Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Key Competencies


Key Competencies
(the capabilities required for living and lifelong learning)

Halsey Drive School
                    A = Almost Always
                                                               S = Sometimes
                                                          N = Not yet
1st half of the year
2nd half of the year
Student
Teacher
Student
Teacher
Managing Self

I am organised for the day
A
A
A
A
I am willing to try new things
S
A
A
A
I complete work to the best of my ability and show initiative
S
S
S
A
I begin work straight away, stay on task and work independently
A
A
A
A
I can set realistic goals and explain how to achieve them
S
S
S
S
I make sensible behaviour choices
A
A
A
A
I happily take part in all school activities
S
A
S
A
Relating to Others

I cooperate well with others when working
A
A
S
S
I treat others with respect
A
A
A
A
I am a good friend and role model - especially at break times
S
A
A
A
I show good manners and cooperate with others
A
A
S
S
Participating and Contributing

I share my ideas and opinions with others
A
S
A
S
I listen well to other people’s opinions
S
A
A
A
I take part in activities outside of the classroom
S
S
S
S
Thinking

I ask relevant questions to deepen my knowledge
S
S
A
A
I reflect on my own learning and say what I need to learn next
S
S
S
S
Language Symbols and Texts

I use a range of IT to share my learning
S
A
A
A

Cheetah

My animal is a cheetah
It has spotty fur
It’s got slim legs
It has a thin tail
It is extremely fast
It’s eyes are black like the night sky
It can see way further than you
It can easily glide across the ground
It can run without skidding or sliding.
It goes hiiiiiisssss!

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This week we have been learning about endangered animals and been writing poems.

The Zoo Trip

The grasslands extended across the land while the enormous rhinos, stripy zebras and huge giraffes dawdled across the silent plains, kept in captivity. The ostriches grazed on the grass and laid eggs, hoping that they would hatch soon. The penguins huddled together to stay warm and made plans of how to not be seen by the visitors. Some dived into the water and countershaded to not be seen. The seals gracefully dived into the water and their streamlined bodies glided through the soft water leaping out of and back into the wavy water.


Gracefully the seals dived into the sparkling water leaping out of the water and then sliding back in. Their torpedo shaped bodies enabled them to slide through the water without any problem, the penguins huddled together and swam in the water to not be seen, they dived in the wavy water and sprang out as if something had alerted them. They suspiciously huddled together, it looked like they were making plans and then would strike.
“Let's go to the wetlands,” announced Mrs Taege.
“I want to see the eels, which way is it?” I asked. We examined the map and then headed off the direction we thought was right but we just went in a circle. “Oh, great” Kyle moaned so we examined the map again and we finally ended up where we wanted.



We went to the zoo last Friday and we had tons of fun, this recount will tell you all the events that had happened.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grasslands



This week we have been researching about grasslands and I grouped up and this is our slide show. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Metamorphosis Of A Butterfly

Metamorphosis is when a living creature changes the complete form of its body and turns into a different thing like, cicadas, tadpoles/frogs and caterpillars/butterflies. The life cycle of a butterfly is first a caterpillar and then changes form into a completely different creature.

The first stage of the butterfly life cycle is when the  female butterflies lay eggs on the underside or stems of plants.Image result for butterfly eggs The eggs are as big as a sesame seed and the butterfly lays hundreds of them! It takes a few days for the eggs to hatch and  when the caterpillar has developed it starts squirming and then emerges from the egg by chewing a hole at the side of the egg. Some species of butterflies stay in the egg to survive the winter, that is why you mostly see butterflies in the summer. It takes several minutes for the caterpillar to emerge from the egg.

Once the caterpillar has emerged from the egg it eats its own eggshell, the function of the caterpillar stage is to be an eating machine. This is a long process because they have to eat a lot to become a chrysalis. They grow one hundred times their size and they shed five times because they outgrow their exoskeleton, their favourite preferred food is the milkweed leaves. Caterpillars only stay in this stage for 2-5 weeks but this is the most dangerous stage because only a few survive. Another name for the caterpillar stage is the instar stage.

Finally they hang upside down on a branch and form a chrysalis or what some people call a pupa, the pupa is a protective shell that the caterpillar evolves in. Moths make their pupa by spinning silk, the pupa can be soft or solid, web like or see through. Inside the pupa the old body dies, the caterpillars don’t rest in the pupa, actually there is lots of activity, it transforms by digesting its body and turning inside out. It uses the same juice that it uses to digest its food to breakdown it own body, its body cells break up and turn into something called imaginal cells, imaginal cells turn the caterpillar into a different shape, most of the cells are used to transform it into a butterfly. This process is called metabolism, that means when a creature transforms into a different thing or develops new abilities.

Then the butterfly starts to emerge from the chrysalis, another name for the butterfly stage or butterfly is the imago or the imago stage. The butterfly is extremely tired, it rests for a long time, while it is clinging onto the pupa it starts to flap and unfolds its wings, its wings are very delicate at first so the imago flaps its wings slowly. While it is doing this it is pumping blood into its body, it cannot fly good at first so it practises and it learns fast. It is also hungry so when it learns how to fly it looks for food, it needs to be warm to fly and it cannot fly without sunlight. Then it starts to look for a mate, then it lays eggs and the life cycle starts again. The butterfly can taste anything with its feet. The butterfly can only see the colours red, yellow and green.

The most important thing or the purpose of the imago is to lay as many eggs as it can. If it doesn't the life cycle can’t start over again.

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