Friday, 15 September 2017

Phases of the Moon

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Hello blog viewers, welcome to my blog. This is a continuation of my learning about our solar system. I have just begun learning about the moon phases and about the Waning & Waxing.

“Phases of the Moon & how they appear the way they appear”

When less than half of the moon is lit by the sun it is called ‘crescent.’ When more than half of the moon is lit by the sun it is called ‘gibbous.’ ‘Waxing Gibbous’ indicates the part of the moon that is lit and growing. Whereas the ‘Waning Gibbous’ is the part of the moon that is lit and shrinking.

There are eight phases of the moon in all. The lunar cycle begins with the ‘New Moon Phase’ this is when the moon is not visible from the earth because the half of the moon that faces away from the earth is lit and we can only see the dark side.

To be continued...

Our Solar System

This is our Solar System. This image is an image of poster that a friend and I created. I'm sure that you've seen a diagram like this. This display was just to show our understanding of the Solar System. You can check out more of my learning about the solar system later on in my learning journey. Thank you.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Fun With Shapes

Walt: Draw a 2D representation of a 3D model. Draw a plan for the side, front and top view of a 3D model.

These slide are just a continuation of our learning from Monday the 28th of august. This presentation will show all of our images and if our buddies had gotten the 3D model correct.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Oral Language

WALT: write a speech to present to take part in our speech competition

Task: In team 5 we had a speech competition. For this activity; every student had to write a speech of any topic. All of us students had to present our speech to our literacy class and we were given a mark by our teacher. We were marked out of 25. To get high scores we had to memorize our speech & look up at the audience. We also had to project our voices so that the teacher heard us from the back of the classroom. 

Speech Finalists: After the teacher had marked us, there were 3 top students selecte to take part in the competition against the other speech finalists from the other classes. Fortunately I was chosen to be one of these finalists along with Yvonne and Atareita.

Which speech appealed mos to me?: When it came to when we had to present our speeches;  most of us were quite nervous. But when we presented it wasn't really obvious. I really enjoyed Mubashir's speech. He spoke about wanting to be a president for one day. He stated some really good points on how to be a cool president. I reckon if Mubashir we to be a president he would be a great one.
There were two judges Mrs Judd and Ms Tapuke. They are the one's who are deciding which person wins the part as being the speaker who gets topeak at our school assembly one Friday. I can't wait to find out who that lucky person is. 

Monday, 28 August 2017


Walt - 1): draw a 2D representation of a 3D model 
2) draw a plan for the side, front and top view of a 3D model
Our task was to buddy up with someone and draw a 2D representation of a 3D model.  We had to use our maths books to line out the blocks to make a rocket ship from three views; top, side & front. After we drew our designs we had to show it to our buddy so that they could use actual blocks to make our design. This task was obviously based on geometry. I think that the purpose of this activity was to test our selves to see how much we knew about geometry.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Number Knowledge

Number knowledge, how much do you know about numbers? Well this week I have been learning how to add & subtract negative numbers. While I was completing this google presentation I learnt that when you add a positive to a negative it makes more of a positive. And when you takeaway a big number from a smaller number than it goes into negatives. For example; 12 - 34 = -22 Now you have a go!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

GEGNZ Student Summit

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Have you ever heard of GEGNZ? Well our Yr 7 & 8 extension group got the opportunity to attend this Google Education Group New Zealand Student Summit. This took place at Ormiston Junior College and Primary on Friday the 11th of August and we were accompanied by many other schools around New Zealand. There about four hundred other students there for this event.

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At the beginning of the Summit we all met in the college hall/theatre. The opening speech was from the Young Ocean Explorers. They spoke to us about their underwater adventures and what they had experienced. The explorers were a farther and a daughter. They shared with us their scariest experience and their best experience and it influenced me to be brave around the ocean.

Image result for gegnz student summit 2017The schools that attended this event got to either explore workshops or host a workshop showing what they had created using technology or coding. There were a lot of fun and creative entertaining workshops we got to choose from on that day. We had three sessions, in our first selection of workshops we were taught how to use all these different entertaining technology, they were, makey makey, Ozmo, Mbot, and many more. In our second session it was our turn to host a workshop, we had at least three people acting as game guiders and the rest of us presented at our stand.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Future Footprint

Walt: Create a positive digital footprint

Here is what we have been learning for Inquiry this term we had to explore people who are know for good things in New Zealand.Go to slide five to view my future footprint and what I want to achieve in my future. Please leave a comment if you are interested.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Space Invaders

Have you ever created a game using code? Well if you are 13 years of age, your not quite experienced, your partner keeps slacking off and you have made one; then you know exactly what state I am in right now. Stressing at first but relieving when it is finally complete.

For the past 10 weeks my partner, Cameo and I were assigned to create a game on scratch using our knowledge from last terms experience. The theme was based on space. We needed to include space facts that we read off sites and set challenges for the main sprite in our game.

Starting our Game
Getting started was not a problem but moving on to the next levels was quite tricky. We had to broadcast our sprite on to another backdrop and add a code to the backdrop to receive the broadcast so it would switch backgrounds. If that second step wasn't included than the background would stay the same which was frustrating at times.

Problem Solving
Our second level had the most issues, when trying to get our sprite (spaceship) to shoot at the enemies. Luckily, we had the internet! Tutorials were really useful when we had no help from Zoe. We were eager to learn and extend our knowledge of coding especially if we didn't have an experienced coding adult in the room who worked at O.M.G Tech to help us with it.

Highlight Levels
Level three and four were our easiest levels to work on. The third level had 15 martians attacking and one bullet point where you had to get to; to receive your bit of space information. Our fourth and last level, showed the earth orbiting the sun and had some obstacles around it to block the sprites way from reaching earth.

Unfortunately, my partner and I were terrible at communicating. We also weren't the best group at managing our time wisely. Our game could have been better and more complex if we had done so. So these are one of the main things we need to work on for next time.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy

Can you imagine starting off the day of the term with an alien invasion? It was pitch black in the hall, a UFO (drone) flew onto the stage and two hideous aliens appeared out of the UFO. Luckily it was just an act for part of our school topic this term which is ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

Team 1’s focus for this term's topic is on the moon, sun and where they at night and day. For their performance they showed a movie of their teachers flying off to space in their cars. The second team was quite similar to team 1’s focus about the two elements and the earth. Their movie was quite different though, they were dancing in space and it showed that they were in different planets enjoying themselves and life in space.

Team 3’s movies talked about time and what they did during school times. During the film they showed their favourite part of the day at school and their most favourite was 3pm when they went running home happily and screaming. Their main focus is on time and why scientists time.

Our team, team five had the most entertaining performance of all, I reckon. Mrs Judd sang a lovely cover of “How far I’ll I go” written over by Mr Wiseman. The lyrics said what our focus was which was about the moon and the impacts it has on the earth.

But I think that team 4 had the most informative item. They thought about life on the other planets in the galaxy and put that all into one movie. Unfortunately, every time they approached a planet they’re ships exploded. So their main topic was to take care of our own planet and being guardians of our own galaxy.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Problem Solving

Walt: solve word problems using multiple strategies

Its week 10 the last week of the term. But its not holidays yet and luckily I have finished my work on time. This and last week in numeracy we have been doing a bit of problem solving. We learnt how to solve problems using different strategies. Some of these strategies we did not know the title for but the main one was partitioning. When using the strategy; partitioning, its important to know you place values.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sweet as Poetry

Walt: Oral Language - analyse and adopt spoken texts with expression and confidence

This week in literacy we have still been carrying out our knowledge of poems and expressing ourselves more. We have learnt more about how we need to talk with expression, projecting our voice and making our words loud and clear.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Plays and Poetry

Walt:Analyse and adapt spoken text with expression and confidence

This week our focus is on plays and poetry. Our text is a play and we are learning how to be confident and speak clearly in front of an audience. I know I have achieved this goal when I am able to speak confidently in front of an audience and not hesitate.


Walt: recognize and understand hundredths

This week our focus is on decimals fractions and percentages. The main thing is actually decimals and the column we are learning to understand about is the hundredths column. We also have a key competency to focus on as well which is to competent thinkers. This key competency will be carried out until next week and I know I have achieved this when I am thinking carefully about the equations and making good decisions of who to sit with in class.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Making Pt England Successful

Now that’s thinking Diary

Name: Myztique, Seini, Cameo
Chosen Idea: Lockers

Each week write down what your group achieved.
  • Explain what you contributed towards that week's achievements.
  • Note any problems you or your group are experiencing.
  • What did you learn this week?

Need (Project)
Our Project is to make bag hooks for classrooms in the school who are in need of them. During our research we have learnt that only team 4 and 5 are the only groups that need bag hooks. In team 5 we have most of the student bags on the ground instead of on the bag hooks that we have in our space, some student say the we need more bag hooks so that the students bags can fit on one side of each bag hooks.

We met with Mrs Tele’a to confirm our project and we also shared with her the materials needed and the quantity needed to make this possible. We talked about how many hooks could fit on one pole and how many rows we wanted. Soon we decided to have eight on each pole for now and we also wanted a lock plan for the lockers as many are locked with lost combinations. We also talked about what we needed for our project and what the amount of bag hooks, screws and and hammers we need in this project.

For every Friday our team, team 5 split up into our inquiry groups (swimming groups). Room 3's Inquiry group is just our home class, today we had to continue working on our projects from last week which is making things that would make our school more successful. We had to list all the materials we need and let Mrs Tele'a know so that she would provide them for us.  

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Using Data

Walt: Collect and organise data

What is data usage? Data is another word for information so we use the data that we've learnt to put into our answers for the equations given to us. We were to complete questions that included probability and graphs.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Warm... Cold

Walt: Evaluating - I gather, and synthesize to evaluate information across a range of text

Making clever clothes.. isn't that clever? There are some pretty clever things that we can create but Stewart Collie make clever clothes like, fire and stab resistant gowns for patients in hospitals, built in mp3 in a jacket, electrical socks to warm your feet and more! Also different housing insulation, there are different material to make these insulators.

Environmental Gas

Walt: Evaluating - I gather, and synthesize to evaluate information across a range of text

For this week in literacy we read about environmental gases. We had to read to different text and the two gases they talked about was Biogas made of fresh dung, and methane gas from rubbish dumps. Biogas is formed when fresh dung goes into a Biogas Plant and goes out one side into you kitchen where the stove is. This gas is used for cooking which is really useful. The Methane gas provides electricity and that is also very useful. I really enjoyed learning about these environmental gases and if there was a power outage I would have a solution in mind.

Thursday, 1 June 2017


Walt: Interpret information from different graphs

For this week we were introduced to a new type of graph which is the dot plot. In this presentation there were many things included for our learning such as, statistics, reading diagrams and probability. I had to gather information from the graph to answer the question with and I found really easy to find information from this graph. I am very excited and looking forward to learning more about different graphs and how they're laid out.


Walt: Calculate the probability of an event happening

Probability... what is it? Probability is the likeliness of something happening. At the end of this presentation we got to do our own experiment around probability using a coin. With a toss of a coin there are only two chances that the coin will land on heads. I think that I have achieved the WALT because I am very positive that my answers are correct and I understand what probability is now.  What I have learnt from this lesson is how to predict what is going to happen in a probability experiment. For example, if you had 7 marbles in your hand, 5 transparent and 2 red what is the chance of you picking out a red marble? Please leave a comment showing you answer and your strategy.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Space Exploration

NASA stands for:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

TechEdSat5 ISS deployment
Two engineers packing the brake into the 3U.The exo-brake will be deployed from the International space station through a small spacecraft. An exo-brake is a tension-based, flexible braking device that deploys from the rear of the satellite. It has a cross parachute. Why they deploy it from the rear of the satellite? They deploy it from the rear of the satellite because the cross-like parachute drags in space and so it will give them time to scan around the space station and around the satellite itself.

A Brief History Of Space Exploration
In the 1930s to 1940s Nazi Germany saw the possibility of using long-distance rockets as weapon. In 1961 Alan Shepard became the first American to fly into space.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Literacy / Numeracy

For this week we started learning about statistics. Although some of us knew about it already, most of us forgot. This presentation was really good in our session because we learnt a bit more than we already knew. We got create bar graphs and pie graphs using data from a question. 

Exciting Numeracy

Walt: Interpret information from a graph
This week we have been learning more about statistics and creating different graphs. The graph that we had to make was a stem and leaf graph. Stem is the tens column and the leaf is the ones column.    

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Heat On The Move

This is our group diagram that we created about the Heat Transfer Process. We found these facts on the text that we read called Warming up and Cooling Down. My partner Mitchell and I created this diagram. Please feel welcome to leave a comment if you like.

Staying Warm, Keeping Cool

This presentation was our task for this week. We had to write about the differences of how human, huskies and seals keep warm. For the last few slides we had to find a partner from our group to work with. Check out our diagram that my partner and I created.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Multiplication Challenge

Today in numeracy class we started off with a warm up which was a maths grid. This activity helps us to get faster at answering multiplication questions. My time for completing this was 6:22 minutes. Next time we do the maths grid I want to get a faster time then I did before. 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Remembering Pass Knowledge

This week for numeracy our class is just revising on the things we learnt last term. Our teacher decided to test our memory and see how much we remember from term one. This term I am going to work on getting better at what I wasn't good at last term.

Creating Code

This presenttion is a reflection of a game that a group of people and I have created. It includes the rules of our game, our sprites/avatars and challenges. The two other people I created the game with was Moroni and Danielle. If you would like to have a go at our game here is a link. Have a go and enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Introducing Our Learning

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Immersion Assembly, have you ever heard of that before? Every first day of a new term our school has an assembly where the teachers introduce our learning for each team. They were to perform a skit or make a movie all about our learning this term. The overall topic for this term that the whole school is focusing on is called “Now that’s Thinking”.

First up was team one, their learning is based on matariki and they will be making kites with different designs of their own creation so that they could fly them during the term. Team two and three are also doing the same and team four is looking at how the technology has changed now, since the olden days.   

I’m in team five, our teachers were the only team who did something besides from a movie. They performed a skit. Their skit was about fixing things around the school to make our learning better. It was really entertaining, so was all the other teams movies.

I am very looking forward to learning new things this term. Some of my learning goals for this new term is to improve more in my writing and to be more confident in presenting presentations in front of an audience.