(Established 2009) This is the history of our Year 7 and 8 classes in Huia 1 at The Gardens School, NZ. We wrote for ourselves, our families and friends and for anyone who wanted to know what life was like at our school. From 2009 to 2013, Huia 1's teacher was Mrs Vincent. 1n 2014, classes changed and Huia 1 became Miss Murphy's room, with Mrs Vincent teaching on Thursday afternoons in Term 1. This blog has now ceased regular publication, but is a record of our time together in Huia 1.
The south of the North Island is south of the north of the South Island.
Think about it ....
(We discussed when to use capital letters for directions and locations, thanks to a question from Hannah.) Use a capital letter when the north, south, east or west are part of the actual place name. Use a lower case letter if you are describing the direction taken, or comparing different locations.
- Manurewa East is south of the North Shore.
- South Auckland in north of Palmerston North.
- We travelled west to reach the West Coast.
- Wanganui is on the west coast of the North Island.
- We visited many countries in South East Asia on our journey north to Europe.
We looked at some errors that had turned up in our previous weeks' blog writing and worked out what should have been written instead:
- Kinda meaning 'kind of' should only ever be used in direct speech.
"I'm kinda interested in going to the movies," said Caitlin.
- Otherwise, 'kind of' should always be used.
- Caitlin said that she was kind of interested in going to the movies.
- similarly, NEVER ever write: should of. It is ALWAYS should have, could have, would have, must have
Correct Usage: whose / who's
- Who's is only ever used as a contraction of who is or who has. - If who is or who has makes sense when you say is aloud - then use who's.
- Whose is the possessive form of who. Check out some examples of whose / who's here - and take a short quiz test to check how well you understand the difference between these two words. Grammar - more work on subjects and predicates
We looked at simple subjects and predicates and identified them in this worksheet.
We looked at how, in some sentences, the predicate could come before the subject - just to make the sentence sound more interesting and to add some variety in sentence beginnings. It is also a way of making our writing sound more poetic.
Language Features: onomatopoeia
We looked at some of the previous weeks' videos about onomatopoeia, and talked about ways onomatopoeia could be used to make sentences sound more interesting:
- The shells scrunched under her feet as she walked along the beach instead of The shells made a scrunching sound as she ....
- The shells crackled under her feet as she walked along the beach.
Tongue Twister: Fresh flatfish flesh - Try saying that quickly three times without stumbling!