Month: July 2022


LI: to determine our prior knowledge of celebrations.

This week we were looking at celebrations and what we already understand about them. We know that there are different types of celebrations that different people acknowledge and participate in. However, there are many more specific celebrations that people hold sacred to themselves.

Celebration is a type of event where groups of people acknowledge a holiday or something significant to them or their religion/culture. There can be two types of celebrations. One type of celebration is a religious holiday or religious time, the other type of celebration is a non-religious marking. For example: a religious celebration is like Diwali or Eid. A non-religious marking is like a birthday, mothers day, fathers day or graduation. These are all considered types of celebration.

These are some practices people do during different celebrations or markings; During Eid, Muslims come together and pray in the morning and then go to celebrate Eid throughout the rest of the day. During Christmas, people put out some cookies and milk to ‘feed’ father Christmas/Santa. During birthdays, people recieve presents and a birthday cake.

I enjoyed this activity because I am familiar with many celebrations and have a lot of prior knowledge to do with celebrations.

Venn Diagram

LI: To list the similarities and differences as you can between the two texts


Our task here was to compare the similarities and differences between the same story told from two different perspectives. We read The 3 Pigs and The True story of the 3 pigs. The first text was told from the pig’s perspective and the second story was written from the perspective of the wolf.

Something I found interesting was how the wolf and the pigs had different sides of the story, which made it hard to see what was the truth, and if they exaggerated a bit on their side. 

Who is at Fault?

LI: To make an informed opinion.

This week we have been learning about bias. Bias can be objective which means you don’t let your past experiences affect your opinion or subjective which means you let your past experiences affect your opinion. We looked at the same story from different perspectives. A perspective is viewpoint on how you look at the story. After reading and summarising both texts we thought about and talked about the facts to help us make an informed opinion.

Our group found this interesting because everyone had different ideas on who is at fault the pigs or the wolf. 

Something I found was that even though the wolf had said his side of the story, that didn’t influence me to think that he was the victim instead of the pigs.

Reading for Enjoyment Holiday Challenge

LI: To keep our reading going during the school holidays.

The focus on the RFE holiday challenge was to keep students in LS2 to continue with their reading in the time off school.

This holiday programme consisted of reading different books and completing challenges we (Chisa, Farzana, Bella, Te Raumati, Santana, & David) have created for them to complete. The challenge is based on three different activities they could do (e.g. they can do the simple, neutral, or a level a bit higher) and gain a certain amount of points for each activity completed. For example, if I had completed the neutral activity and the hardest activity for day 1, I would gain 3 points + 5 points which would total to 8 points. 

The reward for keeping their reading going for their holidays was, if the readers had completed ⅔ activities for 3 days, they were able to have a special lunchtime at school. We (Chisa and Farzana) had run the programme throughout the holidays, gave feedback, collected data and added the points.

Farzana and I looked at the finished work sheet and gave a lot of feedback to the people who participated. We made sure to look at their work properly, give constructive criticism, asked questions and made connections with the activities they had completed. Each day, we were very impressed with the amount of work done and seeing the consistency of the work. 

When the holidays had passed and we were back at school, we totalled the points of people who contributed to the reading challenges and found out who had won the top three places. The readers who had the highest points would win special prizes. 

During this time, I found it interesting, and hard to give students feedback without repeating the same feedback. One thing I noticed about this RFE holiday challenge was how we should’ve made the instructions more clearer, as students didn’t read a variety of books but only had 2-3 books type of texts, to complete all the activities.