Monday, 7 December 2015

Our poetry slideshow!

Description: in Troys writing we had to make some cinquains ( cinquains are a Christmas tree shape and their like that because of the amount of syllables in each line 1. 2 sounds 2. 4 sounds 3. 6 sounds 4. 8 sounds 5. 2 sounds/ syllables) and free verse ( free verse poems are when you can do anything with it and it doesn't have to rhyme) and put them on a google slide and decorate it.

Here is the link to the slide

Feedback:I read your poems and felt so many strong emotions Devin. You are an amazing writer

Feed forward: keep writing as you have a real talent. We talked about your title and I am glad you changed "nice" to lovely. Make sure the words you use really describe how you feel. Charlotte 

Evaluation: I think that I  did well on my poems because of how emotional it makes me feel but next time I could make the free verse poem easier to read.

Friday, 27 November 2015


Description: in Troys writing group we are learning cinquains they are when you have a certain amount of syllables per 5 lines line one is 2 syllables line two is 4 syllables line 3 is 6 syllables line 4 is 8 syllables and line 5 is 2 syllables. Here is one of my cinquains for this cinquain we had to make it about our passion my passion is YouTube 


                                                 My whole life

                                   Laughing, Minecrafting, Gaming
                                     Wishing to meet them forever

 I think that you did a good job.
I think that You need to work on your language.harriet

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Free verse poetry

In my bed reading, 
Silent sorry rivers streaming down down down, 
A cruel school, 
A servant girl, 
No imagining,
No pa pa, 
No fun, 
Why, why, why was that era so harsh?
Your sad ring has made me feel love, 
Thanks little princess you are forever in my heart.

Evaluation: I think that the sense I used (feel) worked really well in my poem, and I think that when I used repitition it helped my poem to stand out a bit more. I think that next time I could add more descriptive words to explain the time it took place. 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Self managing

Description: this term we are putting our selfs on the agency wall I putting myself on self managing because I think I need to make better choices about my independent learning. We used a student agency framework page to help us find our goals.

Here is a photo of the sheet:

My goal is: I make good choices about my independent learning activities so I can meet the weekly requirements.

I can achieve this goal by: choosing better places to work on my activities for the requirements.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Writing term 4

Description: this term for writing I am doing poetry I needed to write a free verse poem. Free verse poetry is when there is no rhyming in the poetry and different types of things that are in writing e,gsimiles as loud as a lions roar. Anyway here is my poem!

 Drawing on the chalkboard. Humming joyfully, then suddenly a loud scream, what's happening?

dad scrambling to my rescue. Blood trickling down down down. It hits the carpet, plip plop plip 

plop, a huge rumbling sound as loud as fireworks. The car, driving in the cold dark car, waiting in 

the slow warm hospital, quietly drifting off to sleep. I awake. I look down, stitches around the top 

of my pinkie, what happened?

Monday, 19 October 2015

Discovery time

Description: we have started doing discovery time again! Yay now we do discovery time every Monday afternoon this week I did mine craft with my friends gracie and Harriet we went on Gracie's world to do some more of our palace l

And my survival world to work on my pool l

Today for discovery time I did mine craft
I showed creativity by making a pool with the help of my friends
I showed agency by letting my friends join my world 
I showed exelency by getting a lot done on both worlds
Next week for discovery time we are going to improve my secret room!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Term 4 reading

Description: this term for reading we are doing book bash. Book bash is when you choose three of ten books on a survey and read one of them with a group that wants to read the book to but with a teacher before you start reading though you need to make a predictor about what you think the book is going to be about. My book is the spiral chrysalis

This is what hooked me in:

Title: the title of the the book got me thinking if I read this what would happen would there be a town 
inside the chrysalis? Or would there be something magnificent so I decided to find out. I thought that maybe the chrysalis was a rare butt fly that hatches after 1000 years.

Blurb: what hooked me in from the blurb was that it said don't breath on it or else it will die that hooked me on because if it were to die if you breathed on it wouldn't the make it die because the wind is kind of like human breath.

Cover design: the cover design hooked me in because of the way the curly white lines make the cover look magical a magical book hooks me in because I love how if you believe in magic then you can believe that anything can happen.

Prediction: I think the person is going to breath on the chrysalis and something bad is going to happen. 

Now that we've read the first few chapters we need to create six questions and answer all or three of them here is my buddies first few questions

1) create a new character for the story. Here is my character Her name is toycia

2) what is your opinion of the doors? I think that the doors are a wonderful addition to the story because than it gives some suspense when people open the doors.

3)in your own words explain the chrysalis. It is a sapphire blue colour with a ruby red light shining through the middle it has a big spiral wrapping around it and it is as big as an bumble bee

Friday, 25 September 2015

Tic tac toes term 3

Description: this term for reading we do tic tac toes as I may have talked to you about in previous blog posts. So for this tic tac toe we had to write down what we could do to help a person that got bitten by a poisonous spider. If you write 10 souloutions you are a novice and 20 is pro.

Here is a picture of my tic tac toe.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Te Reo

Description: this term we are doing te Reo it is when we learn Maori instead of doing kappa haka we hMave been learning about the moari body we had to make any kind of presentation that our chosen audience can understand for audience I chose an adult diagram!

Bi: we made a poster for adults and we took a photo of a person (me) for a background and then we put the moari words and English words by the body part! For some we used the song to tenana ki roto a.k.a the hokey pokey 

Evaluation: I think that I could work on making it more for adults but I think it would be good material for teenagers. 

Feedback: The poster is very good & might make some smiles on adults.
Feed forward: next time you can work on is not typing to fast because there is M in have in the Description.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Passion project term 3

Description: this term I am doing passion projects for my passion project I am doing SPCA cupcake day although it has already been now in the stage I am in is planning for next years cupcake day. I have been sorting out a pni with the people I am working with for passion project. A pni is: P stands for positive N stands for negative and I stands for ideas so I am making a pni list for next years SPCA cupcake crew!

This is a photo of things we could Improve.

And this is a photo of the day!

Bi: a passion project is when your passionate about something and bring it to life this term I worked with Abby again and Olivia F. My main passion is baking but I know next term I will be really interested in something else because minds change.

Evaluation: when I started I thought wow I can't wait this is going to be easy! But as the time went past it got harder. But in the end it went GREAT! I think that used my time wisely I even catched  up to my class learning next I want to work making the cupcake day more organised than this year.


Production maths!

Description: we are learning multiplication and division. this term we are doing production so we decided to do some maths on it my math group is with my new teacher rebbeca we have been doing for our production we did division and multiplication.

This is the question photo

This is my first question that I did for math!

Bi: the first question was a division question so the question is 52 divided by 8 and I used my happy hundreds board to work it out the answer was 6 remainder 4. a remainder is when there are some left.

This is my second question!

Bi: the second question was a multiplication question so the question is 6x4 and I used my happy hundreds board to work it out the answer was 24  I know this because I know 16+8=24 I used my 4 and 2 times tables to work it out.

Evaluation: I think that the first the first question was a bit hard because I don't really know my divided by's but it was good practice
I think I could work on using my 2s 4s & 3 times tables more often in division

Feedback: I like the way u put it into a poster. Ross
Feedforward: I think you could work on your divisions without using 2s 3s & 4 times tables. Ross

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Writing post term 3

Description: this term for writing I am in words for writing and we had to make a piece of writing ( any kind ) that is about life I am with Kate for words and she is teaching me a lot I chose to make a comic with my favorite book character telling a speech about life!

Here is my writing!

My goal for writing is precise nouns. Precise nouns are words describing the place that they are in, in this main character of my comic strip is Alex treveny from a graphic novel called night school.

Evaluation: I think I could get better at putting more precise nouns in my comic page
But I think I did well on it making sense and giving out a good message!

Feedback/Feedforward:I like how you made a comic an its your own  creation and it's different to normal comics people make. but I don't understand how it relates to your life and I think you need to make the pic bigger.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Production life/Ora

Description: this term we doing production for our production theme we are doing life/Ora in poutama for life were going to be doing wearable arts and so are other classes. We split up into different production groups 1) out of Africa 2) elements 3) heroes and villains can you guess what group I'm in? 
If you guess heroes and villains you are correct I based my villan around the legend of Zelda I am going to show you along the way how my wearable arts is going you can also see when it's finished at the production if you go. My first choice was element and my second choice was heroes and villains and I got that :) to make our garments we are doing upcyling, we are using upcyling to help things to stand especially our main piece. 

Here is my plan for my  production 21/08/15

And here is my mood board we had to make a mood board for inspiration 15/08/15

These are a few photos from this week starting on Monday the 31/8/15

Number one all of then together 

Number two the staff

My step for the staff is to make the triangle in the top and stick a torch in it then paint it!

Number three boots

Number four mask

My next step for the mask is to paint the spike and finish the other Side of the face

Next things I need to make 1. Triangle for the staff. 2. Paper over lay 3. The rest of the mask!

I will talk to you again in my next update!

16/09/15 Hello again i have now finished my garment! Here is a photo of me wearing it and you can see it in action at our production at the reagent!

Number 1

Number 2

 Here is a survey of how I went.

1) The materials that I used to create my garment were: an old dress, hot glue guns, mesh paper, a mask from the 2$ store, paints, pastels, bottles, boots, bottle caps, and more!

2) The most challenging thing about production for me was: the staff because I had to glue bottle caps onto the top of the triangle and make sure I can turn on the torch inside of the staff

3) One way I demonstrated a growth mindset during production was: figuring out how I was going to put the torch inside of the staff 

4) Something I am really proud of about production was: the mask because majoras mask from engender of Zelda looks similar but more detailed.

5) Our school vision is to create agency, creativity and excellence. I showed this by: using lots of different things for my garment three is the magic number reduce reuse and RECYCLE!

I hope you had fun with me on my adventure see you at our production!

Evaluation: I think I did well on my garment but I also think what could I make better and I think i could get better at the dress because it looks a bit plain but my main piece is my mask so that needs to shine brighter than the rest!

Feed back:you did well at following your plan-gracie
Feed forward:next time you could choose different shoes because the ones that you have don't suit your garment-gracie

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Reading sample term 3

Description: this term for reading we are doing tic tac toes again for those who don't know what tic tac toes are they are tasks we need to do during literacy we need to do three tic tac toes toes before Friday 
The tic tac toe I chose to do was interview. This particular tic tac toe makes you wright an interview with a character from a book or a character in real life. My character was lag seeing from a graphic novel I have at home
Here is a picture of the tic tac toe with the one I'm doing circled

This is a picture of the graphic novel I based the interview about it is called tegami bachi 

Big idea/learning
My goal in literacy is questioning I know I'm getting better at my goal because before I read I come up with this question and sometimes I come up with question during and after the reason why I'm getting better is because I have amazing teachers that can teach really well 

Here is my interview story

Interview with lag seeing 

Hello everyone today we have a special letter bee guest laaaaggg seeing!
So tell me lag what did you first feel like when gauche first met you? Umm well it's kinda hard to remember but I felt really angry inside because before I met gauche my mother had been taken away into this strange light near yussari, then next thing you know I found myself under this strange cross thingy and gauche told me to eat some yucky soup after that he told me to rest up and he used my name then I got really confused with anger and I shouted "WHY DID YOU TAKE MAMA INTO THE STRANGE LIGHT? You are the bad person aren't you? Then he told me he was a letter bee he also told me I was a letter I thought my mum would never abandon me instead of listening he picked me up and started taking me some where when he put me down I met his dingo rodda excuse me but what is a dingo? Oh a dingo a dingo is a letter bees companion just like Connors dingo and trust me they are exactly alike anyway rodda was kind of like me she had no mother she didn't like that pukey soup and she loved to play a little while after I met my first gaichu excuse me again can you explain what a gaichu is for our viewers who don't know what a gaichu is? Of course a gaichu is a menacing creature with no heart It's just a whole bunch of armour gauche taught me the only way to kill a gaichu is with a shindanju they way you kill is between the weak points a.k.a the open joints in the armour, a shindanju is a type of gun powered by spirit Amber the gun houses special bullets that hold fragments of the bees heart it takes a about a day for the heart to fully recover.

So lag tell me what it's like being a living shindanju?
Well its actually amazing because when I first gauche sister sylvette I got to see the heart in gauche's gun now every time I make a delivery I can shoot gauche's gun and think of such a good friend he was and after every delivery I can go home to sylvette who gave me a spare room that wasn't being used anymore but she would normally make that pukey soup for dinner.

Okay tell me about niche how is it having a child of maka as a dingo?
Well she is kinda self centred but she is a trustworthy dingo a little bit dangerous when she first flew over me I kinda regretted having here a dingo what lag does not want niche as a dingo? What no of course I want you for my dingo your amazing why are you here anyway I told you to stay with sylvette! Hey niche get back here sylvette what are doing here also I'm in the middle of an interview sorry lag but niche keep running away saying niche is not a failure I must be with lag everywhere! Awwww niche you are not a failure you protect me you have to be the best dingo ever! Other than rodda. Niche met rodda she said I was a failure no niche you are not a failure okay!

Can I ask niche a few questions yeah sure 
Okay niche how are you planning to cook steak when you the chance?
Niche gonna cook steak nice and crispy so niche hunger can get full then niche won't have to eat pukey soup for a month
Okay not really the answer I was hoping for anyway niche do you like being lags dingo? And helping him on deliveries? Niche must protect lag niche loves to be lags dingo
Not the answer I was hoping for either oh well I just need to ask two more questions niche how old are you? niche does not know
Okay then niche how many names have you had? Niche does not know 

Well that's it folks see you all next week with a very famous guest!

Feedback: I really like your story because it makes sense.
Feedforward: next time use full stops.

Evaluation: I think I did well on the interview story because I did it by myself and I really put into the pit even though there are only ten questions it took me nearly the whole of literacy to come up with the questions and write them down in a parable form but I think that I can work on next time is reading it out loud editing and making sure that there is Capital letters full stops and that it makes sense.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015


In comprehension were learning about connections!
Here is my poster to help you understand them.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Two Stars and a wish term 2

Evaluation: I think I have done well this term at being a self managing learner time to work on self directed. I think that I have completed self managing by working hard on my learning and getting everything done on time. Next I want to work on being a courageous learner because I get a little bit nervous when it comes to trying new things.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

E te reo time

Description: every Monday afternoon we do Maori this week we did an I'm hungry video. Here is the link to the video

Big idea: we did a video about asking our friend what they like and what they don't like 
Success criteria:
Pronounce the words correctly
Make your words sound clear

Feedback/feedforward:You did well at pronouncing the words but next time you shouldn't have a funny face as your face gracie

Evaluation: I think I did a good job on the video but even better at pronouncing the words next I could work on is a louder voice.

writing with elly

description: my goal for writing is conjunctions. To achieve this goal Elly's writing group made little story's .

Success criteria

. To make a plan to do the story so it isn't weird

. Put it in a blog post 

We went through multiple plans like: burger plan( there are five parts to this plan but I forgot what they are) the plan were we describe the people in the story and they plan were we set the place.

Here are some pictures of my plans

Here is my story

Evaluation: I think I haven't achieved my goal just yet but I'm going to keep trying because in the end I'll get there but my new goal should be complex sentences because I haven't used it at all!

Feedback/feed forward: I have seen you at writing time and your head down doing your work! You could say what the high lighted bits are for your writing because other people won't know what there for. 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Writing task 3

Task: to imagine that in your dream one of these abandoned places
Then write a story

Here is my story:
Last night I dreamed that I was in an abandoned fair ground. I heard footsteps coming  closer and closer I started to run, the footsteps got faster and faster, in my head I was thinking " who is this person chasing me? Is it even a person?" I got to the edge of the water. I jumped, it didn't go well,the water was covered in ICE! The ice cracked I fell in th hyperborean water, I scrambled out of the frigid water, it was hard but I did it. I ran again, the dark figure stopped me I struggled to get away, after two minutes of struggling I finally got free! I clambered onto the Ferris wheel, it gave a mighty jerk, it started rolling I knew what was going to happen next, the Ferris wheel crushed the town and I was to blame. I gave in to the dark figure I let it kill me.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Math Portfolio sample

Description: we are are learning about addition and subtraction strategies in math we were giving a piece of paper with a rebel sport catalogue it had 4 questions on the bottom to figure out with strategies here are some of them
. Rounding and compensating (it is when you round the number to the nearest ten or hundred and compensate the number you added or add the number you take away)
. Place value partitioning ( it is when you add one part of the number with the other part of the number to make the sum easier eg: 345+455=800

For question 1 I used rounding and compensating and place value partitioning)
379+345=? 724!!!!!
1 rounding and compensating) 379+1=380,345+5=350,350+380=730-6=724
2 place value partitioning) 300+300=600,70+40=110,9+5=14,110+600=710+14=724

Feedback/feedforward: I like the way you did everything on your blog.
Next time you can do a paragraph so everyone can read it easily shaiv.

Evaluation: I think I did well on rounding and compensating but I think I need to work on doubles.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Arctic fox inquiry!

YDescription: Every thursday we do science.we had to choose a teacher to do science with chose ebony. In ebonys science we are learning about animal adaptations and biological and behavioral adaptations. Biological adaptations are parts they are born with and behavioral adaptations are things that they learnt to do.

Purpose: to think like a scientist 

Success criteria: to think like a scientist.
Talk like a scientist 
Act like a scientist 

Big idea: my question was why do arctic foxes change color? I looked at lots of websights but found nothing then I came to a websight that had the info I was looking for! I decided to present my inquiry using pic collage.

Here is my pic collage 

Feedback/feedforward: I think that your poster has a bit to many words because otherwise I will get boring

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Reading Portfolio

Description: this term we started reading workshops! What are reading workshops? Reading workshops are little groups the teachers take onto the mat to learn about their goal. The goals are comprehension and expand vocabulary, if we're not at a workshop we are doing tic tac toes they are tasks that comprehension and expand vocabulary need to do there are six new ones each week we have to get three done each week. My goal is comprehension. I am going to show you one of the tic tac toe's

Here is the task I showed you.

Success criteria: to make text to text connections, text to world connections and text to self connections. Text to text is  making connections between texts. Text to self is making connections between you and the text.text to world is making connections between the world and the text.

Evaluation: I think I did well on my tic tac toe task because I think that all my other tic tac toes are a bit flimsy and don't have a lot of thought put into it but this one I'm most proud of because I had to think about the character and myself to complete it.
 Next time I  think I could work on putting more words that make me just like my book character to make it more detailed and more thoughtful to be a great piece of work.

Feedback/feedforward: you have done a really good job on your poster and I can see all the great connections you have made between you and Andy's older sister next time you could maybe put some color in your poster. Georgia

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Writing task 2

w.a.l.t find two animals and write two sentences with verbs.

Here is my sentences
Colla went to chase her tail,
When tidge came sprinting in

The snow shoe hare came bouncing by
 with a wolf right by its tail

Cmiyc/ catch me if you can

Every week we learn about skills and movement that will help us play sports. This term’s focus has been around defense. We made a video showing some of the goals we have been practicing. I have highlighted the thing I think I have done well YELLOW and one thing I would like to work on PINK.
WALT: Defensive skills and movements
Success Criteria:
Body Movement
  • Weight on balls of feet (yellow)
  • Feet shoulder width apart(yellow)
  • Knees flexed(pink)
  • Concentration and eyes on ball, head and eyes up (yellow)
  • Push hard off outside foot and go forwards to attack pass(yellow)
  • Quick small feet, stay on balls of feet(yellow)
  • Arms within confines of body(yellow)
  • Take feet to ball(yellow)
  • Land with a SBP(pink
  • Body angled to see player and ball (yellow)
  • Anticipate pass and player movement (pink)
Restrictive Marking
  • Meet player as they start towards the ball/where they want to go (pink)
  • stay close to the attacking player(yellow)
  • Head and eyes up, arms close to body to avoid obstruction/contact(yellow)
  • Angle body so attacking player is ‘pushed’ away from where he/she wants to go(yellow)
  • 0.9m from ball carrier(yellow)

Copy link below to see video

  • Your video/s should be no more than 30secs long.
  • Capture you demonstrating the Success Criteria- Defense!
Evaluation: i think i did well at catch me because I'm not really good but I still try my best.
I think I could work on flexing my knees

Feedback/Feedforward: i like  how you told people in your evaluation that your not really good at catch me but you still try.
I think you could get better at SBP because when we do catch me you never really do it.

Gracie ;)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Discovery time

W.a.l.t inspire,creativity,excellence and agency
Description: normally seniors in russellst don't have discovery time but poutama  does we do discovery time every Friday. It gives us time to catch up with our friends and to be self agent learners.

Task: to take of photo of us showing inspire,creativity,excellence and agency or what we did to show inspire,creativity,excellence and agency.

Here is photographic evidence:

Friday, 15 May 2015

Writing task

W.a.l.t to write a six sentence story with each sentence starting with ing verb
Description we had to write a story with 6 sentences starting with ing verbs

Here is my story:
Arriving by moonlight there was the three of us.
Panting at a horrifiying creature.
Starting to run all the way home.
Having a nice hot bath.
Silently sleeping nightmares going all around.
Waking up to a lovely smell.
Forgetting all nightmares.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Blockers and Drivers

For our tic tac toe I did the blockers and drivers. Blockers are people who stop my learning.
Drivers are people who keep my learning going
 Here is my poster

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Two stars and a wish end of term refletion

Description: to do a reflection of our term and to set a goal for next term.
My poster

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Te Ahu a Turanga Noho Marae

Description:  In week 7, we had an overnight stay at the local Marae in Woodville.  We were immersed in Maori culture and participated in a range of activities.  We set two goals to focus on during our stay.

Big Idea:  
1.  Did you achieve your goals?  How do you know?
I know I achieved my goals because I didn't lag behind on the gorge walk
And I didn't do the Hongi so technically achieved my goal.
2.  What are you most proud of from the marae stay and why?
I'm proud of making the flax putiputi because even if it looked horrible I still gave it my best
3.  What challenged you the most and why?
The gorge walk was challenging because it was steep and sandy so I keeped slipping.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Triangle geometry with troy

Description: We have been learning about Geometry for Maths for the past few weeks. We looked at all the different types of shapes and in particular triangles. We have learnt that there are 4 different types of triangles and we created something to share our understanding about each of them.

I think I could myself in the pit more next time because I would learn more
Feed back feed forward I think you did well explaining the triangles but some of the words are hard to read. Gracie

Monday, 9 March 2015

Marae story telling story board

PPurpose: create a story to share orally

Description: Oral storytelling is a Maori tradition. We have been planning our own story to tell on the Marae in Week 7.

Description: make a detailed story board for when you tell your story you paint a picture in your audiences mind.

Heres a picture of my story board

My story is called how death came to earth. The story before harry potter.

Heres my old story board.

And heres my character plan and normal plan.

Here's my video!
Success Criteria:
  • Between 1 and 2 minutes long

  • Using your voice to make sounds effects

  • Using your whole body to make actions

  • Use your face to tell a story through facial expression

  • Knowing the story, knowing the setting

  • Get the picture into your listener’s head

  • Stay in character - keep your composure.

  • Audience participation

  • Unique and original (Hook your audience)

I think I could improve on my audience cooperation because I don't think really anybody participated.
I think I did well sharing my story because I was pretty nervous at first
Before bed I shared my story at first I was pretty scared but after wards I felt proud and happy and accomplished. If im asked to do it in front of the whole school I will do it!
Feed back/feedfoward good job on your story board I can't wait for your movie next time could you put your message as well as your title. Gracie

Friday, 6 March 2015

Bus stop writing

Description: we had to write abouta funny bus stop and brain storm words about it.

Here is the picture and the brain storm.

I was not here the we did the writing

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Star test term 1

Description: we did a reading star test to get better at reading. 
My goal is to get better at paragraph comprehension 

I am going to do this by making a picture or a mental image in my head

Wednesday, 25 February 2015