The Ride

WALT write ‘a moment in time’ piece of writing.

                                 The Ride
My heart was racing as I got on the scariest ride at the park. As I sat in my torn seat I sunk in with a thump.

I looked over the edge and I saw my family, they were a long way down watching me nervously. I saw other kids getting on the ride, I was nervous for them.

I heard the girl next to me screaming as the ride started to move. As I moved around I heard my seat creak. I heard the engine start and I thought, oh no.

I felt the wind push with all its might across my face. Then a cold shiver ran down my spine. I felt my face turn from a nice pinky colour to a pale white. I was going to vomit for sure.

I heard wind swirling and birds singing, relief ran through my body when the ride stopped.

The Problem With Plastic.

W.A.L.T   Use reference books/tools.

I have learned how to do a bibliography correctly.

My next step is to get the bibliography correct the first time.

What is the problem with plastic?
The problem with plastic is that it does not easily degrade. It may break down, but only into smaller pieces. The smaller those pieces get, the more places they can go.
What is plastic?
A type of material with synthetic in it. It can be made into just about any shape because it can be molded.

Why is it a problem for the environment?
Because most of the plastic is going into the ocean and hurting or killing an animal or it is making the environment look like a rubbish bin.  

What facts can you find about the amount of plastic we use, how it is made, how it breaks down?
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use we throw it away after one use.
  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.
  • 46 percent of plastics float
  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one litre bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.
What can you do to help?
Stop littering. People aren't going to stop making plastics but that's alright because all we need to do is think about what we are doing to the animals and the environment and things will be good. Buy in bulk it is usually cheaper and causes less rubbish. Take your own bags to the supermarket rather than using their bags.

Create a glossary of at least 5 technical words used in your research.

  • Terephthalate - a type of acid
  • Oceanographer - someone who studies the ocean and marine life.
  • Polypropylene - a synthetic resin used in fabric and molded objects
  • Microbeads - an extremely small piece of plastic, used in cleansing products as exfoliating agents.
  • Zooplankton - plankton consisting of small animals.
Create a bibliography of resources you have used to present your answers to this question.

  • Dictionary


I enjoyed participating in the hip hop because I liked the song and most of the moves. 

Iv'e been challenged by doing the Cha Cha with a boy.

I learnt a lot of new moves and how to dance the Cha Cha.

By Ella

Coming Up

WALT: identify writing processes that are appropriate for that purpose.

I woke up to a rooster. I live on a farm and I think it was trying to tell me to get up. I had had a horrible sleep, it was so windy last night. But when I looked outside it had surprisingly cleared up.  

I was on my way to another farm. I was delivering them a lot of hay. I had to take the long route through the forest to get there because there was road works. When I looked at my very old watch I realized two things. One, I needed a new watch and two, I’d better hurry up if I wanted to get there in time.

As I was trying not to go over the speed limit I went across what looked like a very old bridge. As I looked down I saw a lot and I mean a lot of kids playing in the river. Then suddenly CRACK I was falling and falling and falling until SPLASH I hit the water in such shock. I didn’t know what was happening. It felt like I was sinking down and suddenly I stopped sinking and everything went black.

                                                       Half an hour later

When I opened my eyes I was lying on the rocks near the water. Someone was standing looking over me like I was some weirdo. I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing there. As time went by I was able to stand up I asked a few questions and thanked David, Jake and the guy who gave me mouth to mouth.

David and Jake told me what had happened. I was driving along the bridge and my truck fell through and I sunk to the bottom of the river. They worked together to pull me out of my truck and  save me and a guy gave me mouth to mouth.

I rang the farmer that I was supposed to be delivering hay to and told him what had happened. He forgave me and then the next day we were back in business and the road works were gone so I didn’t have to go through the forest again.

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps

Parent Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
IALT: To continue to strive to stay above standard.

IALT: To continue to be an active class member and leader.

Work hard and stay on task.

Always contribute to class discussions if I have a answer.

Put my hand up for leadership roles.

Student Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
IALT: Try more types of genre I don’t normally read.

Go to the library and ask for some advice from Mrs Ward.

Multicultural Week

This week I have participated actively in a range of learning experience around ‘Multicultural week’ 

WHAT: I was involved in a range of learning experiences for Multicultural week. I had a henna design on my hand, learnt how to use chopsticks and made a traditional Chinese paper cut, I also learnt lots about Russia and Israel.

 SO WHAT: I learnt that a building in Russia is just made out of wood with no nails. I enjoyed getting henna done on my hand. I was most fascinated by the underground in Russia, it is so pretty.

 NOW WHAT: A question I have is how does the building that has no nails stay standing up on it’s own? Will it fall if someone kicks it.



         WALT: Follow the statistical enquiry cycle and conduct my own investigation


  • 25 people like the colour blue in the Year 6 Hub
  • Only 1 person likes the  colour red in the Year 6 Hub
  • The most popular colour is blue


For the science this term we are learning about the solar system.

So What?
For one of the classes we were learning about the water cycle and ways to conserve water at home. I came up with 
- turn of the tap when not needing it
- not taking to long in the shower

Now What?
I want to learn more about the layers of the earth.

Year 5 Camp

On the 15-16 of November the year 5's had camp at Woodend Christain Camp. It was so fun. In my bunk room was Jordyn, Annabel, Caitlyn, Zara, Dania, Meg, Amber M and Me.

One of the activities I loved was orienteering because we were in the forest and it was so much fun looking for all of the markers hidden around. I also liked team building  because Rima had to work as a team to get everyone over a wall.

On the fist day for dinner we had nachos and for desert brownies and ice-cream. In the morning after a not so good sleep I had toast with marmite in it and for lunch that day we had burgers. Yum Yum.

Literacy Week


This week was literacy week. We did many things such as a dress up day, finding golden tickets, library activities, stop drop and read, stop drop and write, scavenger hunt, guess the teacher and a author called Soraya Nicholas came to visit.

So What? 
My favourite part of Literacy Week was stop drop and read because I love to read and it was a lot of fun.

Kauri Athletics


On Wednesday the Kauri team had our athletics day.

So What?
I came 3rd in the long sprints and the whole day was awesome.

Now What?
Something I want to improve on is my high jump because when I do it I run fast up to the bar then when I am close to it I pause then jump and sometimes knock the bar over.

By Ella

Swimming pool diorama

This is mine and Jordyn's pool diorama for our future school. We want a roof on the changing rooms so when we get changed it is not so cold. We also want an in - ground pool.

Swimming at Starfish swim school


Pool diorama

                             Pool diorama


Me and Jordyn are working on a pool diorama for the future Oaklands school.

So What?
I have enjoyed heaps because it is art and art is my favourite subject of all time.

Now What?
The next thing we are doing is sticking the changing rooms down and maybe putting a roof on them.



I.A.L.T : Improve my swimming skills

For the last two weeks we have been going to Starfish Swim School.

So What?
I have enjoyed it lots and something I learnt was a breaststroke pullout. That is were you are under the water and you do a fly kick and bring your arms down to your side and then do a breaststroke kick up to the surface and then you start swimming. 

Now What?
Something I want to improve on is my butterfly I find it challenging to lift my arms out of the water at the same time.

Word Study

Word Study - Blog 1 term 3

I am learning to understand how words are formed using roots, prefixes and suffixes.

So What?
I have learned that words that have the root hydra- and aqua- mean water. For example

hydrate = to add water or moisture to something to supply something with water.

I have learned that words that have the root spect- mean look / see. For example

respect = to look up to someone ; to honour someone.

Now what?
I feel that I have a good understanding of the root words aqua-, hydra-, and spect-

Habitat art

                                                        Habitat Art

I made this piece of art. It is a forest habitat.

So What?
First I painted the back round. Then drew my animals and collage them there is a endemic animal (Kiwi) a native animal (Hamilton frog) and a introduced animal (Stoat)

Now What?
Something I want to improve on is making my animals better by cutting them out more carefully.

Student led conference

                                Student led conference blog 

I shared my learning at my student led conference.

So What?
I went really well at my student led conference. My writing goal was to use speech marks correctly in my writing. I rated myself a 6/10 because I still need a bit of practice using them.

Now What? 
I want to learn more vocabulary in reading
I want to use paragraphs in every writing I do
I want to improve my 7 and 8 times tables and division in maths

Writing reflection

This week I am reflecting on one of my writing goals

IALT: Improve my writing by learning how to:

* use a variety of sentence starters

This week I have been focusing on how to write a drop-in clause

Here is an example of a drop-in clause

Mr Forman is our teacher.
He loves his red car.
Mr Forman, who is our teacher, loves his red car.

Mr Forman is the subject of the sentence.
We change ‘He’ to ‘who’
We place commas around the clause we ‘drop-in’

Here are two examples of a drop-in clause that I have created.
[1] Ella, who likes to do highland dancing, is awesome.
[2] The monster, who was singing barbie girl,was squeezing his spots.

I rate my understanding level at 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
My confidence level with using these types of sentences independently in my writing is

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

My writing goals for term 2

I.A.L.T:    Improve my writing by learning how to;

* organise my writing into paragraphs
* use a variety of sentence starters
* use the correct language features of a narrative dialogue

   Use a variety of sentence starters

    To help me with this goal I am using a 'sentence starter menu'

     It will help my writing to be more interesting and to hook the reader in more.

Term 1 highlights


                              My term 1 highlights 

 My first highlight is the run,bike,run because it was fun and I like running and biking.

 My second highlight is going to the library because I love to read.

 My third highlight is SML because you get to self manage yourself. 

 My fourth highlight is jump-jam because I love to dance. 




Room 24 went swimming every Wednesday and it was a lot of fun.

      So What?

something I learned at swimming is the bulldozer and it is where you hold on to the board and it is very hard because the water is pushing against you

     Now What?

  something I want to improve on is holding the board up in the air because I kept sinking. 


life education

                         Life education with Harold          


Room 24 went to see Harold in the life education van.  Our big question was what does our body need to stay happy and healthy.

   So What?

I learned on the nutritional infomation packaging of foods in the 100gm serving part if it is 10g or lower it is a healthy choice.

I also learned a few songs about sugar salt and fat.

I learned that sugar salt and fat have lots of different names.

  Now What?

I want to learn more about the food pyramid.


Art work with Mrs Boston


     A couple of days ago Mrs Boston came in and did some sun art. 

     So What?

   We had to get a piece of black paper and draw a sun then colour it in with pastels.
     it looked awsome when we finished it.

  Now What?

  A other piece of art  I would like to do is other designs with pastels. 
                              My Reading Goal

      This is the book I am currently reading as part of my reading goal which is to be able to read for longer
         periods of time and retain the meaning.

        So What?

    I like my book because the main character is funny and confident. she is called Alice-Miranda and she is
      seven years old.

   Now What?

  my goal is to also read a variety of genre. this book is an adventure book. the next genre I am going to read is mystery.


                                               Multicultural week


        Last week it was Multicultural week and we celebrated the amazing range of cultures we have here.

        So What?

     we had to paint a flag I did the Scottish flag with Meg after we did the flag we made a poster about

     Now What?

   we are going to be learning more about the different cultures in Room 24 this term, including healthy