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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

GEGNZ Student Summit @ Ormiston junior college

Today the year 7 & 8 extension got the chance to attend a GEGNZ summit, at Ormiston Junior collge. Over 400 students came to show and participate in their own workshops.

We arrived half an hour early which means we got the opportunity to take a quick look around, when it was time we met in the auditorium. We were introduced to some people who made the day possible and we also talked about some of the house keeping rules and we were introduced to the "Young ocean explorers" father and daughter who explore all different reefs of the ocean searching for sealife they even have their own t.v show where they show different animals and tips on how to keep our ocean life safe. Our Senior extension group were split into 2 groups 1 group was set a task for one workshop to show students from other schools how we produce our own news network that is played around the whole school and to get them to participate in making their own news network. The other workshop was showing students how to create their own game using scratch code.

 The schools that weren't presenting had the choice to either visit other workshops or just set up their own for the up coming rotation. The first workshop our group went to was a robotic workshop. Teaching us all about how to code mini robots and about the makey makey device and also teaching us h
ow to play coding games using an iPad and mini blocks. In the end we were also lucky enough to take a photo with one of the teachers who recently moved from our school to ormiston Junior.

My groups rotation was the scratch game. We were in a crowded room so it was hard to hear what we were saying. We introduced the project scratch and then we presented while roaming around the room helping students with code and teaching them how to make their own game. There were heaps of errors like the sever not connecting or it being to slow and not being able to access the scratch sever. In the end only one game was almost completed all the rest either had their code messed up or just weren't completed.

Overall I think that this being my first time at the GEGNZ summit was a good first impression. The school itself gave us ideas about making our school a better place and also the different workshops about code, sealife and even creating our own characters.





Friday, 4 August 2017

I wonder



Ever wondered what it's like to be on the moon? Well with the terms topic being 'Guardians of the galaxy' our whole block has been figuring out some of the questions that have been on our mind about the moon, galaxy, sun and more. We've put our questions into presentations named 'I wonder'. The main point of the presentation was to help us get some ideas about what we want to animate this term, the questions we've asked will be turned into animations showing our answer and the understanding we've come to. Read my groups presentation to find out more about my ideas!


How to look interested when your not...

WALT: Identify the different places, speeches/talks that are given and how they are designed for delivery.

Let’s be honest we’ve all been that one person in class who doesn’t care or understand what the teachers talking about. Well here are some ways to look interested when your really not!

So the first thing you should do is act like you understand what their talking about. If you really don’t understand partner up with someone who does and when they tell you their ideas say you got the same answer. It will make them believe that you understand the subject and also make you look smart.

Second thing to do is raise your hand when the teacher asks questions. It is something to do at your own risk of being chosen but just hope that your teacher doesn’t choose you. If you do get picked and you don’t know the answer there's always that one student that will shout out the answer even though the teacher says not to. Use their answer but put it into your own words and make it sound like that was your idea the whole time.

The last thing to do would be to sit up close to the teacher, teachers usually pick the people at the back which are the noisy ones, the ones who don’t listen. When the teacher stares at you look at someone next to you and act like yous are sharing the same answer. If she continues to stare at you pretend to put your hand up and when she finally looks away put your hand down.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Space race



Here is my reading presentation for this week. The text that we were given was about the Space race, a competition between 2 people to see who could send the first satellite into orbit also to see who could be the first person to be put in space and on the moon. Read my presentation to see what I found out. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy


What if you were a guardian of the galaxy? Protecting earth from asteroids and meteoroids. Studying and finding out facts about if aliens are real or if there is life on mars. Truth is no one knows, but this term Pt England school are learning about the Galaxy. Each team is studying a different part of the galaxy which we got to share with each other at this morning's Immersion assembly. Guardians of the galaxy, our terms topic. Here's what our school this term is all about!

Most informative - Team 4
At today's immersion assembly, the most informative item to me was Team 4. The reason I think this item gave the most information is because the short film they made showed the most detail and set a picture in my mind about what they were trying to make us understand. Their item was about earth and about how the world is slowly starting to die. 3 brave astronauts from team 4 traveled into outer space, each to visit one different planet to see if life could be found or not. All attempts failed but all of team 4 are focusing this term on learning about the Mars mission and also about survival on other planets.

Most entertaining - Team 5
The most entertaining item to me was Team 5. The reason I think this item was the most entertaining was because there was more movement then any other items. The item started off with all of  Team 5’s teachers standing on the stage with a musical instrument. When their item started Ms Judd started singing a song that Mr Wise Men had written himself using a Moana instrumental. It was a song all about space and the different planets.

Looking forward to this term?

I am looking forward to learning more about our topic and also about what and how space and the things in space help our world. All of the teachers decorated their rooms with stars or with rockets or with short facts so I am also looking forward to reading other students blog posts.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Scratch Reflection

WALT:  Create a game on scratch 

This term in extension we were focusing on code, specifically Scratch code. Scratch is a website which allows you to make your own games using code blocks. Our extension group was split into groups of 2 or 3 our goal was to make a game with 3 levels in it. Each level getting harder we had to do everything ourselves. My partners were Presayus and Venetia. We all had something to do in the making of the game but most of the code was done by Presayus while me and Venetia stuck to drawing the backdrops and the sprites/characters. 

One of the highlights for this term would be learning more about code and learning about some blocks I didn't know how to use. Like using the X and Y to make the sprite move of even broadcasting to another level. 

There were a lot of challenges in the making of our game, learning was defiantly the hardest part about this. We didn't know what most of the blocks we used meant. I took time but finally we were able to complete 2 of our levels. Level 3 was the hardest level because we didn't know what to use as a backdrop and we also didn't know how to make the level more complicated. 

Image result for scratchLevel 1 is a simple maze that you have to get through without touching the outlines. Level 2 is a shooting level you have to shoot the enemies that are trying to kill you, if you are touched by one of the enemies you will start the game all over again but if you successfully return to the rocket you will move on to Level 3. For Level 3 all we had completed was a backdrop because of the amount of time we wasted! 

Overall I think i learnt a whole new variety of things to make on scratch but unfortunately our Scratch game is unplayable as somewhere in the coding we mucked up and we can't see the problem. Here are what our backdrops look like for each level! 


Level 1 
 Level 2
 Level 3

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Inquiry Diary

In inquiry today we finished of working on floor planner, we made a design on a girls toilet that we would like near our block to stop us from having to walk far distances just to go to the toilet. We designed it using the app floor planner, we had to measure the height and width of the area we want the toilets to go. In our group we are currently working on painting the box to make it more sturdy. 

I think overall we've been working as a team who uses time wisely. In our group we share our opinions so that when we share and show the class our finishing product we can all say we worked equally to get our project done. Here on the right is our completed floor planner design. 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Maths Recap

Sweet as poetry



Here is my reading presentation for this week, our focus was on poems. We learnt new words and we also learnt how to understand what the poems actually meant. Something to work on would be using time wisely on shorter weeks. Read my presentation to find out what else I learnt. 

Hundredths



This week for maths we've been focusing on Hundredths, we have been learning how to order them from smallest to largest also we've been learning about decimal words. Something I think I need to focus on is the houses in decimals. Here is my maths presentation. 

Monday, 12 June 2017

Plays and Poetry



Here is my reading presentation for last week. Last week was a short week as we only had 1 session for reading. We learnt about plays and poetry, comic strips and dialogues. Read my presentation to find out what else I learnt.  

Friday, 9 June 2017

Diary entry ll Inquiry


Today myself, Javan and Talita started planning our Inquiry modelling project which we call the "magical bathroom model". During this time we've been finding out about the prices and costs for the materials. Also we've been deciding where to put the toilets and showers. We have started the making of our model and we each had a job to do. 


Talita started gathering information about how much money it would cost and me and Javan went around the block taking photos of where we thought the bathrooms should go. Here is where we decided to put the bathrooms. This is all our group had finished I think overall our group worked well together as a team.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Early Finishers



Here is my early finishers work for this week, I learnt how to divide numbers to a decimal and also how to multiply. I also learnt more about the mean, mode, median and the range. Here is my completed presentation 

Data Usage



Here is my maths presentation for this week, we learnt about probability. We also learnt about the mean, median, range and the mode. 

Friday, 2 June 2017

Home learning



This presentation is our home learning for and has been for the past 2 weeks, one of the things I learnt is that I need to spent more time on math whizz because at school we are sometimes hardly on. At home my goal is to spend at least 30 minutes a day. Here is my presentation. 

Biogas in Nz and India



Here is my reading presentation for this week. In this presentation we learnt about how to different countries (New Zealand & India) reuse waste to create Methane gas also about how they use this gas to cook with. Read my presentation to find out what I learnt. 

Complex Sentences



Here is my complex sentences presentation. In this presentation we learnt about independent clauses (complete thought) and also dependent clauses (incomplete thought) too. We had to highlight the differences red and blue and here is what I came up with, read my presentation to find out what else I learnt. 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Key Competency - Managing Self ll Probability

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Today our class is focusing on our Key Competencies. Our aim was to stay on task and see how much progress we make for maths in one maths block. This should set the standard for how much work we complete each time we have numeracy.

Our two learning intentions were:
WALT: 1. Show how much progress we can make in one maths session
2. Articulate what we are learning about.

I completed my whole presentation within this maths block, something that helped what moving away from friends that distract you or even things that do too. What I learnt is that time can go way more quickly then you think so using your time wisely is something I will continue to do..


Here is my maths work...




62 MOONS around 1 planet?


In Extension today we did some research about NASA and planets, I chose to research about Saturn and all its 62 confirmed moons. Here is what I learnt and some facts about the planet Saturn. Read this to find out what I learnt. 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Making clever clothes l Keeping houses warm or cool



Here is my reading presentation for last week, I had finished it but hadn't posted it on my blog but here it is. In this presentation we had to texts the first being "Making clever clothes" (about Stewart Collie and his job as a technologist) and the second "Keeping houses warm or cool" (about what and how different countries were insulating their houses. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Statistics



Here is my Statistics maths work for this week, We had to learn new Statistics Vocabulary that would help us in this presentation like Mode, Median and range. We also learnt how to use a Stem and Leaf, Read my presentation to find our what I learnt 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Statistical Literacy



Here is my Statistical Literacy maths learning for this week, for maths this week we learnt how to solve maths problems with words in them and how to read a Pie Graph and a Bar Graph. We learnt also how to make these Graphs we had word problems that we had to solve making our own graphs and here is my presentation., 

Heat Transfer Diagram


Here is my diagram that shows how heat from the body can transfer from one thing to another, it shows 5 different way that you transfer heat probably in your every day life. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Staying Warm ll Keeping Cool



Here is my reading presentation for last week. Me and my group found this presentation a bit hard as finding information in the text. In the text we had to find out about sea animals and humans that transfer heat. Here is my presentation 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Maths Grid


When maths starts we usually do a 10 minute warm up, Maths grid. A 12 by 12 time table that's helps us with all our timetables from 1 - 12. We write our numbers down and Mrs Ilaoa starts the timer when you have completed the Maths Grid you say "time" and you will be given a number. Today the time I got was 5:49 (5 minutes and 49 seconds. 

We do this almost every maths lesson in hope of beating your previous score!


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Multi Text ll Water Worn ll Making Driftwood furniture ll Coral Reefs ll



Here is my presentation that I had to finish for this week, Inside are multiple stories the first is Water worn a story about a class experiment that took one teacher by surprise. The second text Making driftwood furniture was about Ian a man who dedicated his life to making driftwood furniture using strong wood from off the beach and the last story Coral reefs, a story about how Coral reefs are an endangered species. 

A fun weekend

Walt: use the title, introduction, information and conclusion structure.

What's your idea of a fun weekend? In Auckland we have loads of things to do spending time with the family, going out to the beach or even having sleepovers with your friends. Here's some of the things I do during a Fun weekend. 

One idea is to have a big breakfast obviously after you've slept in. It could be bacon and eggs, pancakes, yogurt anything really it's your choice. You could even cook a big breakfast for the family. Breakfast in the weekend is much more better because you don't have to rush around finding something to eat, you can just wake up whenever you want and take your time when making something to eat. 

Another idea is to was to have a sleepover with your friends, you can build forts, watch movies
and the best thing is you can talk for as long as you want and go sleep late at night or early in the morning. The best thing is probably getting snacks when you have sleepovers usually your parents are kinder than normal so they offer to buy snacks so if that's your parent consider yourself lucky.

I hope now you have some ideas of what to do in the weekends to make it a fun weekend, So what would you do to make your weekend fun?

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Here is my writing about a fun weekend, it gives you an idea of what you can do in the weekends. Read my writing to find out some of the things you can do to make your weekend fun. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Water Worn ll Making Driftwood furniture ll Coral reefs



In this presentation is work from last week and this week, room 3's literacy class have been finishing off our work properly for 2 weeks now and this is what we have been learning. We have three different texts, first text was Water worn second text was Making Driftwood furniture and the third one is Coral reefs. All three texts were used in this presentation and we had to answer questions about the different texts. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Fractions ll 2017



This is a Fractions presentation, for the past 2 weeks room 5 maths have been focusing on fractions. So in this presentation we had to see which fractions were greater than, less than or if they were equal. Heres what my answers were. 

Fraction Word Problems ll 2017



This week for maths we had to finish this Fraction word problems presentation. In this presentation are word problems like if __ is 1/6 then how many are altogether. I worked some of these problems out with my group and here is what I came up with. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hidden Figures ll 2017

On Wednesday the 8th of March the yr 7 and 8 extension group got the chance to go on a trip to watch the movie Hidden Figures. It's a 2 hour movie about three African/American ladies who served in NASA to help with the launch of an astronaut and putting them into orbit. Before this trip I had already watched this although my favourite part about this trip was that we were allowed to bring as much food as we wanted. This movie helped me to realise that achieving your goals can be hard but it can be done. Here is a small clip with photos and short videos from our trip. 

 


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Writing RESULTS!

Talofa Lava and welcome to my blog! Recently we sit a writing test and today we got the chance to see our results. Here are the results and from the marks I've received I think I did good. We were marked by our Ideas, structure, organisation, vocabulary, sentence, punctuation and spelling. As you can see the 3 elements I've had trouble with were Ideas, structure and sentences but however I hope I will have improved by the end of the year!



Element
Ideas
Structure
Organisation
Vocabulary
Sentence
Punctuation
Spelling
Rubric
Score
4-5
4
5
5
4
5
5
Moderated
4









Tuesday, 21 March 2017

No more water?



Lately we've been focusing on the topic Water. Auckland is now in a water crisis as in if the problem is not solved we will run out of clean water to use. Here is my presentation about the water crisis in Auckland. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

This is Pasifika!

What a day! The hot sun in my face slightly blinding me of my view. Polyfest was great, yesterday our year 7 and 8 students got the chance to go and visit the polyfest event. Every year since 1976 schools and groups perform dances or songs representing the cultures in hope of taking home a shining trophy. This is my review of our trip to polyfest.

My first highlight would be the Police activity. We all had to sit in front of a Police van and listen to the cops tell us what it’s like to be a police officer. We asked questions and then the police officers picked two people from the audience to do ten push ups on the floor then they had to pick two people to handcuff. My friend Rosalina picked me from the crowd. I was then handcuffed and taken to jail which was actually a board cut out to look like a jail. It was fun and I learnt about what it’s like to be a police officer.

My second highlight would be the Pasifika Proud activity. We all split into six equal groups and we each had one main word to learn about and my groups word was Reciprocity. We learnt that it meant to be generous and kind towards others. Also to share if you see someone with no lunch or to respect different things like cultures, different dress codes or even respecting your siblings. I found this fun because we were fortunate enough to get to sit on comfy chairs with fluffy cushions in the shade. Lastly we took a group photo and changed to the next rotation.  

This is important to students because sometimes learning more about your own or different cultures can be hard. Some people would rather make it more fun and take part in these polyfest groups to show that they care and are interested in learning more about their own cultures. Sometimes surprisingly students like to take part in other cultures other than theirs to learn and compare the differences in how two cultures that seem alike are fairly different. I consider it a very brave thing to do!


Once the day almost ended I finally got the chance to sit down with my group and talk about what we think Polyfest is about over all.  I explained to my group what I thought and that was that Polyfest is about a time of learning the different cultures. It’s a time of families and communities gathering together to share and connect cultures. Also some parents and siblings learning and watching their older relatives performances. I think that learning about different cultures was the most important.

This post is about the Year 7 and 8's trip to polyfest. Its a reflection about some of the things we learnt and the purpose of the trip and what it meant to us and students participating! Here is my post!


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Thinkboard - Week 7



This week my group and I have been working on this, think board. The think board helped me and to understand with what im learning about.

Maths Problems Week 7



This week for maths we had to complete this presentation, this presentation had a mixture of maths word problems. Their were decimals, percents, and fractions in this presentation and we had to show our working out too. Here is my presentation!

Monday, 13 March 2017

Double text - Water as the source of life, Tarakura of the Rangitaiki Plains


    
One week ago for our reading task we had a task with two readings, I found this a bit hard as there were two different texts involved, so I have been working on this throughout the weekend. The first text was about "Water as the source of life" we had to research and use the texts provided to find two different cultures and compare their beliefs on water. The second text is about Tarakura of the Rangitaiki plains, we had to find the definitions for words and answer the questions about myths. I also made this WANTED poster, read my presentation to find out why. 


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Place Value - Decimals



This week for maths we learnt about decimals and how to find the difference between two decimals. We had to show out our working throughout this presentation and we had to had to find the place value for the number provided in this presentation. Here is my presentation. 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Place Value Houses



WALT: Demonstrate use of new knowledge about Place Value. Add and subtract decimals to 3 decimal places. This week we had a small task to put a range of numbers into their place value houses, He I have put the numbers in their separate value houses. Take a look and see what you have learned from it. 

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Differences between decimals



This presentation is an early finishers post, We had to show our working on the differences between the 2 decimal numbers. We had to round numbers and add to get the right answer. Here is my presentation. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Connecting Fractions, Decimals & Percentages



This week my maths class have been focusing on Fractions and connecting them with decimals and percentages, throughout this presentation we had to connect the equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages together. The bottom picture is a match up task, we had to connect three hexagons together with the same meaning on them. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Water Worries


An Interview with a Glass of Water - Water Wise Poster




Here is my presentation about an interview with a glass of Water, I answered the questions and have learnt that Water can travel for a very long time around the world. I have also made this poster with a saying on it that shows what I think meant a lot to water. Find out what other interesting things I learnt by reading my presentation. 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Maths Word Problem





This is my Word problems presentation, We had to solve the equations and write how we got the answer for all these questions. Finally we had to choose a equation from the presentation and make a short poster using shapes to show our working on how we solved the problem. 

Monday, 13 February 2017

Number of the Week

WALT: Illustrate (draw/show) the steps we used to solve each problem. 



Here is my maths presentation about learning numbers and the different types of maths equations you can do with them. I randomly chose a number between 1 - 2000 and used it throughout this activity, Find out what number I chose by reading my presentation. Enjoy

Friday, 10 February 2017

Kete of Knowledge



 

Walt: Make connections between our prior knowledge and examples within the text in order to understand more abstract ideas in the text.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Bring it On 2017!

Image result for class of 2017Talofa Lava, Welcome to my blog. I am a year 8 student at Pt England School.
I've been attending this school since I was 5 years old and I am now starting my last year in the Team 5 block, Room 3 with my teacher Mrs Tele'a.  A subject that I like best would be reading, especially in quiet places or with friends.  Maths is another subject which I think is something I'm not as confident about, I definitely look forward to learning more about this subject.

I am owned to a family of 8 and I am part Samoan.  Last Christmas I had a life changing experience to visit a beautiful place I like to call home, Samoa. I learnt a lot during this experience including to be grateful for what you got.  I learnt that being a student here in New Zealand gives you such a better future and education.  Whereas in Samoa some kids don't have the money or the resources to even attend school.  This experience pushed me to try harder in my learning this year and to achieve my Goals.  One goal being to receive Dux or even to just move up a few levels.

Thanks for visiting my Blog, Keep visiting to stay updated and join me on my last journey with Pt England School.