Year: 2023

Diya Creating

LI: To follow the instructions to make your own origami diya (diva lamp).

The photo above shows my origami diya (diva lamp). Our first challenge was to watch the video that shows how to fold an origami diya (diva lamp). Before we could start we needed to use a ruler to measure a 20cm square piece of paper to make our own origami square. I found it really challenging because as I was going through the video I was finding it really difficult as I kept trying until someone had helped me out. 

I found this activity fun as well as hard because the steps were getting easy until it came to one bit where you had to fold and had got me confused. 

Inchcape Rock

LI: To find and summarise the story behind the poem

The ship sits still, no sight of wind nor waves. The waves overflow the bell, but no movement was found. A bell rings when the tide is high for sailors. Mariners go past the inchcape rock and blesses Abbot of Aberbrothok. As the sun was shining the sea-birds screamed and wheeled. The Inchcape rock was seen, Sir Ralph walked over his deck. He felt a singing sensation and sang with a mirth. His crew lowered a boat. He rowed to the Inchcape Rock. Sir Ralph cut the Inchcape bell from the inchcape float. The bell sank, Ralph quotes no one will bless Aberbrothok. Sir Ralph sails away with his stolen equipment from sailers. Rover notice it’s getting dark and was seeing no land. They thought they were nearby but saw complete darkness. Darkness is seen, they wish to hear the Inchcape bell. It was silent until crash “we’ve hit the Inchcape Rock”. Sir Ralph tore his hair and cursed himself in pain. Slowly dying, he hears the horrid sound of his death. 

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 (pirate) had cut the bell because he soon realised that he shouldn’t have chopped off the bell because there was no noise that could help him and his friends survive. 

I found this activity awesome because I enjoyed how I got to collaborate with different people and help them out with what they don’t understand. 


Phares dans la Tempete, la Jument

LI: To use your smart searching skills to find the story behind this picture

Our challenge was to write create a DLO that shows where this lighthouse is and what the story is behind the image. We found out that the Phares dans la Tempete, la Jument is a lighthouse in France.

I found this activity enjoyable because I noticed a lot of things that had got me interested which was the man asking for help although he realised the helicopter was there to take photos of the waves crashing against the lighthouse.


My Special Taonga

LI: To structure and write an explanation

Our challenge was to write an explanation to tell others about something we value as a special taonga. Our challenge was to make sure what we had written made sense and each idea was explored in a paragraph. My taonga is a special gift that I have received or have been given from my grandma as her ansectors passed it onto my nena parents and kept it going. I value this as a toanga because its something special that was hand made by my nenas ancestors.

I found this activity hard aswell as fun because this was preparing me for my test coming up although I got to explain what the thing was which was a kafa.

What happened down the stairs?

LI: To understand the 5 senses can be used to strengthen a description

Our challenge was to co construct a text using the olfactory, auditory, gustatorial, visual and kinethetic senses to describe the story behind the shoes in this image. This time we were able to speak and sat facing our partners. 

Once we had completed this part of the challenge we joined together with another group to share our writing and make sure what we had written made sense and had met the language feature challenge.

I found this activity helpful and encouraging because I got to help out my partner aswell as adding in some scary parts to make the story sound instresting as like were investigating things.


These Shoes have a story to tell

LI: To use the 5 senses and personification to help us paint a picture with words. 

LI: To understand that personification is to give an inanimate object human qualities

Our challenge was to co construct a text using personification and the senses to describe the story behind the shoes in this image. We sat back to back and weren’t able to talk to eachother as we were thinking of what to write next. Half way through Mrs Anderson challenged us to include a rhetorical question and a simile or metaphor, An example for this is my rhetorical question was :As my owner strected me another seam ripped, I wonderd why me?.

Once we had completed this part of the challenge we joined together with another group to share our writing and make sure what we had written made sense. 

After that part of the challenge was finished we used the punctuation points game to see how many we have got correct and how many we had misplaced or didnt add them in. We marked eachother’s punctuation against the points table. We then had a chance to check our own work against the points table. That was fun because every point our partners missed menat we could take a point off theirs.

I found this activity fun because I really enjoyed how I got to experience writing back to back without speaking, also I really found it instresting how me and my partner (Keira) added some spice into it which made our shoes sassy.

Equipment and Property

LI: Students will learn how to look after equipment and property.









This week for PB4L we created a contract discussing about your Properties and belongings of why they are important and why they need to looked after. This contract is also about respecting your belongings. An example of this is showing respect to those properties they have lent you to use as they could trust you with their equipment which is important to follow these because it’s best to show other people that you can be trusted in borrowing their equipment and also being able to get your equipment back without any damages.

I found this activity entertaining because it tells me about how I can trust people with my properties which also teaches me how this can show an impact on not just you but that person’s family, however people will respect your properties if you respect their property the way you admire something.

Understanding Fractions

LI:  To find a fraction of a whole number 

For maths this term we are learning about fractions and in this DLO we are showing our understanding and the strategies we used to find the fraction of a whole number. We used our prior knowledge of multiplication and division to find the answers to the equations.

I found this activity challenging but also fun because I got to experience my first time learning how to Subtract, and Multiply fractions.

Collaborative Art

LI:  To use different types of warm and cool colours to recreate a world-known painting from Van Gogh.

This week’s art is about Van Gogh and his famous art piece “The Starry Night”. The Class was divided into 2 groups of 16 people, 1 of each group remade “The Starry Night” in warm colours and cool colours digitally. Each group divided 16 pieces of the Starry Night with each person in the group. Working as a collaborative team we gathered all or pieces to 1 DLO to finally reach our desired outcome.

I found this activity really fun because I liked collabrating and helping my group with there drawing, and Art is also one of my favorite subjects.

Statistical Investigation

LI: To read the text, gather sort, graph and analyse the data

Our maths group created a diagram which shows the top six rivers in Auckland from smallest to largest. We used our collaborative skills to find out the data of each river. We put these rivers in this order from shortest to longest ( Whau River, Puhoi River, Tamaki River, Waitakere River, Hoteo River, and Wairoa River. We used our knowledge to come to the conclusion on what river is the longest out of the 6 rivers in Auckland, which is Wairoa River.

I found this activity was amazing because my group and I were collabrating and sharring our disscusions with each other which helped us with our bargraph.