Wednesday, March 26, 2014


The Koura is New Zealand's freshwater crayfish.  They are found in rivers and lakes.  The back of it’s body is long, with a fan-shaped tail at the end.  If it gets a fright, it will quickly move it’s tail and swim backwards.

Koura have ten legs.  They don’t need them all for walking though.  The two legs at the front have nippers on them to pick up their food or stuff it in their mouth, also if you grab a Koura the wrong way it could nip you.  The Koura use their nippers to fight other Koura or for scaring off other animals that like to eat Koura.

The Koura eats all sorts of things like fallen leaves, worms other small animals and anything dead it happens to find.  Koura makes a great snack for birds, fish and people.  Koura are delicious and healthy to eat.  Maori have always known that, so they’ve always tried to look after the Koura that live in their rivers and lakes.

Grab a Koura the right way and you will get a fantastic snack and not a nip.  They make great snacks for birds, fish and people and live in rivers and lakes if you want to find one.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Perimeter and Area

Room 10 has been working on Perimeter and area.  This was my shape.  For the perimeter I did 6+4+4+3+2+1+3+2+1+1+2+1=32
For the area I did 5x1=5  3x1=3  3x1=3 1x1=1 1x1=1  2x2=4.  After that I went 5+3+3+1+4+1=17.

Perimeter is the distance around the shape and area is the surface  in the middle of the shape like my one.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Playing Hard

When it’s really hot or freezing cold, I still play Mini-ball each term of the year.  I get changed into my Parkvale School sports uniform and get my drink ready to go and play a fantastic game. Before we go I  stretch my legs, arms, neck, hands and most importantly my finger tips. My little sister sometimes does them with me.  I also have a quick drink of water.  I don't do too many stretches though or I’ll get to tired to play. I’m on the court, ready as I’ll ever be.  I get passed the basket ball.  Mum and Dad are saying to shoot it, but I decided to pass it because everyone was crowding up to me.  I passed the ball to my team mate.  He took a deep breath.  Everyone was screaming and him and saying, shoot it, shoot the ball.  He passed it back to me. I took a shot and got a three pointer in. “Yes!”, said Mum.  “For the first time ever you got a three pointer in the hoop!”  I felt great after that game because we had won!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook was an English explorer.  He is famous for discovering New Zealand after the Maoris came.

He was born 27th October, 1728 in Marton, England.  He died at the age of 51 on the 14th February, 1779 when killed by natives at the Hawaiian Islands.  He sailed on the Endeavour ship to New Zealand.  A picture of the ship can be found on our 50 cent.

During his trip he visited Tahiti, the Society Islands and New Zealand.  He mapped the two main islands of New Zealand, but also ended up fighting with the local Maori tribe.

In early October 1769, Captain Cook and his crew reached a southern land that was new to them.  For the Maori people it was a time of fear because the white people bought disease and guns to shoot them.

Captain Cooks second expedition took place from 1772-1775.  He took two ships, the Adventure and the Resolution.  His goal was to discover the southern continent or prove that it does not exist and he did it.

Captain James Cook was born on the 27th October, 1728 in Marton, England and got killed by natives at the Hawaiian Islands.  Cook and his crew found a southern land that was new to them.