Friday, December 05, 2014

Kapahaka Letter

Dear Mr Gifkins,

I am writing to tell you about why we should participate in Kapahaka more often.  It helps kids and adults to learn about Maori culture and to learn new Maori songs.  Kapahaka is a great thing because you make new friends and at the end of a performance you feel awesome that you have shared a part of your culture with the audience.

Parkvale pride is displayed when we perform kapahaka. I enjoy performing the best that I can with integrity and determination. It would be fantastic if all of the Parkvale school students were able to experience kapahaka including the juniors.

It is important to learn kapahaka at an early age and is easier the more times you practice. If the juniors were started on kapahaka at year 1, Parkvale school would have an awesome kapahaka group by the time they got to year 6.

So Mr.G, I hope we can do Kapahaka more often because more people will learn about Maori culture.  If the year 1’s started Kapahaka, Parkvale school will have a fantastic group by the time they got to year 6.  They would lean heaps of songs so when they are year 6’s they wouldn’t have to learn much.

Yours Sincerely

Braeden Foster

Monday, November 10, 2014

Maths Fractions

Eating fractions of pie, pizza and cake
This task is about adding and subtracting fractions.
a) Petra ate two-fifths (2/5 ) of a pizza and Sarah ate one-fifth (1/5 ).  Show how to work out how much pizza they ate altogether.
Answer: ⅗ of the pizza
b) Lima and Paul each had the same sized cake.  Lima ate four-fifths (4/5 ) of his cake and Paul ate three-fifths ( ) of his cake.  Show how to work out how much cake they ate altogether.
Lima:⅘              Paul:3/5
                                                              ⅘+⅗=1 and 2/5
Answer: Lima and Paul ate 1 and ⅔ of cake.
c) Bill ate one-fifth (1/5) of a whole apple pie.  Show how to work out how much pie was left.
       5/5 - 1/5= 4/5  
Answer: ⅘ of the pie is left.
d) Andrew started with one and a half pizzas (1 1/2 ) and ate three-quarters (3/4 ) of a whole pizza.  Show how to work out how much pizza is left.

Answer: ¾ of the pizza is left.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Explain Everything

Image Writing

I asked my father if I could paddle out to sea in a little boat.  He said, “Maybe when your older son.”  I really wanted to do it!  One day when dad wasn’t home, I used my imagination and then I asked myself, “How did this happen?”

I went straight to go tell mum to have a fantastic sleep in because I had something huge to tick off my bucket list.  Mum listened to me but only because she went to bed at 5:30 am.  (½ an hour ago.)  So I unscrewed the bath and put it outside.  I filled it up with ice cold water, got a life jacket and a paddle.  I started to paddle.

I was paddling as fast as I could and then thats when I asked myself, “How did this happen?”  With my awesome imagination I was in a real boat and right in the middle of the sea.  How was I supposed to get back home?  I said, “Well, I’ve ticked that off my bucket list!”  I thought and tried to think of a way back home.  “That’s it I said!”  “If I stop using my imagination then I could probably get back home.”  I stopped.  I had arrived back home.  Mum was still in bed so that gave me enough time to put everything back the way it was.  “What an adventure I said to Mum.”  She had no idea what I was talking about.

One day I used my outstanding imagination and I was in the middle of the sea in a little boat.  I really wanted to do this but dad said no.  So with my imagination I tick this off my bucket list.  I had to put on a life jacket, get a paddle, unscrew the bath and fill it up with ice cold water.  I got back home and I told mum about my awesome adventure but she had no idea what I was talking about because I had told her to have a fantastic sleep in.  “ Now I’ve thought of something even better to use with imagination!”