Sunday, 18 March 2018

Day Of The Dead


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Day Of The Dead

Begins: October 31
Ends: November 2

On the day of the dead families celebrate and remember those who have passed by cooking special feasts to honour them. Day of the dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated mainly in the Central and South but other people who have Mexican origins also celebrate it. On Wikipedia it has translations of what it is also referred as  "Día de los Inocentes ("Day of the Innocents") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels"); November 2 is referred to as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead")." Lots of people dress up as skeletons with bright colours. People believe that for 24 hours on the 31 of October they are allowed to be with their loved ones who have passed away. There is a movie that involves and gives you a big idea of day of the dead which came out in 2014 and is called the Book of life.

Here is the link to a website that I used to get some facts:
https://www.mexicansugarskull.com/support/dodhistory.html 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Storytelling: Children of Wax











In Toroa we are doing storytelling and are retelling the story of Children of Wax.

Down below are my learning goals for writing.

2. Evaluate our writing using success criteria.3. Accurately punctuate a variety of sentence structures, including direct speech.2. Use sensory descriptions.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

French Culture Study



Here are three things that people in France eat.


1. Pork Feet 

Think of it as a chicken drumstick. This meal is cooked slowly then eaten giving it a gelatinous texture. 
 

2. Beef Tongue

French chefs have devised lots of different techniques to cook it. Sometimes it is cut into unrecognisable strips. Apparently if you don't realise what your eating it is a melt in the mouth moment. 

3. Veal Brain

  Normally they use the brain of a full grown cow or a veal calf. Apparently it has great health benefits and is good for people who have arthritis. It is popular with a Gribiche sauce which has mustard and rapeseed oil.

The link for where I have found these facts is down below, so click it to check it out!

Link to research sight: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/articles/11-weird-foods-and-animal-parts-the-french-love-to-eat/

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Hōne Heke and Te Tiriti o Waitangi


1. When was Te Tiriti o Waitangi signed? 
Te Tiriti O Waitangi (The Treaty Of Waitangi) was signed on the 6 of February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand.

4.Was it a good idea to cut down the flag at Kororāreka? Why or why not?    
I don't think that it was a good idea to cut down the flag at  because it could be seen as threatening or a sign of aggression, equalling war. 

5.  Select one habit of mind which Hōne Heke demonstrated. Describe in detail how he showed that habit of mind, supporting your view with at least one quotation. 
The Habit Of Mind that I think Hōne Heke used was Persistence because he signed the treaty but then changed his mind so he cut down the flag at Kororāreka to show his disagreement without hurting the Pākehā. They rebuilt the flag pole thee times but kept ordering for it to get cut down. 

Trash Novel Study

In Toroa we have been reading the book Trash by Andy Mulligan. Down below is a description of the book on the site http://www.andymulliganbooks.com/trash/

Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. And it's three street-boys against the world..

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Four Dragons

This is my draft story of the four dragons. Please be aware that there may be some mistakes and that I am not a number 1 writer.


The Four Dragons
Once upon a time in ancient China four dragon's lived together in peace and harmony. The four dragon's were, the Black Dragon with scales of darkness, the Yellow Dragon the dragon of light, the sneaky Long Dragon and the iridescent Pearl Dragon with talons of crystal. The only problem was that there was no rivers and the only way to get water was for the emperor to make it rain. One particularly hot summer day the dragon's were flying through the clouds when they heard crying. Curious they decided to check it out. The four dragon's  landed in a nearby village. Looking around they saw cracked dirt with shrivelled plants sticking out, children chewing on dry meat and elders praying to the gods. The Pearl dragon walked up to a villager. “Why are you crying?” he asked.
“We have no water, our children are starving and our food is running out.”. Turning to the other dragon's the Yellow dragon said “We have to do something. The villagers are starving.”
“But what can we do?” Said the Long dragon heartbroken. Together the dragon's paused to think. “Why don’t we ask the emperor?” Suggested the black dragon.
“What are you thinking? The emperor will skin us alive for disturbing him. Anyway, the villagers aren't that important….” mumbled the long dragon.
“Well I don't care what you think I'm going to help them.” said the yellow dragon staring daggers at the long dragon. The dragon's looked at each other and slowly nodded in agreement and together they flew to the emperors palace weaving in between clouds.


In the distance a gleam catches their eyes. A glimmering golden palace in the middle of a lush garden rests on top of a bundle of candyfloss clouds. “That must be his palace.” Stated the long dragon. The others nod in agreement, gobsmacked. Approaching the palace gates they see the emperor's servants. The Mountain Gods. The Mountain Gods then lead them to the Throne Room where they are to meet the emperor. Looking around the room they see the emperor, waddling toward them. “What do you want?”mumbled the emperor.
“We are deeply sorry for disturbing you but-” began the black dragon.
“The villagers are starving! They have no water for their crops or their children. You’ve got to make it rain. Please.“ Yelled the yellow dragon. The emperor gave the yellow dragon a hard stare.
“Fine. Next week on the 5th day the heavens will send rain. Now leave me in peace, I can do my job without you. ”
“Thank you, my emperor.” Said the black dragon bowing to him. Together they flew of back to the sea where they live, disappearing into the crimson sunset.


The next week on the 5th day they flew to the village satisfied that they had helped. Together the dragon's waited for rain. They waited, and waited and waited. Finally the long dragon sat up “I knew the emperor wouldn’t make it rain! He doesn’t care about them, why would he?”
“Patience my brother.” mentioned the black dragon. “There is still time.”
“No. You guys are just too pathetic to accept that he lied.” Screamed the long dragon. The pearl dragon walked over to the long dragon. “Sit down. If what you say is true then we need to decide about what we are going to do now.”
“But he does have a point. The emperor obviously either forgot or doesn’t care.” Said the black dragon. “So what are we going to do?”
“Guys, I have an idea that could work but everyone has to agree with it.” Said the yellow dragon boldly.  The group of dragon's flew to the sea, filled their gaping mouths with water and flew to the village. When they reached their destination they sprayed the water into the clouds and it rained. The villagers pointed at the miracle and praised the gods, children of all ages smiled and played while the dragon's watched with contempt at the once again smiling village. That was the last thing that they remembered before they were summoned by the emperor.


“Do you know why I summoned you?” Questioned the emperor.
“No?” Replied the yellow dragon.
“I summoned you because you deliberately disobeyed me.” Spat the emperor.
“We had to help the villagers.”
“By disobeying me?” Countered the emperor.
“We tried talking to you but you didn’t listen.”
“When was it your job to make it rain?”
“Since you stopped doing your job!”
“Guards, I’ve had enough with these imbeciles.” Said the emperor furiously. “Take them away.”

The dragon's tried to break free of the mountain gods but all escape attempts proved useless. They then got imprisoned under mountains and as their final gift to the villagers they turned themselves to rivers so the villagers would always have water even if it didn’t rain. The black dragon turned into the great river Heilongjiang, the yellow dragon turned into the river Huanghe, the long dragon turned into the river Yangzi Jiang and the pearl dragon was the river Zhujiang. From then on the villagers lived happy, independent lives with plentiful summers.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Problem Solving Candy Challenge



On the 7th of December the Toroa problem solving maths class faced a new challenge. Everyone was in teams with about 1-3 children in them and we had to solve 5 Otago problem solving questions. Whoever finished first got a BIG cup of lollies to share with whoever we wanted at lunch. The purpose for this challenge was for Miss Yonetani to see how we would communicate with our teammates when we were under pressure but she also wanted everyone to be motivated and do their best.

Day Of The Dead

Day Of The Dead Begins: October 31 Ends: November 2 On the day of the dead families celebrate and remember those who have passed ...