Monday, December 17, 2012

Thinking Hats Reflection on Netbook

At Pt England school everyone from year 5 to 8 know about netbooks.

Having a netbook makes everyone's learning a lot faster. We don’t just work at school, we can also continue on our work at home and on the weekends too.

Sharing our work is now alot easier with our blogs and netbook. We can share our anything with the world. Sometimes they even give us ideas of how we can improve our work.

Something not so good about the netbooks is that it is quite hard to draw. Also many people think that the screens are too small and I agree.

One thing that the netbook should have is a movie editor. It would be good to have one so that we could make movies at home and at school without going on the Imacs. It should also have a mouse so that we can draw things quicker and easier.






Sunday, December 2, 2012

THANK YOU TELECOM!!

Have you ever been to the Telecom Christmas Tree event? If you haven't, you should go! It is held in Victoria Park at night time and it is also free.

Thanks to Telecom, this year some people from our school got the chance to attend this very exciting event. First we took a bus to Telecom and then we walked down to Victoria Park. Once we got there we set up and had something to eat.

There were quite alot of activities to do there. First my friend and I went to the Santa Line to tell Santa what we wanted for Christmas. Next a man gave us a decoration we could design. I chose a tree. On the back I drew MERRY CHRISTMAS and HO, HO, HO!!! 

After a while I saw my brother coming back with a box that had a light in it. I decided I wanted one, so I went in the tent and created one too! It had a brown kiwi, a sparkly Christmas tree, a Telecom sign and a laser light in the middle to light it.

Everything was so much fun, but I couldn't wait to see Titanium! They sang their hit song Come on home and more! Unfortunately I didn't get a picture with them! But besides from that I had a great night!!!

It was very entertaining and the tree looked amazing!!! It was so bright. I wish we could've stayed longer!

If you want to find out when this is and where here is a link to website! http://www.telecomtree.co.nz/
Also if you want to see a Video here it is... 

Telecom Tree from Team 4 Pes on Vimeo.

Thank you Courtney, Katherine and Telecom for making all this happen!!

Christmas Is In...

Here is a Christmas Countdown!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Olympic Medals

In extension, we had to design an olympic medal. We had to think about what the olympics would look like in New Zealand. Once we had ideas we planned them on piece of paper. As you can see I have put a kiwi bird, a silver fern and the skytower. These represent New Zealand.


Wahine by Robyn Kahukiwa

video
In extension we were learning about New Zealand Artists. One painting we looked at is called Wahine. This was drawn by Robyn Kahukiwa. We had to copy the painting and make a movie out of it. I hope you like it!

Monday, November 26, 2012

CAMP WAS AWESOME!


Camp has just finished and now I am going to tell you about it! Arriving at Camp Bentzon we were greeted by Peter and Erin(they are the people who own Camp Bentzon) The boys also performed a haka.

I couldn't wait until our first activity started but first we had a walk to finish. Walking up the hills for around 2 hours and a half nearly killed me! As soon as we finished we had free time for the rest of the day!!!

Out of all the activities my favourite one was SAILING! Even though it was boring, with not much wind, we still had a whole heap of fun! After we geared up, Peter gave us 20 minutes of instructions, then off we went. Our aim was a boat called Typhoon. After we left the little bit of the bay, the wind started to pick up. We had races and some boys sang songs. Soon we had to get to our next activity.

Heading towards the Abseiling wall, there we met Anita and Camila. They taught us how to abseil. Before I could abseil I had to wait a while but soon it was my turn. Climbing up the metal rings I could feel my stomach turning. Finally I got to the top. Slowly walking back down, I felt like I was floating in air. When I touched the ground I wanted to do it again.

On the last night we had our concert and that is where each group performs. After everyone performed, Mr Jacobsen started to announce the winner... "In 3rd place... Mansion!!! And In 2nd place.... Katz!!! And with 4700 points Kawau and Benzon!!! I was so surprised. Also we have a camp king and queen and this year they were Tyla-Marie and Wyatt and Isara! I had a whole lot of fun! I wish I could go again. Maybe my family and I could go!




Monday, November 19, 2012

Camp is Coming!!!

This image is curtesy of karaka.school.nz
This image is curtesy of campbentzon.co.nz
Finally!!! Tomorrow most of the year 6’s will be heading to Kawau Island for a fantastic camp and experience. All the activities sound like such fun. Also sleeping in the same room as my friends will be even better.

Most people know that Camp Benzon is on Kawau Island. To get to Kawau Island you have to take a ferry from sandspit. Well, that’s how we’re getting there. It even comes all the way to our wharf!

There are many things to enjoy at Kawau Island such as the wharf, volleyball court and the park. Not to mention the activities we do. Like sailing, abseiling, orienteering and much more! But I am most looking forward to the Burma Trail!

The Burma Trail sounds like fun although I don’t know if I can trust my partner. Luckily there is a rope to guide us. I really want to do this because I do enjoy obstacle courses and being blindfolded will make it even more of a challenge.

I think the challenge for me will be orienteering because I didn't do very well in the last one at our other camp. Also I don't know how to use a compass.

Overall I think this is going to be amazing! I can’t wait until tomorrow morning!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Couplet Poetry


Summer:
Boiling hot sun

Spoils the fun
On the sand
Away from land
Near the waves
I see the caves
Camp:
At year 6 camp
I don’t want a cramp
From a run
I did in the sun
It will ruin my day
And that’s what I say

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Zealand Poem

New Zealand

Aotearoa
Te Reo Maori
Blossoming pohutukawa Trees
Red Beaked Pukekos
Long strong harakeke
Rare brown Kiwis
Land of the Long White Cloud
Strong Fierce Haka
Special Family Marae’s
Skillfully Designed Carvings
Smoothly Carved Green Stone

Operation Flax


It is about a girl called Freya, her mum and a lady, who just moved in called Mrs Harper. She has been having trouble getting up and down her driveway so she decides to remove the flax. This shocks Freya and her mum because they love the flax. Freya even makes syrup for the tui’s that come and her mum makes kete’s from it.

Mrs Harper feels sorry for them but doesn't change her mind. Freya and her mum then try to convince Mrs Harper to keeping it by... making syrup for the tui’s and putting on Mrs Harper’s side of the flax. Then her mum makes a kete for Mrs Harper. Suddenly along come some tui’s. Mrs Harper calls her husband to see it and soon they decide to keep it at the back of their house where Freya and her mum will be able to see and get to it.

Kids Triathlon

During the week we had the chance to try out the Kids Triathlon. As most people know tri mean 3 and athlon means event or competition. The three sports in a triathlon are Swimming, Biking and Running.

To start the challenge we had to slide four times over the water slide. It was like our pool. Standing in front of the water slide, I suddenly felt a shock of cold water being sprayed. “3, 2, 1 GO!!!” shouted Brett and off we went. Smoothly sliding across the slide, I soon had to get up and do another 3.

Heading into transition zone (this is where we change sports) I grabbed my bike and pushed it out to the biking zone. Hopping on, I pedaled around the flags to the finish line. Jumping off just before the transition zone, I parked my bike and started off in the run.

Off to a jogging start, I looked around for Lisia and Jonita. Not far behind I stopped and waited for a while. Getting closer and closer to the finish line, I nearly tripped. Finally finishing the whole thing I couldn't wait to do it again!

I had so much fun on the water slide and hope to someday do another one. Even though it is so much fun it can be exhausting!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Camp is Coming!

Finally! Next week we are going to Kawau Island for our year 6 camp! I can’t wait. To get there we will need to take a bus from Pt England to Sandspit and then board the ferry which will take us to Kawau Island.

During this camp we will be doing alot of activities such as... Abseiling, Sailing, Orienteering, Kayaking, Confidence course and more! It will be so much fun. There is also a volleyball net set up.

This camp sounds so much fun!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Autobiography Poetry

Kaycee
Short, Smart and Maori.
Sibling of Zane, Mareva and Morakei.
Lover of Cute Friendly Animals and Travel.
Who feels excited to finally see my friends again, but sad at the same time that the holidays are over.
Who needs Family, Music and Internet for Education and Communication.
Who gives Kindness to others.
Who fears Big Spiders.

Who would like to see Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.
Resident of Auckland.

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Bush

With wind blowing through my hair on a Saturday afternoon, I suddenly spot a bush track with gorgeous flowers she had never seen before. Curious to find out what else was in the bush I dropped my bike and walked over to the track and starts riding towards the beginning of the bush. With Josh following close behind they suddenly come to a stop.

Looking at both tracks, we started to get confused. Thinking to myself, “which way??”
Hesitating about the track, Josh started walking down the right one. Without thinking I run up to him and stay close by.Thinking “When are we going to get out of here?” another sudden stop awakes me from my thinking.

Too frightened to see what is was, I slowly forced myself to peek past Josh. With my eyes wide open I see a river too deep for us to walk through. “We are going to make it, we are going to make it” I repeat over and over to myself.

Suddenly a drop of water falls down to my nose. “We have to swim!” yells Josh. Diving into the water I feel a shiver go up my spine but I ignore it. Getting closer to the edge I jump up and run out of the bush and find that it has stopped raining.

Josh suddenly runs out and I can tell he thinks “WHY did you do that!” I am so happy that we are out and safe! Shivering and glad Josh and I walk home.

THE END

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eco Fleece


Eco Fleece is a soft recycled fabric used for clothing and many different things.
trims.co.jp
A Recycling plant is used to reprocess old materials.
Yarn is a type of string that is spun into a ball. It is used for knitting or sewing things like scarfs, socks, jumpers and many other objects.
Fibres are small pieces of string that makes fluffy cotton wool when it hardens.
Matted wool is something that is tangled very thickly together.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Robbery


Speed walking past the other shops, on a Saturday evening, I wanted to get home quickly before my favourite TV show was on. I had just passed the Dairy, with a drink in my hand,  when I saw something suspicious. There was a man dressed in full black, who stared right into my eyes while he walked closer and closer.

Just as he was about to grab me, I noticed cuts and scars on him. Too frightened to do anything, I saw something move behind him. Trying to move myself from my position I got a quick glimpse of people tied up in the dairy. Thinking to myself... Is that what he’s going to do to me and what is going to do to them afterwards?

While I was still thinking, he grabbed my arm and pulled me towards the shop. Tying me up and placing tape on my mouth I then realised what this was. Another man was behind the counter frantically grabbing the money.


Since the robber still looked like he had a while until he would go, I decided to try and find something to cut my rope. Trying to get a hold of something, I noticed that one of the robbers was looking at me. Slowly putting myself into my original position, I stay frozen until I see a car pull up outside.


With the money, the robbers start to head out the door to the car. “What about us??!!” I wonder. Suddenly I hear loud noises and bright lights. Looking towards the window I think, WE’RE SAVED! Then the robbers run back in and cause more trouble.


One of them pulled out a gun and grabs a kid telling them to let him go or else! Closing my eyes, I repeat to myself, “It’s all going to be alright, It’s all going to be alright”. Feeling someone's hand on my shoulder I get a little shock. “You can go now” said the person. I looked up to see if the robbers still had the kid but they didn't. They were handcuffed and in the police car. I got up, still shaking, and started walking out of the shop back home.


Luckily everyone ended up safe. The cops took the robbers away and everyone got back on with their life. I still didn't figure out who called the cops though.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Holiday Highlight

During the holidays I have done many things I didn't think I would do. Such as, going to the movies, Ice-Skating, Roller-Skating and a Birthday. But my highlight was going to the snow at Mt Ruapehu.

We left for the snow on Thursday morning. When we got to National Park we went straight to the mountain and started playing. Once this day ended we went back to our hotel called Skotel.

The next day Zane and I were allowed to get the ski's and snowboards! I decided to use the ski's while Zane chose the snowboard. It didn't take long for me to get use to the ski's  with the help of my teacher, Chris. That day we stayed for the whole session. I think that Zane and I got pretty good at skiing and snowboarding. Soon we had to leave because it was about to close.

Unfortunately it was raining really hard the next day so nothing much happened. We did end up going to the Information Centre and Cafe though.

Then the next day we had to leave.... We didn't want to though. But I had so much fun and I hope I go again!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

White-Tailed Spiders By Kaycee and Tyla-Marie

Arriving to New Zealand, the white-tailed spider originally came from Australia. People scream when they see spiders. “Aaargh” screamed my brother. “He’s going to eat me!!” he carried on.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Samoan Disaster

In a small village in Samoa, three kids were getting ready for school. Sina, their mum, was doing Ana’s hair in a bun, but Ana really wanted it in a plait. She was also trying to get the boys, Niko and Mika ready is well. At the same time she had to feed the baby. Suddenly, out of nowhere something happened.

Ana was ready to leave when an earthquake hit, these weren’t uncommon, so everyone soon got back to their morning routine. Walking along the beach to school, Ana noticed that the water was quickly going out, out so far that they could see the reef.

Shouting out to her brothers, there in front of her was the biggest wave she had ever seen! Niko grabbed Ana’s arm and yelled TSUNAMI. They ran to a hill and climbed and climbed until Ana was pulled away by the water. Her brother found a branch and held tightly to it while he pulled Ana to safety.

Luckily after the tragedy causing the tsunami wave, everyone was safe and together. That night they slept on a woven mat far away from the sea and their home.


This story is based on a true disaster that happened in 2009.

Friday, September 21, 2012

PES Olympics

Finally the day had come! Making my way out to the court I could see a line for my country... JAMAICA. As I sat down, I could hear everyone chanting out their country’s. Just like the real olympics we marched around the court and as soon as we finished the march, THE GAMES BEGUN!

Entering the hall, I looked around and suddenly knew that we were playing Sitting Volleyball. We split up into 2 groups and sat down. Not long after us another country arrived and they were France. Tyla was in this team. “Hit it!” I heard someone shout. Without warning the ball was heading straight for me, I didn’t manage to hit it. Soon I was the server. It hit it towards Tyla and she hit it back to someone in my team. It went back and forth a few time until someone won the point. Overall the score was 4-5 to France. I hoped our next event would be better.

There were many events like, Touch, 3 Legged Soccer, Basketball and more! Soon we got to play rounders which is like Cricket and Baseball. We had to kick a ball and then run to the base. Unfortunately I didn’t get around. Someone got me out when I was just about to get a home run! When the game finished we scored 10 points for sportsmanship. I don’t know if we won or not.

I had a really fun day and I can’t wait to have another sports day like this.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Where is Chris?!

It was a sunny day and Danny, Emily and Chris decided to go camping at the beach. When they asked their mum she was shocked and instantly said NO. They had no idea why mum was so strict about this.
One night, they snuck out of the house with camping gear, hoping their trip would be worth the risk of getting in trouble, but they didn't know what they were in for. As they walked closer to the beach, more and more excitement grew. Suddenly, all in a flash the kids had reached the beach and realised something had gone wrong. Someone was missing.

Chris must have run off, while they were walking. Danny quickly pulled out his phone and frantically started dialing, until he noticed, no signal. Emily instantly realised this was a very big mistake. “Think!” she thought to herself.

There was nothing else to do but to tell their parents, so they followed the tracks back to their house. Along the way there were many obstacles but that didn’t stop them from getting back home. Arriving at the doorstep, Emily pushed open the door ran to her parents room and found that no one was there.


In the end they did find their parents and Chris and from then on they listened to their mum and dad.
THE END

Friday, September 14, 2012

Farewell Mrs Verry

Here is a video of the Samoan Group who were taught by Mrs Tuala.
I have been at Pt England School ever since I was five. That mean's I have known Miss Verry ever since I started. Today the assembly was special. It was a farewell assembly for Mrs Verry. She has helped out with all sorts of things at our school. She has been at our school for a long long time and sadly, she will now be leaving. So bye Miss Verry and THANKS FOR ALL YOU'VE DONE! We hope you have a great retirement time and we will never forget you! 
Farewell Mrs Verry! And...
Savalivali means go for a walk
Tautalatala means too much talk

Alofa ia te oe means I love you

Take it easy, faifai lemu


Thanks to Nations Encyclopedia for the photo!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Duffy Books!!!

 Here are my Duffy books that I got from the great people at Buckland's Beach Lions Club. I chose 2 books which are called "Cherry Blossom Adventure" and "Stego-Snottysaurus". 

Cherry Blossom Adventure is written by the well known Thea Stilton. Geronimo Stilton's sister. It's about 5 girls named Nicky, Colette, Violet, Paulina and Pamela going to China on a cultural exchange program. While they are there a special item is stolen from their friends family. The question is, will they be able to find the thief?...

The other book I got is Stego-Snottysaurus and it is written by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. It is about a boy named Arg. He try's to stop a dinosaur from having the flu. He has to find a solution or else!

THANKS BUCKLAND'S BEACH LIONS CLUB!

MindMap

Here is a mind map I created on Freemind.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Duffy Assembly

Yesterday we had a visitor come to our Duffy assembly. Her name is Jo Holley. You may have heard of her because she is a T.V presenter and has been on Squirt, Sione’s 2, ITM Fishing, Crowd Goes Wild and more!

Entering the hall, I could see 2 guys who were Ronn and Austin from the Bucklands Beach Lions Club. It was a while before she came so we sang some songs. When she did turn up, she told us that she got lost and drove around the roundabout 5 times. While she was here she told us about reading and how it’s important. She explained that she had to be able to read so she could read her script.

Once she was done with her story Mr J started handing out the duffy books. He started at 23 and 24 (The new entrant classes) then 1 and upwards. Then Jo Holley said she would sign some of our books. Unfortunately we weren’t opening our books today. We had to wait until tomorrow.

Soon the assembly ended and everyone went back to class. I couldn’t wait to get my books.... tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How To Make A Paper Box

Step 1: Fold the paper so it makes quarters. Then unfold it.

Step 2: Fold the long edges into the middle crease then unfold.

 Step 3: Next fold the short edges into the middle crease and leave it there.

Step 4: Then fold the corners to the nearest crease like this.

Step 5: Fold back the edges in the middle so that they cover the corners.

Step 6: Open it up and pinch the sides and....

Step 7: Your done!

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Marae 80th

During the weekends, we went up to Te Kuiti for my mum's aunty Georgie’s 80th birthday. We went along with my cousins (Tahu and TuAriki) and aunty (Alice). It was quite a long trip.

Arriving at the marae, it started pouring down with rain. As we hopped out, my aunty (and more) pulled up behind us. We got out and speed walked to the wharenui for a powhiri. Soon after the powhiri we gathered into the wharekai to have some lunch.

Along with my cousins we sat down at the kids table and ate. I sat in there with my mum until I noticed my cousin, brother and aunty had gone. Walking towards the wharenui, I could hear them running around.

Even though we had no T.V. or any internet we still had such an entertaining night, thanks to my cousin Kahu ( and no I didn’t make a mistake and put a “K” instead of a “T”) He is a real energetic kid and he’s quite naughty. Anyway to keep us entertained he danced to... ‘I’m Sexy And I Know It’ and it was a show alright.

It was full of funny things, crying moments and more funny things. Unfortunately, I couldn’t tell all the best moments but I can tell you one thing, I can’t wait until my next road trip!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thai Fish Cakes!

Have you ever tasted Thai Fish Cakes?
There DELICIOUS!

Our Year 5 & 6 Extension Group entered a competition called Let's Cook With Parmco. Each week there is a different meal to  make a you can probably guess what we had to make this time! That's right! Thai Fish Cakes!

Firstly we got into groups and in my group was (from left to right) Jouan, Tyla-Marie , Iron, Gloria, Sela and me! Making this was very easy but that's because I didn't do much (I was taking photos). But it did look easy from what I was doing.

If I could make this for my family I would. My mum has been telling me to make it!



This is a link to the recipe: Click Here
And this is a link to where you can vote:VOTE FOR US!!!

Meeting Tommy Kapai Wilson/Uncle Anzac

IS AWESOME!
At assembly this morning we had a special visitor come. His name is Tommy Kapai Wilson. Many people know that he is an New Zealand Author and writes the well known Kapai Pukapuka (books). But on the books he’s Uncle Anzac. I guess you could say that’s his Author name.

He was brought up in a family of 11 kids! And he was one of them. One day he was told that he had a gift, and that gift was writing. As he grew older he had many different jobs. He was a dishwasher (his first ever job) a butler, a  magazine editor and more!

This morning he and his bro’s came to our school. While we were at the assembly he read us a book called ‘The Day I Met A Princess’. It is such a good book! There is one particular page in the book that has a very special meaning to his his family. Sorry but you’ll have to read the book for yourself to find what it is. Also he told us that war is dumb, everyone has a gift and if you make 10 people smile a day you’ll have a great life.

Anyway, I had the chance to meet Tommy himself. Well not really but some of the extension students had the chance to do a workshop with him. With our netbooks we started planning what our story would look like.

Firstly, the title: The Ancient Touchstone Of Pt England. We then planned what would be included. We planned 7 different things that we would have. After this we went outside to have a look around at some things we had included and where we could place the touchstone.

Meeting the Author of the Kapai books was a real pleasure for me. I have to say Kapai’s Kiwi Holiday is my personal favourite. Remember... War is dumb, everyone has a gift and if you make 10 people smile a day you’ll have a great life.

Monday, August 27, 2012

My Storyboard

This is a storyboard for a movie I am creating about Emily Naylor. Stay tuned to see the movie.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Interview with Valerie Adams

Thanks to Olympic.org.nz for this image.
Interviewer: Hello, my name is Kaycee and I am really excited to be having the well known tongan, 2 time gold medalist currently living in Auckland, fabulous world champion Shot putter, Give a round of applause for.... Valerie Adams. Hello Valerie!

Valerie Adams: Hello Kaycee

Interviewer: Now Valerie, I’ve heard that there are different spin styles to put the metal ball. Do you use more than one and if you do which ones?

Valerie Adams: I only use one and it is called the glide. It is very common for someone like me. It is not one that would be used for beginners though. Another well known style used by professional men, is the ‘spin’.

Interviewer: Thanks for that. So if you're a beginner don’t use this one. I wonder?...Are there many ways to get disqualified?

Valerie Adams: Yes there are. At the olympics once your name is called out you have to get started on the throw before 60 secs is up, otherwise you're out. Also you must step out from the back and you aren’t allowed to step out of the circle before the push is finished.

Interviewer: Wow. This event has some very strict rules. What do you need to do to train?

Valerie Adams: I probably spend most of the week I have to lift weights to get my strength up. I also have to eat special and the right foods to be able to get stronger.

Interviewer: You must spend a lot of your time with weights. Tell us about your  family?

Valerie Adams: Well, I have 1 brother who is Steven Adams, the basketball player. My mum is tongan and her name is Lilika Ngauamo. My dad is english and his name is Sydney Adams.

Interviewer: THANK-YOU Valerie for this amazing talk and we hope to see you at the next olympics!


My Partner Jorja Had Marked My Work And Gave Me A Score Of 16

Writing For An Audience Mark
3
Purpose Mark
3
Introduction Mark
3
Paragraph Effectiveness Mark
3
Linking Paragraphs Mark
2
Conclusion Mark
2

Friday, August 17, 2012

Cross Country!


Walking through the mud to the starting point, I could see that the course was not going to be easy. Mr Burt clapped the blocks together and off the 10 year old girls went. "Oh, It's so muddy!" I could hear as I jogged through. 

Reaching the gravel road I saw puddles, and more mud. Jogging along, my friends and I are all not far apart. To get to the first bridge we had to go through heaps of muddy puddles. It wasn't very nice. Then before we knew it we were at the first bridge. That meant we were starting our run in the bush. 

There were heaps and heaps of places we could've slipped. But most people didn't. Near the last bridge I saw my uncle! He worked at Telecom and they were helping us. "Hi Uncle Kimana!" I yelled as I ran past. I was nearly there and man was I puffed. Finally I had finished!!!

I found that run much much better than last year's one. But I was very tired. Overall I think I did really well and I hope I beat my last one!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Olympics: The Men's Rowing Pair

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray won a gold medal when they were the first across the finish line. I bet everyone in New Zealand was feeling very proud of them. I also think they were felling good about them selves too! That means another gold medal for New Zealand.

New Zealand is 15th on the list and we have 8 medals which are:
GOLD: 3       SILVER: 2      BRONZE: 5

Here is the link to the Official Olympic Site:
http://www.london2012.com

Monday, August 6, 2012

BasketBall

Last week we got to play Basketball with a pro. He taught us different techniques and skills that we would need if we did end up playing Basketball.

First we started outside with some drills. Soon we got into pairs a got a ball. We practised different ways to bounce the ball up and down the court. Once the first person finished the next person went. We also got to go in the hall for a game.

Entering the hall I could see that there were 2 basketball hoops set up. We got to play a game called Golden Child. We split up into 2 teams. One team were the shooters and the other team were the runners. Each team had an aim and for the shooters it was to try and get as many people out by getting as many basketballs in. But for the runners, their aim was to get as many people around the court before the shooter's score. If the shooter's score the person must stop running and the next person goes. When there is only one person left he runs but when he/she passes you, you can run too. We played this game and unfortunately we lost!

I had a lot of fun at basketball! It was pretty tiring though. As much as it tiring it’s also alot of fun and I can’t wait to go again!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Medley Relays



Medley Swimming is a team event that has 4 people who swim 4 different strokes. They must swim these 4 strokes in the correct order which is: Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Freestyle.

To win this event athletes must swim 100m’s as fast as you can. Strict rules are adhered to, such as using the right stroke and turning correctly.

Swimmers wear swim suits or jons made of spandex so that there is less drag. Goggles are also helpful because they let you see if your going off track and when you need to turn at the end. They also use swimming caps. The caps are nice and smooth like a bullet point and it helps them stay in line. Obviously this is done in a swimming pool.

Skills and strengths are needed to compete and to have these skills and strengths you have to train. Swimmers are most likely to be in the pool around 5-6 days of the week for around 6 hours. Athletes would also have to keep a healthy diet.

I think that this would be a tiring  sport and I hope that the teams do well.