## Tuesday, 22 November 2016

### Maths - Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.

Walt: Find fractions, decimals, and percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.

The first sweatshirt is cheaper than the second one because 30% of 60 is 42 and 40% off 72 dollars is 43.20. The first sweatshirt is 1.20 cheaper than the second one.

The second jacket is cheaper because 20% off 96 is 76.80 and 30% of 120 is 84. The second jacket is cheaper by 7.20.

The first jeans is cheaper because 30% of 48 is 33.60 and 45% off 68 is 37.40. The first jeans are cheaper by 3.80.

The second tracksuit is cheaper because 25% off 64 is 48 and 30% of 86 is 60.2. The second tracksuit is cheaper by 22.20.

The least you could spent if you brought one of each clothing item would be 200.40 and the most would be 224.80. You would save 24.40.

I figured it out by figuring out what the percent is as a fractions, timing it by the cost and dividing by the fractions denominator. Then misusing the total from the cost.

The thing I found most challenging was using multiplication and division strategies to estimate and solve problems with fractions, because it was hard to found a strategy that worked.

Here are the links to the 4 strategy's I completed:

Here were the strategies we did:
- Use multiplication and division strategies to estimate and solve problems with fractions, eg. 11 ÷ 3 = 1 1/3
- Find a fraction of another fraction by multiplying. eg. 3/4 x 5/2 = 15/8, 15/8 = 1 7/8
- Describe and show renaming tenths, hundredths, thousandths as decimal fractions and relate them to place value order, like 2/100 = 0.02

- Work out and explain percentages of simple amounts

## Monday, 21 November 2016

### Te Reo, Term 4 2016.

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

• The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
• The Marae is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
• The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
• There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
• Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between maraes and iwi.

We have focussed on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

 Concept Definition - give the meaning of these concepts in your own words. Tikanga The correct way to do things. PÅwhiri Everyone is Welcome Tangata whenua Local people Manuhiri Visitors to the marae TÅ«rangawaewae The home base of the marae Whanaungatanga Family Relationship Manaakitanga A person's well being, and respecting our elders. Aroha Love

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is how many maraes there are in NZ and also how old they are.

## Thursday, 3 November 2016

### Parliament

Parliament

This term we have been learning about Parliament. We have looked at the difference between government and parliament, NZ parliament, who is in government, how our government works and we compared democracy to dictatorship.

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

• Where everyone sits during a session in parliament.
• The people in parliament and what they do.
• That there is a underground passageway for the people of the house to arrive at parliament faster.

Here is a Link to my compare and contrast map explaining the difference between democracy and dictatorship.

## Thursday, 22 September 2016

### Maths - Describe patterns of reflection, rotation and translation.

Maths

Instructions:

• W.A.L.T Describe patterns of reflection, rotation, & translation
Instructions
1. Draw a 10cm x 10cm square.
2. On the top line make a mark at 3cm and 7cm.
3. On the bottom line make a mark at 3cm and 7cm.
4. On the top line where you made the 7cm mark draw that line down 4cm.
5. On the bottom line where you made a mark at 3cm draw that line up 4cm.
6. On the top line at the 3cm mark draw a line to connect with the line at the 7cm mark
7. On the bottom line at the 7cm mark draw a line to connect with the line at  the 3cm mark

This is the activity I had to do:

## Wednesday, 21 September 2016

### Arts Rotation - Visual Art

Visual Art

Visual Art: WALT: Apply knowledge about shapes and patterns derived from nature into an original artwork.

For Visual Art the SOLO level I achieved was: Relational

The 3 Visual Art techniques I used in my art work to achieve this level were: Moving Water Colours, Glazing Water Colours and Shading.

Here is a photo of my artwork:

My next step in visual art is: To use the Visual Art techniques more often.

## Friday, 16 September 2016

### Koru Games

Koru Games

The activity I did was Netball.

Two Highlights were:
1. I did a lay up against Burnham because I had never done a lay up before.
2. When our team came sixth overall.

I am proud of When I did a lay up against Burnham because I had never done a lay up before.

Some advice on Koru Games for next Years Year 7's is to never not to show the Oaklands CARE Values because if you use them it will be a better experience for you and for others.

## Tuesday, 6 September 2016

### CARE: My progress so far.

CARE: My Progress so far.

The CARE award that I am working towards is:  Gold

The one area of CARE that I am doing best in is: Respect because I seem to get more things highlighted off in the Respect column.

The one area of CARE that I need to work harder in is: Active Thinking  because I do better in the other Care values.

To show my leadership qualities I am a role model to others in the CARE values by doing/showing these leadership traits: Integrity and Motivation.

On the CARE SOLO matrix below I am at this SOLO level: Extended Abstract because I can use the Care Values independently, and I can role model to others how to use them.

 Prestructural Unistructural Multistructural Relational Extended Abstract I am not aware of the CARE values yet. I know what the CARE values mean. I need help to use them. I can use the CARE values. I need reminding to use them. I can use the CARE values independently. I can use the CARE values independently. I can role model to others how to use the CARE values.

## Wednesday, 31 August 2016

### I can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses and connectives to see how ideas are linked in texts.

In this activity Task 1, I had to explain what part of the sentence was the adverbial clause.

### I can apply my knowledge of adverbial clauses and connectives to see how ideas are linked in texts.

In this activity Task 1, I had to explain what part of the sentence was the adverbial clause.

### Science - Waterways Info Report

Science

The Highlighted parts show that I have used Punctuation and Sentence Structure.

Below is my New Zealand Waterways Information Report.

New Zealand Waterways

The Water Cycle is a process that water goes through between land, ocean and the atmosphere.  The Water is recycled throughout the process. The steps in the Water Cycle are: Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Runoff/Groundwater.

Evaporation

Evaporation is when the sun heats the water and then turns the water into gas.  Gas in the air is called humidity, and in some hot places, have a high amount of humidity.  When it is hot outside; the evaporation is greater.  After this stage in the water cycle is finished it is Condensation/ Precipitation which takes you furthermore in the Water Cycle.

Condensation/Precipitation

The word Condensation is water vapour gas condenses back into liquid, Water and Ice.  Precipitation is the stage where Rain falls from the clouds.  There can be many different types of Precipitation For Example [Rain, Snow, Sleet and Hail.]  The next stage is when the water hits the ground that stage is Runoff/Groundwater.

Runoff/Groundwater

Runoff/Groundwater is when the water runs off into the Ocean it either Runs off Underground or on land.  When the Runoff reaches Rivers, Lakes and Oceans, it keeps the water cycle going.  Furthermore, the water underground moves due to gravity, downward and sideways.  Runoff is important, because it flows over the land, some of it soaks into the ground, thus recharging groundwater.

Conclusion

Overall, you can see that the water cycle has a few steps that are important and would be interesting to learn about.  Remember the water cycle has 5 main steps:  Evaporation, Condensation, Precipitation and Runoff/Groundwater.  If we didnt have the water cycle, we wouldn’t have clean water.

## Monday, 29 August 2016

### I can recognise and understand a variety of grammatical constructions and some rhetorical patterns.

In this unit I have been learning about:
• The parts of speech.
• The types of nouns.
• The types of sentences.

Something new I learnt was how to put these nouns into sentences.

In this unit, I found challenging is trying to remember all of the different types of names for nouns.

## Friday, 26 August 2016

### Excellence Evidence - Can Do #1

Can Do

Librarian

On Wednesday Monique, Sam, Samara and I with a few other people had a Librarian meeting because we are starting a new Library system to make it easier for other students.  We have a new website for the Library so people can Reserve and can give feedback about books without needing to go in the Library.

So we are learning about the new system so we can teach other classes on Wednesday next week at Read and Feed time.  After Mrs Ward explained what we needed to do we got to have a little play around with it.  Everyone got Partnered up and got assigned a class.  I and with Alex and I am going to Room 6.

After the meeting was finished I went outside and played withe my friend before the bell rung and it was time to go inside.

### Excellence Evidence - Must Do #2

Wellington Fundraiser

Must Do

On Monday Monique, Sam, Alicia and I went to the Halswell shops and Westfield mall.  We went there because we were asking different shops if they would like to donate some prizes towards our Year 8 Fundraiser Quiz night as we are fundraising towards our Year 8 Wellington trip.

Halswell Shops

We we to the Halswell shops first,  Monique and I were partners.   We went to the Pharmacy first, hey said they would ask their boss so their is still a Chance.  Sam and Alicia went to Tiffany's they got a gift card so they were very grateful for it.  After that most of they shops didn't have their boss at work so they needed to talk it through with their boss.

Westfield Mall

Once we arrived at Westfield we went to first shop but they needed to talk it through with their boss.  Basically every shop after that needed to talk it through with their boss.  Then Monique and I went to Noel Leeming and they were willing to donate some prizes.  They gave us Two cook books and Two glass Jars.

Then we got back at school around 2.55 - 3.00.

## Friday, 29 July 2016

### 3D Printing

3D Printing

On Friday I was learning about 3D Printing, I was doing this because I am going to Te Hapua for our buddy programme rotation.

Here is Me and Samara's slide about 3D Printing.

3D Printing Slide.

## Tuesday, 26 July 2016

### My CARE Progress.

My CARE Progress.

I have done a check of my CARE progress so far this year.

I am proud of my progress.

I am Proud of my Progress because I achieved my Bronze last term and I have already got few ticks for my Silver.

How far away are you from reaching your Silver?

I am quite far away from my Silver.

The area of CARE that I need to try harder in C / A / R / E.

I have chosen Active Thinking because I don't contribute to class and group discussions that often.

To achieve my Silver award quicker I need to Tick all my ticks off straight away instead of waiting till I have like 50 ticks I need to record.

The one thing that I can do to improve my progress in CARE is try to use most of the CARE values for the rest of the year instead of using them sometimes.

We will review CARE progress again at the end of the term.

## Wednesday, 6 July 2016

### Music

W.A.L.T -  I can describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place.

Over the past 7 weeks I have been learning to describe the characteristics of music from songs of a different time and place.

I can describe these characteristics in a piece of music:

### Melody - A part of a song that gets stuck in your head.

Harmony - A major song which is a happy song or a minor song which is a sad song.
Rhythm - A strong or regular repeated pattern.
Timbre - What makes the song unique.
Form - How the song is put together.

Here is an example of my learning.

## Tuesday, 5 July 2016

### WALT: Use side or edge lengths to find the perimeters and areas of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles and the volumes of cuboids.

Rich Assessment Task: WALT:  Use side or edge lengths to find the perimeters and areas of rectangles, parallelograms, and triangles and the volumes of cuboids.
The best possible outcome
Answer Problem 1 -  Length 9, Width 4
Answer Problem 2 - Length 8, Width 6
Answer Problem 3 - 3 bags

Problem 3:

## Friday, 1 July 2016

### Excellence Evidence - Can do #2

Kapa Haka

Can do

On Friday I had Kapa Haka.

Firstly, I walked respectfully to the hall and took my shoes off.  I entered the hall and sat in my place ready to start.

When everyone arrived, we starting warming up our voices.  The song we sung was He Honore.  Once we had sung that song, we moved onto Pa Mai.  The girl who usually started the song off wasn't there so the Year 8 girls had the opportunity to do it.  We didn't do it loud enough so the Year 4's gave it a go.  They were quite loud.

Then we sung Tahururu and Our school song.

The we started to practice for the Celebration of learning assembly and the Open day.

The CARE value I showed was Respect because I was very respectful towards others.

I got involved by singing at my very best each time.

## Friday, 17 June 2016

### Excellence Evidence - Kapahaka #1

Kapahaka

Can do

On Friday I had Kapahaka.  We Practiced for 45 minutes.

For our warm up we sung He Honore and Pa mai.  We hadn't sung Pa mai for ages so we didn't really remember the actions it.  We sung this with the non performance group.

After the Non Performance group left so the Performance group could practice their routine.  The Performance group started with Hareruia then we moved onto Tahuruhuru.

We spent a bit of time on Tahuruhuru because the was Rakau, Long Rakau, Poi and Long Poi so we got some practice on that.

After Kapahaka was finished the Year 8 boy's and Year 8 girl's practice Long Rakau and Long Poi because the wanted to get the sequence right.

The CARE value I showed was Respect because I was being respectful to others.

I got involved by singing at my very best each time.

## Tuesday, 31 May 2016

### Merit Evidence - Librarian #5

Librarian

Can do

Today I had Librarian.  We got a couple of books, they were both Barbie books because we knew how much the younger students love Barbie.

We started reading and more and more students came to listen to the books.

After we finished a few students offered to help us carry all the gear back.  We said "Yes".

We started walking back to the Library with the younger students.  We put the books away and the went outside to enjoy the rest of our Lunchtime.

I think I have shown Trustworthy because I think Mrs Ward can always count on me to show up.

## Friday, 27 May 2016

### Merit Evidence - Kapahaka #5

Kapahaka

Can do

On Friday I had Kapahaka.  We practice every week on Friday from 10.30 to around 11.30 at the latest.

Today we had no warm up, so we went straight into Hareuia.   We practiced Hareuia for the whole session which I found was helpful because I needed to work on Hareuia, so I got a lot of practice.

We finished around 11.20.  So the year 8 girls practiced long poi for the last ten minutes of morning tea.  Before Morning tea Mrs Baker said to us that we can bring the long poi home to practice with.
Once the bell rang we went straight to class and got ready for the rest of the day.

I think I have shown Resilient because The long poi was very hard but I kept trying and I finally got the hang of it.

## Wednesday, 25 May 2016

### My Short Story

For this piece of writing I have focussing on my vocabulary and punctuation. I have been learning to:
• use a range of precise vocabulary to communicate meaning (Year ⅞)
• use all basic punctuation independently and attempt more complex punctuation (eg semicolons, colons, parentheses) (Year 7/8)

The pieces of my writing that are highlighted green are where I have shown my vocabulary and punctuation goal.

My Story - The Ocean disaster

“Please put your hand up if you would like to  go on an underwater adventure.” Said                   Miss Paige, sounding very passionate.
Victoria loves to be underwater exploring different things, so she raised her hand as fast as she could.
“ Ok, that is quite a few so I will tell you who is going after lunch” said Miss Paige.

Ding, ding went the loudspeaker and everyone rushed to class so they wouldn't be late.
“ Ok everyone, I hope you had a great lunch” said Miss Paige.
“Now for the underwater adventure.  There are only 6 people who get to go and those 6 people are Victoria, Ethan, Stacey, Josh, Georgie and Lachie.” Said Miss Paige
Ding, ding went the loud speaker
Ok have a good weekend everyone and can Victoria, Ethan, Stacey, Josh, Georgie and Lachie please come and grab a notice off me because we are going in two weeks.  Bye everyone Said Miss Paige sounding very excited.

The night before camp!

Victoria is very excited about camp.  She made sure that everything was ready as they needed to be at school by 7.00am.  She released her bag on the ground with relief as it was difficult to carry.  Then she quickly said goodnight to her Mum and Dad and went straight to bed.

The day of camp!

“Beep, Beep, Beep” Went Victoria’s alarm clock.  Suddenly Victoria bounced out of bed and quickly got ready for camp and in seconds she was out the front door.  As she arrives to school there is a small bus waiting there looking like he wants to drive away.  Victoria, Ethan, Stacey, Josh, Georgie and Lachie hop on the bus with Miss Paige and they quickly say goodbye to their parents and then the bus driver starts the engine and then he drives to the airport.  As they arrive at the airport, Victoria could see straight away that the airport was packed.

In Australia!

“Wow look at the view” Victoria said excitedly.
“Oh Yeah” Georgie said.
Victoria, Ethan, Stacey, Josh, Georgie and Lachie arrive at camp and they are so excited to get stuck into their activity.   “ Ok, there are two groups.  Group 1 is Victoria, Stacey and Georgie and Group 2 is Ethan, Josh and Lachie.  Group 1 and 2  you can choose what cabin you want to go in.  Victoria and her friends run up the stairs and chuck their things on the floor.  Then they run down the stairs like a herd of elephants.  Your first activity is a Collaborative game.

1 hour later!

“Oh that was so fun”  announced Stacey sounding very fascinated.
“Yeah” Victoria and Georgie said.
“Ok, everyone time for Dinner and then go to bed because everyone has a big day tomorrow.
“Ok” everyone says and then they go straight to bed.

The Next day!

“Group 1 you are snorkelling and Group 2 you are playing Capture the flag”.  Said Miss Paige.
“Hello Group 1 I am Jamie your instructor for today.  Is everyone excited for snorkelling”. Jamie expressed sounding very cheerful.
“Yes” Victoria, Stacey and Georgie said excitedly.
“I’ll now show you where to get your gear and then we will go to the ocean.” Said Jamie.
“In here is where we keep all our gear for different activities, so grab your gear and then get changed in the changing rooms and meet me right here.”
Victoria, Jamie, Georgie and Stacey jump into the car and drive to the ocean.
They jump into a smallish boat and drive into the middle of nowhere.  Victoria, Georgie and Stacey get ready to go underwater, while Jamie explains the safety rules.  After the safety rules were finished, Victoria, Jamie, Stacey and Georgie sat backwards and went underwater.
Then they swim to some gorgeous rocks.
Georgie then points to a rock that is in a shape of a love heart.  Everyone suddenly has a bigger smile than before.  Then Stacey points at a blurry spot coming towards them and it gets closer and closer and they all get more curious to know what it is.  They then quickly realise that it is a Great White Shark.

They all start swimming as fast as could to the boat as it was a fair bit away.  They all jump on the boat and look for the Shark.  They suddenly see a fin poking out of the water near by.  So Jamie starts the engine and zooms off to shore.  As they are driving back to shore everyone wraps themselves up in there towels.

Once they are back at camp Victoria and her friends talk to Miss Paige about all their fears and Jamie helped calm them down.  After they had finished talking they all wanted to give it another go as everything else was a fantastic experience (apart from the Shark of course).