Thursday, 16 November 2017

Math Problems - BEDMAS

Here is my maths problems presentation for this week. We had to solve word problems that had to do with BEDMAS, Addition squares and also coding maths. A problem I faced was figuring out how to show our working with most of the BEDMAS problems. Go through my presentation to find out what else I learnt during this weeks maths. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

My heros, my reasons, my role models!

Do you have anyone in your life who has taught you what it is and means to be a good role model? Or are you a good role model already? Need my help? Well sure!

Being a good role model isn’t about being “top dog” or being the best looking. It’s more about what they do in your life or even try to do to make it better and easier. Just like my friend Suli! Most times she’s laughing but she always encouraged or stayed by my side even when I thought I had no one. A good role model is someone who would do anything to make you happy. Suli does way more things then others just to make me happy even if it means making her life harder. Sometimes she’ll get the blame or lose friends just for me and that’s exactly what a good role model should show.

Someone else is probably my nana. A good role model like her would cook us a big pot of food from something so little that had been sitting in the cupboard, will shout at you until you wake up to go to school, will buy you things even when you don’t ask. My nana lived a struggled life moving our parents from Samoa to New Zealand to live a happier life. They’ll go to endless limits so that your happy even if it leaves them in tears. A good role model is someone just like the two role models I have in my life.  

Look, what I'm basically trying to say is that a role model will help you live life happy risking their own. My mums a good role model, my siblings, my teachers even my principal. So there are my stories! Two role models I look up to and two role models you could take after.

Meet Koko: A female gorilla who knows how to use sign language! Or does she?

Here is a presentation about a debate between skeptics and Dr. Patterson. A Dr who defied the odds and taught a Female gorilla Koko how to sign. Did she really you ask? Well, some argue that their just complex tricks but here in my presentation is what I thought about all of this. The story of Koko a female Gorilla who can use sign language to communicate!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Our own band!

Last term for extension we were focusing on using Makey makey kits and scratch where we learnt how to code our own instruments using conductive tape and wiring. There were 3 different projects one a “game show” two a “controller” for people with disabilities and the last a “band”.  I was put into a group of 3 with Venetia and Cameo. Our project was to make a band with an instrument each which we had to code to actually play notes.

During the process we had to experiment using materials that could help us convert code from scratch to our instruments using tin foil or conductive tape. I chose to make a piano because I thought it would be an easy task. It actually wasn’t easy but I did manage to finish my piano. I used cardboard to make the actual keyboard and I used cut up pieces of cardboard that I covered in conductive tape so that when I connected the makey makey to my piano it played the notes that I coded on scratch.

Overall my piano was the only completed instrument in my group but I think a whole team effort was put into making my one instrument. This task set me a challenge that I think I completed which was to finish a project using my own skills and not depending on my group to do it for me. It was a great experience and I also enjoyed working together with my group.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Mr Jacobson's hidden talents!

This terms topic is "Music madness" and this morning our school got the chance to experience and watch Mr J perform one of his hidden talents. He had 4 different wind instruments behind him which he taught us how to use and what they were used for. Also where they were made and invented. 

My favourite wind instrument he showed us was the Shofar. They were made by cutting off the horns of rams and cutting holes off the end. When they were blown they made a deep sound that was used to communicate with people and other things too.      

Niuean Language Week

This week was Niuean language week and to finish this week off during assembly we had a special performance from our own Niuean group. Students from years 2 all the way up to year 8 got together to form a Niuean group, practising all week during lunch times two kinds of Niuean dances. Both the boys and girls danced, first the girls and then ending with the boys. 

Something I found fun about the performance was the seeing all our class friends dancing and also seeing all the different colours on the stage. Our parents were all happy to see their children on the stage representing their cultures.       

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Word Problems

In maths class we started up with a word problems presentation. We had to answer ratio and decimal word problems. Go through my presentation to find out what else I learnt.