Amelia's South West Canterbury Report

In this information report you are going to hear questions and answers about sperm whales for example What do sperm whales eat?

How did sperm whales get their name?
In the sperm whale’s huge head it is mostly filled with the spermaceti organ and this is why they are called sperm whales. The sperm whale spermaceti is valuable and it makes an exceptionally fine lubricant, during the 18th and 19th century is when this happened.

What is the life span of a Sperm whale
The life span of a sperm whale is 70 years. This a long time for a whale to live for so long.  Their minimum mass of a sperm whale is 35,000 kilograms. The maximum mass is 57,000 Kilograms. To be this mass the sperm whales have to be adults.

How old do sperm whales have to be to mate?
Female sperm whales need to be at least 7-13 years old and 8.3-9.2 meters long. They only mate every 3-6 years. Also the female sperm whales try to give birth in tropical waters because it is warmer for them and their calves. Male sperm whales aren’t sexually active until they are 18. Also they should be 11-12 meters long.

How do sperm whales feed?
Females dive to at least 3,280 feet just to get their food which is 999.7 meters the percentage of the female's diet is 80% of their diet is giant squid the left over 20% is made up of Octopus, fish, crab, shrimp and even small bottom living sharks. Males diet a male's diet is the same but they dive to at least 3,936 feet and in meters that is 1199.7 meters.

What do Sperm Whales eat?
Sperm whales eat giant squid, fish, octopus, crab, small bottom living sharks and shrimp. Both males and females eat the same food. Sperm whales have to hold their breathe for at least ninety minutes so that they can dive to the bottom of the ocean to get their food especially giant squid. Imagine holding your breathe for ninety minutes.

Are male and female sperm whales different sizes?
Males and females are the same size but here are the sizes for the ages are all different. Old Adult is usually 18 metres long Normal Adult is 9 meters an immature is 12 metres and a valve is 4.5.

Where do sperm whales live?
Sperm whales can be found in any ocean because they are divided into the top side of the equator and the bottom under the equator that divides the world. The females and the baby whales from the species spend more time in the temperate regions than the males. The females and the baby whales migrate to the north too but they come a while after the males because they usually stay in the temperate regions for longer. The males like to move around the place and spend less time in the temperate regions. Instead they like to range from the equator to the polar regions. These places are colder than the temperate regions because the word polar means the north or south poles.

5 facts about sperm whales are:

  1. This is the largest of the toothed whales.
  2. They are also the largest toothed predators of the other animals.
  3. The sperm whales were used when NZ ( New Zealand) was first discovered by the Maori people. This was used for food. Scientist have estimated that there may be two hundred thousand or even one million sperm whales left out in the wild.
  4. It may seem like there are heaps but there are heaps being killed each year.
  5. Soon there won’t be any sperm whales left because they are getting killed for their meat and oil.

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Term 4 Learning Goals

Term 4 Learning Goal

My Learning Goal
I would like to have read 60 books by the end of the year.

How am I going to achieve my goal?
List strategies that you can use to work towards achieving your goal.
I can achieve this goal by reading lots of books.
Reading at home and school.
Use the library to get exciting books.

How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
I will have submitted 60 books.

My Learner Qualities Goal
Belong because I think I need to feel like I belong more. Like in more group/ Clubs.
How am I going to achieve my goal?
I am going to achieve this goal by belonging to groups and clubs.
e.g. Chess Club, Coding Club at the Public Library.
How will I know when I have achieved my goal?
I will have clubs that I belong to and am involved in.

Learner Qualities: Empathise and Communitcate

Learner Qualities: Empathise and Communicate

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  1. When my friend was alone I asked them if they wanted to play with me.
  2. When someone gets hurt I ask them if they are okay and I can imagine how much that would hurt.
  3. When my sister got sick I could imagine how sick she feels.


  1. I have shared my ideas in class.
  2. In my learning if someone needs help I communicate to them and help them.
  3. I ask question I ask to help me understand something in maths so that I can do it to the best of my ability.

My Self Managed Learning

Oakland School Learner Qualities
Be Self Aware (Excellence Value): SML tasks

Be self aware
I know my learning goals.
I know how I learn best.
Think about and reflect on:
  • How have I been managing my time with completing my SML Tasks?
  • How well have I been completing them?
  • Have I been completing my MUST Dos each week?
  • Have I been organised enough to complete bonus tasks?

What is my learning goal?
IALT manage my time well so I complete all my “MUST Do” SML Tasks each week
What has been going well?
Something that has been going well is that I am completing my SMLs every week.
What have I been learning to do to get the tasks done?
I have been learning to work fast so that I have time to do other things like bonus tasks.
Which tasks have I completed well?  Why?
The tasks I have completed well are the reading, writing, maths and Mathletics because I do them at home if I don’t  finish them at school so they get done.
Which tasks have been challenging?  Why?
I personally think that the SMLs are easy to complete and I don’t have any tasks that have been challenging.
What are some other bonus tasks I would like to do?
I would like to get a care tick if they are at a good standard.
My next step is…….. To complete all of the bonus tasks.

Art Attack

What was the goal?

 The goal was to create artist inspired artwork.

What did I learn to do?

I learnt to create artwork inspired by Raewyn Harris. I also learnt how to create an amazing piece of art. I learnt that chalk soaks up the dye so if you want the dye to work you have to make the chalk very thick and wide so that it soaks up the dye. You also have to use crayon and make that really thick and cover up all of the gaps so that the dye doesn't do on the wrong part.

What is my next step?

I think that my next step is to cover up the gaps with the crayon a little bit better so that I didn't get so many dots of dye on my art.

Here is a photo of my art:


To compose a and create a rap (with beat if possible) about bullying.

How did you go about achieving this?
I think that our rap worked out well because we all contributed our ideas.

What resources were used to help you?
The resources Brook, Kaira and I used to make our rap was a sheet of paper and we had to choose two words from each sentence. We also used a website called - HTML5- Drumkit.

Did you go through the process on your own or collaborate with other people?
I worked on the rap with Brook and Kaira.

How did you find the process?
I found that the process was fun and I think that our rap ended up being really good.

What did you enjoy most about the process of creating a rap?
The thing that I enjoyed the most was using the website -HTML5- Drumkit for the first time and also working together as a group to make a bunch of words into a really good rap.

What  might be your next step?
I think that my next step is to come up with even better ideas.

(We looked at what is Hip Hop and the 4 elements of it. We watched some rap videos on bullying. We were given an environmental rap in groups and had to learn and perform it. We looked at how rap is composed, and wrote some rhyming couplets about school. We were given a page of rhyming words that could be used and started the process of creating a rap. We were given ideas for creating a backbeat via a website – HTML5 – Drum Kit.)


Maths Multiplication and division

What's my WALT:  IALT Solve written division by showing the remainder as a fraction.

What have I learnt?

I have learnt to solve written division by showing the remainder as a fraction.

What is my next learning step?

My next learning step is to learn about percentages, and get really good at it.

My goals

Term 1 2017 Goal Review and Next Steps
Parent Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
I want to work to the best of my ability and get the best possible score I can.

Read more books and write more stories to learn what I need to do to make it better and get better at it.
I have made progress by making sure that I have been getting my mathletics points and trying to get my 40 book challenge done.  I know this because I have been reading more often, so that I can log at least one book  a week, if not more.
To make my writing better and more interesting by using more descriptive language.

Student Goal(s)
Strategies I can use are:
Eg What strategies have you used to improve? Have you made progress? How do you know?
Next Step
Eg My next step is……...
I would like to achieve my gold certificate this year.

Use the care values and get ticks on my chart.
I have been making progress by working harder and earning care ticks. I have achieved getting my bronze certificate.

I am a role model to the other students in the hub.
To keep trying my best and push myself to work even harder.

Student Led Conference


Here is a worksheet I had to work out the perimeter and the area:


Amelia's moment in time Term 2

The Magic Library

I see a huge library, I go inside and it is really cool in there. I see thousands and thousands of books everywhere. I need a history book and a book of my choice. I start walking to the history section and it is bigger than my bedroom and that is just one section. I find a book that I think is perfect for my assignment. I grab the book and there is a blue button attached to the wall. I push the button because it isn’t red so it should be fine. I step back and then the bookcase opens. I am shocked and surprised. I have never seen something so amazing.

I feel nervous. My hands are sweaty and sticky. My heart is beating super fast. I see a staircase and it spirals up the building. I feel like I should go up there but then I also feel like I should stay here. I decide to go up and I look behind me to see how many steps I had climbed. I had only gone up ten steps and that was nearly halfway. My legs ache. I am huffing and puffing. I see a bright gold light glistening in the sunlight. I start to sprint and I forget all about my legs. I am on the second to top step and that is when I drop my books and land on the top step lying on my back. I am clutching onto my leg in pain. I close my eyes and start moaning and groaning. I open my eyes and I see a boy standing there waiting to help me up. He helps me up and I ask him what is in the room with the gold light coming out of it. He tells me that it is a secret room and I was invited to come in.

I hear the door knob click as he opens the door. He introduces himself his name is Gregorio. I introduce myself and tell him my name is Rosita.  I hear our footsteps as we walk into the room. I look around and I see gadgets and the newest technology. I am so excited. I ask “ who owns all of this stuff?” “ I do, you can have a couple of things if you want. I was wondering if you would like to work with me as an agent?”.
“YES YES YES I would love to.” I cry  with excitement.

I can smell food. But it isn’t just any food, it was the best and the most delicious food in the whole town. I can smell pies, chocolate cake and cookies. I can smell pizza and it was my very favourite, meat lovers. I see the food and there is also a huge red velvet cupcake sitting on the table. I grab a plate and start to cover it with the food. I take a big bite out of the red velvet cupcake and it is delicious.

I can taste the fresh icing melting into my mouth. I can taste the amazing taste of cake and sprinkles. I love cake. The food is the best I’ve ever had in my entire life time so far. I stuff my face. I keep eating and eating until I am full and feel sick. I can believe I am going to be an agent. I can’t wait to start.

Amelia reordering

My goal is to Understand and organise, or order text.
I have learnt to put the story in order and and also to understand and organise text.

My next learning step is to My next goal is consistently read to understand the meaning of texts. This is the one off of the national standards spreadsheets.

Run Bike Run

WALT use poetic verse to recount an event we participated in.

The Run Bike Run event was usual enough; it had the ...
Bikes and helmets, the nervous students, the cones, the bags, and even the supporters of students.
My friends, my classmates and I did what kids do -  
Daphne’s legs were going up and down like the needle on a sewing machine,
My Legs struggled to keep up with the pedals,
People huffed and puffed like the wind,
Butterflies rushed around in people’s stomachs full of nervousness,
Hearts pumped blood around bodies ferociously,
Butterflies disappeared and happiness replaced it
Doing a sigh of relief