Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Maths Challenge

Try work out the simple maths pattern below! Write in the comments below what you think the answer will be and explain why.  The first one who writes down the correct answer will get a shout out in my next post! There isn't a real prize, just a fun competition. Hope you enjoy!

6+4 =210
7+5 = 212
9+2 =711
8+5 =313
9+8 = 117
10+6 =416
15+3 =1218
17+6 = ? 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Maths Video

WALT: Divide using P/V and R/C
I made a video on how to divide using two strategies. The video will show you how to divide using place value and round and compensating. Hope you like it!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Term 3 Review

Today we made a term review on this term using Two Stars And A Wish. Our two stars and a wish is a bit different. Instead it is 'A Highlight, A Star and a Wish'. For the highlights we wrote our best highlights from this term. For the star we wrote what we were most proud of. For the wish we wrote what our goals were for next term or the future.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Inquiry Sample

Inquiry-Portfolio Criteria

WALT:  gather information


Eb (dress from around the world)- 
Every Wednesday we have been learning about the inquiry process while finding out about different cultural dress from around the world. The first stage of an inquiry is to gather information ‘Get It’. First we chose a culture we wanted to find out more about and then started researching. 


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

1. What are you most proud of? 
I am most proud that I can use different sources to research only one thing.

2. What did you find challenging?
What I found challenging is that it took a long time to find out what traditional indian pattern to use.

3.  My next ‘Get It’ goal is?
To take more time on planning my design.

You could use the below targets to complete the evaluation:

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Reading sample

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 

TASK 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 

How we can help people with disabilities to be independent.

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?
I think it changed. We did change our ideas of what we were going to do next. My thinking also changed because I never knew disabilities is something really important to help.
From ‘SORTING IT’ I can make these generalisations:
People with disabilities like to be independent,
Disable people with a disable lifestyle thinks it's 'their' normal but to us it's not normal,
‘USE IT’ (what did you do- those who did a social action, or what could you have done for this stage- for those who didn't?)
I am going to make a poster to persuade people to stop using disabled car parking even though they aren't disabled.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Maths Sample

W.A.L.T: We are learning how to continue a number pattern and find the rule for finding the next number.

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

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

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

What are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of that I now know how to do my goal.
What challenged you the most and why?
What challenged me is that didn't really practice and knew what I was going to say.
Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
Maybe try to be sure of what I am hoping to say.
Good work I think your best!
Next time maybe put it on iMovie then it might work. (Before, the movie wouldn't get on my post.)
You could add more✌️detail
Olivia ;-)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Writing Sample

WALT:  Entertain

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

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

This is my first draft:

This is my edited piece:

Hi my name is Jaimey and the story you’re about to read is something you won’t believe. After Grandad passed away suddenly, we had to move into his old house, all the way on the other side of the country! Grandad’s rundown bungalow was on 32 Red Rum street. If you haven't noticed, Red Rum spells 'murder' backwards. Everybody talks about the inscrutable story behind his neighbourhood but we always thought it was just nonsense. But now me and my irritating little brother Mac have to actually live here. Mum always says not to believe the gossip about the street but me and Mac can’t help ourselves now.  The house is really old with some cobwebs and holes with mucky water oozing. Our old house was not like this. Our old house felt like a mansion with brand new rooms! This house has lot's of strange things but I can't prove it to my mother.  If my father were here, he would understand that all this nonsense could be true. But sadly, he got killed by hunters. He was collecting firewood in the near by forest where the hunters were also roaming. The hunters heard whispering rustles in the bushes and thought it was a tiger. They weren't wise because tigers are mostly in the jungle. They selfishly shot a bullet in the bushes. The bullet shot my father with a killing blow. Everything felt felt different that day. Ok, Ok, no more time for the intro now. Let's begin with the real story. We will begin with the part where it was my first day of school.

Today was my first day at Koopsy Intermediate school. It wasn't long till I noticed that if you unscramble Koopsy, it spells spooky. As I walked through the pale white path of the school it felt comforting. The school had lots of murals and colourful signs. The rest was covered in a blanket of white. We took Mac to his new class and his teacher seemed really nice. After that, mum and I had a conversation.
"Jaimey! Do you remember what class you're in?"

"Yes mum, room 16!"
"Well you have a good memory."
"Actually mum, my memory is too good. I remember things, I want to forget." I said softly...                            

How has your writing has improved this term?
My writing has improved because more people want to read the whole story and it is beginning to go smoothly.

The part of my story I am most proud of is…
The part I am most  proud of is the part where Jaimey describes the different features of the house because that makes a picture in the readers head.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
Trying to link two paragraphs because when I link the two paragraphs it didn't really connect.

Well done Aye I really got hooked into the story at the start. I also love how you have Red Rum street and Koopsy intermediate school. Maybe next time you can  add some more paragraphs. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Learning pit

The Learning Pit

WALA: The Learning Pit

Description: We have been learning about when good learning happens.

Task: Share what you know about the learning pit.
Draw the Learning Pit.

List at least 3 feelings that you might have when you are in the pit.
Flustered, challenged and annoyed.
List at least 3 strategies that you could use to get out of the pit.
Trial & error, start easy and build up, ask an expert.
Label where good learning happens.
In the pit.
List 3 things you could say to yourself when you are in the pit.
"Never give up!", "I can try and try again!", "I can do it!"

Reflect on a time when you have been in the pit.
I have been in the pit when we learned fractions. I was trying to use a different way to prove that I know fractions.
How did you feel when you were in the pit?
I felt like I had to try even more to prove my fractions.
What did you do to work out of the pit?
I asked for help from my friend that has already proved that she could do fractions.

Feedback/Feedforward: I think that being in the pit is really hard because you are challenged.
I like how you said different way to prove it and you ask for help from your friend has already proved it. - Inara

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Northern Cluster Arts Festival

Yesterday (Wednesday 13th August 2014) RSS performed at the Northern Cluster Arts Festival. At the Northern Cluster, all the schools from the north of Palmerston North performed a concert as a celebration of their performing arts. Only the chosen people from RSS got to perform in the Northern Cluster and I'm one of them.

Here are the groups from RSS that performed in the Northern Cluster.
'Rustling Ukes'/ 'The Actives'/ 'Te Roopu Whanau'
(Senior Ukulele Group/ School Band/ Kapa Haka)

Te Reo Māori

WALT: communicate a message.

Description: We have been participating in 3 different workshops around colour, compositions and fonts.  We put these skills to use in a poster sharing our knowledge about Te Reo Maori.
Why? We have noticed that our posters are too cluttered and do not communicate a  message well.

Task: Make a poster about Te Reo Maori.

Message: My message is clear and purposeful.  Everything that is on my poster relates to my message.

Composition:  My poster is balanced.

Font:  My font is clear, readable and suits the message.

Colour:  I have used 2-3 colours that are complementary.  My background choice makes the text pop out.
Accuracy:  All of the words on my poster are spelt correctly.

What are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of how we added the important Maori words.

What challenged you the most and why?

What challenged me the most is the deadline of the poster.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
My goal to work towards is to maybe use different Maori words.

Feedback/Feedforward:I like the way you have used composition and accuracy but next time you could use a bit more colour great job Emma:)

Self Assessment:

Thursday, 3 July 2014

WALT Set smart goals Term 2

WALT: Set Smart Goals
Purpose: To set a learning goal for school, friendships, sports and personal.
S.M.A.R.T. means SpecificMeasurableAttainableRealistic and Time-sensitive.
Specific: Don’t be vague. What exactly do you want?
Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you know if you’ve achieved it or not?
Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life, taking into consideration your current responsibilities.
Realistic: It’s got to be doable, real and practical.
Time: Associate a time frame with each goal. When should you complete the goal?

My writing goal is to link related ideas within and between paragraphs.
The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is because I need to work on it more and I think I am doing linking ideas weakly.
I will accomplish my goal by trying to practice more at home.
My reading goal is to infer meaning when she is reading across longer more complex sentences.
The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is because I might need more work on it.
I will accomplish my goal by exposing myself  to a range of books with rich vocabulary.
My maths goal is to choose the most appropriate strategy for given problems.
The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is because I usually focus in one strategy.
I will accomplish my goal by revising my multiplication up to 10 x 10 and division up to 100 divided by 10.
My personal goal is to... mange self effectively.
The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is because even though my teachers think I'm good at it, I think I need to work on it because I sometimes I don't fill out my timetable.
I will accomplish my goal by not forgetting to fill my timetable as we go.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Sir Peter Blake

WALT: write for self
Sir Peter Blake was the captain of the America and New Zealand World Cup for yachting. He was a yachtsmen. He sadly got killed by pirates one day when he was sailing. To remember Sir Peter Blake, we wear red and white socks on those yachting competitions. Sir Peter Blake use to wear red and white socks all the time.

Now people want children's dreams to come true just like Sir Peter Blake.
So these are my dreams.
What I want to be: I want to be a doctor because I want to help people with whatever's wrong with them.
How might I do it: I think I can become a doctor by trying to have a really good education in high school so I can go to a medical university.
What is my dream for New Zealand: my dream for New Zealand is that it stays beautiful as it is now.
Great Work I really like the way you have told the reader a little bit about him and the told what your dreams are. I really want New Zealand to stay green and clean as well

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Grasshopper tennis sample

WALT: improve our small ball skills like catching, throwing, and hitting.

Description: We have been participating in a tennis programme with Big John (John Salisbury) from Tennis Manawatu. He has taught us some tennis skills that help with controlling and hitting the ball 
Why? To reflect on how we are going with the tennis skills we have learnt. We will share this during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 8
Who? The World

Task: complete the rubric with targets to show your reflection. Make a comment to the questions below?

What are you most proud of and why?
I am most proud of how I can do some more tricks with the tennis racket because I didn't really know these tricks before.

What challenged you the most and Why?
What challenged me the most is trying to bounce the ball with the side of the racket because it is not the flat side and also it is really thin.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?
My goal to work towards is being able to actually play the game a bit more.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Ki O Rahi

WALT Summarise (How will I know I am successful?)

  • identify key words

  • identify main ideas


- Learn the legend

- Understand the legend

- Re-Tell

- Play the game



Create a pic summary of the story.

- daybook

- writer’s notebook

- 53 Pages App

- Educreations App

- Explain Everything

Re-Tell the story in a creative way:
- Written
- Picture Story
- Video
- Spoken Drama
- Dance
- Animation

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Writing Sample

WALT: inform

DESCRIPTION: Write an explanation about something you have learned about energy.
For our writing sample we have been writing about energy. I have written about potential and kinetic energy.
What? We are publishing a piece of writing.
Why?, To share on our blog and during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 6
Who? The World

Here is my writing.

What is potential energy? Imagine you were on the biggest roller coaster ride of your life. You are ready to zoom from the top of a big slope. Are you showing potential or kinetic energy?.

Potential energy is stored energy.  For example, when you put a ball on top of a hill it is ready to move down but it doesn't yet. The energy is stored with nothing to give it the ability to move so it doesn't push the ball to move forward. If the ground was rumbling it gives enough energy to push the ball so it rolls down the hill as kinetic energy. If you didn't get that here is another example. If a cart is on top of a roller coaster it is ready to move. The cart's energy is kept in so it is ready to burst out and make it move.
When something makes enough energy to make the cart go down, it will make it go down.
Any object that is ready to move but not enough energy to move is potential energy.
Now let's talk about kinetic energy.

Now what is kinetic energy? Is it when your are zooming down the big slope? Is it the opposite of potential energy?. Kinetic energy is moving energy.
For example, when a tissue roll is on an edge of a table, the tissue roll rolls off the table showing kinetic energy. It is showing kinetic energy because when the tissue roll falls of the table it is moving so it is kinetic energy. Here is another example. When a bowling ball is ready to roll and hit the pins it is potential energy. When you release the bowling ball from your hand with lots of energy, it is kinetic energy. That is how kinetic energy works.
Now we know how both kinetic and potential energy is. Potential is stored  and kinetic is moving energy.

state the main point in the first part of a each new paragraph 

You have started  to use main points at the start of each body paragraph. 
include evidence (facts, experiments etc) to support my main point

I really like your examples and how you have given more than one.
explain the evidence and how it proves my main point

You have persevered to explain how/why your example proves your point - this is really tricky, well done.
Practise writing a linking sentence to my next paragraph

Your ideas link in your paragraphs. Your paragraphs flow and you have tried to link them. Well done.
infuse style: topic-specifc vocab, second/third person, present tense, transition words

Writing assessment:

Great style. You have used some transition words.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Integrity sample

WALT: Show Integrity

Why? To showcase our understanding of this terms value of Integrity. We will share this during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 7
Who? The World

Task: make a panoramic photo showing integrity

Description: Integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Zac, Ross, Grace and I made a panorama of what integrity is.
In the panorama, Zac and Ross were drawing pictures and leaving the pencils on the floor. I picked up the pencils even though no one told me too. I placed the pencils back to it's place.
Grace was the photographer.

When have I been showing integrity?

I have been showing integrity in marking my tables challenge sheet. I have shone integrity when I was doing my work independently. I have also done it at home too. Not only at school.
I have not shone integrity sometimes. Sometimes when I do my work and have to go somewhere, I sometimes leave my pens on the floor and avoid trying to pick them up. It's not really good to not show integrity so I try to pick up my pens and put them away now.
I think we all did a fantastic job. I think we did the best that we could trying to tell people what is integrity. Just maybe aliens could understand what our panorama's story is telling.

Grace's comment (feedback/feedforward):
Great work I can really see that you understand and know what integrity is Wow great work keep it up Aye.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

3 states of matter

WALT: show our understanding of how energy works.

DESCRIPTION: We have been learning about energy. To share our learning, Devin and I have made a video to explain how energy works.

What? Make a video (no longer than 30 seconds) about our understanding of energy. i.e. States of matter, Potential and Kinetic energy, Newtons Cradle or forms of energy like Radiation, Convection, Conduction
Why? To show what we know about how energy works, to share during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 6
Who? The World

My comment:
I think me and Devin did a great job with our video about states of matter. We could have more info but our video had to take 30 secs.
Devin's comment:
Well done to us but I think if we had enough time we would put more info in it.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Writer's notebook (Naughty stuff)

WALT: Write ideas in writers notebook.
Few weeks ago we wrote in our writers notebook of what we did naughty and what we saw other people do naughty. Here is a pic of my writers notebook.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014


WALT rote learn (by heart)
Today we used our spelling words as mnemonics. Mnemonics are letters from each word turned into a sentence. Here is mine.

I think I did well trying to make all those mnemonics even though they did not make much sense.
I think you did very well and the pictures are great but some of them don't make sense.
Emma D

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Maths sample

WALT: We are learning to multiply using place value.
 Our focus is to use different multiplication strategies to figure out three digit multiplication questions faster.  
At the moment we are focusing on the place value strategy.  To start with, our maths group worked together to learn the strategy.  Then we had a go by ourselves trying to use the strategy for each problem.  We shared our answers back with the group to discuss what the answers were. We are learning about place value.
Me, Hannah and Georgia made a poster about our maths we have been learning. Here it is.

Reflection from Georgia
I think you have worked very hard on this post. I like the way you have made the text very easy for someone who didn't know how to do it would understand straight away. Maybe next time you could find a different way to work out this question.
Reflection from me
I think we all did a great job. It was hard trying to explain how to do it, but we did great.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Writer's notebook

Here is my writers notebook. A writers notebook is not a diary, not a journal but all those things combine. Here is a page of what is hot and what is cold.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tables challenge

For the past two weeks we have been doing multiplication basic facts. If we get them all right we move on to the next level. There are 30 levels. The levels are level A, B, C , D, E, F, G, well you get the point. Right now I am on level D. I am aiming for level E. Here is a graph of my progress.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Learning partners

Few days ago we changed our learning partners. My new learning partner is Katie. We got to make out own posters of what makes a good learning partner. Here it is.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Spelling Test

A few days in the week we have been doing our spelling test. There are 300 words. There is 150 words on each side of the page. I got 296 out of 300. Here it is.

I think I did good on my spelling test. Only 4 wrong is an improvement. Most people only got like 20 wrong.
Learning partners comment: 
I think Aye did really well.She has here reflection and how many she got wrong:)We'll done Aye from Katie!

Thursday, 17 April 2014


Today we had to write a draft about raffle for a ride. Try to look closely at the pics. Please give me feedback and feed forward in the comments below.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Learner dispositions

Today we got our learner dispositions and write examples of two success criteria.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

102 POSTS!

Hi there. I finally reached my goal of having 100 posts. Well I actually have 102 posts.
my next goal is to have 150 posts!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014


WALT: spell with precision and accuracy
You might know this website. It is called tutpup. It is a place where you can practise your maths, algebra, spelling, reading, multiplication and division. I did spelling. Sorry but I can not give you a link to this website.


WALT: show kotahitanga
For one of our priorities we got to make a Kotahitanga poster. If you haven't seen my other Kotahitanga posts, Kotahitanga means unity and togetherness.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Camp parents letter

For writing we got to write a letter to the parents that helped us at camp. We had to thank one of them of what they did to help us and what we enjoyed most. Here is my published letter. I wrote mine to Mandy.

Team Tactics

For our priorities we got to do this activity sheet called team tactics. I had to try work out what word goes in the blank spaces.

Thursday, 3 April 2014


Soon it will be the 100th year of ANZAC DAY. Here is a link to see if children are allowed on ANZAC parades.
Write in the comments below of what you think of letting children in ANZAC parades. I do not know my opinion because I do not know what will happen if children will be in ANZAC parades.
Also I made a poster about ANZAC day. Here it is.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Pick from the pot.

On our priorities and specials there was a chance to do this probility problem called 'Pick From The Pot' We have to look at the animation and see how many counters there are for each colour. There are ten counters. Here is a link to the website. Try it out!
Oh, forgot to tell you the answers that I think are.
BLUE      GREEN       RED
7.               2.                  1

Broken Calculator

WALT to figure out problems with few options.
For one of our priorities we had to use a broken calulator. We had to make the numbers one to twenty with a -, x and = symbols. The numbers that are given are four and five. I completed all of them. Five of them are done for you. Here is mine.

Thursday, 27 March 2014


WALT: evaluate the mean, median, mode and range for a set of data.
The adults on camp collected the scores for their air rifle shots.
We had to collect the scores and try work out the mean, median, more and range.
Actually write in the comments below of what you think the answer is.

ADULT 1 ADULT2 ADULT 3 ADULT4. Adult 5 adult 6
65.                  69.             70.          65.          44.        72
Now figure out the mean median and mode and range with these scores.
I give myself a 3 out of 5.
What I could do is try to remember what mode median and range and mean is.
Also if you want to see my group presentation here is a link.


Here is my self assessment. The ones coloured in red is 'I need help' yellow is 'I am ok' and green is 'I can do it'
Here is what I think I am and what Emma thinks I am.

Makin' clay

Yesterday for art day we used clay. We used different varities of strategies to model our clay. Everyone in each class brought a shoebox or ice cream container to store their clay models. The boxes can't be see through otherwise the clay will dry up quickly. We used air dry clay so that our clay dries quickly. Then we put our displays on cardboard and looked at other classes's models. I got lots of thumbs up.
 Here is a pic of me clay models. It has:
A mouse, a cake, ice cream, a jelly, a wheel barrow,  a rainbow, a bat , a elephant head, a shoe and beads for a necklace.

  1. I most enjoyed moulding the clay and playing with it.
  2. The most challenging thing for me would be try to smoothen the clay because the clay kept drying up.
  3. I really loved looking at other peoples models.