also need to work on landing in a stable position.

FeedBack and FeedForward: I think you did really well at having your knees bent so you can get that ball. Next time you could work on your SBP ( Stable body postion) because you are stepping when you have got the ball. Georgia

Monday, 18 May 2015

Writing Task

Description: We have been learning to use ing words at the start of a sentence here is
some sentences I have done about the animal pictures I have chosen.

The Wild Cheetah

Spying something in the sky he stays quiet and alert for his prey.

The Wild Elephant

Stomping over to the shade the elephant eats some grass to fill it's
empty tummy.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Senior Discovery Time

Description:  On the 15th of May 2015 we did Senior Discovery Time. Discovery time is a time where Poutama does some fun activities (etc Sewing, Chalk Drawing and Life Still Drawings.) and more. Here is a picture that I took to show what I was doing.  

I showed Excellence by... making my stitches in the sides of my pillow as perfect
I could, I pushed past my limits definitely. The thing I think I need to work on more is

Monday, 11 May 2015

Ing Verbs

This week I had a writing workshop with Cindy and we were working on
having ing at the beginning of a sentence. (Example: Arriving, Morning, Going)

Here is the work I have done-

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Blockers And Drivers

I did a task on the tic tac toe about what I think blocks my learning and what drives 
my learning (Blockers & Drivers.) 

Here is a pages document that I have created
about what are my blockers and drivers and sometimes in
the middle.

Party Pool Pups

I did a task on the tic tac toe about some party pool pups were you could bring your
pup along to the pool. But your dog had to have had it's vaccinations and that it
was friendly. It was run by a Pet food company called (Purina.) They raised $2,000.

Here is a link to the article - Pool Pups

Here is the questions I had to answer about the article

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article? The main group of people were a Pet food company (Purina.)

2. What was the key event from the news article? The Key event was a Dog Pool Party.

3. Where did this event take place? The event was set in Auckland.

4. When did this event take place? The event took place on the 6th of May 2015.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Time Words Task

Description: On the 5/5/15 (April) we were working on time words this
Is the task we had to do. Time words are in a piece of writing using what time it
happened. For an a esample ( In the morning, Next year, In the future, In the past.)

Purpose: To improve using time words.

My Evidence of Learning/

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Visualization Writing

Date: 29th of April 2015

Purpose:  To write a piece of writing that has a picture you are trying to
create with enough describing in your writing to create a picture in the readers head.

A flutter of blossoms with the warm spring air a breeze of hazelnut seeds
with oak colored twigs, break off and blow away in the wind. A orange and shiny black creature approaches a twig breathing in the wonderful blossom smell. Cherry erupts the garden with beautiful flowers, blooming in the warm afternoon sun.

Children prance around the garden with delight, the grass with clear dew drops drying out in the warming sun.

PLUCK! An apple off the tree and CRUNCH! the juice pours out, with a splash, the juice soaked into the dirt, they start giggling and laughing as it drips down their chins onto their tops.

By Grace.S.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Writing Goals Term 2 2015

Poutama have sheets that they have to find their goal on, we went through some of our writing peices
and telly marked in the space if we have something that is on the sheet here is my goal and a image of my telly marked sheets.

Goal: To use Connectives in my writing.

Focus On Words:

Focus On Ideas:

Focus On Sentences:

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

2 Stars And A Wish Term 1 2015

Description: We have been reflecting on our learning this is my 2 Stars and a Wish
A star is something we are proud of and have completed this term. A wish is something we are
working on.

Thursday, 26 March 2015


We have been learning about transformation.  We have specifically learnt that...

  • translation is when an object slides in any direction;
  • rotation is when an object is turned around a central point;
  • reflection is when an object is flipped and has a line of symmetry.

Our challenge was to design a car badge that contained at least one of these aspects of transformation.   


Big Idea:

FeedBack/FeedFoward: I think you did well on your badge because I gave you the idea :) and it really explains your personality.. You like cats ( and animals too ) but I have to say that the cats mouth curves
are uneven. If you had a bit more time you could of done a bit more NEAT colouring. Otherwise it's amazing! 
Olivia B :)

The thing I would do next time is to make sure their are no mosquito bites ( that means colour so there are non coloured bits) and to make the g shaped eyes exactly the same. The thing I think I did well was representing my self and the letter of my name.

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?  How do you know? I did achieve my goal by being quiet when I woke up and I did wake up at 6:59 I know I achieved my goal because Nic got everyones attention and said we were aloud to get up. 

2.  What are you most proud of from the marae stay and why? I am most proud of myself for learning how to walk on the stilts because at school I kept falling off them.

3.  What challenged you the most and why? The thing that challenged me most was story telling. Why that challenged me because I thought that no one would like my story.

Something I will do next time is getting up and not worrying about no one liking my story.