Thursday, 25 September 2014

Two stars and a wish

Every term we do a reflection this term we have done a two stars and a wish.

Two stars and a wish is the reflection we have done this term.

The two stars are two things to celebrate and the wish is something to work on.

Here is mine!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Term 3 Review

  1. What room are you in?
    What is your home room?
  1. P1 Nic

    What was your overall highlight from all of this terms learning.

    Inquiry with Troy because it really took me deep into my learning and helped me learn another language, the language I learnt was Arabic. I chose Arabic because not many other kids would know what it is. So now more kids know a bit of Arabic.

    What excited you about the writing this term or made you feel successful?

    Fantasy writing I loooooooooooooooove made up tales and fiction. This is the best way that I write. I don't really enjoy factual stuff. I find it harder to enjoy writing stuff that is factual. But it is enjoyable for me to write stuff that it fiction.

  1. What are your next steps in writing?

    Using more vocabulary and detail using more writers voice. I have been learning to link ideas between paragraphs this term and I think that I am improving. I would also like to focus on imagery because I am not using a lot of that.  

  2. How do you know what you’re learning to get better at and what quality work will look like?
    1. My teacher tells me. 
    2. I use the success criteria. *
    3. My buddies give me feedback *
    4. I can see the progress I have made *
    5. Tests tell me
    6. Other:
  1. * Star = the selected items

    The value, Mana Motuhake (Self Awareness) has been our focus this term. How have you demonstrated this value?

    Keeping focused throughout my learning time. Making sure that I got everything dome and completed my leaning in time or well before deadline.

    This term we focused on cultures. What part of the inquiry process did you get better at?

    I Liked and did well at the use it get is was ok and sort it is what I need to work on.

    What are the things that drive and support your learning?
    (Knowing yourself as a learner.)
    A desk drives my learning. Sometimes working in pairs. But mainly by myself. Having a WALT and task being able to take something further to be challenged.

    Do you have any other comments or feedback

    No, except for a big thanks to all the teachers and staff who have helped me with my learning this term.

    Thanks for completing the survey. Well done on another wonderful term.
    How would you rate this term?
    1. Best ever !
    2. OK
    3. I know I could do better
    4. I need to talk to my teacher

Friday, 19 September 2014

Inquiry Sample

Inquiry-Portfolio Criteria

WALT:  Gather information

Every Wednesday we have been working through the Get it, Sort it, Use it model to inquire about different countries around the world and their languages/culture. We each brainstormed a potential list of subjects and chose what we wanted to find out more about and then started our research.


Matrix showing what you think and what your inquiry teacher thinks.

I think:

My Teacher thinks:

Get It, Sort It, Use It Model

1. What are you most proud of?

Being able to count to ten in Arabic and having a successful poster with lift the flaps!

2. What did you find challenging?

Saying the words right! And reading the symbols!

3.  My next ‘Get It’ goal is?

To learn how to read and write in Arabic. WITHOUT use using Google translate!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Writing Sample Term

WALT:  Entertain

My writing goal this term was to link ideas between paragraphs and sentences.

I have organised and sequenced my ideas into paragraphs for purpose and effect.

TASK: craft a free-choice piece of writing that shows how I am developing my goal

First draft...

My hands were shaking like mad. The wind whipped by long golden blond hair  as the sun just manages to shimmer through the clouds.

I peer through the narrow doorway a dark shadowy figure  is about ten paces from me I shudder once more. I hear James gulp beside me. Ronald is on alert he is trying to look brave but I can see through his good facials that stand out. The ground is sizzling like a fry pan. A beam of light appears throughout the dark corridor. James nervously took my hand holding it tight like the worlds about to end any second. Ronald was quick to connect onto my other hand. My head went dizzy and the feet that used to be stepping in a rather fast rhythm had slowed right down and my world seemed to turn in slow motion. The blurry beam of light got bigger and bigger slowly coming into more focus.

I felt a sharp pain it was James nudging me I came instantly back to life. “Oi” I said sharply glaring at  James who sighed getting told off again. “You two stop it” Ronald spat “I  am the boss here Mr” I reply “Oh really, Here we go again” James sighed “ oh now you are trying to support HER” Ronald spoke with a hint of jealousy.  “Well yeah” Said James quietly “I guess?”.

He took another step towards me our shoulders were now touching. Ronald wasn’t happy he looked upset.

It took us all ages to find out that the footsteps had stopped altogether and the light and shadow had gone until James noticed. “Hey Hey stop bickering you two where did that light go? And the footsteps have stopped guys this is weird.” “Um yeah” I said suddenly alert trying to spot something in the pitch black place. “Well as long as it is gone it doesn't worry me!” Ronald smiled happily while James stepped forward about five paces. “WHO’S THERE” James bellowed “BOO!”  came a voice from behind us I lept out of my skin and then spun around in a 3 60.

Taking a step back the sound of a 2 match sticks rubbing together made by heart leap. A smell of smoke filled the air. A candle was lit the flames burned my eyes. “Oh sorry Dears” The woman said. She was rather old she held a walking stick in her left hand. She was wearing a pink dress. She also had a purple top hat that covered most of her hair but a few gray hairs could be seen from under the hat.

Published pice.

I thought about Jenny - at home in her bed. Hardly breathing, her heart lost. Only ten years old. She woke up this morning agitated. She bit Ronalds arm, we heard a scream of pain. And there she was, lying on the ground. Blood everywhere. Struggling to breathe. We have only 5 hours to save her.

There are footsteps, echoing throughout the dim honeycomb corridor. I hear James gulp beside me. Ronald is on alert, he is trying to look brave, but I can see through his gritted teeth. A beam of light appears throughout the dark corridor. The feet that used to be stepping in a rather fast rhythm had slowed right down, my world turned in slow motion. The blurry beam of light became larger and larger, slowly coming into focus.

It took us ages to find out that the footsteps had stopped altogether, all the light and shadow had gone until James noticed. “Where did that light go? The footsteps have stopped as well. Guys this is weird.”
“Um, yeah” I said, suddenly alert, trying to spot something in the pitch black. James stepped forward five paces. “WHO’S THERE?” he bellowed. “BOO!” came a voice from behind. I lept out of my skin and spun around in a 3.60.“What are you guys doing here” A voice said...

How has your writing has improved this term?

I have improved my sentences and language features trying to make it flow and make senesce.

The part of my story I am most proud of is….because…

I love the part where I build up suspense in that way that the characters talk which was a big change from my first draft. 

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?

Using better words to make my writing stronger and to paint a picture. I need to do this because I am using weak   words.  So it will not give as much impact.

Great job Bella. I like the way of how you described Jenny back home with a sick heart. Your words are fantastic and they really hook the reader. Maybe what you could fix up is to ask your self, "Have I really reached me goal?" Aye  ^__^
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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Maths Sample

Term 3 Maths Sample

WALT: To find patterns and describe them using rules.

Description: For maths this term we have been learning a range of strategies to help us solve algebra problems.

Task:  Make a short movie or poster to prove that you have achieved your maths goal.


  • Show, explain, prove your goal and how you did it
  • Clear message
  • Two questions to show your learning
  • Correct answer

The houses: The first pattern is made out of 6 sticks. The 2 pattern is made out of 10 sticks. The 3 patten is made out of 16. Because you are adding five each time it is n for number of pattern (n x 5)+1 you plus one for the saved line. So we want the 11 pattern so (11 x 5)+1=56

Octagon: The 1 pattern has 8 sticks the next one has 15 sticks the next 21.
You are adding 7 + the shared line so (n x 7)+1
Lets say that we want the 24 pattern so that would be (24 x 7)+1=53

  1. What are you most proud of and why?
    I like the way that I put brackets around the bit you do first.

  1. What challenged you the most and why?
    I felt in the pit when I was working out the second one

  1. Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
    Making a movie and keeping more focused.

Feedback/Feedforward: Great work Bella! I like the way you told the reader why you need to add one. Maybe next time you could explain why you like the way you put the brackets round the bit you do first.

Friday, 5 September 2014


My reading goal is to...To consider alternatives across a range of genre.

GET IT...use a range of sources by questioning and predicting
SORT IT...analyse and sort information to answer my question: see if my thinking has changed, look for patterns by questioning inferring, summarising
USE IT…discuss what I have found out with others and make connections 

inquiring readers go through a process to gather, organise and respond to new information. We have been using  the ‘GET IT, SORT IT, USE IT’ process. After reading ‘Wonder’ by R.J.Palaccio our group felt moved to DO something but we didn’t know what! We all had lots of questions so we decided to research more about disabilities before deciding. I wanted to know more about 

different disabilities. We tried to find the difference between a disability and a disease.

Inspiring people with disabilities who make a difference. I wanted to know what we can learn form them.

I can research using different sources.
I can think logically, creatively, and reflectively.
I can make generalisations from patterns and connections


Did my thinking change or stay the same during the ‘GET IT’ stage?

It changed we had one question and the we wondered what is a disability? So we did think different and then we brought in diseases and mixed that until it clicked. 

From ‘SORTING IT’ I can make these generalizations:

Most people with disabilities want to be independent
They are treated differently because they look un normal
They are normal to them but we are different.
They are rather happy the way they are.

‘USE IT’ What now?

Ana and I would like to take this further and send a letter to Sophie Pascoe. And change the Paralympics...But more on that later!