Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 1 Thinkboardboard

This is my first thinkboard for Term 3. The question was 2.324 + 24.43 = ? My answer was 26.754. The thinkboard shows my working out, the strategy I used to solve it, a word story and 10 other similar questions. I found this thinkboard very easy but it was good because it was like a re-cap to get my brain working again after the holidays. 

Week 1 Triangle Addition

This is my first triangle addition for Term 3. The lay-out is the same as all the other triangle additions that I completed in Term 2. This week's number was 12.456 and I had to write down numbers that all added up to the make 12.456. The bold numbers were already there and I wrote down the rest. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Term 2 2015 Reflection

Term 2 is coming to an end now and I am are half way through my final year at PES. Term 2 has been full of opportunities, learning, fun and for me, getting to know the people in our team (Yr 7 & 8) better. Even though, there haven’t been any really big events, I feel like this term has been great! I have especially liked our Inquiry topic, Tinkering Tools and Toys and I feel like I have learnt lots in Maths.

For the first 5 weeks of the term, Team 5 was learning about WW1 and the events that occurred during that four year period. I enjoyed that because when I have learnt about WW1 in past years, I didn’t really learn much so this was really good for me. In our Zeal Zone groups, each teacher had a different class. There was cooking, history, P.E, music and art and in every class, we learnt something new.

In the last 6 weeks, we were focusing on trying to make Pt England better. Everyone in Team 5 got in groups and created something that they thought would make the school better. My group, the Instrumentos (Which is Spanish for tools) came up with the idea to repaint our hardcourts because they don’t have much colour and we think that it would make Pt England a more beautiful place for students, teachers and visitors to our school.  

Along with my normal maths class, I am a member of the Extension Maths group who are seen each Wednesday by a high school teacher from Tamaki College. At the beginning of the term, I was feeling like I was the only one not following the progression of the rest of the group but as the term went on, I understood more things and now, I can keep up with everyone else. In my normal maths class, I have learnt about pi, areas, perimeters, volume, surface areas which has been challenging but it has been good to learn all these new things.

In Literacy, we have been focusing on looking between the lines and interpreting what the author is trying to say. That has been quite challenging for me but I have enjoyed it. I have enjoyed reading different stories, poems and articles about war and other topics. I have published many presentations on my blog.

I have learnt lots this term and I have really enjoyed it. Another improvement has been doing the Koreros on Fridays at Assembly that the prefects do along with Mr Burt each week. At the beginning of the term, our Koreros were alright but they needed improving. I feel that we have improved a lot but we still have Term 3 and 4 to get better! I hope that Term 3 can be as excellent and exciting as this term and maybe even better!

Up the Pipe

Last week my literacy group, Aoraki were given the task to read the text "Up the Pipe" We then had to complete this presentation which was created by our Literacy teacher Mrs Tele'a. I found this activity a little bit tricky because a lot of the questions required me to  look between the lines to get the answer. Even though it was challenging, I did enjoy it, I think that it helped me because it made me think a lot. I look forward to more activities like this next term. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Week 11 Maths Presentation

This is my last maths activity for Term 2 2015. It is the Week 11 Presentation and this week is all about volume word problems. It is full of questions that require us to work out the volume of rectangular prisms. I enjoyed this task because, even though it wasn't as challenging as the other presentations, it gave me the chance to practice my new skill of being able to calculate the volume of rectangular prisms. I think that I am quite good at doing this now that I have practiced it. I would like to do more of this next term, even if the skill is quite easy, I would still like to do a presentation on it to practice and get used to it.

ANZAC Animation Term 2 2015

This is my animation for Term 2 2015. It is a bit delayed because I haven't had much time to put the images into imovie so I could post it on my blog. It is an animation of poppies and a ANZAC memorial that I drew from the front angle, the back angle and from the side angle. I hope you enjoy it :-)