Thursday, May 10, 2018


Never trust a crocodile!

What has a scaly body like a fish, a long, pointed snout, is a very fearsome hunter and is related to dinosaurs and birds? That's right, it is a crocodile! Crocodiles can live in a range of places including rivers, lakes and wetlands. When they have their babies they like to build their nests on muddy river banks. Even though you might think it is cute, but never trust a crocodile. Read on if you would like to learn some more interesting facts about the amazing… CROCODILE.

Waiting for the bus

Are you very patient? Let me tell you that however patent you are a crocodile is more patient than you. A crocodile can wait for nearly 1 to 4 hours just for something to come by. A crocodile can stay underwater for 10 to 15 minutes without coming out to breath, but if it is trying to hide from a threat it can stay 30 minutes or more. A crocodile has times when it is very hungry so they even eat shellfish but in other times they  just eat some of the animals that are very unfortunate to cross their path.

Come in if you dare

A crocodile’s habitat is swamps, rivers and lakes. Crocodiles make their nests in long grass, muddy river banks and sandy coasts. For any animal that is unfortunate enough to cross a crocodile's home it will kill it and eat how much depending on the time of the year it is because in some seasons they are not so hungry. Then when the baby is born it will drag it into a hole made especially for the baby crocodiles.

Ancestor of dinosaurs

Now you can see that a crocodile is the best animal in the world and the most patient animal you can think of. They were a ancestor of dinosaurs which means that they lived 55 million of years ago and survived till today. Did you know that a crocodile’s mother is the best mother in the reptile species? Do you want the crocodiles species to be extinct?

This week we have been researching about crocodiles and we wrote a report about it.
Why do Chameleons change colour?

Have you ever wanted to blend into the background so you can be the best at hide and seek in your school? Do you want to turn green so your mum will pay more attention to you not your annoying little brother? If you want to do all these things than go to Africa, Asia and north America to capture a chameleon and try to learn to blend in. They live in deserts and rain forests. You have to be fast, for a chameleon can run 21 miles per hour which is 33 kph! It also has two eyes that can look in two different directions, talk about avoiding  predators and you from catching it. Thanks to scientists now we know why chameleons change colour.

Adults used to tell children that the chameleon changes colour to blend in with the background and to avoid predators. Have you ever heard that saying before. But now thanks to the newly developed science and the scientists now we know that it was only a myth for babies. The actual fact was that they change colour to adjust to the heat. For example, when it is hot it changes to a lighter colour to let off heat and to  cool off but when it is cold it turns into a darker colour to attract heat. You might think that a Chameleon changes colour once a week but on a daily basis.

Being able to change colours has many uses such as to show your moods. A chameleon can show its moods by changing its colours. When it is angry it will show a darker colour. Than when it is a lighter colour it means it is just trying to show off or to attract a mate.
 A chameleon can change into any colours like green, red, pink, yellow,blue or black. Think about it, wouldn't it be great if you could turn into a darker colour like black to show someone that you are angry and they ran away the moment they saw you.

Do you still want to change colour to be the best at hide and seek in school? If it is a yes go to Africa, Asia and north America to catch a chameleon and start learning. Pack your bag quickly, you better catch the next plane there. If you want to do some research first they are in the lizard species. But watch out for the eyes that can look in two different at the same time and the legs that can run 33 km per hour.


This week we have been recearching about the myth: Chameleons change colours to camaflage themsevles and find information to back it up. This is the result we got.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

This week we watched a video about an old lady called Ester finding treasure from the junkyard. Then we started to write a describe map about Ester.
The treasure hunter

Scavenging through the mucky junkyard, there was a wrinkly old lady searching for special delight to decorate her handcraft home. Most people have assumed that one man’s trash is another man's treasure. The only sound in the peaceful junkyard is the clinks of metal which ester threw away. Perched on top of her little red nose is her broken,second- hand glass but since there are no lens she wears them for fashion. As she pushes her trolley around she through the junkyard mountains noticing for special delights Unlike rich people her hat is full of moth holes and very greasy with a faded pom-pom on top. Ester has a very good eyesight for an old lady, so her house is beautifully decorated.

The accident

Last week we wrote a story either about soohorang or bandabi. My one is about Soohorang and here is my narrative

BONK! Soohorang fell out of bed as his annoying alarm clock snapped him out of his enchanted dreams. Soohorang was a snow tiger with white skin and black stripes. He was also very fast riding a snowboard. He was a nervous wreck because he was competing for the first time in snowboarding and today was meant to be his big day and he wanted to make the most of it. He wanted to win a gold medal and glory for New Zealand but he had a dreadful feeling that today his luck would finally turn...

The wind was howling like a wolf howling at the full moon.  The snow covered the ground like a giant had put a pure white blanket over the mountain.  Soohorang was struggling to stand up straight, never mind taking one step. He thought it was the end of the world until he finally saw the chair lift. On the chair lift a black bear called bandabi was sitting next to him and it seemed that he was also competing in snowboarding, plus it looked like he came from the north pole! Soohorang knew that the most outstanding snowboarders came from the north pole, he will be tough to beat. When Soohorang looked back snow stretched as far as his eyes could see.  Then he looked down and saw that he was more than 20 metres from the ground. Ten minutes later he was on the top of the mountain peering at the mountain below. It was such a beautiful view: the wind was was blowing snow in every direction and it looked like someone was ripping paper and throwing it down to earth. The trees had snow sprinkled on them like a chief putting icing on a cake shaped like a tree.
He quickly changed into gear and came out. The moment he stepped out of the changing room the cheering started. It was so loud that he can even hear them when he put ear plugs on. Everyone were cheering him on and he felt so proud to even come here. In the front row his mum and dad was bursting with excitement because their children's dream had finally came true after the 4 years of solid training.  He stepped behind the starting line where his new friend bandabi was standing proudly, waving at his fans. There was also 3 other competitors. The judge said “ ready set go “ and they raced off into the distance.

In the middle of the track there was a tall hill and just after that there was a curve but he was going so fast that he can’t stop so he crashed into the gate and fell into a hole in the middle of the mountain. When he wanted to climb up the hole he fell instantly because his leg was broken and it was throbbing with pain. He even found a trampoline beside him. You might think it can not become any worse but soohorang only had a muesli bar and a bottle of water……

He called out for help but nobody answered. He sometimes he wished he was in his comfortable bed reading a story but instead of reading a story he felt he was in the story. Ten minutes later a shout came from the top of the hole and then a head appeared and asked Shoorherang if he was okay. When they had pulled Shoorherang out they told him that he was filming a movie and Shoorherang fell into the hole. They went up the mountain and called for help. Soon an ambulance came and bandaged Shoorherang’s leg. They said that he just needed some rest and he will be able to compete again. The judge decided they will start the race tomorrow.

The day passed quickly and soon he was standing at the starting line and the judge fully recovered and ready to win. The snow parted as the snowboarders raced passed. Finally the race ended and the results are…….Soohorang came first! He felt so good when he stood on the stage holding the winter olympic cup in his hands. Today is a day he will never forget!!!


  Image result for soohorang holding the winter olympic cup

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daily News

This week for reading we have been writing a newspaper  template. We were working in partners.



I need to use more adjectives and similes.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Scariest Animal in the Woods

This week we decided to make a describing map about the mouse and the Gruffalo for small children. Here is the result.
                            The Scariest Animal in the Woods


Living in the deep dark woods, there lives a teeny, tiny mouse, who seems like any ordinary mouse. It was his pink, round ears and his soft brown fur that makes him look like all the other mice. He has very sharp hearing and can hear every little noise in the forest, so he can be ahead of all his predators. Even though he has sharp hearing he has to be alert all the time. Every animal thinks that he is a small, easy meal but no one knows that he is a very deceitful and mischievous mouse. He can outsmart all the animal in the forest with one of his plots. He can also think of an idea in a blink of an eye without any hesitation. He walks like a pro with a his pink, long tail slithering behind him like a snake catching his prey. Although he is the smallest animal in the deep,dark woods, his mind makes him the scariest creature in the deep, dark woods.

Image result for the mouse from the gruffalo
By: Tanisha & Dafu

# 1     W.A.L.T: Use language appropriate to the purpose and audience

#  2   W.A.L.T: use a range of interesting sentence starters

I did good on adding lots of adjectives. We need to work on adding more adjectives.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Key Competencies

Key Competencies
(the capabilities required for living and lifelong learning)

Halsey Drive School
                    A = Almost Always
                                                               S = Sometimes
                                                          N = Not yet
1st half of the year
2nd half of the year
Student
Teacher
Student
Teacher
Managing Self

I am organised for the day
A
A
A
A
I am willing to try new things
A
A
A
A
I complete work to the best of my ability and show initiative
S
S
S
A
I begin work straight away, stay on task and work independently
A
A
A
A
I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them
S
S
S
S
I make sensible behaviour choices
A
A
A
A
I happily take part in all school activities
A
A
A
A
Relating to Others

I cooperate well with others when working
S
A
S
A
I treat others with respect
S
A
A
A
I am a good friend and role model - especially at break times
S
A
A
A
I show good manners and cooperate with others
A
A
A
A
Participating and Contributing

I share my ideas and opinions with others
A
A
A
A
I listen well to other people’s opinions
A
A
A
A
I take part in activities outside of the classroom
N
N
N
S
Thinking

I ask relevant questions to deepen my knowledge
S
S
A
A
I reflect on my own learning and say what I need to learn next
A
A
A
A
Language Symbols and Texts

I use a range of IT to share my learning
S
A
A
A