Art Attack - Koru Art

WHAT? WALT: create an artist inspired piece of artwork

So what?This week was Art Attack week. We did Koru art, inspired by Raewyn Harris. It was hard trying to pick what colours go well together. I learned how to use complementary colours so that they colours stand out. On the colour wheel complementary colours are opposite each other. I did green and purple, pink and green, orange and pink, red and green and purple and light blue. I like my shapes of the leaves and my patterns. We had to do a draft in pencil, then we did a draft in chalk and finally our good copy on A3 in chalk and coloured it in. After we coloured it in we dyed it with black dye. It was hard because the chalk kept smudging and I had to go over it again. I think it turned out pretty well and the colours match well.

Now what? I think my next step is to get the shape of the koru better.

-By Vanessa

Music Bullying

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

In music we were learning to write a rap about bullying.

The process was:
1. We learnt what Hip hop is made out of.
2. We learnt about Rhyming.
3. We learnt about Raps.
4. We learnt about the elements of a rap.
5. We learnt about writing rap.

How did you go about achieving this?
I worked with Holly and Sofia and found some rhyming words and turned them into a verse.
What resources were used to help you?
I used my experience of being bullied to get information, and I also used a sheet of rhyming words.
Did you go through the process on your own or collaborate with other people?
I collaborated with my group (Holly and Sofia)
How did you find the process?
It was fun because we got to learn what Hip hop was made out of.
What did you enjoy most about the process of creating a rap?
That I got to create a rap with my friends.
What  might be your next step?
To write a rap by myself next time.

Here is our rap as well:

I wake up every morning, not wanting to go to school.
All the kids tease me and think I'm a fool.
Even when things are going wrong.
I have to stand up and be strong.
People call me lots of names.
Even though we are the same.
Hey Mr Bully! hear my plea.
For once in my life just set me free!
Nobody ever lends a hand.
If only someone would take a stand.
I always cry, if only someone would hear.
Everyday I shed a tear.
Everyday you make me pay.
I just want it to go away.

Multiplication and division

WALT - We are learning to solve multiplication problems using the written method.

Here are some examples:

      15       5x3=15
   x   3       3x1=3+1=4
      4 5      Answer=45

    24      4x5=20
x    5      5x2=10+2=12
  120      Answer=120

WALT - Solve division using the written strategy.

I learned that there is another symbol we can use to solve division.
25÷5=5 also 5⟌25    

My next learning goal is to be more confident in maths.

By Vanessa.

Maths - Measurement

My goal for measurement is reasonably estimate length/mass/area/volume/temperature. I was in Mrs Patten's Maths class, and we were learning about perimeter, area and volume.

Perimeter is when you measure all the sides of the object and add the numbers all up.

Area is when you measure the length and width of the object, then you multiply it.

A rectangle is 6cm by 4cm.
Perimeter -  6 + 6 + 4 + 4 = 20cm
Area - L x W - 6 x 4 = 24cm squared

Volume is when you measure the length, width and height and you multiply it.

Cube is 3cm by 3cm.
L x W x H
Volume - 3 x 3 x 3 = 27cm cubed

Reading Evidence

This term in Mrs Patten's Reading class, we have been learning to use Reference books/tools on Google Classroom. We get assigned tasks every week.

Lately we have been doing some things about the environment. I learnt a lot of things, here are some things:

We got given the following question to research -


We used these possible resources:
Plastic Fantastic SJ 2007:3:3
Accidental Plastics Connected SJ Level 4 2013

Here is the information that I found using the different resources available. I used websites and books to find my information. 
  • Take off the bottle caps when you're throwing out your bottles
  • Most plastics get buried into a landfill 
  • Plastic takes about 450 years to break down
  • Plastic takes about 1000 years to decompose in the landfills
I enjoy being in Mrs Patten's Reading class!


For 2 weeks the year 6 hub did dance. I've enjoyed learning the Hip hop and Cha cha dance, it was really challenging and fun! I've been challenged by learning two dances in two weeks! I learnt lots of new moves from both dances and, my favourite moves are: the double jump (Hip hop) the freestyle (Hip hop) Alamana turn (Cha cha) and New Yorks (Cha cha.)
By Vanessa

A moment in time ride Term 2 writing

  A Moment in time ride.

I heard folks screaming with fear and excitement. I heard squealing from people as the ride went around and around. My ears were nearly deaf from all that noise!

I saw people shivering with horror, I saw the sun shining so bright on my face. People's faces were so pale I think that they were about to throw up!

I felt sick to my stomach. Why did I bother going on it? It goes faster and faster and faster. I could feel the vomit in the back of my mouth. I sincerely hope I don't throw up!

I wondered if I will make it out alive? It is too fast, I thought. It’s making knots in my stomach. I wanted to scream, MAKE IT STOP! But I doubt that will happen.

As I sat there in my seat, while the ride was still going round and round and round, it started to get slower. YES! I thought. Finally I can get off this ride! After a few more seconds of slowing down, it finally stopped!

The Run Bike Run

WALT use poetic verse to recount an event we participated in.

The Run Bike Run event was usual enough;
It had the bikes, the track, the orange cones, and even the medals.
My friends, my classmates and I did what kids do - Sprinted fast around the track, 
Cycled on colourful bikes, 
Cheered for the puffed competitors, 
Ate our delicious lunches, 
Played around some tall trees, 
Clapped hard for the winners, 
Doing the best we can do for our teammates.

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps
Name: Vanessa
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……...
Improve in Maths
Do more maths in my free time. Get 1500 points in mathletics a week.
Asking questions if I don’t understand
I have improved by using the strategies I’ve learnt in the past. To do some maths at home.

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……...
Learning my 12 times table

Do more tables and remember it.
Practice at home and school
I used some of the strategies and learnt some of the 12 times tables.
Also I have been working really hard in maths
Learn ALL of my 12 times tables.

Multicultral day

This week I have participated actively in a range of learning experience around ‘Multicultural week’ WHAT: I was involved in a range of learning experiences for Multicultural week. I did Chopsticks, Chinese traditional spring card. I also learned about Israel, Russia and we also had Henna done for us. SO WHAT: I learnt was that you can fit 63 New Zealand’s in Russia. I enjoyed the chopsticks where you had to use chopsticks to pick up things. I was most fascinated by the Henna, I had a beautiful flower pattern on my hand. NOW WHAT A question I have is…. How long does it take from New Zealand to get to Israel?

Learning plan reveiw

Koru Art

This is my koru art.
I used bright colors, pink, purple, blue & green.
It was really hard to get the shape of the koru right, but I never gave up and I got it right!
We had to choose some patterns for the koru. I chose waves and triangles.

Geometry (Maths)

Shapes  WALT: Finding symmetry in shapes.
In Room 5 we learned about Geo Boards. We made different shapes with it. Mine looked like a Star burst. It was made out of colored rubber bands. We made a lot of creations. They were creative and unique. My colors were green, yellow, red and blue. The Geo boards were fun to use for making lots of creations.
You can do a lot of creations with the Geo boards. You could probably make the solar system  with the Geo boards!
By Vanessa.

Literacy Week

On Literacy Week we did a lot of fun activities, such as finding Willy Wonka's golden tickets, activities in the  Library and much more! It was such a shame because I couldn't dress up. I was at the South West Zones. We also did stop, drop, and write. In the Library, there was the treasure hunt and Make your own bookmarks. I didn't really do much on Literacy week. The people in Room 5 dressed up as all sorts of characters like: Cats, Princess Leia, the Tiger who came to tea, The Sun, Super woman, diary of  Wimpy kid, Cinderella,Mrs Twit and a lot more! Literacy week was fun even though I didn't dress up as my favorite book character. I hope we do Literacy week next year!

By Vanessa.

Pet day Writing

WALT: describe our pet day.
S.C The reader understands my feelings about pet day.

Today it is pet day. I am dressed up as a cat. We are fundraising for the SPCA and Kaikoura. First we had a pet parade. I saw lots and lots of dogs, that were very cute. My favorite one in the Parade is probably the Pugs. In the hall there were more animals such as cats, turtles, hamsters, guinea pigs, fishes, Parrots and chickens. The cats were adorable and so were the Parrots. Lots of people were wearing onesies, like: duck, ladybirds, zebras, unicorns and much more!!! Overall pet day was Amazing! I loved the dogs, cats and the other furry little creatures.
By Vanessa.

Space Alien

WALT: Describe the attributes of an alien to hook the reader.

My space alien is a slimy green color . It has 3 eyes on stalks. The eyes are what stands out most on my space alien. It has 3 mouths. The lips are as red as blood. It has a wide and round tummy/body. My space alien is 135 centimetres tall. The round tummy has little spots which are purple. The spots are probably as big as a ladybird. My space alien is called Slimy. He’s called Slimy because of  his green, slimy and smooth skin that he has.

Slimy has round feet and small hands. My favorite part about Slimy is his shiny 3 eyes on stalks because, they are big and they stand out a lot. Slimy loves the color green, especially slimy green. He has lots of friends probably because he’s kind, thoughtful, loyal and caring. Anyone would love to be friends with him.
By Vanessa

Mr Twit (The Twits)

WALT: Write a description about Mr or Mrs twit

Mr Twit is an ugly and hairy man. He has a wife called Mrs Twit. They hate children. Mr Twit has a very long beard. It is very hairy. Sometimes Mr Twit is disgusting because he ate worms out of spaghetti. Gross! Gross! Gross! It might make you lose your appetite. He is Hideous, ugly, rude and cruel. His "lovely" wife Mrs Twit is also rude, mean and just like her husband, disgusting! they play pranks on each other. Not funny pranks. Horrid, revolting, yuck and Jaw dropping pranks Just like the one where Mrs Twit put worms in Mr Twits plate/bowl of spaghetti. Yep, these pranks are horrible. I would be grossed out if Mrs or Mr Twit put yukky worms in my yummy spaghetti! I think that Mr Twit is a rude man who terrify's children.
By Vanessa

Yr 5 Camp Woodend writing

WALT: Describe our feelings about camp.
S.C: The reader will enjoy reading our description. 18.11.16

On Tuesday the 15th of November, the Year 5’s went to Woodend Christian Camp. I felt really happy, excited and nervous about coming. I was excited to try the water slide, happy about sharing a bunk with Kendell and nervous about trying the Go Karts. When we had free time I went on the Water slide. It was super fast! I was versing Holly and I won. After that I went on the Maypole. I went really high. My hands really hurt from holding on. Activity rotation no.1: Archery and Air Rifles. When it was my turn on the first one it landed on the grass, the second one I got on the back. The last one I got was on the blue! Then we went over to shooting. I didn’t get one of the targets but Kendell got a duck. Activity rotation no. 2: Orienteering. We had to find these wood things with yellow on it that had a letter. Holly, Kendell Lizzie (parent) and I went as a group together. We went really well because we found 13 letters out of 20. Then we had afternoon tea. We got biscuits and juice. Activity rotation no. 3: Go Karts. I was really nervous because I was first up. I went really well until I got stuck. It was fun going up this little hill. We got to hang out in our bunks until dinner. Holly, Kendell and I were stuck talking about our day. For dinner we had nachos with some veggies and dip. For dessert we had Brownies and ice-cream. I’ve never had brownies before so when I tried them it was AMAZING! After dinner we had a Camp Gospel Programme where we talked about God and Jesus. We Had circle time after the programme, we nominated people and got lollies. I got a Milkshake from Archery. Then we had Supper. I had Hot Chocolate and some cookies and baking. We went of to our bunks (Mine was bunk 5) and got changed and organised for bed. When Mrs Hall told us it was lights out I tried to get to sleep but, there was a lot of giggling and chatting. Also  Kendell was slapping me in the foot. After a long talk I finally went to a deep sleep.

The next day…
I woke up at 6:00. The others in my bunk room woke up too. We had a quick shower and got dressed. At Breakfast, I had 3 or 4 pieces of toast. I had Raspberry Jam and Vegemite on toast. Activity Rotation no. 4: Climbing wall. I went on the first one and I made it up the top. I also made it up the top on the second one. I wanted to go on the third one but there wasn’t enough time.
Activity Rotation no. 5: Team Building. We spent a lot of time talking about communication, trust and teamwork. The first Activity was holding hands and moving around without letting go. On the first go we got 34 seconds. Second go was 29 seconds. Third go was 28 I think. Fourth go was 18. Last but not least: 24 I think. We came second place. The second activity was lifting people up on the bars the girls went pretty good. The third activity was getting people up on the wall. I think our group worked really well. Now I think Jack, Felix and Taylor have sore backs from letting people stand on their backs, to get people up. For lunch we had some Hamburgers. It was delicious! I had seconds. Activity group wha had to clean girls bunk rooms. I was Vacuuming. It took a long time, but we got the job done! We had some free time, the free time activities were: Gaga dodgeball, Beach Volleyball, Mini golf, Maypole, Water slide, Trampolines and Playground. My favourite was the Trampolines and the Maypole. After a while we had to go and leave Woodend. I was on bus no.2. At 3:00 we arrived at Oaklands. I had a really fun and awesome time at camp!

Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus.

WALT: Persuade the reader to agree with my opinion.
Why should the Pigeon not drive the bus?
I think the pigeon shouldn't drive the bus because It's a bird and birds aren't made to drive the bus. Pigeons poop everywhere so it would make a big mess.

-Firstly: the Pigeon doesn't have it's license to drive the bus, otherwise it would crash and it would get hurt.
Secondly: it has wings not hands so it would crash and get hurt.
Thirdly: The Pigeon is really small so it might not be able to look out the window.

Pigeons surely have dreams also, not just humans. I think someone should give the Pigeon a chance. But again they would crash if they tried to drive a human bus. The Pigeons biggest dreams is to drive the bus.  If he could just ride one, just one bus, It might make his life happy and worthwhile. Even if it crashed there are still lots of buses left in the world, and probably not that many really happy Pigeons!

In conclusion I think that Pigeons shouldn't drive buses. What if you saw a Pigeon in the drivers seat trying to drive the bus. What would your expression be? How would you feel? Would you tell other people or scream?!

By Vanessa.

A Hammock and a garden

WALT: To Persuade the school to agree with our design.
We would like a Hammock and a Garden together in 20 years time. The Hammock could have a cover in case it rains. The cover will be put on at 3:00 and taken of at 8:30. The students for good behaviour  They can go on it to read and do their work, but they still have to respect it and show the CARE values. We chose this idea, because if someone comes to visit, we can put a display of the vegetables on the Hammock.

We would like some certain Vegetables in our garden:

1. Carrots
2. Lettuce
3. Peas
4. Pumpkin
 5. Tomatoes
6. Broccoli

and last but not least: Cauliflower.
Now some flowers we would like are:
2. Tulips
3. Roses
4. Daffodils
As you can see,  we have put alot of time and effort into our design. Thank you. By Vanessa & Kendell.
Ps. The garden will be behind Rm 12 and 13.

Persuasive Writing. A at Tree house at Oaklands school.

A Treehouse at Oaklands school.

WALT Persuade the reader to agree with my opinions.
Mrs Trotter, I feel that we need a tree house at Oaklands.
I am sure that the students will enjoy relaxing in the treehouse at school.
I also think that the students will enjoy playing  in the treehouse at school.
Firstly, it is peaceful. Secondly, it is fun. Thirdly, it is a nice place to think. Also we might have some rules for the treehouse so people don’t break stuff. We could also have signup  sheets, so people don’t hog it.

The treehouse would change and make the school stand out more.  I think we really should have a treehouse at Oaklands School. As you can see I have written a lot of reasons why we should have a treehouse at Oaklands School. So I hope if we rebuild the school, we could have a treehouse.
By Vanessa.

New Zealand Habitat Collage

W.A.L.T Describe a New Zealand Habitat and the animals who live there.
I can identify several animals from species groups and the habitats they live in. I can give reasons why they belong to this group. I can give reasons why they live in this habitat. I can look at these animals and habitats in a new way by showing my understanding through the art of Collage and a written description.

My Collage shows the Ocean habitat. My 3 animals I chose were the Hectors Dolphin, Jellyfish and the Crab.



WALT Describe a New Zealand habitat and the animals who live there.

My Habitat is the Ocean. At the bottom of the Ocean, there are Hard rocks, Soft sand, Cool shells and Colorful coral. (in the warmer parts) The NZ Ocean is sandy, blurry and dark. The outside is Blue, and a little bit of white. The waves are bumpy, splashy and wavy.

Hectors Dolphin
The Hectors Dolphin is an Endemic animal. The Hectors Dolphin has a white stripe on its face. You can find them at Akaroa. There are less than 7,000 Hectors Dolphins left. The Hectors Dolphins are Omnivores. They are playful.

The Jellyfish stings people, when you get stung by a Jellyfish, There is a Virus in the sting and it makes your heart beat faster. The Jellyfish is Native to New Zealand.

Crabs have snippy, long, sharp claws that can snip you. You can find them at the beach. The Crabs are Introduced. The biggest one is a King crab. It has its eyes on stalks. Some crabs are different colors, Red, Orange, Whitish and dark yellow.

The Ocean is a Wonderful place, but be careful not to drop plastic bags in the Ocean otherwise that will kill the creatures in the Ocean. The Hectors Dolphin Lives in Akaroa because of the Salt water and lots of food avalible to it. The Jellyfish lives in the Ocean because it doesn't have bones to allow it to walk on land, and there is lots of food for for it there. The Crab lives at the beach because there used to the humitity and they have lots of stuff to live on the beach. It's creepy and dark in the Ocean but it is full of life.

By Vanessa.

My week

Week 5     2.3.16

This week has turned out the best! I really enjoy Literacy and working on my computer. Maths has been challenging and easy, I thought my head was about to explode! My school year has turned out great.
For the first week of school has been awesome. My friends are back and ms Williams is very nice. I like that we're allowed to bring a soft toy to class and learning is really fun.I learned a lot about ariana grande. So for the first week has gone really busy and fun.I think I'm going to have a great year.

WALT: Write a recount using paragraphs, a hook and a personal comment at the end.

The best day ever 11/8/15
Yum Yum what is that smell?  It is the yummy candy my friend Sam gave me.

The strawberry one is good and the raspberry one is good too.   Whenever I go to Sam’s house we always eat candy while our mums chat.  When we were there we made lots of stuff like purple bracelets, spotty headbands and Jewel rings.  I did mine purple and Sam did hers pink.

Then we had dinner we had a salad it was good.  Next we played with Sam’s Barbie dolls.I was the hairdresser and Sam was the cleaner.  Then we swapped.  Sam was the hairdresser and I was the cleaner.  Then we watched tv.
Next Sam suggested we go and read some books.  After that we did a word find. I mostly found all of them.  We did lots of pages.  Sam found lots too.  While we were doing the word find Sam said’’our mums might not come. ’’So l said ‘’yeah and if our mums are not coming we can have a sleepover yay’’Then Sam and got all crazy.

9am the doorbell rang and Sam got sad because we wanted to have a sleepover.  But Sams mum said we could have another playdate.  Hooray! Hooray! Sam started going crazy again.  Then our mums said we could play extra 5 minutes and I went Yay so we played tag with Sam’s little brother.  We screamed with laughter until our mums covered their ears. Then I had to go home.

I liked going to Sam’s house because we do lots of fun stuff together.

Kids Can Cook

WALT: put a photo on our blogs

Me stirring the mixture.