Monday, June 30, 2014

My Term 1 Extension Movie

This is my movie that I made to explain what we learnt and how we learnt it in Term 1. I hope you enjoy it and maybe learn something after this movie. :-)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Empathy Recap Term 2

Empathy is something that people all over the world use everyday. It is something that helps people who are sad, sick or just feeling down. Not like nearly everything else in this world at the moment, Empathy isn’t something online, it isn’t something that you buy, it is an emotion that people give.

An example of empathy would be if someone was by themselves and no one was with them, you can go up and ask them to play with you. That is empathy because you are thinking about if it was you, then you would want someone to come and be your friend. In other words, it is putting yourself in other people’s shoes.

Kapa Haka Recording

This morning we had the privilege of recording our Maori Kapa Haka songs with a professional recording studio called, Jam Bus who are a mobile recording station. I was just sitting in class when Ms Squires said, “All Kapa Haka students go to the music room now.” I didn’t know what was happening but I went anyway.

When we got there, Mr G was outside the room and he told us that they were going to record the guitars first then record us after so we followed Ms Tito to the staff room where she told us about our next performance.

The guitars didn’t take that long and before we knew it, we were recording our awesome Maori songs. Before we recorded the songs, we practised them one by one and the sound guys would tell us what to change to make the sound better. It didn’t take that long to record all of them which was good. I enjoyed recording the songs and maybe we do it again some time.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The B.A.R Key House

In Extension, today we have had a little look at the 20 thinkers keys. We have only realy researched two of the keys and this morning, we had a look at the B.A.R key. 
B stands for Bigger
A stands for Add
R stands for Replace.
After we drew our original image, we rotated around the room looking at other people's images and editing them using the B.A.R key. So the second image was done by some of my classmates, not me. I hope you like it! :-)

This is my original image of my house.

This is my house after it was adjusted by the B.A.R key.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Writing Analysis for my Dodgeball Tournament Writing

This is my writing analysis for my Dodgeball Tournament writing that I did last week. It is made into a presentation which I hope you enjoy!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dodgeball Writing

“Good morning Class 4!” Ms Tito was our teacher for the morning block and she looked like she had some news, “Has your teacher put you into the dodgeball tournament?” We looked at each other, puzzled, “No, is there a dodgeball tournament?” Ms Tito leaned on the table, looking like she was ready to do something exciting, “Class 3 is putting on a dodgeball tournament for all the Team 5 classes and we would love for you to join, all you need to do is ask your teacher to email me, saying that you would like to compete.” We all knew that Ms Squires would say yes, so we started to get really excited about not only playing, but playing against the other classes since we haven’t really done anything with them the whole year.

Ms Squires had said yes and we were about to have our first practise with Ms Tito, even though everyone knew how to play, we weren’t very good competition wise. But after a few good practises, we were ready to play. Our first game was going to be against Class 5 on Friday , they were supposed to be easy because they hadn’t had very many practises but as we approached the hall, we saw that they had some good sports people in their class.

Luckily, we won that game, it was challenging but really fun and we couldn’t wait for the next one. The next Tuesday, we had another practise and we went over what we did that was wrong and what could improve on so we had a great practise with lots of learning and new skills. Our second games was against Class 3 who were the ones who were running the tournament so they had to be better than us. Sadly we didn’t win that game, but it was really fun and we had enough time to play an extra 2 games just for fun.

The first round will end once we play Class 2 and then it will be winners against winners and losers against losers to get down to the cup and the grand final. I really enjoy playing dodgeball every Friday, it tops off my week at school in a great way. Hopefully we will at least get into final and maybe win!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Speed of Sound

This is my presentation about the Speed of Sound. Hopefully you can learn something new by reading this. I did this for one of my reading activities. I hope you enjoy:-)

Monday, June 9, 2014

Maths DLO Week 6

This is my Maths DLO for one of the questions from our Weekly Questions. It shows how to solve a question using 3 different strategies. 

Weekly Quiz Article - Irene Van Dyk

Irene Van Dyk is a former Netballer who was born in South Africa but grew up and lives in New Zealand. She is one of the most well-known netball players in the world and in 2003 she was nominated Sports Woman Of The Year. She has just recently resigned from playing for the New Zealand team, Silver Ferns.

The 41 year old has one child, Bianca Van Dyk and is married to Christie Van Dyk and they live in Wellington, New Zealand. When she first started playing for the Silver Ferns, there was a bit of talk about her because at the time, it wasn't allowed for people from other countries to play for New Zealand. That got cleared up after she became a New Zealand Citizen in 2005 and she has been playing ever since.

Book Review

Book Title: The Bed and Breakfast Star
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Reviewer: Ana Class 4
Grand total of books read this year: 3
Book Genre:

  • Science fiction
  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Comedy
  • Series
  • Fantasy
  • Other (state)
Insert photo of book cover here:
Reading Level:
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Advanced
(Leave how many stars you rate it.)
This book is about a girl named Elsa and his Mum got married again and since then she has a new brother and sister, she's been kicked out of her house because her step dad, Mack who she hates, lost his job and they couldn't afford the house any more so they are living in a bed and breakfast hotel. She starts to get to know the other kids who live in the hotel and she really likes them. She doesn't like her school but her Mum and Mack don't care because they are too busy trying to get a new house for their family.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Cold Day Walking to School

During this week we were given a scenario and we had to write a first paragraph to the story. The scenario was 
You have to walk to school, you are late, you haven't had breakfast and it is freezing outside.
We had to write it then check the check-list and re-write the paragraph.

Paragraph 1
I left the house freezing cold, walking to school was supposed to be fun but the wind was brisk and my stomach was starting to rumble. I had tried to get a ride to school but Mum clearly said, “The car is frozen, covered in ice you will have to walk unless you can get the ice off!” By the time I had finished trying to get the ice off the car, I was late to school and Mum wasn't ready so I really had no choice but to walk.

Paragraph 1 Re-written I left the house freezing cold, the wind was brisk and my stomach was starting to rumble. I had tried to get a ride to school but Mum clearly said, “The car is frozen, covered in ice you will have to walk unless you can get the ice off!” By the time I had finished getting the ice off the car, I was late to school and Mum wasn't ready so I really had no choice but to walk.

Is My Writing Effective?
Are my paragraph/s about one MAIN idea?
Do my paragraph/s have more than one sentence?  (usually 2-4)
Are the sentences connected and build up the MAIN idea?
Do my sentences in my paragraphs begin in different ways?
Are the sentences varied?  e.g. in length, in complexity
Have I used different types of sentences?   e.g Statements(.) Questions(?) Exclamations(!) OR Speech (“ “)
Have  I carefully chosen words/vocabulary in my sentences?
Do my sentences and paragraphs meet the purpose?
Do my sentences/paragraphs appeal to the reader/audience?
Have I checked my writing for grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors?


This is a short presentation about how bagpipes work and what the things that make bagpipes are called. I did this for a reading activity and I learnt about bagpipes by reading a couple of articles about them.