Sunday, 10 September 2017

Athletes day

As a child through to an adult you will make lots of memories. Some you will want to keep forever and some you will want to get rid of as soon as possible. Now I am going to talk about one of my most nerve racking but one of my favourite childhood memories.

Athletics day. Zones!!! School starts. It's nine o'clock. Butterflies swirl in my stomach. I was really, really nervous, I felt like I was going to throw up. I have a sip of water but it doesn't work. Then slowly but  steadily I stumble on to the bus hoping my race would be first. I ask one of the teachers when the thousand metre run is and they reply “Eleven forty five.”  I felt a sudden urge to jump out of the window and run back to school.

When we arrived at the park I saw how many schools were competing, my stomach dropped. That's when I realised that I was going to have to push myself as hard as I could. The first event started, it was long jump. Then the next, and the next, and before I knew it my event was next up. I had to go to the toilet.  I tried to come up with a foolproof excuse like a sore ankle or I can't run because I've cut my leg but as I guessed not one of them worked.

It was time to shine someone told me before I was about to race. I thought it was time for a miracle to happen so I wouldn't have race.  Even the weather was working against me -  it was a blue sky, no rain, no snow, just beautiful blue sky day.

After getting all us boys together I realised that everyone apart from me had attended cross country zones before. For a moment I thought I was going to die of nerves. We were told to take our position. I nearly fainted. Then they did the countdown... 3,2,1 and the race was on!

Everyone was jogging.  Halfway through the race I broke into a run. I overtook the runner in first place.  I thought I could win... I was doing it... I was coming first! I yelled in my head “Yes, yes, I'm winning, I'm winning, YES!”

Over the last 50 metre stretch about eight people overtook me so I ran as hard as I could. I overtook three people and then the race was over. I collapsed with relief. I did it, I came sixth out of fourteen people.

After racing I was really proud of myself.  I had a massive slurp of water and said to some of my friends “Thanks for all the support”.

When we arrived back at school all my mates asked me how I did and I replied with pride “I came sixth out of fourteen people.” “Well done.”

So I guess you can see that was a very nerve racking memory but one I will remember forever. Have you got any memories that you will grasp forever or rather loose them for eternity?

Flight explaination

Have you ever been really excited to fly on a plane? Have you ever wondered how planes fly? Well this explanation will
help you understand more about the four forces and how planes fly in general.

Thrust is a force, thrust works against drag to help the plane accelerate. Muscles create thrust in birds and the engine creates thrust in a plane.

Drag is a force that goes against thrust. You can minimise drag with a well shaped object. Drag is the force that slows things down.

Weight (acted on by gravity) pulls planes down to earth. Without weight planes or any objects going up would continue to go up and up and up.

Lift operates in the opposite direction to weight. Planes need more lift than thrust to leave the ground. The wings create lift in a plane.

Birds or planes will stay still or move at the same speed unless acted on by an unbalanced force.  For example for a plane or a bird to fly they need lift to leave the ground. They need more lift than weight and more thrust than drag. Without lift and thrust planes and birds would not leave the ground. The heavier the plane or bird, the stronger the force needed to move it. For every action a bird or plane makes there is an equal or opposite reaction.

Overall birds and planes need the four forces lift, weight, drag and thrust to act on them. The reason us humans can't fly is because we don't have wings, propellers and an engine.
I wonder if they will ever make wings to fit a human so they can fly.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Crab Hunting

Ow, ow, ow, stop it, stop it, can you please be quiet? I can't hear myself think.” That's what the class of Room 11 sounded like as we stomped to the beach. On the way there were lots of oozy, muddy puddles. The mud would sneakily creep into our shoes as we plunged through it. 

When we arrived it was very clear that we were all extremely excited. Some of us were discussing who would hunt with who, where we would start and estimating the size the biggest crab might be. As we were talking we could tell the parents and teachers were getting very annoyed, but we continued chat. 

Then, once we had quietened down the teachers refreshed us on the rules. We were exceptionally quiet but not exceptionally still as we were looking in all directions - forwards, backwards, to the left and to the right. 

Once we’d been told the rules we were off sprinting to the location to find some big fat crabs. We were yelling, screaming, screeching with excitement. We were shouting back and forth “I found a big crab.” “So did I but I bet mine is bigger than yours.” 

All I could think was - I hope we don't have to leave anytime soon.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Halswell Quarry

This is Halswell Quarry which we visited on the 16th of March 2017. I learnt lots about rocks and how they were created. I had a great time and I would recommend it. We also learnt and acted out how park rangers make decisions for the land. The picture above is a picture of the Quarry.

Monday, 28 November 2016

My character description

Jake has long, dark blonde hair that stands out when the sun shines it’s light onto his hair. When he runs his hair sways from side to side like the wind throwing the leaves back and forth on edge of a tree. The clothing he will often wear is a sporty outfit because he is a sporty guy, and the colour of his clothes is mostly black and blue. He is fairly tall at 6 foot and his body is a rectangle shape. tall and slim. A movement he often does is he flexes his right arm and from behind his back he brings his arm across his body. 

Jake’s habits are taking long runs and doing athletics. He also enjoys playing Pok√©mon Go with his friend Finn, it is very addictive. He plays on a huge phone. His behaviour is wonderful, well most of the time, but when he's at the table having dinner it is disgusting, he scoffs his food down like there's no tomorrow. The places he likes to hang out is in the city with his mates. 

A typical phrase Jake will often say is “What are those?”. The tone of voice he uses is loud but it means he's in a good mood. His accent is British. When he talks to people his voice is quiet but deep.

Jake likes to hang out with his best mate Finn. People respond nicely to Jake's actions. Other people describe him as kind, caring and cool. The area he lives in is beautiful and rich and they have the best skate park.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Travis wetlands

On Wednesday my class and I took a trip to Travis Wetlands, it was a long walk but I'm sure we all enjoyed it. We found lots of birds and we saw an eel in the river and we also saw lots of baby ducks and they were really cute.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Riccarton bush

A few days ago my class and I took a visit to Riccarton Bush. We all had lots of fun and I found out some interesting facts. Unfortunately it was very wet and damp but still a great walk.