Wednesday, 23 November 2016


I can describe the characteristics of music in songs from the past and present and from different genres.

Over the past 9 weeks I have been learning to describe the characteristics of music from songs of various times and genres.

I can name and define these characteristics of music… (list them below and explain what they are)

1. Melody- A line of notes to put to make a tune. The antecedent comes first and the consequent comes after that. It is also the part that gets stuck in your head. The melody is in the chorus because that is the part of the song that gets stuck in your head.
2.Harmony- When lots of notes are put together to make a sound.  There is minor harmony that is a sad song and major is a happy song.
3.Rhythm- A repeated sounds that change speed.
4.Timbre- Special sound that makes the voice/ instrument sound unique.
5.Form- The layout and structure of the music. It is broken into parts, they are chorus, verses and a bridge.

What did you find most interesting during this topic.
I found Timbre interesting because I never knew what it was and now I do.

Which characteristic do you find yourself picking up on when listening to your own music now?
When I listen to my own music I often hear melody because it is always the mart that gets stuck in my head.

Here is an example of my learning-

Water,water please fall down book

In this project I was working with Alyssa and we decided to create a online children's book.
Here is a link what we made.

In this project we decided that our success criteria were: (list the criteria you created on slide 7)
Steps to Complete the task:
  1. Decided on the story
  2. Draft the story
  3. Revise the draft
  4. Create the story using story jumper
  5. Test on some kids and revise

Overall our project met/did not meet this criteria because when I read it to a little kid they really enjoyed it.

Te Reo, Term 4 2016.

This term we have been learning all about the Marae. We have learned that…….

  • The Marae is an important focal point for the community.
  • The Marae is a place where tradition and customs can be carried out.
  • The Marae is a place where people can express their values with dignity.
  • There are many kawa ( protocols) that prevail on the marae.
  • Marae kawa (protocols) can differ between maraes and iwi.

We have focused on some key concepts when doing this learning.
These are listed and explained in the table below.

Definition -
give the meaning of these concepts in your own words.
The way you do things at the marae
It's the welcoming ceremony
Tangata whenua
The local people that are connected to the marae
Visitors at the marae
Home base on the marae
Caring for a elderly 

See this video for an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of people on a marae.

Something I would like to learn more about the marae is…….. If I went to a marae how would they welcome the children.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Maths goal: Scales, timetables and charts to help me solve a range of different problems

WALT- I can apply relevant information from scales, timetables and charts to help me solve a range of different problems.

Modelling book
Maths goal

I found it quite easy once I had the hang of what I had to do. I found the last activity challenging because I had to match up different teams and sometimes they were together, then I had to start again and change when they played.

Apply simple linear proportions, including ordering fractions

I learnt how to compare ratios and I also learnt how to turn improper fractions into mixed numbers using division.
I found the relational task hard becasue finding simaliraties and differences in both stratergies.
Extended abstract

Turn improper fractions into mixed numbers by using division, like mixed numbers by using division like 47/7 to 6 5/7

Use numbers to compare ratios with proportions, like 2:5 or 3:4

Wednesday, 2 November 2016



This term we have been learning about Parliament. We have looked at the difference between government and parliament, NZ parliament, who is in government, how our government works and we compared democracy to dictatorship.

Three things that I learned are NZ parliament are:

  • Where all the people sit in parliament. E.g. John Key sits in the 4th seat.
  • What all of the roles are in parliament e.g. Sergeant at arms removes any members that are being overly rowdy.
  • Before a law became a law it was called a bill.

Here is the link to my compare and contrast map explaining the difference between democracy and dictatorship.