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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Rocket Writing

The man had one problem and that problem was that he kept banging his head on the sealing. The main question it was the man big or was the building too small. His job was to open and close doors for business workers and to clean the toilets. He was perfect for that stuff because he was so big, not big as in fat! Big as in tall and bigger than usual, like a giant! He was good at all sorts of different things and that’s why he is a good helper and the business. He would always dress in a suit and a tie to look like a normal man even know he is a giant.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Term 3 Dance & Drama Reflection

Dance and Drama Brief

In your dance/drama group, create a short play to tell the chosen story.   Your play must be between 5 and 8 minutes long (including music/dance).

The drama must:
Be 4- 7 minutes long
Show and vary the different elements of drama (role, situation, time, space, tension, focus, action, mood).
Include all of the drama techniques (Voice, Body, Movement, Gestures, facial expressions).

The dance must:
Be 30 seconds - 1 minute long (we can trim)
Use music selected for its message/emotion to connect with the story, or include music played by our own students
Show and vary the different elements of dance (Relationships, Time, Space, Body Awareness,

How well did we achieve the brief (above)? We achieved some of the briefings such as the drama having emotions and themes.

How well did we work together as a group – what went well?
We had some trouble finding parts for us to play in the dance and drama but that got resolved by working as a team and excepting ideas.

How well did we work together as a group – what were our challenges?
Our challenges were giving everyone a part.

How did we overcome our challenges?
The challenges were that I was worried that the technology may not work, such as the music stopping. I overcame this by slowing down what i was doing (but not so long it took ages!) and I was checking in with each group on when, where, and how to start their music.

How did I feel about our work, in the end?
I felt proud of myself for doing the technology for the whole production. I felt the 6 square group did a good job because they were able to discuss and sort our problems.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Camp 2017

Hi everyone,

Have you ever been on a school camp, and it would always seem as if YOU were the one that couldn't get to sleep? Well that's me who can never get to sleep at camp during bedtime. We had arrived at our camp for the two nights staying at the Wainui YMCA. We were not even thinking about the activities but only BEDTIME, well for me at least. We started the first couple of activities before dinner and that kept my mind onto something else. Even know we had only arrived at camp during lunch time, we got a lot done during that period. It was finally time for bed and I knew that that was only the beginning for me to be awake for a long time, at least midnight because that's what happened at my last camp with school.

We were all ready and tucked up in our sleeping bags all ready chatting away when the teachers had just LEFT our cabin, obviously!
At about 9:30, half an hour after sleep time none of us were asleep but chatting instead, lots and lots of chatting, UNTIL… one angry parent walked into our cabin saying “you boys should be asleep it's 11:36 and all the parents next door to you can hear every single word you yap, now be quiet and go to sleep. I wanted to go to sleep but as soon the door clicked shut all the yapping began to start again. 
At about 12:00 and lots more before than, more and more angry parents and teachers walked into our cabin to obviously say not very positive things…… “FOR THE 100th TIME, BE QUIET!! Other wise we will send whoever is making most of the noise back to school tomorrow and will be sent to the principle” After all of that we were all sure to be quiet and it worked everyone quickly went to sleep and it was about 1:50 AM. I was the only one awake while everyone else was asleep. I started to get very bored and a bit worried with no one to talk to. One of the parents came in once again only to see that everyone was asleep, and snoring like a chainsaw. She was looking around the room at every bunk. I was still awake unlike everyone else as I have always had sleeping problems especially at camp as you know. The parent creeped out of the cabin and then I heard the door click shut quietly. I was asleep in no time, well it was about 2:33 in the morning and I was bound to be sleeping just like everyone else. 

The early morning went on and I didn't get much sleep and and everyone in our whole cabin had to clean the toilets, the boys and girls toilets for a punishment for keeping all the teachers and parents awake most of the night talking. I was tired, so tired but the day went on faster than I thought and I had a better sleep the next night with EVERYONE sleeping this time, and not talking. It was the next morning and was finally time to go back to school and I was sure that everyone on the two busses including me were ALL in a bad tired mood. Also hearing the teachers telling us off more than normal just made me know that everyone was tired from the previous nights especially from OUR cabin, the BOYS cabin! 
After all the chaotic nights in our cabin specifically and for the teachers too we were all finally packed up and back at school and we were all sure that the teachers and parents were totally relieved after the CRAZY nights in our cabin!

So if you are a crazy sleeper and you are going on a school camp with all your friends then also try and convince you teachers to place you in the cabin with people who DON’T create chaos in their cabin.

Thanks everyone.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Science Journal

Week 1 2017: Slime
This week we were experimenting with slime. I saw that the slime was very sticky and thick, I think this is because they used cornflour, water and food colouring to make the slime. Later that morning we used our slime to tip on Mr Anderson’s head. I was wondering whether or not Mr Anderson would slip over the slippery slime. I think I am multi structural because I have lots of ideas.

Week 2: Balloon Rocket
In week 2 we explored forces with balloon rockets. To create this we used string, balloons and straws. We were experimenting how far the balloons would go on the string. While we were doing this activity we were observing the forces and variables of air pressure, different gradients, and drag. I wonder why sometimes the balloon would slide straight and sometimes it would just spin around? I think I am multistructural because I can share my ideas with others. 

Week 3
In week 3 we did the same thing but used straws for our balloon experience. The straws were used for the balloon to drag smoothly on the string causing less friction. I filled my balloon rocket with water but when I attached it to the straw it just broke the string and did not slide. I think this happened because the water was too heavy for the string. My goal was to stay on task.

Week 4: Trebuchet 
We used the trebuchet to experiment how far the ball would fly in the air. I now know from what I recorded


Week 9 Science Journal

Thursday 29th June 2017                                                  Ben Paterson
During week 9 we made from a variety of different items like modelling sticks, masking tape, paper and straws. We were in different groups and each group made different things then moved on to the next group until each group eventually completed the different activities. The activities were make a rocket, make a jumping frog and using the angle launcher.

The Rockets:
We used rubber bands to add onto our rockets to make it shoot further and faster. The rubber bands were used to create elastic potential energy which makes it go further and faster. I used a smaller rubber band to make just that little bit more elastic potential energy.

The Flipping Frogs:
We also used rubber bands to create our flipping frogs. The rubber bands were used to add the jump to our frogs. I found that my frog broke after a large number of usages because the cardboard we used for our main base of frogs was a little bit thin but still thick cardboard.

The Angle Launcher:
We used the angle launcher to shoot balls out of it and to measure how far they would shoot. We had to insert a small steel pole to set the the ball to fire. The angle launcher would only shoot one ball at a time but was still pretty fun to use. We could set the launcher to shoot on higher of lower distances. 45 degrees

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Week 8: Onager vs Trebuchet

Week 8: Onager vs Trebuchet
This week we learned about two different catapults. One was the trebuchet and the other was the onager. We recorded that the trebuchet fires further than the onager as the trebuchet is larger and has more power in the pull. The other catapult is smaller and uses force to fire the ball. It uses torsion and that is when something is constantly twisted and when it can't hold anymore the twisted object lets go and uses its pressure to fire the inserted ball on the onager. I enjoy watching the two catapults in use because I like recording and putting them into  a slow motion film.

Week: 8 Onager vs Trebuchet
This term we are learning about two catapults. The Onager and the Trebuchet work differently, the Onager uses the thrust of the stick to swing the ball through the air. The Trebuchet uses the weight of the metal weights to swing the arm around then it thrusts the ball out of the sling. The Onager and the Trebuchet were made to hit buildings/castles. The Onager has a shorter arm then the Trebuchet. Something I noticed that was the same is that both are made of wood. The Onager has a higher flight of the ball but the Trebuchet only fires ahead.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

I am Ben Paterson

I am a Small 2 door Nissan silva, zooming thru a lifetime of knowledge
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I am an overflowing rubbish bin, bursting with knowledge
I am an apple that fell out my my apple computer of knowledge
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I am a new pair of socks, that just fell off the washing line

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