Saturday, 22 November 2014


In class today (19/11/14) we have been learning geometrie with Rosie. Today we have been focusing on triangles like...
Equilateral triangle 
(All sides are equal)

(No equal sides)

(Two equal sides)

Hope you learnt something new!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Athletics goals

Athletics is coming up!!here is my goal for athletics I hope to achieve.hope enjoy reading it.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Reading sample

My reading goal this term was to


TASK inquiring readers go through a process to gather, organise and respond to new information. We have been using  the ‘GET IT, SORT IT, USE IT’ process for our own reading inquiry.

My inquiry question was…how many flordia panthers are left


GET IT...use a range of sources by questioning and predicting

SORT IT...analyse and sort information to answer my question: see if my thinking has changed, look for patterns by questioning inferring, summarising

USE IT…discuss what I have found out with others and make connections


I can research using a range of sources

I can keep asking questions as a research

I can sort information and see patterns

I can show changes in my thinking

I can co-operate with others to discuss ideas

I can share my learning with others

I can manage my own learning and behaviour to work independently


How did my thinking change during my inquiry? What patterns did I notice?how endangered some anmails are like for example the I thought there would be like 2000 flordia panthers left but there are only about 100-160 adult flordia panthers left.

Writing sample term 3

WALT:  Entertain

My writing goal this term was to use simile, metaphor and emotive language
I have included a range of similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia and/or alliteration to create meaning and effect and hold the reader’s interest.

TASK: craft a free-choice piece of writing that shows how I am developing my goal

Bella and the ballerina: first draft
Bella had a dream.a dream a dream to be a ballerina.every night she dreamt about it.
The pore family
The sad thing was bella and all her family were broke.they got two dollars a her family there were 8 people.her mum her dad her brother her sister her brother her sister her sister and her self.she told her mum and her dad about her dream and they said"no we don't have enough money were about as pore as a bella ran away.she found some wood on the foot path and she had an idea.she could make a stand asking for money to help the pore.on Monday she got two dollars on Tuesday she got three dollars on wednesdayshe got five dollars then she had to pack up because it started raining she also had to find some shelter.she could either spend her money on shelter or save up for ballet...
The birthday
Have a guess what she decided..she decided shelter I can make my stand another day she said on her head.she knocked every hous of Nottingbum until some one took her in.she had the loveliest mansion and was bellas birthday tomorrow...good morning world!!it ma  birthday it ma birthday she sang to her self oh wait my mum and dad are not here.i have to find them so she ran out of the house but first she got dressed of course because she was only in her nickers!!then she ran out of the house to find them
The money
She ran down the streets of Nottingbum until she made it to her real home with her mum and dad.but believe it or not she made her stand again and raised ten full bucks.the next day she raised 20 dollars and the next day she raised 50 bucks!!!!!wich means she has 90 dollars now!!!enough to buy a mansion with a zebra the colour of candy floss.but guess what she bought ballet classes a uniform and enough money for a small house
The famous ballerina 
When she was older she became a famous ballerina.she also became a grade 12 and the most famous ballerina ever.she also meet her husband Stephen.they meet through ballet.they bought a flash mansion together and got married and had a baby girl named rose and they lived happily ever after by bella
Bella and the ballerina

Bella had a dream.A dream to be a ballerina.Every night she dreamt about it.
The sad thing was bella and all her family were broke.

in her family there were 8 people.She had  her mum and her dad .Two brothers and four sisters also herself. 

She told her mum and dad about her dream and they said"no we don't have enough money were about as pore as a bella ran away.

She found a pile of wood on the foot path and she had an idea.She could make a stand asking for money to help the pore.Though the whole week she got ten dollars.Soon she had to pack up because it started raining she also had to find some shelter.

When she was older she became a famous ballerina.She also became a grade 12 and the most famous ballerina ever.

She also meet her husband Stephen.They meet through ballet.They bought a flash mansion together and got married and had a baby girl named rose and they lived happily ever after.They went on to do twenty ballet proformence and won lots and lots of bella

And here is my edited piece...
I could either spend my money on shelter or save up for ballet. It feels like World War two in my head.I don't know what pick.But I'm going to have to make the decision sooner or later so shelter won the fight!Only because I had a whole lot of reasons why shelter is  important to me.I'm lucky to be alive today so I think I'll pick shelter.

I can always  make my stand again another day I thought, trying to convince myself I made the right decision.I think I made the right decision so lets go get some shelter.I knocked on every motel of Nottingbum then I  came to the last motel hoping with desperation that this one will have one room left.Luckily they did.I paid my  last 10 dollars that I had - no food today.When I came inside it knocked my socks off.It was so beautiful!It should be because I paid my last arm and leg for this.By the end of the night my tummy was grumbling as loud as a lions roar but it doesnt matter as long as I am still alive.

How has your writing has improved this term? I think my similes have gotten better and my punctuation because of how hard I have worked.

The part of my story I am most proud of is….'her face turned as pail as freshly falling snow' because it is using my goal

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards? Using capital letters when I need to.

Feedback/feed forward:I think your story was very interesting it really hooked the reader in next time you could put in precise words. 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Maths sample

WALT: extend a repeating picture pattern and use number stratergies to think ahead.

Description: For maths this term we have been learning a range of strategies to help us solve algebra problems. 

Task:  Make a short movie to prove that you have achieved your maths goal.

Show, explain, prove your goal and how you did it
Clear message
Two questions to show your learning
Correct answer

What are you most proud of and why? I am proud of how clear I worked it out

What challenged you the most and why?finding a question to use was hard because I didn't know what to get.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?harder questions 

Feedback/Feedforward: Bella I think you did very well next time you could put the music down a bit so we can hear you lovely voice

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The learning pit

WALA: The Learning Pit

Description: We have been learning about when good learning happens.  

Task: Share what you know about the learning pit.

Draw the Learning Pit.
List at least 3 feelings that you might have when you are in the pit.
List at least 3 strategies that you could use to get out of the pit.
Label where good learning happens.
List 3 things you could say to yourself when you are in the pit.

Reflect on a time when you have been in the maths time I kept  on trying and getting it wrong but I didn't give up and in the end I got it right
How did you feel when you were in the pit?  Frustrated because I couldn't get it right.
What did you do to work out of the pit?i didn't give up

Feedback/Feedforward: Bella I think you can do a different background and not make it to colourful when you don't need too.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Te reo Māori samples

WALT: communicate a message.

Description: We have been participating in 3 different workshops around colour, compositions and fonts.  We put these skills to use in a poster sharing our knowledge about Te Reo Maori.
Why? We have noticed that our posters are too cluttered and do not communicate a  message well.

Task: Make a poster about Te Reo Maori.

Message: My message is clear and purposeful.  Everything that is on my poster relates to my message. 

Composition:  My poster is balanced. 

Font:  My font is clear, readable and suits the message.

Colour:  I have used 2-3 colours that are complementary.  My background choice makes the text pop!

Accuracy:  All of the words on my poster are spelt correctly.

What are you most proud of and why?i am most poud of the colours that I used it really makes the text pop from the page.

What challenged you the most and why?it challenged me having to spell everything right

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?do a better background 

Feedback/Feedforward: Good effort Bella next time you could make your background realate more to the Māori theme.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Hiwi the kiwi

Hiwi the kiwi

Wear a live jacket when your on a boat.

First rule of going fishing on a boat.were a life can die without a life jacket like if you crash!!!second rule of the a bucket of ice and salt to keep your fish fresh and cold .third rule of the world. Bring a special ruler to measure your fish.if the fish is under 28 centre meter or over that then you need to throw it back you can eat the ones at 28 centre meters can't eat the big ones because they might have baby's and you can't it the small ones because they need time to grow.oh and one more thing if you pick up a fish to put it back you nerd to pick it up with an towel.thanks for listening  hope you enjoyed my story until next time goodbye!by bella

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Smart goals for term 3

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. ”

Purpose: To set a learning goal for school, friendships, sports and personal.

WALT: Set Smart Goals


S.M.A.R.T. means SpecificMeasurableAttainableRealistic and Time-sensitive.

Specific: Don’t be vague. What exactly do you want?

Measurable: Quantify your goal. How will you know if you’ve achieved it or not?

Attainable: Be honest with yourself about what you can reasonably accomplish at this point in your life, taking into consideration your current responsibilities.

Realistic: It’s got to be doable, real and practical.

Time: Associate a time frame with each goal. When should you complete the goal?

Criteria: I can write 4 learning goals that are

Self Assessment

Peer Comment

  • Specific;
  • Measurable;
  • Attainable;
  • Realistic;
  • Time Sensitive.


Overall, how well do you think your learning partner has done?


My writing goal to... Use juicy vocabulary and language features,such as adjectives and similes, to clearly convey experiences and ideas.

The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is will make my writing more juicy and it will hook the reader in

I will accomplish my goal by...practise and stopping and thinking before I start writing 

My reading goal is to...draw on my natural curiosity and imagination to consider alternatives across a range of genre.

The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is because...I need to understand the story's I read and If I achieve this goal it well help me understand the story better.

I will accomplish my goal by...practise and listening to other peoples ideas about the story and try and respond to them.

My maths goal is to...choose an appropriate stategy when solving a problem.

The reason I have decided to focus on this goal is is achieveable and I will know it in life when I might need to do maths to help me work something out.

I will accomplish my goal by...practising and I will try to archeive this by the end if the term because I don't want to take to long when everyone else will know but i wouldn't have had enough practices that is also why practise is important.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Grass hopper tennis

Grasshopper Tennis Sample

WALT: improve our small ball skills like catching, throwing, and hitting.

Description: We have been participating in a tennis programme with Big John (John Salisbury) from Tennis Manawatu. He has taught us some tennis skills that help with controlling and hitting the ball 
Why? To reflect on how we are going with the tennis skills we have learnt. We will share this during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 8
Who? The World

Task: complete the rubric with targets to show your reflection. Make a comment to the questions below?

What are you most proud of and why?i am proud that I can hit the ball over the net very well.

What challenged you the most and Why?cutting the cheeses was challenging because we had a slim part the racket.

Next time, what is a goal you can work towards?i would try to pat the dog better.

Here is a photo of me at grass hopper tennis

Self-managing learners

This is my sheet i am a self-managing is what I have to work on pink is really good and it dosen't need anymore work and purple is ok and I need a little mor walk.i will work on everything that is green first then I will work on the purple one then I will have competed them all

Monday, 23 June 2014

States of matter

We did a sheet about the states of matter I think I could have done it a bit tidier and is a picture of the sheet i did.

Writers note book

WALT:collect ideas and exsperents 
We had to draw in our writers notebook about what some one did that was naughty or what you did

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Writing sample

How is heat different to temperature? Keep reading to find out...

What is heat?Heat is just simply hot energy.Not cold.Just hot.Like when someone says it's hot its just hot energy. For it to be hot it would have to be about 17 degrees I think so anyway. 

We did an experiment when you have to put your fingers in two cups with water in it and you have to put both your fingers in for thirty seconds at the same time one is hot and one is cold. You put your finger in there for thirty seconds at the same time.I put my fingers in and I realised that the atoms in your fingers are adapting to the same temperature as the hot water and my finger was all hot too by when the 30 seconds were up.So I have proved also takes a little bit of time for your whole body to get hot.

Temperature can be hot or cold.Like if someone is on the news is talking about the weather they will use the term "temperature"to describe what the city temperature will be.It will not always be hot or cold.its just like everything I talked about. Heat is hot temperature is hot or cold.

Temperature measures heat. like when you have a thermometer it measures temperature. if you orwhatever you measuring is hot or cold that's also why heat and temperature are two different things. For example I was making something and I needed to find out how hot the chocolate was I could measure it. It might be hot or cold but I am definitely measuring it.

I hope you learnt the difference between heat and temperature.This proves that heat and temperature are not the same things.

Writing Sample

WALT: inform

DESCRIPTION: Write an explanation about something you have learned about energy.

What? We are publishing a piece of writing.
Why?, To share on our blog and during our Student Led Conference.
When? Week 6
Who? The World
 Hope you liked it.leave a comment if there is any spelling mistakes or something wrong in my writing. 
Feedback/feed forward: Well done Bella! Your beginning really hooks the reader in. Maybe next time you could write a bit more about temperature!

Name:      Bella minnis
My explanation: how is heat and temperature different 

I comment:buddy comment:teacher comment:
state the main point in the first part of a each new paragraph
I think I did
Fine at that
But I could
Done a little
Bit better
I think you did all right
In stating the
Main point.
You have tried to start with main points for each body paragraph.
include evidence (facts, experiments etc) to support my main point
I think I did
Well and they
Very. Real
Facts and

I think you
Did well explaining the
Experiment and giving eviedence to support your ideas.
I really like your examples and how your writer’s voice and sense of humour is comning through in all types of writing.
explain the evidence and how it proves my main point
I think I did
 Okay I could
Have been a
Bit more clear
you did all right at explaing your eviedence  maybe try to expand on your evedence next time.You have tried to explain how/why your example proves your point - this is really tricky, well done.
Practise writing a linkingsentence to my next paragraph
I think I agree
With what my buddie said
you did well on this Bella, your good at staying on one topic a paragraph.Your ideas link in your paragraphs.A next step is linking between paragraphs.
infuse style: topic-specifc vocab, second/third person, present tense, transition words
It was good
I could
Have been
A bit better
At editing
you did awesome at use in these types of writing. -LiliGreat style. I wonder what other transition words. from the list you could use in an explanation?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Integrity sample

WALT: communicate a message with others. WALT: show integrity.

DESCRIPTION: We have been
learning about integrity.

  We want to share our understanding with others. What? Make a Puppet Pal to show our understanding of integrity. Why? To show what we know about integrity, to share during our Student Led Conference. When? Term 2, Week 1 - 7 Who? The World EVALUATION: (Comment directly on the success criteria. You need to add a comment or a target after each success criteria)

WALT: communicate a message with others.
Create a story board showing the beginning, middle and end of our message.i think we did good at at using the start middle and end thing but we could have been more clear on what we were doing and why.
Use Puppet Pals as a tool to share our message.yep that was good but next time I would probably use iMovie
Keep our audience engaged. I think we could make our voices louder though.
WALT: show integrity. Everyone in our group has contributed evenly. Integrity is the main theme of our message
feedback\feedforward: kylee(mum)...what an excellent example of using integrity. Awesome skills used to put together your puppet show. Well done Bella and the rest of her group.

This is our storyboard showing the start middle and end.i wasn't there to draw init because I was sick.

I think I am in the second to last circle because I was talking not clear enough.

I show integrity by helping others and making sure no one of my friends get hurt like at seed to table when my group was using a sharp knife I made sure they didn't cut themselves. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

science sample

WALT: show our understanding of how energy works.

DESCRIPTION: We have been learning about energy. To share our learning, we have made a video to explain how energy works.

 What? Make a video (no longer than 30 seconds) about our understanding of energy. i.e. States of matter, Potential and Kinetic energy, Newtons Cradle or forms of energy like Radiation, Convection, Conduction
Why? To show what we know about how energy works, to share during our Student Led Conference. When? Week 6
Who? The World

 Feedback: Great post Bella. You are a very steady camera person. I like how you used the materials to show your understanding. It helps your audience understand too.

I wonder if next time your group might take advantage of the voice over feature so that we can hear what you are saying easier.from ebony(teacher)

Sunday, 8 June 2014


WALT:rote learn 
Eels nearly eat raw gooey yaks 
Happy owls spit perfectly in trash another lap
Caterpillers yell calling like eels 
Eels X-Ray plain little antlers in nelson
Toys eat me peeling elephants rearly at the unicorn rainbow excitement  

We did some mnoemonics  mnoemonics help you to rember your spelling words they are sentences that have the same starting letters as the word for example the the hedgehog eats I hope after reading this post you under stand what a mnoemonics are!I think I did well being creative I think I am at the standard I wanted to be at.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

My maths sample 
WALT:use doubles and Halves to work out our multiplication  problems 
 I have worked out 42x5 using our WALT I hope you learn something from watching this. 

We did this so we can help all of the people who watch the video. I think I did well using the WALT and here are a few comments from some of the people who watched it
Phoenix: I think that you did very well at your video and you need to work on your voice. 🌟
Ebony(teacher): you show excellent control on this strategy Bella. This is a handy trick for solving larger multiplication problems.I wonder if it would work with another problem like 42x6?

I learnt more about the WALT and how it made sence.i know it is right because I checked it on the calculator and the answer was the same as in the video.hope you like it 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Basic facts tables challenge

We have started doing a basic facts tables challenge sheet it has levels of the elphabet I am on level b here is a chart of all of my scores.

What makes a good learning partner

My learning partner is ruby w we were told to do a poster about what makes a good learning partner here is what we came up with.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Writers note book!

In poutama we have a notebook called a writers notebook.a writers notebook is a thing writers go to too get can write anything at all the past few days we have been drawing and writing about cold and hot things like the sun and are what I write about hot and cold things.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Spelling 300 words!!!!!tearm 2 2014

The whole of poutama did a spelling test.there were 300 words!I got 25 I need to are some pictures of the sheet.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Camp writing

Purpose:experience from camp, using short sentences to create suspense.

WALT: Entertain (recount)

Task: To write a recount based on something scary or suspenseful that happened to you.

I think I did well I just maybe next time to add on to those boring sentences. 

Criteria: I canSelf Assessment

Peer Comment

Descriptive vocabulary (words that help to SHOW the reader)

  • use a range of verbs

  • use a variety of adverbs

Language features (phrases that help paint a picture)

  • select 2 - 3 similes

  • select 2 - 3 metaphors or personification

  • choose onomatopoeia to show sounds (crash!)

  • select words that start with the same sound (alliteration)


  • use short sentences to create suspense


  • use 3 - 5 paragraphs.


Overall, how well do you think your learning partner has done?

Peer coment: Bella I think that you could add some more wow and you could tell every one about what is happening in the story.
Draft 1

Draft 2

I hope you like it my camp writing it is about caving.
By bella

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Camp presentation

Success Criteria:
Know your stuff 
Loud clear voice
Share the main points
Make eye contact
Make sure every member participates
This is our camp presentation for camp our topic was abseiling hope you like it.i think I need to beprepared on how many people are going to be there and our group didn't get on to we didn't have the best presentation because all that was on ther was facts and a little bit of colour.i think we could do a lot better next time. 

A video about Anzac Day

This is a link to a story about Anzac Day i don't think it is fair about the kids that don't get to celabrate the tradition and remember everyone that fought at war. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Camp goals

W.A.L.T.set smart goals.Success Criteria:
Use photos to share our camp experiences
Use text to explain the kotahitanga
These are what we did every day a comment of what we did and what we found challenging  

Swimming sports

We did swimming sports a few weeks ago
I came 1st in back stroke 
And I came 3rd in breast strokes
I made a pic collage of some of the photos the teachers took at swimming sports
I am in kiwi won.go kiwi!!!!!!!