Thursday, 6 July 2017

Playground Plan

Subject: Push and Pull Playground, I am going to make a playground and show how it uses force.

People: Grace (me)

Where: Room 13

What is in the Playground:
Slide, swings, merry go round, climbing walls, ladder, pole, rubbish bin, hopscotch and flying fox.

What I Need:
Kebab Sticks
Split Pins
Coloured Blue Tac
Little plastic Cup
Popsicle Sticks
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks 
Cotton balls 
Coloured Paper
Hole Puncher
Silver Cardboard
Pipe cleaners 

Things I Need to Do:
Buy the supplies. DONE 

Who's Bringing What:

Split Pins
Blue Tac
Popsicle Sticks
Kebab Sticks
Silver Cardboard
Pipe cleaners

At School:
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks 
Coloured Paper
Hole Puncher
Cotton balls

Not Sure:
Little Plastic Cup

Bringing what I have agreed to bring.


Go to the ladder and do steps 1-2 then when done come back to do step 2.
Cut a long, thin strip of cardboard and hot glue each long side of the cardboard to a kebab stick. 
Cut a small square of cardboard out to make a platform.
Stick toothpicks into the sides of the platform sticking up. Then hot glue a toothpick on top to make bars.
Paint the platform, bars and ladder red.
Wait to dry.
Once dry hot glue the ladder to a side of the platform with no bars.
Then hot glue the slide to the free side left.

Paint 7 popsicle sticks blue.
Wait to dry.
While drying cut a small rectangle of black paper out.
Punch a hole into each side of the swing seat.
Cut 2 13cm long bits of string.
Lop one bit of string through one hole in the seat and pull it back around the side. Then tie it to itself.
Do the same to the other side.
Once the popsicle sticks have dried hot glue them together like this. 

9.Get the top of the strings and tie them around the popsicle stick along the top.

Merry go Round:
Cut a circle of silver cardboard.
 Once dried rule out the middle of the silver cardboard circle and leave a mark out of pencil.
Poke a split pin through the mark that you drew in the silver cardboard circle and split it.
Bend 4 pipe cleaners and make sure one end can reach the middle of the circle.
Stick all the pipe cleaners to the side with the long side facing the middle.
Then stick the pipe cleaner ends in the middle together.
Stick a piece of bluetac at the bottom of the split pin.

Climbing Wall:
Cut out to rectangles of silver cardboard.
Stick little lumps of blue tac onto the silver cardboard and mould them into different shapes.
Cut a 2 small squares of cardboard.
Stick them onto the back of the climbing walls sticking out.

Hot glue toothpicks onto the side of a kebab stick.
Then hot glue a kebab stick to the other side of the toothpicks.
Hot glue to one side of the plat forms at the top of the climbing walls.

Stick toothpicks together to make a triangle.
Stick 2 toothpicks pointing downwards on 2 corners of the triangle.
Stick a kebab stick to the one corner still free pointing downwards.
Paint black.
Wait to dry.
Once dried stick the free tip of the toothpicks pointing down into the platform sticking out the back of the climbing walls.

Rubbish Bins:
Measure the height of a small plastic container.
Cut a rectangle according to your measurement on green piece of paper.
Place a line of hot glue on one end of the rectangle and stick to the small plastic container.
Wrap the rectangle around the little plastic container.
Place a line of hot glue on the other side and stick down.
Repeat 3 more times.

Cut a middle sized rectangle of grey paper.
Draw a hopscotch court out of chalk.

Flying Fox:
Cut 2 squares out of cardboard and stick 4 toothpicks into the bottom of 1.
On the top of the squares stick 2 kebab sticks and glue the 2 free tips together.
Thread the string through a needle and tie a knot around the square with the toothpicks in the bottom.
Sew a cotton ball onto the string and push it against the kebab sticks.
Cut a small bit of string and tie it around a straw. Then cut the straw 5 cm long (not cutting the string) .
Take the needle and sew a cotton ball on the end.
Tie a knot at the end and thread the needle back onto the longer piece of string.
Sew the long piece of string through the straw.
Sew 3 cotton balls on the end of the string and tie a knot around the other 2 kebab sticks.
Push the cotton balls to the end of the string.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Science Blog

Week 8 (Blog 2)

 What is Force?

Push is a forward force. Eg: Pushing your friend on the swing.

Pull is a towards force. Eg: Pulling the rope towards yourself.

Acceleration is when something gains speed. Eg: The car accelerated in speed.

Friction is what stops a moving object. Eg: Friction stopped the ball from rolling.

Gravity is what keeps us on the ground.

2) See

This term I made lots of rocket balloons. I made them with Libby, Charlise and Trinity.

How to make a Rocket Balloon:
Get a straw and cut it 10cm long.
Sellotape a balloon onto the straw.
Get a ball of string and cut it 3m long.
Sellotape one end onto something.
Then thread the straw with the balloon sellotaped on onto the string.
Then Sellotape the other side of the string to something else.
After that make sure the string is firm and at a 45 degrees angle.
Blow up the balloon to 19 x 25 cm.
Let go of the balloon and watch it travel down the string. 

The first time we made rocket balloons we just had a play to see if it worked. I did this one with Savannah and Brooklyn. We didn't get to finish making the rocket balloon.

The second time we had to stick to the same variables as everyone else. This time I worked with Charlise and Libby.

The third time we stuck with the same variables except we changed the length of the string to 3 meters. Trinity came and joined in with us this time.

The first 3 attempts on the fourth time we used the same variables. Then we got to change one thing each time we did it. First we changed the length of the string, then the size of the balloon.

3) Data

This is what we had to stick to the second time we made rocket balloons.
1 ½ meter string
10 cm straw
19 x 25 cm balloon 
45 degrees angle
Tension: Firm

To make the rocket balloons we used
A straw
A balloon
A protractor

The data we gathered was the time it took for the balloon to get from one end of the string to the other. We did this by using the timer on the iPad.

We changed two things.
The length of the string 
The size of the balloon

When we changed the length of the string and like the first three times the balloon didn't reach the end of the string. When we changed the size of the balloon it went spinning around the string.

I learnt how to tell the difference between push and pull forces. I also learnt that time and distance gives you speed therefore force. Eg: Greater force means greater speed which is measured as less time.

4) Wonder

Would the balloon still spin round the string if we gave it less air?

My activity used push force because the air inside the balloon pushed the balloon along the string. It also used acceleration because when we let go of the balloon the balloon will gain speed.

I can use what I learnt when I create my model of a playground. I can use it by showing how it uses force.

Week 8

What I've Done:
This week I made Bar Graphs. The first one was about how many letters are in our first names and the second one was about how many pets we have. We did these as a class.

What I Found Out:
I Found Out that you need to leave a space in between each bar to make it clear which bar is which.
I also learnt that there is a Y axis and a
X axis on a bar graph. The Y axis is the line that is vertical and the X axis is the line the that is horizontal and along the bottom.

What I Wonder:
Why is the X axis called the X axis?


1st Bar Graph 

2nd Bar Graph

I have told you this because it is Gathering Data and that is related to science.

Week 7

What I've Done:
Today I did Rocket Balloons.
I also made a Mini Golf Course.

What I Found Out:
When we blew the balloon bigger the balloon spun round the string.
When the balloon wasn't attached properly it flew off the straw.

You don't need a lot of push force to get the ball

What I Wonder:
Why did the balloon spin round the string?


Week 6

What I've Done:
I made a Ping Pong Ramp

What I Found Out:
The steeper the ramp is the faster the ball travels it does this because it's easier for gravity to get the ball to earth.

It will need to be nearly flat for the ball to go slow because the ball had better grip.

Sometimes the ball went off course. It went off course because gravity steered the ball and made it turn.

What I Wonder:
Why does the ball have better grip?

How did gravity make the ball turn?

Overall Statement:
Gravity can steer objects and make them go off course.


Week 5

What I've Done:
Today I made a Chair Pulley.

I also did Rocket Balloons. 

What I Found Out:
When you pull with hand and push with the other then the rope will move round in a circle pulling the basket towards you or away from you.

If you change the angle of the rope the balloon finds it harder to get to the top because it doesn't have enough air.

What I Wonder:
What would happen if the opposite person did the exact same hand movements.

What would happen if the angle went straight up.


Week 4

What I’ve Done:
Today I made a Catapult.

Today I did Balloon Rockets.

What I found out:
That more simple catapults can shoot as well as a complicated one.

I learnt that balloons can use force to go upwards as well as downwards.

What I wonder:
What would happen if a simple catapult was used on a battlefield. (One where you use your strength to shoot.)

What would've happened if our one worked.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

High Ropes

It's the second day at camp and activity Group E is approaching the high rope course. With me trying to catch up with them. 
When I arrived they had just started to hand out safety harnesses.

When they were putting my harness on I was so excited that my head nearly popped like a balloon, but I managed to stay calm.
The harness they put on me first was too BIG. But the second one was just right.

We were each given a helmet because if we didn't have a helmet then we couldn't step into the area where the high rope course stands.

Then we approached the high rope course. We had a long session of talking and safety rules before we could choose our groups. I chose to go with Seohyun and Shileen.

First we went on the giant ladder when you look at the giant ladder from far away it looks easy. But when you look up at it it's humongous.

We get everything sorted with the adults and I start climbing I feel free as a bird but as I get higher up it gets harder and harder and harder. Until it gets so hard I had to come down.

Now Tom comes to join in and we all have a turn at climbing the giant ladder.

Then we move on to the climbing wall course. When you climb this course it feels like you are climbing a mountain. First you climb up the swinging ladder. Then you climb up the rocky climbing wall. Once you accomplish that you lift yourself up to the next level and climb up the pegs. Then you have accomplished your mission.

Afterwards I felt very proud. I got to the top of the climbing wall course.

The End

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


I’ve been waiting 32 YEARS in the dusty, old box waiting for someone to wear me. Now I am finally being loved again my cold, denim fabric covering my owner’s warm body. 

But one day a GIANT body looms over me and picks me up. Then the GIANT body folds me up and gives me a new home. My new home is very wide and it’s wooden. Sadly my new home didn't last very long.  

Now I am waiting in the dusty, old box for my owners brother to arrive. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

By Next Monday

I will be taller 
I will be smarter
I will find something else I like
I will be older
I will try something new
I will experienced new things
My hair will be longer
My hair will be dirtier
I will be healthier
I will be fitter
My room will be messier

Monday, 27 March 2017

My Mihi

Tena koutou
Ko Aoraki te maunga 
Ko Ōtākaro te awa
Ko Waimairi te kura 
Ko Ngāti Aotearoa te iwi 
Ko Joshua taku papa
Ko Andrea taku mama
Nō Ōtautahi ahau
Ko Grace taku ingou 
Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Here's one I wrote about Orange

I am Autumn, crabs, goldfish, pumpkins. I am fudge, soft, sweet and salty. I’m a autumn leaf floating slowly down onto the crispy, cold ground. Once I hung on a tree, but now someone's biting into my soft, juicy surface, licking their lips trying to get every last bit I can offer. It is a crab’s colour, it is a silky butterfly's wing. It sounds like a ginger cat purring and tastes like a crunchie bar. Orange pumpkins creep their way into my thoughts, carrying a mist of dark orange dust as dark as a pond in the middle of the night.