Friday, February 9, 2018

Simple magic trick

During our swimming rotations the teacher taught us a simple magic trick using string tied in a circle. Here is an example and how you do it.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What you should and shouldn't do on your Chromebooks

In class, we have been writing ideas on what we can and can't do at home. Here is my poster explaining what we can go on.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Converting fractions to decimals

In class, we have been learning to convert fractions to decimals.

Monday, September 11, 2017


In class, we have been learning to retell Maori legends.

Tāwhirimātea Plan/Writing
Setting: Earth
Characters: Papatuanuku, Ranginui, Tāwhirimātea, Tane, Tūmātauenga, and 4 other guardians.
Problem: It was too dark to see anything
Resolution: They forced their parents apart, but Tāwhirimātea disagreed, and made revenge.

Tāwhirimātea, god of weather, was a child of Papatuanuku, (Mother Earth) and Ranginui, (Father Sky.) They were embraced together, and all was pitch black. Tāwhirimātea had 5 other brothers, Tane, god of forest, Tūmātauenga, god of war and balance, Tangaroa, god of sea and fish, Rongomatane, god of cultivated food, and Haumiatiketike, god of uncultivated food.

One night, the children had had enough of the eternal darkness, although Tāwhirimātea didn’t mind the dark, as long as his parents her together, and happy. They held a meeting, and talked about different ways of separating their parents so that Tamanuiterā, (The sun) could seek through, and soak the light into the land.

Tūmātauenga called out to them, “Once they feel the hardness of my Patu, they will surely let go of their grip.” Tāwhirimātea disagreed with the idea of separating them. “How dare you think of hurting our parents in such way! After all they’ve done for you! They have fed you, made you, and raised you! And now you treat them like this?” Tāwhirimātea told them.

The other children lowered their heads in shame, all except Tūmātauenga. “We have asked them to separate. We have asked hem to let in the light, but do they listen. No, this is the only way to see light!’

Tūmātauenga lifted his patu, ready to strike his parents apart, but Tāwhirimātea stopped him in a flash. There they were, struggling in the dark, fighting each other, until finally Tane Mahuta called for silence. “Stop! Fighting is no way to solve this problem. We have all agreed to separate them, I’m sorry Tāwhirimātea, but separating them has been agreed by all of us with majority. I will only give them a gentle push with my arms without hurting them, and light will be with us!” Tane explained.

Everyone agreed, but Tāwhirimātea still refused the idea. Firstly, Tane braced his legs on Papatuanuku, and pushed on Ranginui with his arms, but had no success.

“You cannot separate them!” Tāwhirimātea exclaimed. “Give it up!”

But Tane wasn’t finished. He lay flat on his back and raised his legs to his chest, and then pushed. Slowly he pushed onward, but still, nothing happened. He pushed again, using the last of his strength, but nothing seemed to be happening. Tane took a huge breath and pushed again. Releasing his breath, and taking in more air, he pushed again, a new feeling of strength flowed through Tane. Suddenly, there was a movement, and they were separated.

Tāwhirimātea roared with anger “No!”

But he was too late. Ranginui and Papatuanuku were separated for good, and light peeked through the world. The other children lay amazed and bewildered, covering their eyes from the blinding light that the sun produced.

Tāwhirimātea was the first on his feet, calling out to the others in such anger, “I will never forgive you, even your children will not be forgiven! I will get my revenge, you just wait!” And with that, he flew up to join his father in the sky.

As time went by, creatures, plants, and human starting generating in the lovely world Tane had given to them and enjoyed the sun for the long days to come.  The mokopuna (grandchildren) of Papatuanuku and Ranginui, started treating the world as their own and giving children to populate the world to large numbers.

Tāwhirimātea kept his promise, living with his father. Tāwhirimātea began getting called the guardian of wind and storms and still is to this very day. He still shows he is nowhere near forgiving his brothers.
Sometimes Tāwhirimātea listens to advice from his two parents and forgives his brothers. When those days come, the day is nice and sunny. But sometimes he gets reminded of what his brothers had done to hurt their parents so. On those days, he seeks revenge and makes storms and huge disasters, to show his brother he does not forgive them.

Friday, August 25, 2017


In class, we have been learning to do storyboards on how we got water with the Maori guardians.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Why is water so important?

In class, we have been learning explanations on water.

Why is water so important?
Water is used for many, many different reasons. You may not know it, but water is the most important resource on planet earth! Isn’t that cool! Water is most used for drinking, (obviously) and washing. Here are the things water helps us with doing.

Water is used for washing clothes, cars, knives, food, you name it! Washing is one of the most popular actions used with water. Everyone drinks water as well! If you don’t, well, you’re not going to live for very long. Did you know, our bodies are around 65% water? We wouldn’t be able to drink water without desalination though. Desalination is when big, big factories use huge machines to get the salt out of our water. Imagine if those machines broke down, or never existed. Salt water anyone?

Sprinklers use lots of water to water plants, and when a fire comes, you can at least try! When you turn on the tap, you also expect water to come from the tap. Imagine over 1 million taps being turned on at the exact same time. How much water do you think gets used per day? In most towns, there is one place that takes water from the nearest lake and filters it, that’s over 50 gallons per second if the whole world did that! We don’t usually think about how it got here, or where it came from, do we?

Without water, our farms would be nothing but dirt. The animals and crops need lots of it, believe me. If cows didn’t drink water, no milk, no cheese, no ice-cream. None of that would be here, and we wouldn’t even know about them! Sheep need water so they can grow their wool big enough to shear to give us clothes. Pigs need water so they can drink it to get big enough for us to kill and maybe have for dinner one day. Imagine sea animals without water! Actually, there would be no sea animals… or sea! No fish to eat, no dolphins to swim with, no pet fish, no nothing.

Water is very important, or everything would be extinct. The world would be dust and dried rocks. We need water to survive, everything does. No oxygen, because the trees will dry up and die. Everyone should know it as the most important resource, and take care of it as their family.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


In class, we have moved to measurement in maths.