Koru Art

Here is my Koru Art I made on Explain Everything.


2017 Term 1 Goals & Steps (Updated)

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps
Name: Sofia

Parent Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
Focus on academics like maths.
Develop strategies to deal with anxiety.

Asking people for help in maths.
Asking the teacher for help and explaining it to me.
One or more of my friends to calm me down when I am anxious.
I have used multiple strategies like asking classmates and asking a teacher. I think I have definitely made progress with maths, I know this because I have used all of my strategies to help me out.

Work on vocabulary in Reading and Writing as well as carrying on with maths.

Student Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
I would like to improve on my maths mainly on fractions.

Asking if for help.
Getting someone to explain what I need to do.
Try a different way of solving the problem.
I improved my fractions over mathletics, maths worksheets and asking for help. I think have made progress with my fractions I know I’ve made progress in fractions because I have found fractions easier since I have used strategies I’ve learned.

Measure time and the attributes of objects, choosing appropriate standard units.

A Moment in Time

WALT write ‘a moment in time’ piece of writing.
Creatures From the Deep   
What's happening!?

I see tremendous tentacles thrashing buildings, people all over the place, buildings missing huge chunks with bent metal wires and power wires sparking at the ends.   Apartment windows smashed. Cars crushed or turned over even both, faces filled with absolute horror, fear, shock and tears.

I can hear cries for help and shock everywhere, some fading away as screams of sirens rush closer and closer to save lives in need, car sirens bleeping nonstop but nobody seems to notice them.

I smell the horrific sent from the gigantic creature from the deep, sweat from people running to stay safe.

I feel unsafe because that tremendous creature could strike again at any moment, shocked, why wouldn’t you be shocked when you had witnessed the most horrific thing you’ll probably see in your entire life, confused how did this creature get here? Tired like a person who has been running marathon and you’ll never finish.

I can taste sweat dripping from my head, nose and lip, blood from cuts all over my face, water from rain dripping down my whole body.

Wherever this creature from the deep came from I know it was a wretched place.  

By Sofia

Run Bike Run Poem

WALT use poetic verse to recount an event we participated in.

The Run Bike Run event was usual enough; it had the
Running track, the Biking course , the red flags, the non-stop running, and even the green grass.
My friends, my classmates and I did what kids do -  
 Drank tons of water,
Ate food to give us energy,
Cheered for people doing the final laps in their race,
Played games while we waited for our turn to Run and Bike,
Dazed  in the bright yellow sun to warm us up,
And warmed up for our challenging races,

 Doing  running nonstop, dazing in the warmth of the sun.
based on the poem “The Town” by James K Baxter

Term 1 2017 Goals

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps
Name: Sofia
Parent Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
Focus on academics like maths.
Develop strategies to deal with anxiety.

Asking people for help in maths.
Asking the teacher for help and explaining it to me.
One or more of my friends to calm me down when I am anxious.

Student Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
I would like to improve on my maths mainly on fractions.

Asking if for help.
Getting someone to explain what I need to do.
Try a different way of solving the problem.

Multicultural Week blog post

This week I have participated actively in a range of learning experience around ‘Multicultural week’

WHAT: I was involved in a range of learning experiences for Multicultural week. I did a really fun activity called Spring where you make a Chinese letter using paper.

I learnt that 63 New Zealand's can fit in Russia.
I enjoyed the Chinese jellybean activity where we had to use chopsticks to pick up things. I also picked up a marble.
I was most fascinated by The Dead Sea in Israel and Jordan. The reason it is called the Dead Sea is because it’s so salty that no sea animals live there.

A question I have is….

How long do teenagers stay in the army in Israel?

Pet Day

Pet Day 
Walt : Describe our Pet Day.   S.C : Make the reader understand my feelings about Pet Day.

It was Pet Day at Oaklands School on the 25 November 2016, There was lots of animals mostly dogs I bought my dog along, Marley. Marley is between a miniature and standard Schnauzer, Marley will be turning 6 next year in April. Unfortunately when I was walking Marley around the field it started raining. Luckily There were more pets inside the hall. My favourite animal was probably the German Shepard because it kept on licking me on the nose! The coolest and strangest animal for me was the Lizard because it felt bumpy, rough but also smooth, it was also really still. The biggest animal was Mrs Trotter's German Shepard, Vinnie. I think Pet Day was tons of fun and very enjoyable.
By Sofia

The Twits

  Walt:  Use descriptive language to hook the reader. 
The Twits
Mr Twit
Mr Twit is a revolting, disgusting and dastardly person or should I say creature?  Mr Twit has a beastly beard which hides many things, mostly left-over food which Mr Twit licks up whenever he is hungry.  Mr Twit makes something called Sticky Hug Tight Glue, the stickiest glue made in the world, every Wednesday Mrs Twit makes her bird pie, it doesn't matter what bird it is as long as its a bird, so what Mr Twit does is smears the Hug Tight all over the so called big dead tree and waits, then at sunset all of the birds near and far come to perch of the tree but when the birds want to leave they find them selves stuck, no matter how much might they use to get free there still stuck until the morning, Mr Twit comes along to the tree gets a basket places a tall ladder on the tree climbs up and takes all of the birds of the tree and gives them to Mrs Twit and  then there's some delicious bird pie for dinner!

Unfortunately Mr Twit doesn't not only hate children he's cruel to a family of monkeys everything those poor monkeys do is upside-down, here are some examples eating, drinking water, walking, standing, sleeping and many more. One terrible thing Mr Twit has in his time is putting a frog in Mrs Twits side of the bed. I'm not sure Mrs Twit would have liked that!

In conclusion I think Mr Twit is a horridly, disgusting person who is cruel and hates everything.
By Sofia 

Role Model Research

             Irene van Dyk

By Sofia

Irene van Dyk is one of the many people who make an excellent role model for today’ s children, by persevering and never giving up when she is playing netball.

Irene was born in 1972 in South-Africa on the 21 June . Irene was a teacher, she worked with primary and intermediate schools. Irene van Dyk’s South African career was her debut for the South-African side in 1994 and went on to captain the side and represent them 72 times. She was part of the silver medal winning for the South-African team who bet New Zealand 59-57 in the first round of the 1995 Netball World Championships and lost 68-48 to Australia in the final.Irene’s New Zealand career, since moving to New Zealand van Dyk’s game grew , with improvements in her ball handling / security, movement, spacial awareness and strength.

Irene van Dyk inspires me to play netball as well as believe in myself and never give up even when it’s tough. Irene van Dyk is my role model because she is known for her amazing goal shoot as well as captaining the Silver Ferns. But Irene van Dyk is my role model is because she is known world wide.

Process Essay

How to Wash a Small Dog in a Shower
By Sofia 
Ever wondered how to wash your dog when their really dirty? Well then you’re reading the right Steps to wash a dog , when you finish washing your dog they’ll be the fluffiest dog in the world! Here’s how:

What you will need :
  1. Your dog (obviously!)
  2. Soap
  3. Person
  4. Towel
  5. Treats (for luring your dog into the bathroom)
  6. Hair dryer

Step 1 : Get your towel & soap ready in the shower then get your dog in the shower. If your dog don’t want to get in try luring them with a treat to the bathroom then quickly close the door . Then give the treat .

Step 2 : Turn on the shower and make sure the water isn’t too hot so your dog doesn’t get burned  then get your hands wet and rub them with the soap. Then rub your dog everywhere  ( make sure you don’t get any soap in their eyes .)

Step 3 : Wash out the soap and make sure you rub your dog while you do this to get any excess soap out.

Step 4 : Get your towel ( make sure its a old towel which is not too rough but not too soft. So you have towels which DON’T smell like dogs. ) and dry your dog ( dogs do shake a lot after their shower so try to get the towel on them as soon as possible ) after that use a hair dryer  to dry them some more . let your dog shake a bit, but  not to much .

My Steps of How To Wash a Small Dog might sound hard but it’s really simple when you finish washing your dog.

Why should pigeons not drive buses.

Why should pigeons not drive a bus. 
Walt: Persuade the reader to agree with my opinion. 
 Why should the pigeon not drive the bus? 
I think the pigeon shouldn't drive the bus because:

Firstly: He might be to short. 
Secondly: He doesn't know how to drive. 
Thirdly: The pigeon doesn't have a drivers licence.
Fourthly: He hasn't gone to driving school.

But I think the pigeon should get a chance to drive a bus because everybody has dreams & I think everybody should have a chance to do what they dream of.  But still if you went into a bus with a pigeon driving it what would you think?

Then again the bus driver could lose his job against the pigeon.  Why should the pigeon drive the bus:
Firstly: Animals are intelligent especially birds!
Secondly: The pigeon wants to achieve his dreams of becoming a bus driver.
In conclusion what do you think? 
By Sofia 

Intergrated Learning : Treehouse

WALT: Persuade the school to agree with our idea.

We have made a model of a tree house.  We put tons of thought into our work.  We think we should have a tree house because in the new school people would have fun working up in the tree house. We have made a model of a tree house. We thought  about the safety long and hard. We tried to make everything stable and safe. We thought this idea would be fantastic to have in the new school.

We think the school should have a tree house because it’s fun, can remove energy and can be the coolest thing ever! We have been working on a model of the tree house and hopefully we have it in the school.

By Devon, Holly and Sofia

Here are some photos of our project:
Photos by Holly and Sofia :D

08.09. 16
Dear Mrs Trotter  
WALT : Persuade the reader to agree with my opinion.
I am writing because I think we should have rope play areas in the Oaklands Rebuild because it would be fun for people to play on. Personally if I was here when the school was rebuilt I would love something like that in school. I also have some other ideas for the School.

Idea 1 :  Rope play area
Dear Mrs Trotter,
I think we should have rope play areas because people would have tons of fun. On the other hand people could fall through the holes or fall off the ropes if someone is jumping on the rope.            
How can we resolve this?
We can resolve this by :
  1. Have rules
  • Limited amounts of people on the rope area
  • No bouncing/jumping
No ball tag & play fighting   
2. Consequences
If somebody disobeys the rules they will need to e.g. give up some of their play time.

Idea 2 : Tyre huts
Dear Mrs Trotter,
I think we should have tyre huts because if it were raining and inside the classroom it was noisy, the sensible people or people with passes to go in would only be allowed inside. On the other hand people could disobey the rules ( if we have any ) while their inside.
Cost :
How much would it cost?
We could raise money by doing bake sales and other things.

Back to the rules..
How can we resolve this if somebody is disobeying the rules :
I think we should have a max of 4 people in the hut because it would get crowded.
I hope you liked my writing!
By Sofia

New Zealand Habitat Collage

WALT : Describe a New Zealand Habitat and the animals who live there.
Success Criteria: I can identify several animal from species groups and the habitats they live in.  I can give reasons why they belong to this group.  I can give reasons why they live in this habitat.

My collage shows the New Zealand forest the animals who live there are the Fantail, the Tui and the Tuatara.

Comic Book

WALT: use Comic book to show what we have been doing.

The Journal of Jack Simpson , ANZAC Medic

Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli

15 May 1915

The gunshots are getting louder and louder.  Rescuing the

injured and wounded soldiers is getting harder and harder.

Duffy and I have made about 65 journeys up the hills to help

the wounded soldiers in the last week.

The ANZAC’s have been doing great but unfortunately

thousands of casualties have died.  5 of my old school friends

were close to death but they have survived and got taken on

the boat to Lemnos Island where the Australians have made a

hospital for the injured soldiers.

The food is so bland you can barely taste it!  In the night you

can hear the cries for help everywhere and it always smells

like gun smoke.  When Duffy and I go to see if there are

wounded we climb the razorback ridges and watch the fighting

in the gullies.

I always feel homesick which makes me cry every night

because I miss my family so much. I ask myself “when will

this wretched war end?”

Welcome Post

Welcome to my blog for 2015. This year I will be sharing my learning with you.


We are learning to solve addition and subtraction problems in lots of different ways.
We play group box games to help us practice this.


I showed the Key Competency 'Managing Self' by sharing with others during discovery.

Term 3


We are learning to : write a story.
We can do this when we: record our idea's in order, include our senses, use interesting words, check our writing and use punctuation correctly.

My next step is to: use a wider range of punctuation in my writing.


We are learning to : identify sounds in words.
My next step is to: apply this knowledge to my reading and writing.


We are learning to : solve multiplication problems using repeated addition.


I am learning to: Write to persuade.

I can do this when I can:
- Make a statement.
- Give reasons to back up my statement.
- Use punctuation correctly.
- Check my writing.

My next step is to: add more detail.

Integrated Topic Term 3

We are learning to: participate and contribute whilst demonstrating creativity.


I am showing the Key Competency Relating To Others by sharing the materials.


I am learning to use a compass. I can give and follow directions.

Writing Term 2

We are learning to : write a recount
We can do this when we can: include an introduction, record our idea's in order,
talk about our feelings, use interesting words.
At the bottom of my writing I have drawn symbols to show
something I can do well and my next learning step.
I have highlighted in green something I have done well in my writing.
I have highlighted in orange something I need to work on in writing.
If you click on the picture it is easier to read.

Sport Term 2

 Student Reflection

Term 1 maths

We are learning to:  identify the chance of an event occurring.
Student Comment : the story won't have sharks because they need water.