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My Pepeha

LI: To write and say our pepeha.

We each wrote pepeha’s to help get to know each other. By writing pepeha’s this allows us to connect to each other and form friendships in learning. My pepeha tells others about who I am, my iwi as well as my ancestors and what year they came to Aotearoa. For example: My ancestors are from Ngapuhi.

I found this activity fun because I got to learn wherr my grandparents were from and how to say my pepeha in Maori.

SLJ Summer Beach Scene Kickstart

For the Summer Learning Journey I completed the kickstart activity “Summer Beach Scene.” For this activity I used gradients and different shades of colours to create my beach scene. My beach includes a palm tree, 2 little birds, a shovel and bucket and a wind surfer. I created my sunset usind different colours and shades like, yellow, light yellow, orange, light orange and different types of blues.

I found this activity fun because I got to use my creativity to make a fun cool beach scene.

SLJ Bug of the Year Kickstart

For the Summer learning journey I completed the kickstart activity “bug of the year.” For this avtivity I was challenged to use my creativity to create a new bug using my imagination. my bug is a mix of other creatures and insects including moth, spider and dragonfly using their different types of body parts. my bug has a spider like body and legs, it has pink antenae and 2 dots on its body to immitate the image of eyes which can be used to scare off predators. My bug has big transparent wings and a dragonfly-like end. Lastly my bug has big shiny black eyes which help them see from further away and catch other smaller insects to feed on.

I enjoyed this activity becasue I got to use my creativity to come up with a new species of bugs and experiment on different things I could add to improve my bug.

SLJ Kickstart Tanagrams

For the Summer Learning Journey I completed the kickstart activity called “Tanagrams.” For this activity I used the Tanagram builder to create images using different shapes. For each unique design I had to use every shape and rotate/move them around to make them fit the design. I started off with besic designs then created animals.

I enjoyed this activity because it was challenging and I had to use my brain to figure out which way to move the shapes to fit inside the design.

SLJ Which one Doesn’t Belong


For the Summer Learning journey I completed the task Which one Doesn’t Belong. I had to figure out which of the shapes didn’t belong and support my answer with evidence. In this activity, every answer is correct. At the end I created my own which one doesn’t belong, if you would like to try mine out, go to the last slide and write your answer in the comments.

I enjoyed this activity because it was fun and I had to think and use different strategies to find out which one is the odd one out.

Inchcape Rock

LI: To find and summarise the story behind the poem

No movement flows; the boat froze, sails and bottoms paused.

Silenced noise and signs, waves arise and slump bells enclosed.

Aberbrothok set down the bell, the storm and waves fell.

The rock had swept, the bell warned. Then raised danger

Sun cheered, joyful birds shrieked. Then came the lovable music.

The inchcape bell spotted a green mark as Ralph eyed.

Ralph mirthfully sang in sinister his insides laughed with evil.

Eyes focused on the bell, rowing to dispel Abbot’s label.

Heading towards inchcape rock, Ralph cuts the bell to plague.

Downturned the ringing bell, “the next person will be ensorcelled.”

Ralph sailed away scouring the seas heading towards Scotland’s shore.

Gazed upon the highs, the sunlight and breeze had last.

Rover takes his stand blinded by the dark gaze ahead.

Said ;”now we’re lost, how I wish the bell rang.”

The sound died, swells then striked the inchcape rock.

Ralph hath balded and cursed as waves and ships collided.

The ship sinking warned himself of cutting the inchcape bell

Our challenge was to unpack the story behind the 17 verses of the poem Inchcape Rock by Robert Southy. The part I found interesting was when sir Ralph crashed into the inchcape rock because he had cursed himself by cutting the bel of of the rock because he was jeleous of everyone praising Abbot.

I found this activity interesting because I unpacked a poem and I don’t get to really unpack poems most of the time.


Observation Something Happened Here…

LI: Learning about New Zealand history.

For reading we looked at New zealand history from the school starter kit. We chose one of the 36 cards and learnt about the tangata whenua which tells us the mountain, river, tribe and marae for place we choose. We chose observation, this card was about Abel Tasman and Dumont D’urville. Abel Tasman’s story was about murderers bay, we learnt why he gave murderers bay the name and what happened.

I found this task interesting because I was given the opportunity to learn about history behind New Zealand.

Character Dispelling

For reading I chose a character from a text and dispelled the gender bias. I chose Brainy smurf as my character, when I dispelled the gender I changed a few things, for example a gave her more feminin clothing and a more defined body shape. While I was dispelling the gender I stayed with the theme of a steryotypical “nerd” because ofter when you hear the word “brainy” people think about “nerds”.

I enjoyed this activity because I got to take one of the characters I like and dispell the gender bias that followed from the past in evolution. This task let me express my ideas and think about questions like “what actually would my character look like as a female?” overall this activity helped me display my creativity and learn about gender bias and how men are displayed as more empowering as woman.

Aretha Franklin Song RESPECT

I completed this task so that I could achieve a CARE award in order to get a badge. For this task I needed to research about Aretha Franklin’s song RESPECT.

Aretha Franklin is a famous singer who was in the music buisness for over 60 years. One of her most famous singles RESPECT. Aretha Franklin created because she noticed that everybody wanted and needed respect. This song was noticed by many people and became an anthem for feminism and civil rights.

I enjoyed this task becasue I got to learn how a song can change society and make a better changes in the world. I found this inspiring on why and how this song became an anthem for feminism and civil rights.

Escape From Afghanistan

LI: To explain in fewer words what the text is about 


Our challenge in this activity was to summarise the text in our own words. We were challenged to use powerful vocabulary instead of simpler words. My summary tells the journey of all refugees and the journey they went through.

I found this Mahdi’s journey stressful because all of the obsticals he came to were stressful