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Monday, 27 November 2017

Art blog

Fly on the wall
I did my fly on the wall with Ollie. We did it in Te Puna. Fly on the wall is when you just stand around somewhere to watch and observe. We took photos in Te Puna to show our evidence of what we saw in Te Puna. We were doing this to try capture the heart of Waimairi School. I think it went pretty well because we got lots of good evidence. The kids were watching the story Gingerbread Man which is a very good story that I liked. We captured the art of Waimairi school because we thought if there weren't any new entrant kids the school wouldn't be getting enough people to stay a school.

Capturing A Moment In Time
Today we were taking photos on the playground to try and capture a moment in time. When you take a photo it is capturing what you did that split second that you hit the button. Each of us were picking one photo to put on the wall. I didn't choose a photo that we took on the day I choose one from the few that I took doing fly on the wall. I  chose a photo of the new entrant kids and and a teacher and without them we wouldn't have a school. I really liked this activity  because I got to capture lots of different times and it was a fun activity you could do with your friends. You were also allowed to take selfies. 

Calendar art
This week we were working on our calendar art we had three choices to chose from. We could do a mosaic, a silhouette or a collage, I chose to do a silhouette which was a good choice that most people did. I started off doing a collage but that wasn't working and didn't mean much to me at all. I was only doing a fruit bowl but I changed what I was doing so it meant something to me. I did a silhouette of me doing a pose with a football at my feet and a picture of me kicking a football in mid air. It ended up being a really good calendar art that I was happy with. When my mum walked into the class she saw it because it is one of the first ones you see when you walk in the class and she loved it and said she was happy I changed my mind and did a silhouette.

Dance, drama and music 
The first one of these I did was dance it was really fun because we got to dance to the music which kept changing so you're moves keeped changing. Then we got to make up dance routines, I got put with Ashani and we did moves acting like we were mowing the lawn, washing the car and put the dishes away. I think we did pretty well. Next I did music which was interesting because we had to use stuff we could find around the classroom and try to make music out what we found. The thing I'm not happy about is that I missed out on doing drama the thing I was looking forward to the most.

Week 2-4
Week 2: This week we started working on our art projects. First we had to research a sculptor to find out information. Then we did two see think wonders one on a normal sculpture and the other one on a piece of found art. Found art is made out of recycling or stuff lying around in your house. The third thing we did was work on our plan for a piece of found art. Ollie and I are using driftwood, sea glass, cellophane and hot glue.
Week 3-4 we worked on this stuff and finished it.

Week 1 
In the art gallery we went in lots of different rooms some of which was filled with sculptures I could do like one called The Pin. The room The Pin was in also had some pretty cool stuff and it was a fun cool room.One of the other rooms was a room full of paintings that had penises on them which was weird. There was also a mannequin called Hori who looked super real. We also went to the Margaret  Mahy playground, it was really fun.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


Family Holidays At Koromiko.
Have any of you heard of Koromiko? It Is so small that when driving to Picton if you blink you'll miss it. There's not much there at all. Even the school my dad went to has closed down now because Koromiko got too small. Well that's where my gran used to live

At Christmas time there were always a lot of people in the small farmhouse because all my cousins from my dad's side of the family were there which sometimes got to about 17. 

We couldn't all fit in the house so there was usually a caravan or a tent set up in the garden for the overflow. Our family always got a room in the house because we had the youngest kids like me.

As you can imagine meal times were a bit of a mission, we couldn't all fit at the table so the youngest kids sat at a picnic table out on the deck.That would be me every time.

There are a lot of things that wouldn't have happened at my house like when you went to the toilet you could only flush if it was a number 2 because the septic tank was a bit dodgy.

When we drove down the gravel driveway to get to the house we would have to wait for the cows who would be doing big sloppy poos on the side of the road. That is only if we timed it wrong and the cows were on their way to milking.

I loved the car ride up because it is 4 and a half hours of fun annoying my sisters and eating lollies. My little sister Anna would always be the one saying, are we there yet, are we there yet, can we please have some lollies now, can we please have some lollies now, and the answer would usually 
no, nearly or soon.

Something I didn't like so much, was the time when I touched a feijoa. All the juice inside it came out when I squeezed it and my hands got super itchy for 20 minutes..

Every year was kind of the same. We did the same outings, to the same places, but it was great fun.

We would go over to Nelson for a day and jump into the freezing water of the Pelorous river, off a big rock. We would also go looking in all the shops. Which wasn't my favourite.

We would have a trip into the foreshore at Picton where we'd play a very competitive game of mini golf. Dad always one.

Whites Bay was another favourite day trip. We'd go boogie boarding in the waves and there was always a big family beach cricket game. Sometimes other people would join in too. They kind of had to because we took over the beach!

I would also play cricket with my cousins down on the grass closest to the house which was a good sized cricket pitch with no animals on it. Sometimes it went in the bush and I would be the one to go get it. There were prickles on the lawn so I always wore shoes.

These are just some of the memories that I've had at Koromiko.

My gran lives in Christchurch now and all my cousins are adults so I will not have holidays like these again. I'm so lucky that I've got such great memories of the holidays I had when I was a kid.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Science Blog

This week I am making a model of a playground with Sam,  Liam and Sean. 

Something that's working well is the swing set because we all participated with making it. It also went well because we had a clear picture in our mind of how we wanted it to look.

A struggle for me is getting everyone to stay on task because they get sidetracked very easily and only help a little. But they can help sometimes. 

An improvement we could make is our seesaw because so far it is not working that well and I don't understand how Liam is making it. We could fix this by experimenting different ways to do it.

Our next step is to finish making our playground equipment and stick it onto our base.
Seesaw steps:1 get supplies. 
2 glue bottom layer of popsicle sticks together. 
3 glue the skewer in the middle of the popsicle sticks.
4. Get something that's a triangular shape to make it rock up and down.
5. Stick it on the base.

Flying fox steps: 1 get supplies
2 make a stand from pop sticks and stick the string to it.
3 make a climbing wall to get up to the flying fox.
4 put the seat on the string and make a stand for the other end.
5 stick it to the base.

Mouse wheel steps:1 get supplies 
2 glue  popsicle to the inside of can.
 3 slide toilet roll into can. 
4 cut some card to shape then glue to stop toilet roll coming out. 
5 glue to base   

Pound/pool steps:1 get supplies 
2. Hot glue plastic together.
 3 paint the plastic blue. 
4 stick to base 
5 put pebbles around the side. 

Slide steps:1 get supplies
2 fold the paper into the shape of a slide
3 glue popsicle stick to same size as paper.
4 glue the popsicle sticks on as the side 
5 glue to base and tower

Basketball hoop steps:1 get supplies
2 stick pop sticks and cardboard together to make the pole and backboard.
3 stick the wire to the backboard to make the rim.
4 stick the net to the wire.

Swing steps:1 get supplies. 
2 glue sticks into v shape with a little bit of space to put a skewer in and do it twice.
3 glue a skewer to connect them together. 
4 glue two pieces of string a cap and do it again. 
5 glue string to skewer and glue to base.

Bench in steps:1 get supplies
2 make a L shape with the pop sticks.
3 make the stools and stick them on.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

science blog

week 8
What is force? Force is when something like a pen is still and someone could pick up the pen the person would be pulling the pen towards them and pull is a force. When someone pushes you over they are using a force and the gravity pulls you down when you fall. A force causes things to start, stop or change direction. Pushes or pulls will always involve force. Friction is a force that happens whenever two surfaces collide with each other. Friction either slows things down or stops them. Things move, accelerate, slow down or change direction because forces are moving them.

A balloon rocket is a great way to learn force. The materials, you need to make it is 1 a balloon 2 some string 3 a straw 4 some tape.

The steps to making it are 1 get the straw through the string

2 set the string up on two sturdy objects with the tape

3 blow the balloon up and stick it on the straw

4 let the balloon go and watch fly.

We gathered our data by using this sheet.
We set up our balloon rocket and changed one variable every 2 goes. One time we tried using two balloons another time we tried using a different shape balloon. We also tried making the string a longer length or a different angle. It worked best when we used the different shaped balloon because that balloon was more aerodynamic and the air came out faster. It is better when it is aerodynamic because it means the air pushing against the balloon just slips over the top.

We changed these variables because we thought those would affect the way the balloon travelled and they did because we tried using different shaped balloons and they travelled differently one was a lot faster then the other.

At the moment I am using my knowledge of force at Discovery Time because I am making a balloon powered car which is another great way to learn about force.

I learnt that force always involves push and pull. I can use this knowledge about force in lots of different maths, writing and science. I don't just have to use it at school I could use it in my everyday activities like sport.

I wonder which way it would go if we put an aerodynamic balloon facing a normal balloon blew the up with the same amount of air and them go at the same time. That would find out what balloon is more powerful.

Week 7
What I did: I made a mini golf course to explore deeper into the science behind push and pull forces.

What I found out: I found out that the harder you hit the ball the further it will go and the faster it would push through the air. Also if you hit it too hard it would go Outside the barriers.  The ball would go further if you hit it hard because when you hit something at speed it will go faster and further. We know this because we had about ten attempts and it happened every time.

What I wonder: I wonder what would happen if we if we made a tall barrier and hit the ball hard.

Week 7
What I did: ping pong ramp to see if the angle of the ramp would affect the speed of the ball.

What I found out: I found out that if the ramp was steep and smooth the ball would go faster. It goes faster because the gravity is pulling it down and there's nothing in the way to stop it.

What I wonder: I wonder if the weight of the ball would affect the speed it would go down the track. I think it would because heavier things fall faster than light things.

Week 5
What I did: I made a catapult to see if lighter things would push through the air faster than heavy things.

What I found out: I found out that the weight of the cotton ball affects how far it travels and if the cotton ball was heavy but not to heavy it would go farther.

What I wonder: I wonder what it would change if we used different materials and tried making a big one. I wonder if it would travel farther.

Week 6
What I did: I explored deeper into the science behind a balloon rocket.

What I found out: I found out it didn't change much if you blew the balloon super big or small because the balloon didn't go further if it was bigger.

What I wonder: I wonder what would happen if we did it outside with a tail wind.

Week 4
What I did: I made a rocket balloon out of sting, a straw, tape and a balloon.

What I found out: I found out that it depends on what sort of balloon you use and much air you put in balloons. Because we used two different shaped balloons and one went faster than the other.

What I wonder: I wonder what would happen if we blew the same amount of air into both balloons weather aerodynamics would come into it.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

High ropes

On the way to camp I was so excited about high ropes it was the thing I was looking forward to the most because I love climbing. I think it's going to be the best activity. I wonder how they came up with the idea for climbing but who ever did is a genius. 

When we got to the bottom of the climb my heart was pounding I said to myself this will be so much fun. When I was climbing it felt like I was having the time of my life, I was moving along as fast as my bilayers could. There was a huge rush of adrenaline as I jumped onto the wrecking ball and sung my heart out. 

Afterwards I was so happy with the way I climbed because I got to the top of both the climbs I did. I also did push ups on a log 20 meters in the air which made me so proud. I wonder if there is another way to keep you safe other than belaying. 

Overall I loved my high ropes experience because I had the time of my life. I was right it was the best activity.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

What am I ?

What am I ?

I have been worn since the nineteen sixties at all sorts of dancing competitions. I am as bright as a unicorns fluffy mane. My owner loves me because without me he would be bald. I have been in the biggest dancing competition called the 1960 world disco dance off. Me and my partner have won the championship 4 times. Me and him were on the floor going left to right tearing up the competition. We finish with a big moon walk then jump into the splits. The day after the competition my owner retired and left me, he chucked me in the wardrobe. I was all alone in the back of the dark and gloomy torture chamber. I felt like I meant nothing to him I felt empty.It was like I was at the bottom of a castle in a deep dark dungeon.


Tena koutou 
Ko Aoraki te Maunga 
Ko Ōtākaro te awa
Ko Waimairi te kura 
Ko Ngāti Aotearoa te Iwi 
Ko Paul tuku papa 
Ko Debbie taku mama 
Nō ōtautahi ahau 
Ko Hamish taku ingoa 
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa