Sunday, 19 November 2017

Arts Reflection

Last term we focused on the arts and we had to create a dance or drama that links to the heart of Waimairi. Larson, Luca and I created a drama about hot dogs and that we are lucky to have them.

I put my learning at multistructural because I can create a piece of drama because we were the playwrights, we used dialogue, we had characters, we used stage directions, we had a setting and we used acts and scenes.
My next step in my learning at relational would be to have a go at writing a play which includes some monologue, as well as including an antagonist [bad guy] and protagonist [good guy].

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Explination

How do birds fly?

Have you ever seen a bird take off and wondered how on earth they fly? Well that's why I made this explanation. 

Firstly I will explain the four forces:
Lift is a force that helps to make the bird go up. Drag is a force that helps to slow the bird down .  Thrust is a force that helps to make the bird go forwards.  Weight is a force that helps to make the bird go down.

If you really want to know how birds fly, you need to listen to me. Birds use their strong muscles, hollow bones and wings to get off the ground. Now everyone knows that humans can't fly because our muscles aren't strong enough to overcome gravity and our bones are not hollow, but we can fly by making a plane. 

Planes have a streamlined shape to reduce the drag slowing them down. To help them land the planes have flaps to help them produce drag and weight and reduce thrust and lift. The wings make lift by changing the direction and pressure of the air that pushes into them as the engines provide the thrust to shoot them through the sky. The drag and weight both help the plane go down. The wind that gets trapped under the wings creates lift. The rudders help the plane move left and right and the elevators change the pitch of the plane (up and down). The two stabilisers, the horizontal one and the vertical one, both make the plane stable.

My conclusion is that humans are not able to get enough thrust and lift to get off the ground and that we are too heavy. The gravity is always bringing us down.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Adventure

I woke up to a sunny morning, birds chirping, trees swaying quietly in the breeze and water cascading down the waterfall nearby. Then out of nowhere a grizzly bear came lumbering up behind me, I jumped with terror, its mouth was drooling with saliva and its claws were longer than my fingers. It started charging at me so I sprinted back to the tent. Suddenly I heard gunshots and the bear galloped back into the woods. I turned round to see my dad. Phew, I think it's safe to go into the jungle again.  

Four minutes later… I was back in the jungle as I needed to get some wood for the fire  … I heard a roar, was it the bear from before? No, it was a 12 m 41ft long dinosaur charging at me!  With nowhere to go I prepared for the impact and ….

Crab hunting

        Crab hunting 
The sound of the sea boomed into my ears as I started walking down to the beach to hunt for crabs. I have done this many times before and caught crabs as big as both of my hands. As we got closer to our destination I started thinking to myself “Could I catch a crab as big as the one I caught in Pohara?”


 By the time I had thought that through we were at the beach and started looking for crabs. As I frantically heaved rocks out of the way, I heard Olive shouting “Crab! Crab!” Sure enough she had found one, a big one too. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw this huge crab. I started chasing it as the crab started scuttling across the rocks. Suddenly I heard someone screaming “FISH!!! FISH!!!” 

I  blazed over there like a madman. “WOW’’ I gasped as I gazed upon the punie fish. “Catch it” yelled Charlie. “Ouch” I said as I tried to catch the fish by the spines sticking out its back. “Got you!” I declared as I snatched the fish out of the water.

 “Mrs Jones!! Mrs Jones!!” me and Charlie shouted “We found a fish!”  Mrs Jones came running up to us. “Take a photo” I said as she plucked her phone from her pocket. Once she had taken a photo I started clambering over the rocks trying to find a fish myself. A drop of water oozed down my face as I stared at a glistening rock pool one metre away.


“There could be a fish in there” I thought. 
So I clinched the rock that was in the way and… sure enough…. there was a fish there, flopping around on the rocks. I held it high like I had won a trophy. Then I quickly slipped it back into the water and it hid under the rocks. 

As I strolled further down the beach I heard Manisha yell “I found a fish!” and I rushed over to see. “Another one! Seriously!” I was surprised. Once again I scooped the slimy finned creature up in my hands and held it high.

 Then as I slipped the fish back in the water, I saw a mini tadpole slicing through the water. “Noah! Noah!” I yelled as Noah came running over. “What?” he said. “Look at the mini tadpole I found.” “Nice” he said. Mrs Jones called everyone in then we strolled back to camp with people pushing and shoving. 

I wondered if the huge crab would be there next time?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Hallswall Quarry

Today we went to Halswell Quarry. I learned that Banks Peninsula was once a volcano. This picture is interesting because it has lots of different types of rock.

Adventure

I woke up to a sunny morning, birds chirping, trees swaying quietly in the breeze and water cascading down the waterfall nearby. Then out of nowhere a grizzly bear came lumbering up behind me, I jumped with terror, its mouth was drooling with saliva and its claws were longer than my fingers. It started charging at me so I sprinted back to the tent. Suddenly I heard gunshots and the bear galloped back into the woods. I turned round to see my dad. Phew, I think it's safe to go into the jungle again.

Four minutes later… I was back in the jungle as I needed to get some wood for the fire  … I heard a roar, was it the bear from before? No, it was a 12 m 41ft long dinosaur charging at me!  With nowhere to go I prepared for the impact and ….

Discovering my whakappa

My mum’s full name is Nicola Jane Harrison. Her mum and dad chose her name because it was fashionable at the time. She was born in Hamilton in 1974. The other family members in the area were aunts, uncles and grandparents. The oldest relative my mum remembered as a child was Uncle Bill, he fought in World War 2. Of all the things my mum learned from her parents she feels the most valuable was a strong work ethic.