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Thursday, 21 June 2018


For reading my group has been looking at an awfully annoying species of ants, take a look at my warning poster.

T2 Key Competencies 2018

Key Competencies are the capabilities pupils need to develop for
living and lifelong learning.





I show that I am keen to learn

I complete work to the best of my ability

I use classroom time well

I listen and follow instructions carefully

I begin work straight away

I can stay on task and work independently

I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them

I make sensible behaviour choices


I cooperate well with others when working

I treat others with respect

I play well with other children


I share my ideas and opinions with others

I listen well to other people’s opinions

I take part in activities outside of the classroom

TEACHER’S SIGNATURE   Miss S Richardson       

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Matariki Should Be A National Holiday-Writing

16th Jun-21st Jun

This week is the start of Matariki. Matariki is like Maori new year. It is seven stars in the sky called the seven sisters. After a long talk me and my class has decided to write a persuasive text to convince others that Matariki should be made into a public holiday.

Matariki Should be a national holiday

Well, first of all, what is Matariki? If you’re part of the 31% of
New zealanders who have know idea what I’m talking about stay and read on. If you know what Matariki is, stay anyway, maybe you’ll find something interesting. For example there are no other countries in the world that have the same stories as NZ of Matariki.

Matariki is a cluster of stars used by Maori to navigate, they also wait till they see these uncommon stars in the sky to know if a new year has started. The original story is actually very interesting. Tāwhirimātea (the god of wind and storms) was angry at his brothers for separating their parents, so mad that he conquered storms and sent wind through the forests and sea killing wildlife and destroying homes. In the end he was so upset his eyes tore out of his sockets and floated into space causing stars in the sky. Matariki literally means “Eyes of god.”

Maoris start to honor this special time on
“Tekau ma rima Pipiri (June 15th)” beginning a month of celebration.  We should be able to stay home and have fun with our family at this time of year, because Matariki is an important part of New Zealand culture. Although most people don’t celebrate because instead they have to be at work, which makes it just another ordinary day for them. In my opinion I find this unfair! Of course if you have read this far you are an intelligent person and would surely agree with me, and help me convince others to celebrate Matariki. Have you ever noticed that we only have one Public Maori holiday out of nine! And it’s about the Maori, and the British! When the British forbid Te reo from NZ all traditions were lost, causing the celebration Matariki to die out. As time went past Maori couldn’t pass down their culture to their family members of the next generation, this includes the used to be famous holiday Matariki.

So in conclusion, I feel it is vital that we hold a referendum, and let the people of NZ determine whether Matariki should become a public holiday.

What did I do/Learn?
WALT:Use persuasive language
For example flattery, call to action, emotive language, facts and statistics, cause and effect, opinions or quotes, counter arguments.

Purpose: It’s the start of Matariki this week (To persuade).

What did I like?

I liked having extra time to edit, so that I don’t have to rush.
I also enjoyed buddy editing, because I could see what someone else had been writing this week.

What would I do differently next time?

Next time I want to focus more on my conclusion.
I also want to use my brainstorm.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Queens Birthday Invitation-Writing

WALT: Use appropriate visual language features.

I enjoyed looking at my class mates invitations.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Marae-Te reo/maori

I enjoyed this because it was fun working with other people in my class. (Check out the links down below)

#3When your at a marae you do/don't…

The night I followed my shadow

This week we have been looking at shadows, and we have decided to write in any way we would like (eg. persuasive, letter, narrative, description). I have decided to write a narrative, enjoy!

The night I followed my shadow

Once upon a bedroom on Saturday 29th February 2020 leap year a shadow came to life, and this is where your story starts…
BANG!! I fell out of bed and quickly pulled myself to my feet. “What was that?” I thought. Under my door I could see a shadow moving slowly across the floor, although there was something weird about it… Yes! I know somehow it’s connected to me. But how? I quietly opened my door and followed it outside. I could only just make out the shadow on the cobbled path, because of the dimed street lights. It calmly strolled down the street with me trailing not to far behind him. A while later I could see the sun come up, the bright beams of light blinded me as sweat ran down my caramel coloured forehead. Now the mysterious figure was starting to turn because of the sun, at least that's what I thought. Is it all a big cowinsadince that the  shadow lead me to the ownly dance party club in auckland at one of the ownly times its open, 2:00 AM.

When I stepped in the shadow looked like it went over to another shadow and I couldn’t believe it but they shook hands! and then it looked like the two went off to dance after they had a dri- wait a minute, I saw a shadow drink! I watched the juicy substance run down his thought as if it was a water slide.  At the moment I am very disturbed, I’m standing as still as a pole, my head is spinning and I’m completely bewildered.  I mean am I the first to witness this? I could get paid! Or get put in a building for mental people. Maybe I’ll keep this to myself. But anyway now the shadows look like they’re saying farewell to each other. My shadow is  slowly turning towards the door. I whispered goodbye as well and stepped out after him.

I looked at my watch, wow! We were in there for 2 hours! It’s now 4:00 AM. I looked downward at my shadowy friend, he was mouthing something. I came to a  halt, was it just my tired eyes playing with me. No, he did it again! I couldn’t make out the words but I could tell something was wrong. I checked to see if there was anyone around me, then quietly spoke back, not expecting a response. “Can you hear me?” I whispered,
“Yes,” replied the shadow,
“But only just.” I asked my shadow what was wrong, and he explained what had happened (I couldn’t hear him but somehow we were connected). Apparently he was a person who was stuck in the depths of my shadow, and wanted to break free, although there was a flaw… He could only control himself every leap year. I felt bad for him, but I didn’t know how to help. I quickly looked around again for any sign of life then I leaned over “What can I do to help?” I whispered, I could see he was delighted at the thought of me helping him because he was grinning. He started to move his mouth and use hand gestures so I could understand his strategy. I walked over to a bench on the side of the footpath and sat down, when all of a sudden a tall women in exercise clothes and a pair of nike shoes, who was walking her dog came jogging around the corner. I looked up and told my shadow to stop, but he didn’t understand. She ran straight over him as he jerked and squirmed on the hard concrete floor. Now I really felt sorry for him. I was desperate to help. After he told me his method I looked at my watch, the time was 7:00Am and I could see my shadow clearly. Now that I knew the plan I had to do it fast. So any way the big idea is that I have to go to the highest point on earth and ask the sun to let my shadow free, and I only have till midnight. This going to be a mission.

I know nasa is launching a rocket today, maybe I could ask someone going to space if I could take his place. I’m outside the nasa building, and it’s now 10:00 am, my stomach is hungry and my legs are tired but I know I have to keep going. Walking through the door I am not so sure if I can do this, should I just go home and forget this ever happened. Wait what was that- I can hear an ambulance not to far in the distance, they stopped outside, a astronaut is being carried towards the door. Maybe it’s my lucky day. Oh no! Who is going to fill in for him? I quickly stepped forward and said that I would take the job, she asked me if I had any experience, yes I lied. Then your hired and he’s well- fired. I felt sort of bad for him but at the same time I was grateful. I ran up the stairs got into the astronaut’s suit and went to the spaceship. I hoped that my family wasn’t watching, it will either have a great outcome or a horrible one, there’s a 1% chance of it being in between.

Right now I am sitting in the rocket, my mind is misty and panicked. The other two astronauts beside me start to murmur, I want to go home, I mean I’m only a tall 12 year old and I’m about to fly into space. 3… 2… 1… BLAST OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boom the giant piece of iron and copper went zooming into the air. I held in the vomit in my mouth although it was hard. When we were up there I secretly vomited into my suit. I slowly ran across to where the astronauts could see me. I shouted to the sun with my shadow looking up at me with proud eyes “Please let my shadow be free!!”  

The ground underneath me began to shake, me and my were shadow slowly breaking apart, it hurt yet I was crying happy tears. Soon we were separated and my shadow was full with joy, so was I. When we went down to earth I didn’t vomit, something made it stay in. I strode out of the ship proudly with a grin from ear to ear.

When I arrived at home my family were proud too, and although I’ve never seen my shadow ever again I know he’s with me every leap year.

Blurb:I think that I did well at entertaining and my next step is to slow down edit my work as I go and stop making all my writing long.

WALT: Write a narrative


I will need to include...

  • An interesting title
  • A hook sentence which captures the audience
  • An opening paragraph to introduce characters and story setting
  • Organise the story into paragraphs - Build up, problem, solution, ending
  • Language features
   * Verbs and adverbs
   * Descriptive language - Adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification
   * Time connectives - eventually, finally, after that, suddenly, meanwhile, then,

  • Interesting dialogue which adds to the story

Monday, 21 May 2018

Why do chameleons actually change colour?-Writing

This week we are looking at myths, this is one of them, enjoy!

Why do chameleons actually change colour?

If you are one of the people that believe the statement, “Chameleons change colour to camouflage,well you could be wrong. Yes ,the little  colourful lizard that can turn pink, yellow, blue, orange, red, green and turquoise doesnt need to be able to camouflage because they can run up to 21 miles per hour and can easily outrun its predators. Scientists have done research and I want tell you the two main reasons why chameleons actually change their colour.

So you want to know why chameleons change colour well, the first reason is to reflect their mood. If a chameleon is mad it will turn into a darker dimer colour. Although if a chameleon is excited or happy it will turn a lighter paler colour, they also could be trying to find a mate. These small lizards are very weird creatures that can look at 2 places at once because they have an eye on either side of their face. They also have parrot like feet and a long curled up tail.

Youre still reading, that’s great because the second reason is to absorb heat. When they are cool they turn into a  darker colour like blue, to attract sunlight. But when there warm they change into a brighter colour to narrow down the chances of the chameleon soaking up the sunlight. Of course all different chameleons live in different places like Asia, North America, Africa (in deserts and rain forests) so they all change at different times whenever, they want to. Chameleons are able to do this by tensing and relaxing their skin. This causes crystals under their skin to change the way the light is reflected altering the colour we see.

So now that you know how and why a chameleon can change colour and a few facts as well, do you still think that chameleons change colour to camouflage?