Friday, 23 September 2016

Tamaki College Recount

On a Tuesday the 20th September  the year 8’s had the opportunity to go down to Tamaki College for a whole day to experience what college was like. We attended classes such as Social Studies, English, Maths and P.E (Physical Education).

We would usually walk down for Technology at Tamaki College on Tuesdays after morning tea but we were walking in the morning so it felt a little weird. I chatted to my Partner Taunese the whole way.

We made our way into there school hall known as the Auditorium. There we were greeted by a lady named Mrs Moore. The day before we had been given a brief summary of who she was. She was a kind and generous lady who organized this day for us. She organized things such as the classes we were in and the morning tea and lunch. We had former ex Pt England students who now attend Tamaki College show us around.  First was Social studies.

I had never before heard of a subject called Social studies so I didn’t know what to expect. Mrs Apelu was our social studies teacher. She introduced us to Social studies. We got to learn about the current issues. We saw pictures of how children got to school. Most were shocking. Some had climbed on cliffs without any safety equipment, some would have to go through rough rivers and more dangerous things... We then were given an assignment to create a pair of shoes that would help these children get to school better or if we were the Prime minister with all the money in the world what would we do to help the children get to school. What I did was I would build closer schools in remote villages.

We then had maths to follow up. We had Mr Sharma. He had visited our school before with Gabriel and Saia. So he was familiar to the Year 8’s. We had play kahoot which was a quiz site. We took a quiz about shapes.  We then went outside and we played Shapeshifter. This game requires the teacher to say a shape and the students have to get into that shape.

Interval had come quickly and we soon then were in the Auditorium for morning tea. We had a water bottle, an apple and many more snacks provided for us.

We then did have other subjects to attend such as English and P.E (Physical Education) .  In English there were ten words on the screen that we had to remember. Then we had to write them down in a document and get pictures of what first came to our head when we read the word. Then there was a poem that we were given to add pictures to. For PE we played games and had a lot of fun.

It was an awesome college experience. I look forward to college in 2017!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Maths Work

In Maths we are learning to split numbers into ones and tens to solve subtraction
problems. We were given an example to follow and guide us at to how to do it.
I have been given problems to solve. Take a look as to how I solved them!

The Black Death

This week in Reading the Louis Sachars (my group) have been looking at
the plague known as the Black Death. This is one of the scariest and darkest
plague that has ever happened. Take a look to see what I have found out!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Make America great again!

In Reading we have been looking at the American Election between
the democrats and the Republicans. We have been closely looking at
the Republicans who is Donald Trump and his people. He and his team
have come up with a way of how to win the election and the Louis Sachars
group were very inters ted to find out. Take a look!

Escape from Afghanistan

In Reading we have been looking at a nonfiction story about a mother
and her daughter escaping from Afghanistan. They have gone through
rough things to try and get to another country for a better life. As we
know Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places. Take a look to
see what I have found out!!

Monday, 12 September 2016

My Maths Goals

In Maths I want to accomplish a lot of things. 

I want reach the Year 8 strategy level or maybe even higher. The reason being is that I want my strategies to improve and also the people I work with. I want to surround myself with people who will help me reach my goals instead of those who will bring me down. Also I want to improve my maths whizz age. 

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Maths Problem Solving

This week we are learning to do multiplication in parts to solve problems.
In other words learning to use the partitioning strategy. This is when we get
the big number and we split them into parts. When then take a part at a time and
multiply it by the number given to us. We do this for all the parts. By the end we
will at least have 3 eqautions and 3 answers as we had 3 parts. We then add all the answers
together and then that is our overall answer!

Converting Fractions

In Maths we have been taking this excersice to help us with our conversions. 
The conversions is from percentage to fraction then lastly to decimals. We stay on this excersice for 15 minutes a day and then we do our practice work as we have already got the strategy in our heads. At the end it gives us a score and we have to try and beat it the next day!

Maths Whizz Learning

In Maths Whizz I have been learning about Decimals converting into Fractions. In my test I have to drag a line to which decimal is the exact as the fraction. This will help me improve my learning in Decimals and fractions. They are also in equilateral decimal forms which makes it quite harder. Hopefully I will get a 5 out of 5 which will earn me 30 maths whizz coins!!

Friday, 2 September 2016

Narrative Writing

This week we have been learning about descriptive vocabulary to make our
narratives more interesting. We were given a picture and had to write about it.
We first planned the narrative with the narrative writing structer you will see on
the first slide. Then I wrote the story on each slide. Take a look!!

Who is Gemma Flynn?

This term we are looking at NZ athletes and the story behind
them being in this years Olympics. Marilyn and I have chosen
to do Gemma Flynn. We found out a lot of things we didn't know
about her before and have listed them down in the presentation. Hope you enjoy!!!