Monday, 14 March 2011

Cinquain poems

In class we have been looking at Cinquain poems. There is two different ways you can write these.

One of the ways is;

Line 1           2 syllables
Line 2           4 syllables
Line 3           6 syllables
Line 4           8 syllables
Line 5           2 syllables

Here is an example this:

             yum  delightful
     Eating laughing chewing
 Delicious chocolate breakfast

And there is also another way:

Line 1           1 Noun
Line 2           2 Describing words
Line 3           3 Doing words
Line 4           4 Feeling words
Line 5           1 Synonym of the first noun

Here is an example of this:

              Red   hot
   Glowing burning pacing
   Nice warm feeling inside

By Billie

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Cricket Workshop Reflection

Today we did some cricket skills.Shane was the instructor.He plays cricket for East Counties.He has had heaps of experience.(I could tell) He was great at cricket skills and cricket itself.Our first skill was how to catch a ball.He told us to clap our hands together, separate them so they look like a book shape and then spread your fingers apart with your pinkys side to side.Next we did some warm ups to do with catching the ball.The warm ups were:
-Throwing the ball up in the air, clap as many time as you could and then catch the ball.
-Throwing it up in the air, clapping behind your back, then in front and then catch the ball.
-Throwing the ball up in the air, touch your nose, touch your toes, clap once and then catch the ball.
After we had those drills we had a competition.The competition was to throw the ball in the air and then catch it behind your back.I found it seriously hard.After that we had to concentrate on bating.Shane said if we were right handers we would have to put our right hand on the bottom of the bat and our left hand on the top.We had to try and hit the wickets by hitting the ball of the tee with the bat.As soon as we had finished that drill we played a game of non-stop cricket.In the game of non-stop cricket, I think I did pretty well.Our team lost, but that`s alright because I thought we did well!The stand out person in the other team was Sonny because of his awesome bating.The next time we play non-stop cricket I think I need to improve on catching the ball properly.

ECCS Swimming

   Brrmmm! The bus screeched to a stop. It was Friday the fourth of March, this day was not an ordinary day - it was the ECCS swimming sports day. With us were the children who had been selected for swimming sports. I looked out and saw the sign 'Jubilee Pools!!'
   I remember clearly what it felt like to be walking out into the grand stand. I felt so excited... and nervous, but I had a right to be, the pool was huge. 
   My first race felt like hours later. It was my B grade backstroke race. The pool was freezing! I knew that if I didn't get used to the water soon I was going to freeze in the middle of a stroke, so I used the advantage of starting in the water, and I dunked my head right under it. I heard the person with the whistle shout
'On your marks,' He paused, 'Beep' I was off! My biggest fear was hitting the lane ropes. Fortunately I did not hit either, the race seemed to go on forever and just when I thought it was going to go on forever, I hit the end. I came 2nd! I hopped out of the pool and grabbed the second place stick. I gave it to Mr Brindle!
   I found my money and dashed over to the food store. The next thing I knew I was eating the most delicious sausage sizzle ever. 
   I was called up for my next race. This race was A grade freestyle. I dived into the pool but I didn't do very well. I came last. It was a bit of a disappointment but now my goal in swimming is to become better at freestyle.
   Next was breastroke - A grade - Breastroke is my favourite stroke! I was so excited! I was stroke for stroke with the person next to me and we were coming =1 but they suddenly pushed in front of me, I came 2nd! Yay!! 
   The loudspeaker said my name, I was in the finals for breastroke! When I started I tried as hard as I could but couldn't keep it up so I came 5th.
   Over all it was a great experience and I can't wait for next year!
By Lauren   

Our Kowhaiwhai Patterns

One of the things we looked at in class this term was Kowhaiwhai Patterns. You would usually see the Kowhaiwhai patterns at a Marae (a maori meeting house) and we thought it wold be a good idea to decorate our classroom with them. The Kowhaiwhai patterns have three colors white,black and red. Each Kowhaiwhai pattern has different patterns which are made up of Koru’s. Some are the hammerhead shark, flounder, Kaka beak, moon and speed

These are the steps on how to make a Kowhaiwhai pattern:
You Will Need :
35-40cm by 16cm piece of card
white,red and black pastels
Indian ink
scrap piece of paper
Step 1: Get a piece of card.
Step 2: Draw your pattern on a scrap piece of paper.
Step 3: Draw your pattern on the piece of card lightly.
Step 4: Use your white pastels to colour in the Koru’s, now use your red pastels to colour in some of the background and then use your black pastels to colour in the rest of the background.
Step 5: Go over the lines in Indian Ink.  

Here are some of our results don't they look awesome!
By Flynn and Ronan

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Our new Blog

Welcome to Ruru Learning Spaces' new blog. On this site we are going to record some of the things we have been doing in our learning space and around Ramarama School. Mr Clarkson and the students will both be adding to this blog. This will be a place for us to reflect, publish and demonstrate our learning. We hope you enjoy it and welcome your feedback.