Literacy Week

Red and White aka Read and Write
Celebrating: Where’s Wally’s 30th Anniversary and Dr Seuss’s 60th Anniversary

As part of Literacy Week there is a dress up day to come as your favourite book character.

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Who’s your favourite book character and why?
Bear Grylls is one of my favourite book characters because he is resilient and he succeeds everything that gets in his way such as sharks, venomous snakes, tigers and wolves. He is professional adventurer, parkourist and much more. His full name is Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls and he was born on 7 June 1974 in Donaghadee, Northern Ireland.

Southwest Canterbury Leaing

Haast Eagle

The Haast eagle was one bloodthirsty, 18 kg eagle that mainly hunted the Moa. Its wingspan of 3 metres made it a deadly predator. Its wingspan was 1 metre longer than the bald eagle, that roams the earth today. Its talons powerful enough to crush bones with one blow, and it stands nearly 1 metre high.

The Haast Eagle


Athletics Day

How well did I use a growth mindset to stay positive when the competition got tough?
In high jump the bar got really high and I tried my best and came third.
Did I manage to achieve my athletics goals and why/why not?
Yes because I came in the top 5 for 80m sprints and high jump
In what ways did I represent my House well in the competition?
I wore house colour mufti
What did I do well and how do I know?
High jump because I nearly made 1.2 metres
What was challenging and how do I know?
Sprints because everyone was running so fast
What am I most proud of and why?

Sprints and high jump because I made it into the top 5

Term 4 Learning Goal

Term 4 Learning Goal

My Learning Goal
Getting all my SML’s done. (Including extra SML’s)
How am I going to achieve my goal?
List strategies that you can use to work towards achieving your goal.
Use time wisely and focus on my learning. Complete work to a higher standard.
How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
I will have lots of points on the SML point tracker.
My Learner Qualities Goal
How am I going to achieve my goal?
List strategies that you can use to work towards achieving your goal.
Keep asking questions and get involved.
How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
I will do better in my learning and have a better understanding.


Te Reo Solo Rubric - Mihi






Extended Abstract
I have no idea what a mihi is
I know what my mihi means and I can explain this
I can say my mihi with the help of someone else or a resource
I can independently say my mihi with correct pronunciation (off by heart)
I can listen to a person’s mihi and understand.

I can teach others to say their mihi correctly.
Strategies could include:
  • Written prompts
  • Picture prompts
  • Peer/adult support
Strategies could include:
  • Written prompts
  • Picture prompts
  • Peer/adult support
Strategies could include:
  • Written prompts
  • Picture prompts
  • Peer/adult support

Self Awareness Report

Oakland School Learner Qualities
Be Self Aware (Excellence Value): SML tasks

Be self aware
I know my learning goals.
I know how I learn best.
Think about and reflect on:
  • How have I been managing my time with completing my SML Tasks?
  • How well have I been completing them?
  • Have I been completing my MUST Dos each week?
  • Have I been organised enough to complete bonus tasks?

What is my learning goal?
IALT manage my time well so I complete all my “MUST Do” SML Tasks each week
What has been going well?
Something that is going really well is using my time wisely and not mucking around so I get all my tasks done.
What have I been learning to do to get the tasks done?
I have been working really hard to get finished and then help others.
Which tasks have I completed well?  Why?
My blogging because I am really used to it and I also like to help others
Which tasks have been challenging?  Why?
No tasks are challenging if you work hard and know what you're doing.
What are some other bonus tasks I would like to do?
Video report
Find a video of your passion 5-10 mins
Make a report about it E.G what is going on, why it is your passion
My next step is……..
To finish my SMLs really early so I can finish my passion project at a high standard or create scratch games.

Term 3 Koru Art

Goal: Create an artist inspired art (Raewyn Harris).

During this art I learnt that chalk is really hard to draw with because...
  • The chalk is really thick
  • The chalk always snaps
  • The chalk has to be thick enough for the black dye to soak into  
Also the dye can go into the crayon if you don't press hard enough

Next Steps...

Now this art will be made in to a calendar- Yay!

Music Anti-bullying Rap

WALT: Compose and create a rap (with beat if possible) about bullying.

First we had to make lots of rhyming couplets. Then we used some of those words to make an anti-bullying rap. Here is our rap.

I have to go to school
I have no choice
But the bullies are mean
I always hear their voice

They shout at me
Push me down
Shove me in the pool
Try make me drown

No-one helps me
I tremble in fear
I have no friends
And I’m always scared

Now it’s the last verse
Where the bullying ends
Gonna get back up
The friendship mends

Math Learning Term 2/3

WALT:  Solve 3 digit times 3 digit using algorithm.

I have learnt how to use this strategy fast and easily.

My next step is to solve 5 digit to 10 digit problems.

I also learnt how to do this using decimal numbers.

Student Goals and Review

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……...
  • Public speaking
  • Presenting to audience
      E.g-Slideshows, speaking
  • Practise
  • Make slideshows/ Passion projects.
  • I volunteered to present my learning.
  • I made the camp movie to share to an audience.
  • I share my ideas and learning in front of the class and the hub.
  • Become more confident when speaking in front of larger audiences.

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……...
  • Be involved in the literacy quiz and be a team captain.
  • Keeping up high achievements on key areas.
  • Leadership role-Student Council
  • Get into a sport team- Football or basketball

  • Read more books
  • Show lots of leadership
  • Work hard to improve
  • Stay focused
  • I got two leadership roles-Student council, Lunch orders.
  • I got into the A team for basketball and soccer.
  • Literacy quiz is later in the year - I will be involved then.
  • Finishing SML tasks every week.
  • Learn how to solve big questions like 643 x 423 quickly and in my head.
  • Run lunchtime activities like basketball, capture the flag.

Measurement Term 2

We learnt how to measure common and odd shapes with perimeter, area and volume.




Student Led Conference

Moment in time writing

WALT: Write a 'moment in time piece' of writing.

The tentacles that had not bubbled up to the surface for millennia, rose from the deep dark caverns.

I heard towers tumbling and cars crashing as I watched my beautiful house being torn apart with misery. Was this really the end? I heard sirens blazing. The police had come. But were they going to be any use against the gigantic creature?

I looked straight at the Kraken. I looked straight back at me. A shiver went down my spine.  It was bigger than anything that I had ever seen in my life. It had massive grey tentacles and two bulky, red, glowing eyes of evil. I feared this was the end. Maybe I’m dreaming?

I smelt the vile stench or the gooey slime as it spread across the once beautiful city. The smell is so bad that I could hardly breath.

I tasted the gooey slime. It tasted like…… hmmm? Maybe rotten eggs, but ten times worse? It was like the world was going down in a matter of seconds.

I felt like one of the tall towers were going to fall on me. The wind brushed past my little ear. Could this be the last time I ever felt the wind?

I woke up on my bedroom floor. My heart pounded like thunder. My brain was sore and I was extremely confused. Maybe it was a nightmare?

I opened the curtains and there it was.


WALT: Use reference books/tools

The Problem with Plastic  

WALT use reference books/tools. WALT  use appropriate skills and technologies to find and use a range of texts for specific purposes   (assessment task)

Possible resources:
Plastic Fantastic SJ 2007:3:3
Accidental Plastics Connected SJ Level 4 2013
You may be able to find others to help you complete your research.

You can present your learning on a google doc (this one) or a presentation. PLEASE link your presentation onto this document.  

What do you need to research?

You should find information about these questions?

What is plastic?
Plastic is a material that is made from petrochemicals.

     2. Why is it a problem for the environment?
Plastic is a problem for the environment because it is ruining our seas, oceans, beaches, forests, cities and wildlife and if wildlife from the sea or land die we won’t have as much food. Also plastic is put into the landfill but there is too much plastic and it takes a very long time to break down so it is taking up more and more space.

     3. What facts can you find about the amount of plastic we use, how it is made, how it breaks down?
We use a lot of plastic every day e.g  chip packets, plastic bottles.
An average American person throws out about 84 kgs of plastic per year.
It takes about 450 years to break down.
Plastic is mostly made from petrochemicals.
Plastic can be made into any shape.

   4.What can you do to help?
Buy bulk packs instead of small chip packets, use containers, use reusable bags instead of plastic bags and use drink bottles instead of plastic bottles. Try to reduce rubbish.
   5.  Create a glossary of at least 5 technical words used in your research.
  • microbead   A small particle of plastic, usually between 0.05 millimeters and 5 millimeters in size (or one hundredth of an inch to about two tenths of an inch). These particles can be found in exfoliating face wash, but can also take the form of fibers shed from clothing.
  • plastiglomerate   A name some scientists have proposed for a category of rock created when plastic melts and fuses with chunks of stone, shell or other materials to create a long-lasting record of human pollution.
  • polyethylene  A plastic made from chemicals that have been refined (produced from) crude oil and/or natural gas. The most common plastic in the world, it is flexible and tough. It also can resist radiation.
  • zooplankton   Small organisms that drift in the sea. Zooplankton are tiny animals that eat other plankton. They also serve as an important food source for other marine creatures.
  • pollutant   A substance that taints something — such as the air, water, our bodies or products. Some pollutants are chemicals, such as pesticides. Others may be radiation, including excess heat or light. Even weeds and other invasive species can be considered a type of biological pollution.
  • oceanography  The branch of science that deals with the physical and biological properties and phenomena of the oceans. People who work in this field are known as oceanographers.

7. Create a bibliography of resources you have used to present your answers to this question.

Tiny Plastic, Big Problem-Tiny Plastic, Big Problem
The Problem with Plastic www-The Problem with Plastic www