Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Six sentence story ( Narrative Writing )

In narrative writing this week, for part of our planning we had to write a six sentence story about anything. I am blogging this because I thought it was a cool idea to do it a part of planning.

Once upon a time there lived a Lion Robot. He lived under the zoo in a huge lab filled with lots of cool gadgets. He would wake up every morning and fight crime with his extra bad lion breath. But one day his breath smelt nice and clean. Lion Robot kept breathing but it just wouldn't work, he left the crime very unhappy. That night he decided to eat really disgusting food like rotten eggs and rotten tomatoes.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Run, Jump. Throw #1

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about the key sports in athletics that involve running, jumping and throwing. We had to watch a motivational video below and write skills, attitudes and questions. I am blogging this because I think I have worked hard on it and I would like other people to see it.


WALT practice athletic skills and share how to perform them.

Brainstorm words from the video and put in either column (Skills or Attitudes)
“Your attitude determines your altitude."

They want to do it.
They want to win it.
Congratulating other competitors.
They had a good aim
Not showing off if you win.
Being Flexible
Not being rude to other competitors
Breathing techniques
Keep your head up if you don't win
Never Give up
Having a great attitude
Come back strong if you are down.
Good concentration
Learn from your mistakes
Being fit
If you make a mistake fix it

Brainstorm 20 questions from watching the video. Any questions that come to mind.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid question.”

Why / How / Where / What / When / Who
is / are / could / would / should / did / may / will / might / shall
What is going through you mind before you start the race?
What motivates you as a athlete?
How did you become interested in Athletics?
What is your greatest achievement of all time?
How long do you train for?
Is it fun traveling with your teammates?
What hours of the day do you train?
What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
When did you become interested in athletics?
Did you do athletics when you were younger?
How many friends have you made from other countries?
Do you get nervous?
How often do you train?
Who is your hero?
How often do you make mistakes in a race?
Do you like to watch yourself on T.V.?
Who has helped you the most?
Who has been your most important role model?
What do like to do away from the track?
What is your special move?

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Bank Train Heist

Over the past few weeks we have been learning how to write a news article. We were split into two groups, a purple and green. The purple group which I was in got to chose a made up or real news article. I am blogging this because I am really proud of it and I worked so hard on it. It was also new to me because I can't remember writing one in the past.
Below is the our success criteria that we helped design
Success Criteria
Catchy headline
Past tense
No personal pronouns
Intro, body and conclusion (paragraphs)
Direct speech
Different sentence starters/lengths
Good word choice

Bank Train Heist 

On the 20th of August 12:08 am 1926 a train in Briningham holding $7.2 million dollars was robbed by fifteen armed robbers. The robbers ran into the train during the night with masks on and handguns in there long jackets. 

"Two names have been revealed" said Sergeant Angel on live radio.  “Mark Times and Richard
Barker". Investigators say that all the robbers had recently been fired from Birmingham train station for mucking around and not turning up. Scott Charles the boss of the station said that the company had been getting sick of the men mucking around and not turning up. The two men caught have not given any information about any other robbers.

The train station and the bank are very upset with this devastating loss. The police and investigators are still trying to find these men. Tasha Leonard said to police this morning that someone was apparently running across Leonard’s crop paddock last night at 6:08pm but was too far away from her. Tasha says he was carrying something large which looked like a shotgun. 

Reporter ~ Hugh Kilsby



Monday, November 02, 2015

Rugby World Cup Independent Tasks

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about the Rugby World Cup 2015. One of our learning tasks was that we had to choose three or more out of seven rugby tasks. Some involved maths, literacy and all kinds of cool ways to learn. I chose to do this because I was very proud and pleased with my work.

Task 8
Create a table showing the following information.
  • past RWC winners
  • past RWC host countries
  • past RWC years
  • past RWC captains of winning teams.

Host Country
Captain of winning team
New Zealand
New Zealand
Richie McCaw
South Africa
John Smit
Martin Johnson
John Eales
South Africa
South Africa
Francois Pienaar
United Kingdom
John Eales
New Zealand
New Zealand and Australia
David Kirk
Task 10
Pool Play Choose some data from this page and graph it in an appropriate graph. Make sure your information is correct and you give informative titles.

Task 11
Find out for EACH country and display in an interesting way
  • Team name
  • Captain
  • Population of country
  • Capital city
  • Famous landmark
  • A celebrity from this country that you have heard of before
  • A celebration in their country
  • An odd and interesting fact

New Zealand.   Team Name:  All Blacks.  Captain:  Richie McCaw.  Population: 4.4 million.  Capital: Wellington.   Famous Landmark:  Huka Falls.  Celebrity: Jonah Lomu. Celebration:  Waitangi Day (6 February) . Odd Fact:The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay.

Australia. Team Name: Wallabies.  Captain: Stephen Moore.   Population:  23 Million.  Capital: Canberra.  Famous Landmark: Sydney Opera House.  Celebrity: Hugh Jackman.  Celebration: Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations (26 May). Odd Fact:  The biggest property in Australia is bigger than Belgium.

South Africa. Team Name: Springboks.  Captain:  Fourie Du Preez. Population: 52 million. Capital :Pretoria.  Famous Landmark:  Table Mountain.  Celebrity: JRR Tolkien.  Celebration: Heritage Day (24 September).  Odd Fact: South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world.

Japan. Team Name: Cherry Blossoms.  Captain: Michael Leitch.  Population: 127.3 million. Capital: Tokyo. Landmark: Mt Fuji.  Celebrity: Fumiaki Tanaka.  Celebration: Japanese New Year (1 January). Odd Fact: Japan is home to many different forms of martial arts. Karate, Judo, Sumo, Ninjutsu, Kendo, Jujutsu, and Aikido

France. Team Name: Les Bleuets. Captain: Thierry Dusautoir. Population: 66 million.  Capital: Paris. Landmark: The Louvre. Celebrity: Napoleon III. Celebration: Bastille Day (14 July). Odd Fact: France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.

Samoa.  Team Name:  Manu Samoa.  Captain:  Ofisa Treviranus. Population:  190,372.Capital: Apia. Famous Landmark:  Apia Park.  Celebrity:  David Tua.  Celebration: Independence Day
(1 June).  Interesting Fact:  Samoa became an independent country from New Zealand in 1962.

U.S.A. Team Name: Eagles.  Captain:  Chris Wyles.  Population: 318.9 million Capital city: Washington DC. Famous Landmark: Empire State Building. Celebrity: Brad Pitt.  Celebration: Martin Luther King Jr Day (3rd Monday of January). Odd Fact: The most dangerous city in the world last year is in the U.S.A; it is called Camden.     

England. Team Name: Red Roses.  Captain: Chris Robshaw. Population: 53.01 million.
Capital: London. Famous Landmark: Big Ben. Celebrity: Daniel Craig. Celebration: The Queen's Birthday. Odd Fact : England Includes many small Islands such as the Isle of Wight and Hayling Island.

Scotland.  Team Name: Thistles. Captain: Greig Laidlaw.  Population: 5.3 million. Capital: Edinburgh. Famous Landmark: Edinburgh Castle. Celebrity: Andy Murray. Celebration: Burns Night (25 January). Odd Fact: Scotland has over 300 railway stations.

Argentina. Team Name: Pumas. Captain: Agustin Creevy. Population: 43 million.
Capital: Buenos Aires. Famous Landmark: Christ The Redeemer. Celebrity: Lionel Messi. Celebration: Carnival (2015: 16 February). Odd Fact: The Dogo Argentino Dog, home to Argentina, can take down a fully grown puma.    

Georgia. Team Name: The Lelos. Captain: Mamuka Gorgodze. Population: 3,729,500.
Capital: Tbilisi. Famous Landmark: An architect's dream. Celebrity: Mamuka Gorgodze.
Celebration: Ninooba (1 June). Odd Fact: The ethnic Georgians call themselves Kartvelebi.

Tonga. Team Name: Ikale Tahi. Captain: Nili Latu. Population: 103,036. Capital: Nuku'alofa. Famous Landmark: Ha'amonga 'a Maui. Celebrity: Konrad Hurrell. Celebration: Heilala (4 July). Odd Fact: Tongans bathe regularly, but their favorite way to bathe is in the rain.

Namibia. Team Name: Welwitschias. Captain: Jacques Burger. Population: 2 million. Capital city: Windhoek. Famous Landmark: Etosha National Park. Celebrity: Jacques Burger. Celebration: Bank Windhoek Arts Festival. Odd fact: The Namib desert at 80 million years old is the oldest desert in the world.

Ireland.  Team name: Shamrocks. Captain: Paul O’Connell. Population: 4 828 138 million. Capital city: Dublin.  Famous Landmark: Blarney Stone. Celebrity: Hozier. Celebration: St. Patrick's Festival. Odd Fact: The world famous Guinness beer is from Ireland; it originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness.

Italy. Team Name: Sky Blues.  Captain: Sergio Parisse. Population: 60,795,612. Capital city:  Rome. Famous Landmark: Leaning tower of Pisa. Celebrity: Dylan Sprouse Celebration: Befana 6th of January. Odd fact: Around  €3000 of change is thrown in the Trevi Fountain by tourists daily. It is then collected and given to Charity.   

Romania. Team name: Oaks.  Captain: Mihai Macovei.  Population: 19.96 million. Capital city: Bucharest.  Famous Landmark: Babele.  Celebrity: Sebastian Stan.  Celebration: The Traditional Crafts Fair. Odd Fact: Romania is the ninth largest wine producer in all the world.

Canada. Team Name: Maple Leafs. Captain: Tyler Ardron. Population: 35,851,774. Capital city: Ottawa.  Famous landmark: Niagara Falls. Celebrity: Justin Bieber.  Celebration: National Aboriginal Day (June 21). Odd fact: Canada is home to about 55 000 different species of insects.

Wales. Team name: Feathers. Captain: Sam Warburton. Population: 3,063,456. Capital city: Cardiff.  Famous landmark: Millennium Stadium.  Celebrity: Gareth Bale.  Celebration: St Davids day. Odd Fact: Mount Everest was named after Welshman Sir George Everest from Gwernvale, Breconshire.

Fiji. Team Name: Flying Fijians.  Captain:  Akapusi Qera.  Population: 858,038.  Capital. Suva
Famous Landmark: Rainbow Reef.  Celebrity: Nemani Nadolo.  Celebration: Fiji Day. Odd Fact: Fiji shares marine boundaries with Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia (France) to the southwest, Kermadec (New Zealand) to the southeast, Tonga to the east, American Samoa, Samoa and Wallis and Futuna (France) to the northeast and Tuvalu to the north.

Uruguay. Team Name: Teros. Captain: Santiago Vilaseca. Population: 3,324,460.
Capital: Montevideo. Famous Landmark: Casapueblo.  Celebrity: Fede Alvarez.  
Celebration: Holy Week (Semana Santa). Odd Fact: The most common language in Uruguay is Spanish.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Friday, October 16, 2015

Scene Description

I chose to blog this because I am really proud of it and I worked hard on it. Below the photo is the success criteria. Before we finished our writing we had to compare our writing with the success criteria. My writing goal is to use complex sentences more frequently and I have included an example of this in here.

Success Criteria
Has strong adjectives
Different sentence beginnings
Different sentence lengths
A simile and/or alliteration
Has an introduction, body and conclusion
Thoughtful word choices
Use complex sentences more frequently.

I turn around and in front of my eyes I see the most amazing scene. Soft golden spotted fur glows in the sunlight. Sienna brown trees in the background have been blurred out like a painting. The trees are coloured peru by of the sunset. Two stranded cheetahs lay in the dry dirty russet grass inspecting the land around them for prey. The cheetahs will wait for the innocent prey to be in sight; they will stay down low in the meantime. 
Overall this scene is a great shot of the world's fastest living creature.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Art Blog

 WALT create and share quality blog posts
Rimu Success Criteria
  • Explain what it is about - the learning, why you’re blogging it
  • Interesting start - talk to your audience (like Bella C)
  • Language of Success (spelling, punctuation, correct English)
  • Multimedia (videos, apps, photos, word art, audio, slides...)
  • Title, labels
  • Green on the tracking sheet

In week 9 we are going to have an art exhibition. Everybody in the school has been working on a piece of art. This art represents me and my brothers getting up to mischief and pulling things out of washing machine. I chose to do this piece of art because I really love penguins. 

What I found challenging was getting the paint right ( the right colour and in the right place ). What was successful for me was getting it done to my personal best.

This is my QR code that  I have created with various apps on the computer.  The QR code is of me reading a description of my penguin art that you can see on my art blog post. 

Download the app on the IPad " QR Reader " to listen to my recording. 

I am very proud of my art.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Line Graph

I am blogging this because I spent lots of time on it and I am proud of it. The challenging part of the task was getting the dots in the right place. The good thing about it is that I got it done to my personal best, plus it was hard.

This line graph is showing the data of the mean yearly rainfall in between the 1981 and 2010 period. We were learning to make a line graph.