Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Reading Activity 1 - 27/05/15

Today at reading, we read a story named Kehu, hero of early New Zealand, and then we answered the questions below. From reading this story, I learnt about things that took place a long time ago, and how it affected the native people of New Zealand (the Maori people)

What food did  people eat in early New Zealand?
They usually ate birds, fish and berries.
What clothing did they use for the cold?
They made sandals made out of flax. It doesn’t say what they used for clothes, but they used tahawai bark to make a shelter.
What was the weather like when Kehu and their travel party were travelling?
In their first location, it was raining.
What year is the story set in?
The story was set in 1847
What was New Zealand like at that time?
New Zealand was very different, and there was a lot of bush areas.
What are the two most important things for a bushman to know?
The two most important things for a bushman to know are how to walk long distances on foot carrying heavy loads, and how to find food in dense areas of the South Island.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Poem about Space

Space is way up there
We can’t see it, but it’s there
With a telescope, you can see
The guardians of the Galaxy
There are secrets we don’t know
We have to know these, you see
This will help us be good hosts
To the Aliens who roam our coast
The Universe is a big place
Lit up by a hundred thousand trillion stars
As bright as a thousand football stadium lights
Space is a big place,
Probably bigger than your bed
Many light years later, you’ll reach the end
Only if you live till then.

Blue - Simile
Red - Metaphore

Monday, 25 May 2015

Glenbrae Kids ECE Visit

Today, on the 25th of May, the sun was gone, umbrellas were out, and so were the the students of room 10 at Glenbrae School. The reason for that was because we were going to the Early Childhood Education Centre, which is located in our school. The visit today was so fun.

Today, at 9:30, we went to the school library to get some books to read to the kids. I went with my partner, which was Dallas. We selected a couple of books, and lined up outside. It was raining outside, so we decided to spend some more time in the library. We decided to sing "If you're happy and you know it", Joseph leading it. Then we lined up, and started walking to the centre.

When we arrived at the centre, we all went inside and took our shoes off. It was nice and warm. Then the Manager came and introduced herself. Her name is Ria. Then she told us to sit down on the mat. She introduced the rest of the staff and the children. Then we sang "If you're happy and you know it". They joined in. Then we sat back down.

Ria then wanted us to select a child to read to. I got a girl named Kalo, and Dallas got Princess Likita, which was also her cousin. We sat them down on the mat and read to them. We had two books, so we read them both books. When we finished reading, we took them to the table where there was colouring.When they had finished, we took them to the toy kitchen.

We got called to the mat, so we went down. The kids sang a song for us, and then we clapped. It was almost time to go. Paula, one of the staff members sand us another song, and then we clapped. We said our goodbyes to everyone, put our shoes on, and left.

Today at the centre, it was so fun because we got to meet the staff and also the kids. Playing with the kids was also fun.

The link to their website is below.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields, the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place
And in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly
Scarce heard, amid the guns below.

We are the dead, short days ago.
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch: be yours, hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies blow

In Flanders fields.

Motat Trip

Last week, on Wednesday the 13 of May,the sun was out, the birds were chirping, and there were smiles on everyone's faces. The reason for that, was because the students in rooms 7,9 and 10 from Glenbrae School was going to MOTAT, the Museum of Transport and Technology to learn more about World War 1 and 2.

At School, we went down to the hall, and at 9:15 when the buses came, we hopped on and departed. On the bus, I was sitting with one of my friends, Manuae. I started reading my book that I had in my bag, but then I got bored, so I talked to her until we reached MOTAT.

When we got there, we said “Thank you bus driver” then we got off the bus, lined up and went inside after the other classes to meet our educator Catherine. She opened up the gate for us to come in, and then she introduced herself. After that, she took us to our meeting place.

When we got to the meeting place, we sat down and ate morning tea. After morning tea, Catherine told us our schedule. When everyone had finished morning tea, our class went with Catherine to the education classroom.

At the Education classroom, we learnt more about communication during WW1. We sat down on the mat, and she told us what was on the tables. Then she told us to go and explore and look at the things that were there. On one of the tables, there were two typewriters. On another table, there was a telegram. On another table, there were some telegraphs, medals and artefacts from WW1. In the corner, there were some things that the soldiers used when they were on the field, like mirrors, telescopes and flags. And on the table at the end, there were two field telephones.

After we finished our session in the education room, we went with our adult helpers and went to explore the rest of Motat. That part was exciting. We got to go where we wanted. We went everywhere.

At 12:15, we met up with the rest of the class and went outside to the tram station, which was just outside. We waited there for 5 minutes, and then the tram came. When it did, we got on and said hi to the tram driver. Even on the tram, there was still learning involved. We learnt about the origin of the train and some information about how the tram works.

After the tram ride, we went back to have some lunch. During lunch, we settled down and ate and chatted to one another. Looking around, I saw that everyone was in a group, and that no one was sitting by themselves.

After we finished eating, we went to look at more of the sights at Motat. We also went into the “This Is The Machine” room. In there, there were a lot of things that we played with. That room was fun. Then at 1:45, we went back to the meeting area.

At 2:00, we got onto the bus and went back to school. At School, we went into the hall. When the bell rang at 2:45, we walked out and went home.

At Motat, it was fun because I got to learn more about WW1 and 2.Also because I got to explore more of the things there.

Friday, 22 May 2015

World War 1 Report Writing

Why did World War 1 start?
World War one started because a Serbian man named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. They were assassinated in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina on June the 28th in 1914. Gavrilo Princip was part of a secret military group known as the Black Hand.

When did World War One start and finish?
World War One started on July the 28th 1914 and ended on the 11th of November in 1918. War started one month after Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated. War ended when the central powers started to collapse, and at the end of October in 1918, Turkey signed an armistice, and Austria - Hungary followed not long after, on November the 3rd also in 1918.

Who declared War?
Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. As an ally of Serbia, Russia announced full action of armed forces. Then more countries started joining the war.

How was New Zealand involved in WW1?
New Zealand was involved in the war because we were under the rule of England. England was involved with the war, because in 1907, England was allies with France and Russia. When England needed help fighting, they called on us to help them, and New Zealand had to ask for volunteers.

Why did people volunteer?
People volunteered to go to fight in war because they wanted to fight for their country. Some people also wanted to go to war because they were looking for some adventure. Another reason was maybe because they thought that their country needed them.

Where were some of the places soldiers were deployed to?
Soldiers were deployed to places like Europe, Africa, The Middle Eastern area, Asia, Gallipoli, The Western Front, Egypt and Palestine. In some of these places, the fighting was so bad. Soldiers from different countries were deployed to different areas.

What were the total casualties?
Many people died in World War One. A total number of soldiers who died were about 10 million, and the total number of civilians who died were about 10 million. The total number of people both military and civilians who were injured were about 20 million, making this war one of the most deadliest conflicts in history.

What kind of medicines did the nurses use?
The nurses didn't have what we have nowadays, but they still had medicine. The medicine that they used in WW1 was mostly herbal remedies, but in some cases, there was no medicine and only salt water to rinse wounds. Many people died before proper medicine was made.

What kind of weapons did the soldiers use?
The countries had different weapons, but they all carried guns, knives, grenades, swords and carbines. They also needed ammo and Britain used tanks. Most of these weapons were discarded when WW2 happened.


Thank you for taking the time to read my report writing. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you learnt some new information about WW1.