In a frosty and spooky forest there lived a girl and a boy who went to cut some wood. Their names were Julia and Jack. Julia went down to the river and started to fish. Suddenly a mysterious creature pulled her in and dragged her down deeply to the floor but luckily she had goggles and the breathing pipe. She swam back up pulling the creature that was clinging to her leg. "Help help!" she cried and also shouted at the same time. Jack quickly made a lasso and threw it over her head and with a mighty pull he tossed her into the air and caught Julia in his muscular arms. They were so scared when they heard rumbling and thought it was a wild beast. It was just a cat. When Julia and Jack saw the cat they were shocked to hear it talk. "Hello I'm Puss can you give some food and water. I'm very hungry." At midnight they went for a long walk. Suddenly a giant slime came and devoured Puss and said "This is what you get for setting fire to my village and now I'm all alone." Jack and Julia were terrified to see what had happened to their friend Puss. His real name was Puss in Boots. So Julia ripped open the slime and scooped its heart all up. "Yuck, yuck, yuck" she screamed. Luckily Puss was alive but had been in the filth for a very long time. He almost suffocated. So Puss in Boots had a bath because he smelt like pool Off went Julia to the river again and off went Jack and Puss to cut some wood down for their fire.
We were so lucky once again this year to have the Pakuranga Rotary Club support us with our learning! Two wonderful Rotary members came and gave each of us in year four our very own dictionary! We've been using them to learn new words and their definitions so that we can use them in our writing and in our conversations with others. Thank you Rotary Club...you are FANTASTIC!!!
Silently moving through the night's fog, a dark shadow came closer and closer. It was a pirate ship! You could hear the sound of nothing but small waves slapping against the sides of the boat. Then out of nowhere came an angry voice. It was coming from the ship captain who had a problem. She was furious because she had no treasure. It wasn't long before daylight had come again and the irate ship had reached an island in the middle of the pacific ocean. The captain was excited because now she could hopefully steal treasure from the people. She came up with a cruel and cunning plan. The pirates were sent off to steal valuable items from houses. One nasty pirate was told to kidnap a child to hold ransom. When their arms were full and they could carry no more, the pirates boarded the ship. The child was weeping and wailing for her family. The pirate told her to shush........
This is the start of a story that Adriel has written after looking at a picture that her teacher gave her. The picture was of a pirate ship sailing at night through the fog. Adriel spent time thinking about what a narrative needs to have....a beginning, middle, and end. She thought about vocabulary words and details as well as different ways to begin her sentences. Her teacher thinks that she has done a fabulous job creating mood and taking her audience on an adventure.
Listen as John summarizes a news article that we read at Kids News about the health benefits of eating insects. Check out the link to read the full article. We've also included a recipe for anyone who is interested in doing some baking!!
Chocolate Chirp Cookies, makes a dozen or so cookies.
2 ¼ cups cricket flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips
½ cup dry-roasted chopped crickets
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 deg F. In saucepan heat 1 12-ounce pkg. chocolate chips until melted. Or melt in small bowl in microwave. Dip dry-roasted crickets into mixture and lay flat on drying pan or plate. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add cricket flour mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate covered crickets. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Today our class had a look at Talita's story that she has been working on...she isn't finished yet. We thought that she had some great ideas, her ideas were in order, we liked the 'problem' and we wanted to know how it would end. Our job today was to help her edit and we were able to get more details and more rich vocabulary added to her story. Boy oh boy did we work hard!!! Our teacher was sooooooooo excited because we showed her that we CAN think of and write awesome details if we concentrate!!! Have a read and let us know what you think.
Once there lived a woman whose name was Charlotte. Charlotte had long brown hair that flowed down her back like a waterfall. One sunny but breezy day she was looking around the little country town where she lived. It was a busy town full of many cute shops, lovely garden cafes and art galleries. In between two enormous pine trees across the street, she spotted her handsome boyfriend chatting with his cousin Tom. She rushed over to Jeff and pounced on him like a kitten and said “Hey I think it’s time get married.” He replied, “Yes let’s do it next week.” Charlotte was so excited that she fainted. Handsome Jeff caught her in his strong, muscular arms and carried her to the nearby park bench and set her down to recover.
The days passed quickly and before she knew it, it was time for the wedding. Charlotte was magnificent in her glittery white gown and her guests admired her great beauty. The fragrance from her bouquet filled the church as she floated down the aisle. The Priest performed the ceremony and said “I now present you as husband and wife.” Jeff took her in his arms, dipped her, puckered his lips and gave her the biggest smooch the world had ever seen!!!
On their honey moon at the hotel, Jeff found out that Charlotte had another boyfriend who she unfortunately hadn’t broken up with before her wedding. Jeff was so furious that he ripped off his wedding band, threw it on the floor, and stomped towards the door. With his mighty hairy hands, he grabbed the handle and tore the door right off it’s hinges.
Charlotte burst into tears and it felt as though her heart was broken. She fell to her knees and begged Jeff to return.
In the Weekend my mum baked some pie with nuts,pineapple,strawberry & Kiwi Fruit. She also made some cake with the same fruits. We helped my mum make it and bake it. as it was just finishing cooking I ate a piece it so yummy
This is only part of Seini's story retelling the Greek Myth about Theseus and the Minotaur. We know you'll enjoy what she's written so far...and you'll have to check back another day to read how it ends!
In a far away land called Crete there lived a King named Minos. Minos had a pet but this animal was not like others. It ate the flesh of humans. Whenever Minos got bored, he would start a war with his neighbours the Athenians. Minos gathered his army to share his message that they were going to start another war. The king boarded the ship and they sailed away. When they arrived at the sandy shore, the king of the Athenians hurried to Minos to make a really important deal. He said, "If you stop all this trouble making we will send 14 kids to be fed to your minotaur every nine years." The next day arrived and it was time for the 14 kids to be gobbled up by the Minotaur. They sailed off and when they arrived their faces looked sad. Ariadne the daughter of Minos was really interested in Theseus. Minos said, "Oh nice to meet you. You're not going to be eaten yet so you just enjoy yourselves." But they were still sad. When everyone was sleeping Princess Ariadne tiptoed up to Theseus's room and slid in a note. She went to wait for Theseus and she brought some rope and a sword to kill the Minotaur. She demanded him to take her away once he killed the Minotaur. In the morning, the king shoved the kids into the Labyrinth and locked the door but luckily, Ariadne had a spare key. Theseus told the others to stay at the door and Theseus searched every corner of the maze.
Yvonne wrote a retelling of Medusa. She edited her story with her literacy group and teacher to make sure she had engaging details and delicious vocabulary. WOW....what an amazing piece of writing you are about to read!!!
Long time ago there lived a King named King Polydectes. He was madly in love with a gorgeous creature who's eyes sparkled like stars in the night sky and her fragrance was like a field of flowers blooming in the spring. Danae was her name. Danae had a son called Perseus and he was enraged with the King's plans to marry his mother. King Polydectes knew that Perseus would not let him near his mother so he thought up an evil plan to get rid of him. Perseus was sent on a deadly quest to murder the gruesome gorgon Medusa and slice off her snake covered head. He travelled and searched everywhere but had no sight on Medusa's secret lair. Then right in front of his face, the gods Hermes and Athena appeared. They saw that he was having trouble so they gave him a golden sickle, a glimmering shield, a bag to carry her head in, and also some winged sandals that made him fly. Perseus thanked the gods and flew to find Medusa's cave. Nearby he met three witches that shared one single eyeball and one tooth. When they weren't looking, Perseus snatched their eyeball and demanded that they tell him where Medusa's secret lair was. One of the witches pointed to a cave that was just across from them. Perseus knew that if he looked into Medusa's eyes then he would turn to stone so he thought of a way to find her. He looked into the shield and saw a reflection of himself and this gave him an idea. He was going to use it like a mirror so that he could see Medusa's face. Then he walked down the cave and saw Medusa. With a mighty swing of his sickle, he sliced her head off. He grabbed her head and stuffed it in the bag. When he came upon King Polydectes's castle, he showed Medusa's mysterious head. The King looked into Medusa's grotesque face and suddenly turned to stone. Perseus and his mother lived happily ever after.
In a beautiful Kingdom in the hills, there was a King named King Polydectes. He was deeply in love with a beautiful creature named Danae. She has a son called Perseus and Perseus did not want the King to marry his mother. King Polydectes was thinking of an evil plan to get Perseus to leave because he and Perseus didn't like each other. The King told Perseus that there was a secret mission for him to do. The secret mission was to slice off the snake covered head of Medusa! Perseus accpeted the mission and went to find Medusa's secret lair. When Perseus was lost a flashing light streaked across the sky and the gods Hermes and Athena were there. They gave Perseus a glimmering shield, a golden sickle, a satchel, and some winged sandals. Perseus thanked the gods and they disappeared. Perseus flew above the hills searching for Medusa. He discovered three witches who shared one single eye and tooth. Perseus snatched the eye off the three witches and demanded that they tell him where Medusa lived. They told him where she lived and Perseus soon found her home. Silently he crept inside her cave. Once Perseus found the fearsome gorgon, he sliced her head off and placed it in his satchel. He flew back to the castle and presented the head to King Polydectes who gazed into Medusa's deadly eyes and instantly turned to stone.
Olivia has been learning to add interesting vocabulary to her stories and to make sure that all the main events of the story are included so that the reader isn't confused. She worked with her teacher to add in some extra details. Hope you enjoy!
King Polydectes was madly in love with beautiful Danae and wanted to marry her but Perseus, Danae's son, didn't want King Polydectes to marry her. The King sent Perseus on a dangerous quest where he would die and he could marry Danae. Perseus was to cut off Medusa's snake covered head and bring it back to the King. Perseus travelled over high mountains, through low valleys and across beautiful meadows and hot deserts. Suddenly the gods Athena and Hermes appeared before him and gave him a golden sickle, a shield, a bag to put Medusa's head in, and winged sandals. Off he went high above the clouds. Then he located the three witches and snatched their single eye that they shared. He demanded that they reveal which direction Medusa lived. They agreed and pointed the way. Perseus slilently crept inside Medusa's cave and used his shield as a mirror. He found her, chopped off her head, placed the snake covered head in his bag and flew back to King Polydectes. When he got there, the King was shocked! Perseus showed him Medusa's head and King Polydectes instantly turned into stone.
Far away in a beautiful land there was a king named Polydectes. He was madly in love with an adorable creature named Danae and he wanted her to be his bride. Danae's son Perseus was strong and mighty and he did not want King Polydectes to marry his mum. The evil King wanted Danae all to himself so he plotted against Perseus. He sent Perseus on a deadly mission to chop off the head of the snake haired monster Medusa. Perseus travelled to find Medusa and was about to give up but then he spied Hermes and Athena - the gods.Hermes and Athena gave him winged sandals, a sickle, a satchel and a shiny shield. After that, he came upon the three grey evil witches so Perseus silently crept up and snatched the eyeball that the three witches shared. Next he demanded that they tell him where Medusa's secret cave was. He flew across the sky searching for it. Soon he came upon her cave. Perseus planned to use his shiny shield as a mirror to see Medusa's reflection so that he wouldn't have to look into her eyes and be turned to stone. He slid his hands against the rough walls of the cave and was almost ready to spew from the smell of the green slime on Medusa's body. Later that night, he saw the evil smelly creature and swiped his sickle across her throat. He put her head in his satchel and set off back to King Polydectes. He stumbled through the door and then held the head up to Polydectes eyes and the king was transformed into a stone statue. "Yay my mighty son, you saved me!" cried Danae. Danae and Perseus lived happily ever after.
Isaac is working hard to include delicious vocabulary in his stories. After doing a little bit of editing with his teacher, this is his retelling of Medusa:
Long, long ago in Greece there lived Perseus, Medusa, Danae, and King Polydectes. King Polydectes the evil king wanted to marry Danae but Perseus didn't want his mum to marry him. So King Polydectes set a plan up so Perseus would be out of the picture. Perseus undertook the deadly mission to find the fearsome Medusa and chop off her head. He sailed across the river and then he stopped at the island that he wanted to go to. When he got lost the gods came to help Perseus on the mission. Perseus spotted the three witches. He flew down and took their single eye and told the witches to tell him where Medusa's hiding place was. Then he went into the cave and sliced off Medusa's head.
One day King Polydectes wanted to marry Danae so she could be his bride. Perseus and Danae didn't like that idea and King Polydectes didn't want Perseus, Danae's son, to stay with them. The king had an idea. The idea was to send Perseus to get Medusa's horrifying head which was covered with masses of hissing snakes. When Perseus went searching for Medusa's secret hiding place there came two gods. The two gods gave him a shiny gold shield to look at Medusa's reflection, a golden sickle, some flying shoes, and a special pouch called a satchel. When Perseus was searching he spied three witches that shared one single eye ball and one single tooth. Perseus sneaked up to the three witches and snatched the eye ball off them. He forced them to tell him where Medusa's secret hiding place was. They quickly told him where Medusa's secret hiding place was so they could get their eye ball back. He went and silently crept into the spooky cave like a lion walking through the jungle. Perseus was trying not to bump into anything but he did. He bumped into a statue and it crashed to the floor. Medusa heard it and looked for the noise. Perseus heard the two gods coming to tell him what to do with the shield.The gods told him to look at Medusa's reflection in the shield so he would not look into her deadly eyes and be turned to stone. He looked in the shield and began to look for her. He suddenly found her and sliced her head off. She let out a frightful scream. Perseus returned to the castle. He held the disgusting head up and showed it to King Polydectes who turned instantly into stone. Perseus and his mum went to look for a man to marry Danae so they could live happily ever after.
John has done an amazing job of retelling the story of 'Perseus and Medusa.' Pay special attention to the wonderful vocabulary words that John used to make it interesting! After working with his teacher to tidy up a few things...this is what he had....
Once upon a time King Polydectes wanted Danae to marry him. Then Danae's son named Perseus arrived and King Polydectes sent him on a mysterious and deadly mission to get the head of an evil creature named Medusa. so Perseus travelled to get Medusa's head. He found three sisters who only shared one eye and one tooth. Perseus snatched the eye off the sisters and they told him where Medusa lived. Perseus saw the gods who gave him three things to help him. They gave him a golden, sharp sickle, a glimmering shield, winged sandals and a sack. Perseus went into the cave to find Medusa. His glimmering shield reflected to find her head. Perseus found Medusa and he chopped her head off. Then he flew back home. Perseus opened the bag and he grabbed Medusa's head and showed it to King Polydectes and he turned into stone.
We learned how to make a balloon scream...have a listen!
If you put a small metal nut inside a balloon, blow it up, and then make the balloon spin - the nut will bounce along on the inside of the balloon and cause the balloon to vibrate....which makes a screaming noise.
Hi I just want to share about my brother and his Auckland boxing Gym .The Auckland boxing gyms Coach Lolo. I can see my brother behind a little boy.They all fight at a diffrent gym. the gym fight to the aba mostlyas sometimes they go some times to up noth.
Saturday was the best day of the weekend - it was so cool. My family and I went to the zoo. We had a lovely time playing on the playground, and watching animals like birds,mokeys and more. One of the best days of my weekend except that I had go in a wheelchair.
The golden hot sun was shining through the car window as my mum was driving .
When my mum parked the car,I pushed my door open with a fright and rushed like I didn't care,
But as I ran I stopped in front of my nanas house and saw a bouncy castle ,a face painter and a balloon artist.After the huge trip to everything I went to the back which had a big white,plastic tent that everyone was in.There were lollies,ice cream and some BBQ lunch.
My nana growled me as I walked in because she saw my half rainbow butterfly.
I was enjoying the party so far but the fun stopped because we had to go and eat but the kids
were on a little table that was so small. I looked embarest that I had to sit on the the little's table at the party.All the kids had small hot dogs and lots of nuggets.
Lastly when we all were going to have some games my mum said'we have to go now'.
'But I dont want to go'I said
Then I looked out the tent i saw that it was getting dark so I said'yes'
In the wet humid forest you might get to see a slimy velvet worm .The soft chubby velvet worm hunts at night time it uses a special weapon. The velvet worm prowls like a cat in the darkness.It probes in the dark shadows to find its way.The amazing velvet worm uses twin streams of glue to attack the grasshopper prey. The remarkable velvit worm eats it glue before killing it.
On the weekend I was on gmail doing my work for school.
I was searching for a picture to write about. I found one of my older brother
it said my brother Eric finau he is a boxer at riseing star boxing gym.
its my dad mats boxing gym.when i go to the boxing fights its so fun when I
go to fight because I met this girl called Megan maka she won her fight to the aba where people like boxer fight there . One day my brother was fighting and he won that day it was raning. when I got home I had a smil on my face.
In the woods at night there will be a velevt worm. It is a scary looking thing. It can move stealthily with its fat,soft legs. It can prowl its way. It can find its way. The velevt worm is a good hunter too.
When it was the weekend I was playing hide and seek with my brother. When it was my turn to hide he kept finding me, I sometimes hide under the trampoline but mostly I hide in my closet. Once it was my brother's turn to hide he hid in the bushes and I didn't find him most of the time. When the time was getting late we went inside and watched a movie called John Carter, once the movie finished we went to bed and fell straight asleep. Zzz
In the dark,spooky forest the velvet worm will be waiting for you but look out if your in the forest at night because the velvet worm might get you with a special weapon.
This slimy creature has soft,stumpy legs and 2 long feelers that helps it to find its dinner!
As the crawling,slimy caterpillar touches its way it tracks down its prey in the dark so its food does not see it. When the velvet worm feels it prey it reacts immediately with twin streams of glue making the poor cricket strangled in a mountain of glue.
Then the caterpillar starts eating its glue before finishing off the bug. The velvet worm rips out everything in the poor crickets body, then starts to hunt for its next meal.
The velvet worm is a unique creature that can shoot twin streams of glue from its 2 nostrils.
I hoped you enjoyed learning about the velvet worm because I know I did.
Hi Mrs Barks. On Friday I went to my sister's rippa rugby game and she played really well. While the game was on, I played with Olivia in the game room at the Marist Club. It was pouring rain Saturday morning and so my rugby game was cancelled. My mum made me help clean the house and then we went to see Uncle David at the cemetery. After that we went to see nana and papa for a family meeting. While the adults were chatting, I trained with Naomi, Hayley and my Aunty Erin playing netball. On Sunday I relaxed and watched tv and made my nana a cup of tea.
What a lovely day for netball. Look at them doing a great job and having a good time.netball is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You will never guess in a million years who came to our school today!!!! Will.i.am...Yes you read correctly...Will.i.am!!! Now,if you don't know already, Will.i.am is a hip hop star who used to sing with the Black Eyed Peas. He presented the Manaiakalani Education Trust with a check for $100 000 to put towards digital learning! This money will be shared between the schools in the Manaiakalani cluster and help us to become more and more clever in this digital world!! We are so thankful for his generosity.
Adriel wrote the following story all by herself. Her teacher helped her with the speech marks and some of the punctuation.
"Ahhhhh!" said Suzan, "My favourite pen is gone." "Suzan calm down." said her brother Omar with a kind voice. "No it's the day things start disappearing." Suzan replied. "Suzan it's a mystery and when we find that pen of yours you can get back to your drawings." "Thanks Omar." said Suzan hugging him with love. Suzan and Omar searched everywhere in the house and they didn't find it.
But Omar saw drool coming out of Suzan's drawing box. "I have a clue it must be our dog Pluto." So they went to the garden where Pluto was and he had nothing on him. So they checked every hole Pluto dug in the garden but nothing was to be found except stinky old bones.
Suzan thought of something "Oh silly old me I forgot." "What did you forget?" "I forgot I gave it to my friend so tomorrow she can give it to me." "So we went all through that for nothing." said Omar. So Omar slammed the door and went to sleep.
What a fantastic two weeks we've had!!! Across the school field, through the farmer's field, and over the stream we happily went every day for two weeks in order to get to the GI Pools for our swimming lessons. Luckily we had qualified Swim School Instructors who taught us proper technique and encouraged us to push a little harder and swim a little further!
Amber and Adriel took the sentence ...I saw a monkey....and changed it so it was an exclamation and then again so it was speech. They also added some details to make it more interesting for the reader. Check out their ideas.
Wow I just saw a monkey!
I just saw a monkey around the corner!
"I spied a monkey in the middle of the tree eating a bunch of yellow bananas!" said the old lady.
Talita, Yvonne, and Cruz had to take the simple sentence....I saw a monkey....and add a prepositional word group to the front. They could also add any other details that they thought would make the sentence more interesting. This is what they came up with.
In the tree I noticed a monkey eating a banana.
On top of the tallest tree was a fuzzy little monkey.
Danielle has been learning to add clever vocabulary and interesting details to her sentences to create a picture in the reader's head. Here is the start of a story about a cat who finds a time machine. Danielle did some editing on her own and then with her teacher. Hope you enjoy.
Fluffy the poofy, ginger cat was picking a handful of beautiful red roses that were growing in his backyard. He went inside to put his roses in a jar of water. After that he went outside to his garage to fix the bumper on his shiny red car which had been damaged in a crash. When fluffy got there he spied a sneaky old grey rat. Fluffy chased the rat into the corner then he saw something mysterious under a dirty old blanket. He marched up bravely and ripped the old blanket off the box. Next Fluffy scratched the box open and found a machine but he didn't know what it was.
The students in Room 12 wanted to make a movie showing “Life at Pt. England School.” Alice, Olivia, Adriel and Talita spent a few days collecting photos that would show all the different activities that we participate in and all the different ways that we learn. Then came the really hard part....they had to learn how to put a movie together using imovie. Their teacher made them do most of it ALL BY THEMSELVES!!! Hope you enjoy “Loving Life At Pt. England School.”
Summer holidays are over and we hope that everyone has had a terrific break! We are looking forward to a fabulous new year and invite you to check back from time to time to see what we have been learning.