Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tamara and Natasha's Animal Creations

My animal is a Tigurtle it is crossed with a  Tiger and a Tuttle.ot is the strongest animal because of its hard shell and its sharp claws it is quit strong.I think I am extended abstract because I used lots of different things take your time,mould things together, catoonish,start with simple shapes 

This is my cartoon animal it's called Stompa Moo it is the most invincible animal because it has large feet to stomp on things ,wings so it can fly , it also has a protective shell so noting can hurt it and two horns to push things out of its way.

I think my cartoon is extended abstract because I took my time and I shaded it lightly before I added all the details . My next step is to add texture to make it look more like a real animal.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Most Invincible Animal

Room 9 have been extending their cartoon skills by creating new animals around a particular feature. Below is Isabella's animal which she says is the most invincible. Click in the image to see the photo and click on the audio to hear the justification.

Most Invinsible animal

Increasing a Quantity by a Given Percentage

Here is a quick video by Kelsey showing how she can increase quantities by a given percentage.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Student Led Conferences

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd July School will close at 2pm on these days

Student led conferences are coming up and the online booking system is now open. Children really enjoy sharing their learning with their families and research shows that students who are able to communicate what they have learned and identify their next steps are more likely to be successful life long learners. 

  1. Go to
  2. Enter code 6YHLN
  3. Enter your details and select a time.
Friday 14th June:

  • Bookings open at 3.30pm. Friday 28th June:
  • Bookings close at 3.30pm.
  • Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd July:
  • School closes 2.00pm
  • Interviews run from 2.15-7pm. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Over the past few weeks we have been looking at how to draw cartoons effectively. This is the follow on from the Neill Shasky workshop at the beginning of the term. The techniques we have discovered are:

  • take your time
  • sketch outline lightly - add details later
  • start with simple shapes
  • mould the shapes together
  • doesn’t always have to be neat
  • make sure shading is in one direction
  • add texture - eg rugged lines
  • tilt pencil when shading
  • cartoonish - not a portrait
  • use different shadings

Here is Tamara's

I think I am relational because I have used over 3 techniques my next step is to use all of my techniques 

Here is Serena's 

This artwork is at Extended Abstract because I have chosen different strategies to change the picture to give a better effect, And have different techniques.

And here is Oliver's 

I am Multistructural because I can apply several relevant 
techniques in my cartoons I draw. 

My next step is to be Relational because I need to use the best 
techniques that suit the cartoon I am drawing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Prime Numbers

 Here is Chloe and Isabella classifying numbers by factors and multiples, including primes.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

I can describe the adaptations of an animal

In Room 9 we have been researching about the adaptations of animals and presenting our findings as an information report.

Here is an example from Kaley 

African Elephants are very adaptable animals. They have a lot of unique adaptations to survive in the hot plains.

Elephants have an interesting way of getting and eating their food. Elephants use their long trunks to grab leaves from trees, ripping them up at the same time so they don’t necessarily have to chew their food. They also use their tusks to break branches and bark off trees to eat. The use their trunks to gather up water, squirting it into their mouth, An elephant's trunk can store around about 14 litres of water at a time. They can spend 12 to 18 hours a day eating and can eat from 100 to 1000 pounds.

Elephants have many adaptations to survive in the savannah. African Elephants have thin, greyish black skin except for on the sides and back, where the skin is thicker. An elephants skin is very sensitive to the sun, and most calves are constantly shadowed by their mothers to avoid bad sunburns. To help protect their skin, elephants will wallow in mud and cover themselves with dirt. Elephants have an absence of sweet glands. The wrinkles on the elephants skin is needed to keep their body temperature down. Wrinkles increase the surface area, so there is more skin to wet when the animal bathes. The wrinkles trap moisture which takes longer to evaporate. Thus, a wrinkly elephant keeps cooler for longer that it would with smooth skin. They have large, fan-like ears to cool themselves when they overheat. They have a long trunk that acts like a hand of sorts, using it to clutch food, battle and attack.

For elephants, protection of the calves is vital. Adult elephants surround the calves when they sleep to protect them from predators. Sometimes, the calf will wonder off during the day and get eaten before the mother can stop it. Adult elephants use their tusks and trunks to fight, as well as using their charging and speed.

Elephants have many different behavioural adaptations. Female elephants or “cows” tend to live in family groups, which can consist of one female with her calves or a few related mothers. The group is led by the eldest cow, known as the matriarch. Males leave their family groups when they reach puberty, and may live alone or with other males. Adult bulls mostly interact with family groups when looking for a mate.

Overall, African elephants are highly suited for their habitat because of its physical and behavioural adaptations.

Here is another from Serena

Cheetahs are large cats that live commonly in Africa and Iran their appearance appears to be tall, Slender cats that have a flexible spine to reach far long strides, has a long tail used for balance, also helps cubs follow her mother through long grass furthermore  the scientific name for cheetah is Acinoyx Jubatus.

The Place in the food chain  is "Carnivores"The Cheetahs diet includes Thompon's Gazelle, Impata, Spring bok and Grant's Gazelle. Most Cheetahs eat antelope, hares, ground dwelling birds and much more. Cheetahs hunt usually by vision rather than smell. Once they have their position, they pounce on them when knocked out and their prey is lying on the ground, they quickly bite them in the neck before any other predators chase the away.

Cheetahs rely on tall grass for camouflage while hunting, they usually hunt in the morning or early evening. They hide in tall grass because tall grass is good for camouflage so the prey can't see them, known as Adaptation to the environment.

Cheetah's Protection. Cheetahs use their claws and teeth to protect themselves, if the cheetahs see another predator trying to take their prey, the cheetah will protect themselves to survive.

Cheetahs behavior, when cheetahs get aggressive they will lower their head below the shoulder level. When fighting each other they don't use their teeth when hurt or sad the cheetah makes "bleating"
sound, which is a type of moaning noise.

Cheetahs are adapted to it's environment because they have long legs which help them run a lot faster,
camouflaged skin to meet up with it's environment  to make them invisible, thats what makes them to live on survival.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

CARE Values Video

Here is a video that Kelsey and Rachel made to show how to use the CARE Values at Oaklands School.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Chloe's Maths Video

Chloe has made an excellent  tutorial on how to increase or decrease a quantity by a given percentage. This video was created using the ShowMe app.