Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Arts reflection term 3

I think my learning has been relational for this arts term because Sam, Monty, Jacob, and I created a dance that showed basketball is the heart of Waimairi.  This is because throughout all four terms it is played a mass of times and it brings people together and brings out their competitive spirit.

We used locomotive and non-locomotive moves, our relationship was in unison in our dance, this helped us because the audience was able to understand the dance and figure out the concept. We changed our levels of height from high to low constantly and changed our pathway constantly as well.  This made the dance a lot more interesting.

In case you don't know what locomotive or non-locomotive movements are I will explain: Non-locomotive moves are ones where you cannot move your feet but you can swing, bend and stretch. Locomotive moves are ones where you can move your feet in different ways such as strolling, jumping, scampering and galloping.

The things that I need to do next for my learning would be to share my knowledge of the elements of dance and help them choreograph their own dances. I also need to become a bit more spatially aware because during our dance we took up too much space on the stage.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Exhilarating Electrfying Moments

Have you ever had an exhilarating, electrifying moment?  If you have how did it make you feel?   These memories are the ones that we never forget (no matter how hard we try), and out of my generosity I will share two memories with you.

I am waiting in line for the brand new vertical drop at Clip N Climb!!!! You won't believe how excited I am!  I am two people away from my turn. I start watching people scream as they drop down the slide, I’m starting to regret this. My little 7 year old hands grip the handles, the rope attached starts going up ... 10, 20, 30, 40. My legs turn to jelly ... 50, 60, 70 80 meters! My face goes pale, kids start sniggering at the the bottom of the slide. “Let go!” everyone starts yelling. “Let go!”  My hands loosen grip of the handles - WHOOSH! I glide down the slide at the speed of light!  At the bottom of the slide my mind whizzes over what had just happened. What an electrifying moment!  

Speaking of electrifying moments...  Have you ever been on a roller coaster overseas? I have. I remember Australia like it was yesterday - the food, the beach, the animals but best of all the theme parks. I was at Sea World waiting in line for the enormous roller coaster STORM. My heart races one million kilometres per hour, I watch as the coaster does whirls, twirls and swirls.  I look away, if I watch for any longer I will start getting dizzy.  I am at the front of the line.

I hop into the coaster, a robot straps me in, then a metallic voice starts speaking “Hi there. Make sure you don’t have any bags or precious jewelery on you, have a good time!!’  Without warning the coaster starts climbing up the rails. We reach the top of the steep climb “Uh oh, here goes nothing” WHOOSH!!  SWOOSH!!    SPLOOSH!! And just like that it was finished. I stumble off my happy that it's over.

We have all had exhilarating electrifying moments, and if not, why not? Go out and do something exciting, the ball is in your court and if you do tell me later, I’ve got to jump in the car for a bungy jumping appointment in Queenstown, see you later!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

How do planes fly?

How do planes fly?

Have you ever seen a plane soaring through the clouds and wished that you could fly with it, but you can’t no matter how hard you try?  Here’s why...

The four forces
In order for planes to fly there are four forces needed.
Lift: Lift is a force that keeps the plane in the air and works against weight.

Weight:  Weight is a force that pulls the plane down and works against lift.  Another word for weight is gravity.

Drag:  Drag is created by air resistance and slows the plane down. Drag works against thrust.  

Thrust: Thrust moves the plane forward.  Thrust works against drag.

How Planes Fly

For a plane to take off lift and thrust overcome weight and drag to lift the plane into the air.  While the plane is in the air, if it’s going in the same direction all forces are even. If you steer the plane in a different direction an unbalanced force needs to push it. This links to Isaac Newton’s first law of motion the law of Inertia - an object will stay at the same speed, travel in the same direction unless an unbalanced force moves it.  When the  plane is landing weight and drag overcome lift and thrust.

So remember, when you see a plane flying in the air and wonder why you can't fly with it, it’s because you don't have the lift, drag, and thrust.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Halswell Quarry

On Thursday March 16th our class (Room 11) took a trip to Halswell Quarry. I learnt about geology, how Banks Peninsula was formed, and how the park rangers make decisions. There were two volcanoes that formed the Banks Peninsula Lyttelton volcano and Akaroa volcano, along with Governors bay hot dome, Diamond Harbour hot dome (where Halswell Quarry was formed) and Mount Herbet hot dome. 

Discovering my Whakapapa

My mum, Natalia Leatua, was born on the 9th of April 1985 in Vladivostok Russia. My great grandmother chose her name. Her grandparents, uncle, cousins, and great uncle and auntie lived in the area she was born and raised in. My great grandad loved my mother, he was very kind and lied about his age to go to war. Out of all the things that my mum has learnt from her family, the most important thing is don't do drugs.

My Dad, Nedlands Leatua, was born in Apia
Samoa on the 2nd June 1979. He got his name from my grandad who went to Nedlands College in Perth. The only person that lived in the area at the time was his auntie. The oldest relative my dad remembers was his grandfather who liked drinking Kava (an island beverage) and he was a good orator. Out all the things my dad has learnt from his family the most important things are to work hard and never give up.


Day 40

I am walking in the Sahara, each step I take my shoes get buried in sand, life in the Sahara isn't fun. But then, a pool of water! My body gets a burst of energy, I run, then jog, then sprint, I have never felt more excited in my life!  I jump, only to land in a big pile of sand.  I sigh, it’s going to be a long journey.

Day 72
Where is the civilisation?  It feels like I’ve been on this desert for a million years!  Anyway I keep walking, trying to stay calm, think positive thoughts.  My family, no that just makes me miss them I cry,  this is hopeless. Then my foot starts sinking - what the? I realise I am soo dumb, quicksand! This is the end, the sand has climbed up to my waist. A mixed feeling of anger, anxiety and sadness swells up in my head, the secret, my stepfather, this would  NEVER have happened if he didn't force me to go on this journey! I sigh, well I guess this is it. The sand is up to my neck, I’ve tried everything I can, this is the worst/best and last day of my life. A tear rolls down my cheek, I’d rather not experience this death awake. I grab a rock - Donk!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Travis Wetland

We went to the swampy Travis Wetland today seeking for native birds and also to understand more about Christchurch before the Europeans arrived.  We took a photo of this bullrush because it felt fluffy and soft and I liked how the Maori used it for food, roofs for their homes, and to keep their boats together.