Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Dear Future Year 6's . . ." Letter

WALT - Use our knowledge to write a letter to the Year 5's/Future Year 6's

In writing, we had to use our knowledge to write a letter to the Year 5's/Future Year 6's of our school. We used our experience, some DO's and DON'TS and advice. HERE IS THE RESULT!!!:

Dear Future Year 6’s . . .

Hey Future Year 6’s,

I have been fortunate enough to have an amazing journey at Halsey Drive. My last year has been a whirlwind of a ride (Rainbow’s End Pun Intended). It’s time for me to spread my wings and leave the nest. And now, it’s time for YOU to be the leaders of the school. I know that when I was in Year 5, I wish somebody would have given me some help and thanks to me, here is your guide. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an incredible adventure but now it’s time to pass on my pearls of wisdom. So, sit back, relax and read this letter to the very end!
Unlike other Year 6’s, I started off my year a little differently. You see, I missed 2 WEEKS  of school and everyone was already well acquainted with each other by the time I arrived. I had to work very, very hard to catch up. It just goes to show how hard work pays off. In fact, on a side note, you’ve heard about the Rainbow’s End trip right? Well, what us Year 6’s may have not told you was... that it is a REWARDS trip. Meaning: If you don’t deserve it and earn it, you don’t go. Make wise choices!

Teachers, teachers, teachers! The core of every school (besides us students, of course). Your Year 6 teachers for next year are . . . Drumroll please! . . . Mr. Tomokino, Miss. Richardson, Miss Mistry and you won’t believe this but a NEW teacher. Now, I can’t say anything about the other teachers but being in Mr. Tomokino’s class has taught me one VERY IMPORTANT thing . . . DON’T MESS WITH HIS HAIR!!!

Term 2. The term of fidget spinners. It was all the rage back then. I’m sure you remember it. WE WERE ADDICTED!!! Fidget Spinner - Lunch, Fidget Spinner - Dinner and so on.  Anyways, onto more important things like . . . CAMP!!! I swear, everyone and I mean everyone was scared of at least one thing at camp but we faced our fears. Camp was a great way to start boosting our individuality and helped us learn what life was like without our parents. I’m sure you’ll learn just as much as us at camp! Now for an important notice - there is one thing you will need to bring from Year 5. YOUR BRAINS!!! Be a role model, act wisely and just know that you will need your brain for absolutely everything!

You may be wondering about how else you can become a successful year 6. Well the key is: Take part in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Extracurricular activities as in activities outside the classroom. Multicultural, choir, sport (netball, basketball, rugby etc). Try and be involved but don’t take on too many activities that you can’t commit to. Let me tell you, in my experience, you won’t get anywhere without trying for something even if you think you won’t get in, you just never know. In Year 6, there are way more opportunities for you to explore.

Term 3 and 4 went by like a blur and honestly, I wish it hadn’t. I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE!!! Although, I do remember some of my friends making some not so cool decisions. Luckily, they shaped up which is what you should do from the very beginning. Remember, your year is all about you and what you make of it. In all honesty, Halsey Drive is like a second home to me and I can’t wait to see, and hear,  what you lot get up to in your last year of HDS!!! Who knows, maybe next year, you’ll  shape the next generation of Year 6’s!!

Bye (and good luck),

REFLECTION: I liked how I used my personal experience and gave lots of advice and tips to make the Future Year 6's year worthwhile. My next step is to correctly use phrases and vocabulary to make it enjoyable as well as use a variety of sentences and sentence structures i.e. short, long, simple, compound, complex etc.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Paradise - Colour Poem

For Writing, we had to pick an environment to do a colour poem for. We had to use an environment as it revolves on what we're learning for inquiry. We first had to brainstorm our ideas before we started on our colour poems. I went for a descriptive poem for but others went for rhyming colour poems or 'poetic' colour poems. Here is my result. See if you can decipher what environment I'm writing about. Enjoy!

By Nikita
WALT - Select Vocabulary appropriate to the purpose

Tiny droplets pirouette gracefully as various shades of aquamarine and teal rush down into the vast ocean. The array of colours reminds me of the frigid winter and of the shimmering water on a midsummer’s day.
Sadness .  .  .
Despair .  .  .
Distrust .  .  .
Blue can remind you of serenity and peace but can also remind you of the darkness in the world. Mist embraces the azure paradise like a newborn hugs its mother. Jagged rocks glint amongst the mystical cobalt hues, drawing anyone in and the immeasurable trees submit a message of no return. Emerald undertones reflect into the lagoon as the dour sun sleeps. The electric and baby blue tones cast a serene - almost prosperous - glow. It hooks you in like a magnet.

Now this is Paradise . . .

REFLECTION: I liked how I recrafted and used lots of interesting descriptive language features to paint a picture in the reader's mind. My next step is to know the right amount of descriptive words to use and to use words that make it sound more like a colour poem.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


For Writing, we had to first take down notes by listing to a context. That stretched our listening skills. Then we had to get into groups to compare and combine notes. Finally, we had to write our own summary using our notes. Here is my result:


Possums are everywhere. You may not think they are there but they’re just very good hiders. Bushes, farms, parks, maybe even in your gardens. These are just some of the places you could possibly find them. These furry marsupials are nocturnal and can be found in their dry, hidden dens during the day. Did you know that European Settlers originally brought possums into New Zealand for their amusement and to hunt them down for their fur? That was not a good idea as now there are millions of possums all over New Zealand that thrive due to lack of predators. Many people consider these omnivores pests as they eat the foliage (rātā, kāmahi) that native creatures need to survive. As well as that, they also devour native creatures such as birds, bats, insects, lizards etc.

Possums are completely changing our forests (not to mention the food chain!)
These days, the Regional Council, Department of Conservation and many other groups are working together to decrease the population. People use an array of techniques such as shooting, traps, poison - to name a few - so they could eliminate the amount of possums living here.

Did you know how possums were introduced to New Zealand? Well, before 1837, in NZ there were no animals for hunters to chase down. Hunters in Australia made good money in selling fur and NZ Hunters wanted that opportunity so they shipped tons of possums in for the fur trading economy. At that time, they thought it would be a good idea. While all this was happening, the Acclimatization Society brought deer in for sport, horses for transport etc. to help with trade. Years later, in 1917, possums started causing trouble. European settlers didn’t notice problems that possums caused to the forest but they did notice fruit trees getting ruined. The use of poison was also introduced at that time.

3 years later, in the 1920’s, people were fighting for the right to kill possums as the environment was getting worse and worse thanks to them. Australia was a very harsh environment and it was very hard for possums to maintain a steady diet but when they arrived in NZ, all the foods they liked was in bulk. It was an easy environment therefore they started causing major problems. Later on, in 1947, the government finally removed restrictions so people could finally use poison to kill possums. Meanwhile, the government themselves hatched their own plans to remove possums. Later on in the 1960’s another disaster struck. No one knew until it was too late, possums were carrying Bovine Tuberculosis which they got from infected cattle. Somehow they infected cows and billions of them died. Farmers had to pay millions of dollars to cover the funds.

Now there aren’t so many possums as before but there are still a lot. If we can work together to create eco-friendly possum traps, I think we’ll be happy!!!

I liked the way I used my notes to give as much detail to my summary as possible. Although, I should have used that detail and tried to summarise it to increase the versatility and meaning.

Sport Supporters Describe Map/Description

For Health, we had to pair up and make a describe map as well as a description for companies and people that support sport. Rhea and I paired up together to achieve this. Here is the Result:




For our description, we had to describe and label some the supporters of NZ Sport teams. One of them includes Pepsi. Pepsi supports NBA (National Basketball Association) by giving them free equipment and drinks. They support the NBA so they can increase their market worth. In fact, the next NBA game is in Mexico. Another ‘sports supporter’ is New World (A popular supermarket in NZ). We bet supporters of Netball can guess which sports team this one is. The Silver Ferns. They support the Silver Ferns by giving them discounts at their stores. Do you know why New World supports the Silver Ferns? They support them because it makes sense to support a sport Kiwi’s love. For all the Netball supporters out there, the next game is on the 20th January 2018.

It’s not just companies who support sport teams. Citizens all over the world support sport because they genuinely love the sport and they want to cheer them on. Flava (A radio station) supports the Rugby League World Cup 2017 by giving them accommodation, dining, special mentions and tickets to high class events. They support the RLWC so they get free advertisement. The next rugby league game is in Melbourne. Another great company that supports sport is the ISPS Handa. It supports the All Whites by setting up training camps and giving them equipment. The All Whites’ next game is in Thailand. Wish ‘em luck! Another ‘sports supporter’ is Adidas. You may have heard of them . . . oh, who are we kidding, of course you have! Adidas sponsors the All Blacks by giving them sports equipment and t-shirts. The next All Blacks Game for all you Rugby fans out there is on 26th November 2017. GO ALL BLACKS!!! Our final ‘sports supporter’ is the Accor Hotel Group, they support the Black Caps by giving them accommodation. Their next game is on the 1st of December 2017.

After our research, we have found out that companies and people support sport teams because they genuinely love the sport, they want to get lots of advertisement etc. In the future we think more companies will start supporting sports teams because of the reasons above.

REFLECTION: I liked the way we used lots of information, our prior knowledge and put all our ideas into a great summary. Our next step is to work and co-operate a little bit better.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


For Weeks 4 and 5, Mr. Tomokino set up a challenge for reading. We had to choose our own topic for reading, find a text and make up tasks for us. It was kind of like a Mini - Genius Hour except it was VERY, VERY important to find a text as it was reading. Mr. Tomokino wanted to see how we could make our own choices to do our very best work (as a big part of going into Intermediate is making choices). I chose The Zodiac for my Reading Topic. Enjoy!

REFLECTION: I liked the way I followed my learning intention and tried to use deeper thinking with my reading. My next step is to add another layer to my work e.g Create.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017



  • Printing Ink/Printing Paint                                                                                                      - Paintbrush
  • Card= Background, Card for the Paint & Cutting Out Card                                                     - Calendar Paper
  • Scissors                                                                                                                                     - A blank, large paper
  • Pencil & Rubber                                                                                                                        
  • Glue= PVA Glue & Glue Stick - OPTIONAL
  • Paper (To Plan Your Art)
  • Roller = Soft & Hard Roller

  1. To Make Your Print Art, the first thing you need to is to plan your art on a paper using your pencil and rubber. If you’re stuck on what design you can do, search for inspiration on the internet for some images. Printing Art requires layers for a 3D Effect. Make sure you label all the parts going into each layer.
             (I.E. Plants,         Sand)
                        BACK LAYER   1ST LAYER

2) Once you’ve planned out/had a decent idea for your art, grab a piece of calendar paper. This will be your temporary background. Start cutting out your images that you’re been using for art from the card so you get an estimate on where your art is placed. Make sure you have spacial awareness, use space efficiently and add different textures by overlapping.

3) Thirdly, transfer your shapes onto your background card. The background card should be the same size as the calendar paper as you’ve already cut out your shapes based on the size of the calendar paper. Start gluing your shapes down with a glue stick or PVA Glue. Make sure to start gluing down what you want in the back layer first, working your way up to the first layer.

4) Nextly, do a PVA Glue wash over your art. Not only does it give an extra layer of glue on your art (as the roller can rip the pieces of) but it ensures a nice base for when you’re actually rolling.

5) Wait for all the glue to dry. Normally, it should dry overnight. Once dried, it’s time to start rolling. Squirt a little bit of printing ink/printing paint in your desired colour on a small piece of card. Using your soft roller, take a little bit of paint and roll it on another part of the card. Roll it horizontally and vertically. Keep alternating between the two until the paint/ink is spread evenly.

6) Once the ink is spread evenly across the roller, it’s time to start rolling. Roll in the direction that most of your art is going. (I.E. Horizontal, Vertical, Left, Right etc.) If you need more paint on your roller, get a little bit more and alternate rolling it horizontally and vertically on that piece of card so that it’s even. Make sure to do it not too fast but fast enough that the ink won’t dry out. This will be your template for your actual design.

7) When you’ve finally finished rolling, take your blank, large paper and place it on the template. Using your hard roller, roll over the back of the blank paper. When you’ve felt like the design has stamped on the blank paper, slowly lift/peel the paper of the template and voila! You’ve got an awesome design. You can use more colours but this is not necessary and completely optional.



REFLECTION: I liked the way I explained in great detail so people get what I'm talking about. My next step is to use time words/instruction words like firstly, secondly etc.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Inquiry Rotation: Environment: Fresh Water Ecosystems

In our first ever Inquiry Rotations we studied Fresh Water Ecosystems. Later on, we had to research 'What is a freshwater ecosystem?' We had to use subheadings to find the most accurate descriptions. We used partners for that (my partner was Risa) but for the explanation at the end we had to do it on our own. As well as that, some of our classmates commented some feedback. Here is the result:


Risa, Nikita

What do they include?

Freshwater Ecosystems are areas that have no salt unlike saltwater ecosystems like oceans and seas. Bodies of freshwater include lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands (marshes, swamps and bogs). The largest lake in New Zealand is Lake Taupo stretching to an incredible 616 km2. Freshwater Ecosystems cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations spread all over the world.


Some characteristics of a freshwater environment are that the water has a minimum amount of salt making it safe to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most Freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish.


Plants are a big part of freshwater ecosystems. One of the big things plants need to have are strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Plants have learnt to adapt to this environment. Some Freshwater Biome Plants include Water Lilies, Algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. As well as that, there are many plants located on the shoreline of many freshwater ecosystems.


As well as plants there are multitudes of animals located in the freshwater ecosystems. These animals have/had to learn to adapt to the harsh environment. There are two types of animals living in a freshwater environment. Lake animals and land animals. Some lake animals include plankton, crayfish, snails etc.


Freshwater ecosystems are as important to humans as they are to animals or plants. We use freshwater in a multiple of ways. We use it to drink, for cooking, we even use fresh water to clean ourselves. Without fresh water, we would probably not be here. Pollution and Industrial Dumping from humans contaminate freshwater ecosystems.


A Freshwater Ecosystem is an area of water that has minimal amounts of salt unlike saltwater environments like oceans and seas, making it safe and reliable to drink and use in our everyday lives. Most freshwater biomes consists of moving water and contains many types of fish. Did you know that freshwater environments cover roughly 20% of the Earth and are in various locations all around the world? There are lots of bodies of freshwater such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands (marshes, swamps, bogs) etc. One of the largest lakes in New Zealand is Lake Taupo, stretching to an incredible 616 km2 and the deepest lake is Lake Hauroko with 462m deep. New Zealand has some amazing fresh water features.

Freshwater Ecosystems affect plants and animals just as much as they affect us. They are a big part of freshwater environments. There are many things that they need so they can adapt to the environment. For example, plants need to have very strong roots as they live quite close to the strong current and need to hold down on the soil so that they don’t get washed away. Some plants include water lilies, algae and duckweed. These types of plants float on the surface. There are also many types of plants on the shoreline of the water. As well as plants, there are multiple animals living in freshwater ecosystems. These animals have had to adapt to the harsh environment. Did you know that there are two types of animals living in freshwater environments, Lake Animals and Land Animals? Some Lake Animals include plankton, snails, crayfish etc. while some Land Animals include frogs, turtles etc. As you can see Freshwater Ecosystems have an abundance of plants and animals.

Humans are also deeply affected by Freshwater Ecosystems. Freshwater is human’s No. 1 source. We use it for drinking, cooking and even cleaning. Freshwater Ecosystems benefit us greatly but we’re polluting them. Rubbish, Industrial Dumping among many other problems are reducing the amount of freshwater environments. We could not live without freshwater yet we’re doing nothing to stop the pollution.

Overall, Freshwater Ecosystems are areas of freshwater. They have minimal amounts of salt making it safe to use in our everyday lives. Many humans, plants and animals benefit greatly from them.

I like they way you added lots of detail in your writing. Your next step is to summarise it better - Dawn

Tino Pai Nikita! I liked the way you added in a lot of detail and information into your explanation. Next time maybe you could add in some other reasons on what humans do to freshwater biomes. Ka Rawe! – Rhea

REFLECTION: I liked the way I used lots of detail and information in my explanation and that instead of researching all over again, I used initiative to use the information I already had. My next step is to summarise and use only key information so that I don't overload my work.