Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Wearable Arts Review


How we made it...
Our costume was inspired by the festival Chinese New Year. Since the traditional creatures of Chinese New Year are the dragon and lion we decided to make a traditional dragon I think it turned out okay. Our Costume is constructed of a lot of cardboard and newspaper. The head was made out of chicken wire moulded around a bowl which then had a lot of newspaper which we moulded to make the eye sockets and a little bit of the dragon's nose. We made both of the jaws out of cardboard and newspaper and the teeth are made out of cardboard also. We then paper mached the teeth to the jaw so it looked like it had gums. We then got newspaper and made bumps on the nose so it wasn't too flat and unrealistic. After that we cut toilet rolls on an angle to make the nose. We then got used crepe paper and dangled it from the chin of the bottom jaw. We painted the head red and the jaws red. We made the cheek bits out of coloured paper and glitter glue. The tail is made out of a PVC pipe that has been bent. We then put wire through the pipe so there is something for the sheet to hang onto, We have had some ups and downs one of ups for example was when we finished the bottom jaw. We were a little bit distressed when we had to remake the top jaw. For the second time.

The Festival...

Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar moon of the chinese calendar, I know, it's a long name. The festival goes for 23 days ending on the 15th day of the next year on the chinese new year. People normally clean their house to welcome the spring festival, They put up red posters with poetic verses on the front of their doors. They also put chinese new year posters on their walls and hang red lanterns up around their house. Many people also visit their families at the time of the Festival. At the evening of the festival eve many people set off fireworks to send off any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children often receive “luck” money. Many people wear new clothes and send New Year cards to each other. Various activities such as beating drums and striking gongs as well as dragon and lion dances are all part of the Festival

What Went Wrong...
Throughout making the costume we had many ups and downs. In this paragraph I'm talking about the downs. When the glue gun broke when we were half way through making it, when the tail kept consistently falling off on the dress rehearsal and the night and when I couldn't go down stairs.

What Went Right...
What made Ella and I really relieved was when we finally put the whole thing together on the dress rehearsal. That made Ella and I really, really happy. I really liked when I first tried on the head and it fit, it was also really comfortable.

What We Would Change...
I think that we should have started way earlier so we didn't have to rush to get everything done and maybe made the head a little bit more balanced. We also would have painted the sheet a little bit more detailed and maybe add a little bit more of a recycled effect.

Here is our wearable arts booklet and some photos

Friday, 23 June 2017

Writing T2

For the last couple of weeks we have been doing wrting about body parts me and my buddy chose the pancreas here is my report about the pancreas

The Pancreas is a long flattened gland located deep in our stomachs and it is six inches long. Because the Pancreas isn't seen in our everyday lives most people don't know much about this part of the body as say the heart or the brain, but the pancreas is a vital part of our digestive system and a critical controller of our blood sugar levels.

 There are 4 parts of the Pancreas. The Head, Neck, Body and The Tail. The head of the pancreas is the largest part of the organ. The head is found on the right side of the abdomen nestled in the curve of the duodenum. The Neck is a small section of the organ between the head and the body. The Body is the middle part of the pancreas between the Tail and the neck. The Superior mesenteric artery and veins run behind this part of the pancreas. The thin tip at the end of the pancreas is called the tail the tail is placed next to the body as you can see in the diagram. The tail is in close proximity to the spleen.

The Pancreas regulates your body’s blood sugar levels. If your pancreas is faulty you could become diabetic. What is Diabetes? To answer that you need to understand the role of insulin in your body. When you eat, your body turns food into sugars and glucose. At that point your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, allow glucose to enter and give you energy. But with diabetes this system does not work. There are two types of diabetes type ii and type i. Type one diabetes is the most severe. This type of diabetes is also called insulin-dependant diabetes. This type of diabetes doesn't open your cells to allow the glucose to enter this means the glucose builds up in the blood. If left untreated this can harm your eyes, kidneys, heart and could lead to a coma and death. This is why some people carry insulin pens. When needed those diabetic people use the pens to put insulin inside their body. This insulin opens the cells and puts the gathered up glucose in your body so you don't get harmed. Another one of the general jobs the pancreas does is putting different chemical messengers called hormones into your blood.

In conclusion the Pancreas is a very important organ in our body. It regulates our blood sugars to stop us from getting diabetes and produces enzymes to help us with our indigestion. It is an allround important part of our body and without it, we wouldn't be able to survive.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Reports Google Drawing of Examples

WALT: Write a report

This week we have had a few reports we have had to read through. We then had to find examples in these reports that matched the success criteria and put them into a drawing. Above is my drawing.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Hanmer Camp

Hello Everyone,

This post is about the latest of my adventures out of Greymouth. Last week from Wednesday to Friday two of the classes in my syndicate went on a road trip to Hanmer Springs:Image result for Hanmer Springs panorama

When we got to Hanmer we had to complete one activity out of 5.  My groups first activity was Tree Climbing. I found this scary because I looked down and I trust no one. Then we hopped in our cars and made our way to the Hot Pools. We stayed their for about 1-2 hours. The next morning we had another activity. Mission Impossible. This activity consists of many other smaller activities that we had have to complete. We then had lunch and then our group went mountain biking. After that we went for a walk up Conical Hill. I really liked this walk because the view from the top was amazing. After our trip up the hill we all made our way down to THE LOLLY POT to grab some yummy lollies. We then finished that and for the second and last time on this trip went swimming again. We then came back to camp and had sausage casserole. The next morning would be our last day at the camp so we packed our stuff after breakfast and loaded all our stuff into the cars. We then had our final activity. Orienteering. Personally I love this activity because we get to roam the forest on the tracks looking for small tubes hanging amongst the trees. we get a map that marks where the tubes are and we get a piece of paper and a pencil. Each of the tubes have two letters on them, that is what the pencil and pen are for. To write down the letters from the tubes so the instructors know that your not cheating. After our last activity we ate our lunch and took the
2-and-a-half-hour-long journey back to our home town of Greymouth. So there. Thats the whole trip. Hope you enjoyed going back to this place through my writing.


Friday, 5 May 2017

Weekly Revision T2 W1 / Numeracy Review


I did a Stop Motion on how to calculate area. Here it is:


We have started a new topic this term. This topic is about Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent Van Gogh is a very famous artist, he painted the famous piece. Starry Night:

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For reading this term we have a journal to read. This journal has about 6 stories and we have questions to answer the stories that we have read. I have completed two stories over the space of two days.

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Friday, 24 March 2017


This week for literacy our class have started a new topic. It is ANZAC. I have been working on multiple tasks. The one task I have been working on this week is Animals At War. This is about the animals that went to WW1. Turns out a lot of the planes had mascots, such as a cat, a fox, a bear and a monkey. We had to work on certain questions like how many horses went to war? Why they went to war, what did they do? etc. I haven't exactly finished this presentation but I will post it up on my blog ASAP. 

This Week for maths my group have been working on percentages and how to work out the circumference of a circle. Let me show you.

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To work out the circumference of a circle you have to multiply the diameter by the first two decimal points of pi:
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which is 3.14 so just say the diameter of the circle is 2cm soooo we have to times 2 by 3.14 which in maths form looks like this 2 x 3.14 and the answer to that is 6.28 so the circumference of the circle is 6.28 and it is also the answer to the question.

This term for art we have been working on multiple things. We have had two things of art to choose from. we could either draw a bunch of lines on a piece of paper and colour in each segment of the lines a different colour which blended with another colour or do a silhouette of a person with something coming out of something. I did a boy lying on his front reading a book. and coming out of the tip of the book was a library it looks like this. 

That is my weekly revision soooo...... bbfn

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The rest of them

This post will be a end to my disasters topic. This is the rest of my activities that i have to do.


This is the link for the diary entries and newspaper articles:



Friday, 24 February 2017

The Past 4 weeks

Hello Reader

Welcome to 2017! My Name is Finlay as you may have read at the side of my screen. This will be a reflection of my past few weeks in my new class. This term for Topic/Literacy we have been researching disasters. Our class (and the class next to us as we are a joined class) have had to complete three activities about a disaster of our own choice or to choose a disaster our teacher has chosen for us. I decided to choose a disaster of my own. I have made two presentations about my disaster in about three weeks. Here is my two presentations that i have made.


For maths we have been doing multiple things but most of all we have been doing 2 x 2 digit multiplication. This is probably one of my favourite things to do in maths. We have also had independent tasks to complete over the week. Basic facts, (100 questions every day 4 times a week), word problems, (5 every day for three days), and maths maintenance, (25 questions, 4 times a week) these take time to complete and you have to manage your time wisely.

That is my reflection for today i hope you like it and my videos.