Thursday, 1 December 2016


In Totara Whanau I have been learning about the Amazon Rainforest. Something we had to do with the Amazon Rainforest was to create a artefact. In this image this is my artefact. In my artefact I used cardboard tubes to make my tree's. I used grass to stick on the bottom of the base of the cardboard box and last I used clear blue cellophane for the river. I am proud of my artefact because I put all my hard work in the cardboard trees and all the other things. Something that challenges me was, trying to put the cardboard tubes on. Next time I should fill in all the gaps on the grass and tree's. In my artefact I used my perseverance muscle so I can keep stretching my art  and creating muscles so I can get better and better. Before I started my artefact I had to do some notes. I used my literacy book to put all my information about the rainforest. I used normal text books and used all the key words and then put them into my own sentences. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016


This week Totara Hub have been learning about the Olympics.
We had to choose a athlete that inspired us so I chose Shakira Baker.
I chose Shakira Baker because she inspired me with all her rugby talent.
In class we were asked to research our athlete and take note's. I found this a bit of a struggle. 
It was a challenge for me taking notes because it was hard finding key words and putting the sentences in to my own words. Something that challenged me was taking the notes because there was a lot of information to be presented in my slide about Shakira.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Funfetti Cupcakes:

I did this piece of writing because I knew how to make these cupcakes and I want to teach other people how to make them too. When I was making the cupcakes it was so complicated because I got frustrated with what time and when to put the right ingredients in. What I enjoyed about this piece of writing I added a lot of vocabulary in it. I used persuasiveness (perseverance) for this piece of writing because when I loose considerations (concentrations) I get all frustrated for what I am going to write and I feel like I want to give. When I go back to this writing I could change a little bit more interesting WOW factor in it. How could I do it, to make it more interesting about the actual learning.

How to make colourful funfetti cupcakes
One day it was a rainy day at home and I wanted to go and buy some cupcakes but instead mum said to make some so I grabbed the cookbook and started to read.

Cook - 25-30 minutes
  • 1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
Butter Cream
  • ¾ unsalted butter, soft
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Beforehand all the things your are wanting to do that include your cooking is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees and set out 12 cupcake liners in a tin and set aside.

  • Combine in a medium bowl mix your flour, baking soda, baking powder and a ½ teaspoon of salt and mix carefully and constantly until it is all combined.
  • Frequently set your dry ingredients aside and grab a small mixing bowl that your butter can fit in. Gently add your butter in your mixing bowl and put it in a microwave and leave it in there for 20 seconds or until it is melted.
  • Add in your butter into your granulated sugar slowly and beat with a hand mixer or a wooden spoon until it looks fluffy and pale.
  • Add your 1 whole egg, your greek yogurt, your milk and your 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and mix it until it is well combined.
  • Gather your dry and wet ingredients and gently pour your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix it all together when it looks pale and fluffy and well combined
  • Look at your cupcake mixture it should look all pale and fluffy and well combined you want to grab your sprinkles and slowly pour them in and combine the mixture all together.
  • Grab your cupcake mixture and your 12 cupcake liners in each cupcake liner put about ½ cup in each one.
  • Throughout the time you are letting your cupcakes cool down you want to make your buttercream.
  • Combine your first ingredient in your small bowl is your  ¾ cups of unsalted butter in a microwave for about 20 seconds and make sure you want to keep an eye on them so it does not bubble and explode everywhere.
  • Pour the melted butter slowly into a mixing bowl that has your 3 cups of sugar, your heavy cream been beaten by an electric whisk so it is fluffy and your 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.
  • Check that your buttercream is light and fluffy and often minutes later your cupcakes should have been cooled down completely, so now you want to gather a piping bag with you and empty the whole bowl of icing into that piping bag.
  • Ice all your cupcakes with a blob in the middle.
  • Naturally get a cup of any rainbow coloured sprinkles and dip your cupcake into it and for the big blob of icing in the middle that will help not spreading all your icing around it and instead it will just spread out by itself from the sprinkles.
  • Presenting your cupcakes they should look amazing and inside your cupcake will taste fluffy and  will be bright and colourful.

Monday, 27 June 2016


Everyone in Totara Whanau has been learning about the Maori New Year of Matariki.
Matariki is about joining together and sharing and learning new cultures.
Matariki actually means the eye of god.
Matariki is the Maori name for the seven sisters also named as the pleiades.

On the Matariki day the whole Totara Whanau got to chose what workshops they wanted to achieve themselves. For example I chose hand sewing. At the workshop we got told what we had to do step by step.When I did this sewing workshop I was felling nervous because I had never done hand sewing before.
What I enjoyed in doing this hand sewing was that I got to learn a lot of new skills about it. Next time what I could achieve on it is to not make the thread to big or to small and just make it the same length.
                                                   This is a picture of me doing my threading.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Bread experience:

Procedural writing
WALT write instructions for the reader to follow
Success Criteria
Give an explanation about how the instructions will help you (introduction)
Write an equipment or ingredients list
Begin each instruction with a verb (an action word)
Use specific vocabulary
Order instructions so they are easy to follow

I was at my Grandma’s house and it was a rainy day. We thought of making a egg on toast but we realized that we didn’t have any bread. So we decided to make some.
1. Yeast is the only ingredient in bread that makes it rise.
2. The texture of the bread feels really gooey when you knead it.
3. Flour is basically the only ingredient in making bread.
Have you ever made textured homemade bread?
  • 1 ⅓ Cups Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Heaped tsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • ½ cup Warm Water ( NOT HOT )
  • Combine the white sugar, flour and the yeast thoroughly together in a mixing bowl.
  • Tip in warm, NOT HOT, water carefully then blend olive oil and pound them together.
  • Fold the wet and dry mixture constantly for 3 - 5 minutes until it looks gooey and doughy.
  • Gathering the mixture together you want to grab a medium size piece of baking paper and then knead it for 1 minute and 30 seconds ( only a few folds of the dough.)
  • With your dough looking well combined and all ready to let it rise you want to grab a  greased baking paper sheet with cooking spray on it, and then finish up doing your dough with the shape you want it to be.
  • Place a towel over the dough and let it rise for 25 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the bread is golden.

I did this piece of writing because some of Totara Whanau have been learning about the science experience of making home-made bread. Some people learnt about what makes wheat rise and that is what I learnt. The ingredient that makes the dough rise is yeast because the carbon dioxide is released from the dough which is making it rise. Next time I would make sure to not put too much of one ingredient. The learning muscle that I was stretching was my perseverance muscle because I did not give up when the dough was to sticky or runny. What I enjoyed about this experience was getting to know all the weird and fun facts about bread for example, getting to know that yeast makes the dough rise.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Tooth writing

Holding in the pain from my tooth I feel a tear coming down from the left side of my cheek. Squealing with my mouth open I hear the deafening noise and also the CRUNCH. I hold in the scream waiting for my tooth to be jammed out. As Dad gets ready to slam the door I pound up and down not wanting for this tooth to come out yet.Now saying to dad I don’t want this tooth to come out I say
“I should just leave it in there so the painful scream can not come out” Just saying that so Dad could notice that it can not be pulled out this one fine day, not going to be a fine day now though. As he pulls the string of the door handle I feel blood going into my mouth dripping on my tongue I gulp the blood as fast as I could and said BLAH. Putting my finger in the tooth I feel a piece of gum hanging out from the tooth. I Scampered to dad saying “ Dad I think this tooth needs to come out now from about 10 minutes later. Getting ready to slam the door I stiffen my self and again holding the scream in my my mouth. SLAM I felt the tooth pull out like a crackling chip doing its big CRUNCH. Also the  scream comes out. As Dad was blocking his ears from my immense thunderous scream  the tooth came out.  Tasting the sense of dripping coral red blood.15 minutes later from the tooth being pulled out I still feel the irritation pain. Holding the tooth in my hand I enter into the bathroom looking in the mirror I have a blurb about what I will get from the tooth fairy. Imagining me getting $50.00 or even $1000.00. Me making up that the tooth fairy is really rich that I am wanting to get $1000.00 and for the tooth fairy leaving me a note saying ( don’t be a spoiled brat. ) Getting ready to pound down on to my bed I put the tooth in a tooth box for the night getting ready for the tooth fairy to come. Turning the lights of I stare at the the tooth box waiting for the tooth fairy to grab my tooth and put the $1000.00 in my tooth box. 11:30pm in the night still waiting for the tooth fairy to come. As I hit the yawn I slowly close my eyes finally ready to go to bed.

Opening my eyes at 10:30 am I realized that I saw my tooth box on the table so I grabbed the tooth box and pulled the lid seeing if my $1000.00 is here. Pulling the top of the lid I peer into the tooth box seeing how much money there is. As the feel of shaking and I do not know why my hand or body is shaking but I grab the money out feeling coins saying to myself “ I know I didn't get the $1000.00 I expected.” Picking out the coins from the tooth box I count the money and only counted $7.50. I say “ the tooth fairy is not that rich I suppose “ thinking that the tooth fairy is my mother so she could give me how much money I want but I am not that much of a spoiled brat. Still holding the money in my hand as it is 12:15pm. PAST LUNCH  even I say to myself. As I am looking at the money not wanting money any more thinking of getting a IPad or even a bike or phone. As I was dealing with the money not the bike or the phone and even the I Pad I say to Mum “ mum can we go up to town today day or tomorrow “ she replied sure.” As it was the next day at the time of 8:47am in the morning I bolt to mum just to say “ can we go to town.”As it was 11:15am I pounced into the car so we could hit the road. As we almost got to Hastings I was wondering what I should get. I had a blurb of thinking that I should of got my bike or i pad or iPhone that the tooth fairy should of got me but she didn't but then I just realized that I only have $7.50 and I thought I had my $1000.00 but I didn't. Walking into the store Kmart I sprint to the stationary section thinking that I am in a shopping spree competition, but as I gram the money out of my wallet always forgetting that I only have $7.50 what a good brain my brain is working for today. Still looking at all the stationery stuff I see a little minnie fake shopping trolley which was $6.00. I grab the fake trolley and I just remembered I had $1.50 left. Turning my head around I see a big purple herendise rubber which was only a $1.40 so I grabbed it and bolted to the counter to shopping spree stuff payed I say. From about 2 minutes in the store I jumped back into the car and then mum said are we ready to roll and I said “ YES.” Driving back home from Hastings I start to close my eyes and as I hit the comfy car seat bed. Opening my eyes I end with a bong on my bed. Pulling my arm over my body I feel a plastic. As I fell my eyelashes stuck together when I was opening my eyes from my not so long of a sleep I forgot all about that shopping. Remembering what I got I pull open the plastic bag from my fake shopping spree I pull open the stationary that I got from kmart and starting to remember what I did today.Entering into the living room I bring my stationary out with me. Getting ready to lie on the couch dropping my stationary on the floor. I pounce down hitting my chin thinking OH OH imagining another tooth has came OUT ?  

I did this piece of writing because it was one of our learning experiences and I wanted to write about the experience on the day my tooth came out. What I could improve from this piece of writing is to put more wow factor about the parts when the tooth is falling out. What I enjoyed in this piece of writing was explaining about how it happened. The piece in this writing I could think about more is to try and not rush my vocabulary in it and make it my personal best and use a thesaurus.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I am poem

I did this I am poem because it all inspires me for what I love to do. The thing I could work on is to put a little bit more information in it and so it makes (sense). The thing I enjoyed about this I am poem is that all the writing in it is all about what I enjoy. What I can improve in this poem is to put more interesting vocabulary in it.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

In The Jungle!

In the jungle you must wait until you reach a five or eight ? Entering in the jungle I hear the crackle under my foot from the sound of leaves. Sniffing around like a creached animal until I tumble down on one foot to been rolled, on a piece of brick wood game. Glaring at the game with hearing a BANG I pick the game up with my two bare hands swiping the dust off.

The banging stops with a sound of silence. Looking at the game I see the title saying JUMANJI. Opening the game I pear and see two dices with these weird looking checkers. Picking the dice up within hearing the clock with a big sound of a DING DONG. As the dice drops down out of my hands I turn my head with the dice been a three and a five. Going to look back at the game see the checkers moving by itself thinking that it is magnetized. Seeking with my eyes to see what it says I see a name.

 Looking back in the middle for the question I hear the sound of rattling monkeys coming down from somewhere. As my eyes were peering around the jungle I see a stairway. Heading to the stair way I tumble down the stairs from falling over a rock. As I end up at the end from 100 stairs looking at my knee I see a purple aubergine browse. As I was entering the master chef kitchen I see monkeys EVERYWHERE. Using the Cereal, Milk, Toast and even KNIVES poking into the wooden door.

Thinking in my head as I am walking back upstairs that the monkeys properly came from the game. Grabbing the game heading to a bunch of emerald green trees I start to sit down on the green grass. I roll the dice again. Getting one and a six taking a big breath before I even look in the middle. Looking back in the bobble saying….. ( These winged things are not much fun but be careful because you might have to run.) Saying to myself “ that does not sound good “ I look behind my head hearing the winged sound of bats coming from up above. As I see black winged things heading my way I knew that it was the bats that came from the game.

So I ran within picking up the game in seconds and running as fast as I could. Ending in this pitch black mud hole I say “ At least that I am safe in here. With one last bat entering in the hole on my shoulder I SCREAM and as I look at it hit it with the wooden brown game. Rolling the dice again getting a one and one thinking this is not going to be great. Peeking my head to the middle of the game saying……. ( It drips down from the sky thinking it is safe but not so easy. ) Covering the game over my head trying to climb back out of the whole I make it as well as running down stairs to the kitchen.

SLAMMING the door BANG being nice and safe and sound, gladly no monkeys in here. Only three spaces away I grab the dice waiting until I win until a man comes in with a gun saying “DROP IT “ in a deep voice. I say “whatever you say so.” Dropping one dice landing on a one and the other rolling down the stairs wondering what this number is. Hearing the sound of the dice has stopped.

 Looking back down at the game taking a big gulp in my mouth I see the magnetized checker moving, and ending up with the word saying JUMANJI. With the man at last trying to shoot me until the bullet stops everything that come out from the game disappeared back into the wooden game. Everything disappearing ending up at the bridge chucking the game down the lake feeling like it is 1978. Walking on the beach from fifteen years from the game happening. Hearing the sound saying “ In the jungle you must wait until you reach a five or eight?”

This writing is of a movie called JUMANJI. In a lot of parts in this story I made up myself. I love this story because a lot of stuff happen interesting in the story and I can not stop watching. In the story it starts with the same starting and the same ending. When I was dong this writing I put a lot of detail in it so it has a more WOW factor in the story and so it could make sense. In the story I could put more detail in it for when I went back to it. The thing that I enjoyed about this piece of writing was that I put a lot of effort into it so it sounds like the real movie and makes movies in the readers head.

Friday, 15 April 2016


I did this piece of art to show all about me. I put heaps of detailed pictures in the piece of art so it looks like a seniors art. Art is special because it has patience in it and it has concentration in art.

My A stands for my hard work in Netball and all the positions that I love to be in. Putting the Netball signs on the letter A was difficult because I had to concentrate so I did not make a mistake.

My S stands for the art splodges and for all the art that I do and how art inspires me. I loved art since I was a little girl. I kept on carrying on with the art because it is very special and you always need to keep practising and then you will get better at it.

My P stands for my family. Some part of my family is Maori. My family learns heaps of Maori language to learn about the Maori tradition.

My E stands for water because I love the water and I love to learn more swimming skills so I can get better for some international swimming competitions.

My N stands for the Silver Ferns because I love netball and I would love to learn all the skills that they have so I can be as good as they are.

I am proud of this art piece because when it got tough I did not give up.

I put heaps of hard work in the art so it could be extra good as how I would usually do the art.
For art you need to concentrate on it so it does not get all messy.

This art represents all the things the I like and love to do. This art makes me feel special because it has all my family in it and all the summer things I like to do.

Completing this art I learnt that you should not rush through it so it does not make a big mess. You have to keep on practising and also you have to take time in it.
Using all the pieces for the art it became a beautiful piece of art work that I could do again

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Camp Reflection

After all our experiences and camp we decided to go to the hot pools just to have a little bit of fun.
In all of our challenges each group got to go down to the river and do tubing.
In another one of the challenges we had to do was the fear factor and that was not that much fun.
At camp during the night we got put in to groups of 9 and we got to toilet paper the teachers.
At Camp Omatua we had heaps of activities and fun ones so we decided to play elastics.
When we were doing all of our challenges / activities we had one which was trying to make backpacks with a group in threes.
In one of the challenges we had to go down a slip and slide.
My Highlight at camp.
At camp my highlight was all the challenges and all the camp
experiences. I loved all of the challenges and camp and I appreciate all the parents
that put all the challenges up for all of us kids. The most favourite activity at camp that I did was
the chocolate game because all of the kids in our group participated and cheered for every one and the
most favourite thing in the game was the chocolate because I got the most :)
Something that challenged me at camp.
The thing that challenged me was the activity that you had to make all the stuff with paper and also the slip and slide and the tubing. The one when you had to do the paper stuff was difficult for me because it was hard to put it together because you only got given the amount that the parents gave you. For the tubing is was difficult for me because you had to turn your body around in the tube so you don't crash into the wall.
And last of all was the slip an slide. This one was the most hardest one because you had to run up so you could get a good grip on the slip and so you could go much faster. When you go down the slip and slide it hurts on you thighs because they drag on the slide and it hurts really bad. The most difficult thing about the slip and slide was when I had to try and beat the high score for the furtherest slide but that was fun because I made it past the mark.
What I really Enjoyed at camp.
At camp the most thing I enjoyed was going to Weka to do all the fun stuff and to go over the bridge,

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Maths Strategy

My Show Me.
I have been learning to do this doubling and halving strategy because I did not know that much about the strategy which was doubling and halving that well but now I know how to do it because of all the maths strategy's and of all the maths experiences that I have been learning. Now in the maths I just add it into to other maths strategies so I can use it when its best.
I am proud of this show me because I think I put a lot of detail in the maths so you know what the maths is about and the strategy is explained.
Something that challenged me in the maths was the part when I had to add the maths strategy up and because I had to double one side and half the other side and then times the maths strategy up.
Next time I could to a harder number so it seems more difficult for me to double and half the sides and harder so I have to add it and times it at the end,
I really enjoyed this maths strategy which was the doubling and halving because I got to learn more about it and I hope i get to move up a harder level for maths strategy's. It works best for 4x and 5x because I know my 2x and 10x.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


What challenged me . . . . . . .

I learn to How to get more punctuation in my writing so the author knows how to read my writing.
I am proud of my writing  because I put heaps of new punctuation into the writing.
I have been learning to get more information and put it in my own words.
Something that challenged me was finding information about netball.