Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Writing Portfolio Sample

In Writing we got given a picture to write about. It was a picture of a cat in a cage and a bird sitting on top of it.We could chose who's point of view we could write from. I chose to write from my own point of view of about what happened, here is the picture of what we had to write about:


Big Idea:
In Rebecca's Writing group we have been learning all about ideas my goal specifically is to know who my audience is. I am also trying to impact my audience so that the audience understands what I am trying to get across in my writing. I tried to base my writing on the people around 8-12. Before we started writing we used this success criteria to help us:

  • brainstormed precise nouns, descriptive adjectives to describe the image.
  • used prompts such as what the character could see, hear, feel, hear.  
  • used the mountain planning form to help us leave clues in our story.
Here is my Writing:

I think that I used a range of short and long sentences to add impact to my story. But I think that I could have used a few more descriptive words. I liked using the new writing success criteria as I could keep looking back while I was writing and check that my writing was up to standard.

Feed back / Feed forward: 
I think you did a great job with adding lots of detail to your story to add impact, good job. But I think next time you could have added more talking between the characters.
From Hannah P

Friday, 21 August 2015

World Of Wearable Arts Out Of Africa

Every Friday we have been getting right into planning and starting to design a costume for production. For our school production our theme is ora-life, and to show that we are doing wearable art and creating a garment/costume. Each class has a different theme. Poutama's three themes are Elements/ Heros and villains and Out Of Africa. I am in Out Of Africa. After a while of thinking about what I was going to make I decided to make out the savannah.

A ''mood'' is where you look on the internet for lots of ideas about what you are going to do before we started planning we created our own mood board with all the ideas we thought we could maybe use.

A few weeks later we started to plan out what our garment is actually going to have in it and what it is going to look like. On my garment I am going to paint a river, stick on pieces of laminated and fresh grass. stick on small rocks and pebbles and grab a whole lots of leaves and trace them onto a piece of paper and then paint the cardboard in the shape of leaf.

Here are if moodboard and my plan:
3 Weeks later:
What, what have I done so far: 
I have completely changed what I am doing. I have decided I am going to be a tree:

  • So far I have: Made the trunk, I grabbed some legging and spray painted my pants gold/brown color. 

  • I laminated some leafs and cut them out and then punched holes attached string and I have a leaf necklace!
  • I also made  the top half of my tree. It was a long process as I had to cut out/trace 275 leafs (different colors) and then hot glue gun them onto a top I didn't use. 
I now have to do:
  • I have started creating my leaf mask (with a GIANT leaf), but have not finished it yet. 
  • I also need to do 3 more layers of paper mache and wait for it to dry.
I don't have to do this, but I had some leftover paper leafs so I think I will create a headband with the paper leafs sticking up.
What I need to do:
What I have done so far:
A few more weeks later:
Since we finished our garment we need to evaluate our production costume/garment, here is my evaluation:

1) The materials that I used to create my garment were:

For My Top I Used:
  • Lots of different colored paper 
  • A top that I didn't use anymore
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Pencil/pen to trace leaf shape
  • Scissors 
  • Paint 
For My Leaf Necklace I Used:
  • Old leafs
  • Laminated Sheets
  • String to attach the leafs
  • A hole puncher
For My Leaf Mask I Used:
  • A huge leaf I found in my garden
  • A craft knife
  • Cardboard 
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Elastic
  • Lots and lots of Green Paint 
  • Paint brush etc 

For My Leggings/Pants I Used:
  • Gold/brownish Spray paint
  • Some old leggings I didn't use much anymore 
2) The most challenging thing about production for me was:
Trying to problem solve with my leaf mask because: After I had painted my leaf with 1 coat of green, after it dried the green paint kept chipping of, so I did another 4 coats before it stopped chipping but I had to be carful and be gentle with the leaf because a few bits sometimes still flacked of. I had to do a few touch up's. 

One day when I was trying to put on my mask one of my friends pointed out that one of the leaf pieces had come right of so I had to stick it back on with hot glue and I put a backing of cardboard on it to make it more stable. The only problem is, is that it has  a lump of were the hot glue had dried but I don't think you will see it from far away. 

3) One way I demonstrated a growth mindset during production was:
Being persistent when things didn't work out/never giving up. Also trying to come up with better ways I could create something and also putting myself in the pit  and coming up with new ideas because when you are in the pit that is where the best learning happens also the creative learning! 

4) Something I am really proud of about production was:
My leaf garment because I spent the most time on it and kept taking the hot glue gunned leafs on and of until I was happy with it! I also spent a lot of time tracing the leafs and cutting them out perfectically. 

5) Our school vision is to create agency, creativity and excellence. I showed this by:
Being creative and trying to come up with my own original ideas as well as thinking outside of the box. I also showed excellence by spending a lot of time to make things look they way I wanted them to look/how I vishended it to look and if something wasn't right I wouldn't leave it and I would fix it up.

Here is my finished garment with me wearing it:

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Reading Portfolio Post Tic-Tac-Toe (Summarising).

In Class each week for reading we have to complete three Tic-Tac-Toe's. It is a place where we get to chose what 3 tasks we want to complete for the week. We have to complete each Tic-Tac-Toe's to a high standard. For the Tic-Tac-Toe this week I chose to do a "fake" news report.  I  had to read an article, I read the article the World's Bodypainting festival. Then we had to summarise the article like we were a real news reporter.

These are some of the photos of the show, and the artists designing their amazing art:
Big Idea:
I have learnt that when you summarise a story you pick out the "key" points of the story and write about that I also learnt that it is a good idea to use the
chart to really capture the essence of the story/summary.  Here is my news report.
Breaking News:
In Austria between the 3rd and 5th of July the world BodyPainting competition was held. Models from 45 countries came to Austria to display their art. Here is Hanne in Austria to talk about all the amazing art she saw.

Well the artists compete in a range of activities there is the brush and sponge activity and the head piece and illusion contest. The competition was founded in 1998 by Alex Barendregt and is now a popular event that is held each year.

FeedBack and FeedForward: 
I love your News Report. I think you put all I need to know. That was very interesting. You also included the 5 W's and the H. I really love it. The thing you could work on, would be including more information about what you learnt in the Big Idea. Great Job!!!

I think that I summarised the story well and in depth but as Rosalind said, I think I could have included more information in the big Idea.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Waste Man Tic-Tac-Toe

For my Tic-Tac-Toe today I chose to do the wasteman activity. As my goal is summarising we are supposed to summarise a story but today it was a bit different. My teacher summarised the story waster man  for us and then we had to right the story backwards. ( We got to make up our own story related to my teachers summary).

Here is my teachers summary:

Waste Man was made by a man named Antony Gormley over a six-week period in 2006 out of tonnes of recycled waste materials, it was then burnt a day after it was finished.
My Summary
One  day in 2006 a man named Anthony Gormley decided to make a figure of a human  entirely made out of tonnes and tonnes of recycled materials because he wanted to show the world that they could be creative with recible objects. To create his masterpiece he used some of these objects  like: wooden chairs, ladders, crates and much much more... It took him 2 and a half years to complete the final product, although it would have taken him 1 and a half years if he stuck everything together with cement but instead he just used a regular glue stick! Anthony said that it was a great  2 and a half years of thinking outside of the box and challenging everybody’s own expectations of me. The hardest part was when the sculpture started to get higher and higher I had to get a crane to do the head. Anthony moved the  sculpture to America.

The next day when Anthony woke up he found all of his hard work demolished by a person who lit it up in flames. He was absolutely gutted .  

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


 The-Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then chart is a good way to summarise a story with it's key points. For one of my Tic-Tac-Toe I read a story about a Bionic eye fitted to a patent who was blind.

Here is my summary: 

The Main character was a Man who lived in UK  and over the years couldn't see things far away or in front of him very easily and then all of a sudden became blind

The man wanted to be able to see again.

He thought that as nobody else has been able to see again once they have gone blind, that he wouldn't be able to be cured.

So one day surgeons did an operation to put in what you call a Bionic eye. You have to wear these glasses all the time. These glasses  have a sensor that sends video images to his  \brain which helps him see.

He can see very well with his glasses on but can not see very well without his glasses so I am guessing that he will have to always where his glasses, although he doesn't now what the future holds...

Image Prompts

For one of my Tic-Tac-Toe this week I looked at another quote and thought about what that quote meant.
This is the quote:

 What I thought that this quote meant:

  •  If you did something little it would impact somebody else and then that person would learn from you and do something nice to another person and everybody would start doing something nice and  make the world a better place.
  • I also thought that if there was a big group of people and something bad happened to every single person except you, you could save one person and then once that person is fine they could help a person and then after they are fine they could help another person so that everybody is helping eachother and impacting each other making the world a better place.