Friday, 20 November 2015

Deer fact file

WALT identify and understand main ideas.

Fallow deer Fact File

  • Males are called bucks, females are called does and young are called fawns.

  • Males are typically 140-160 cm long and 85-95 cm high at the shoulder. They usually weigh 60-100 kgs.

  • Does are usually 130-150 cm long and 75-85 cm tall at the shoulder and weigh around 30-50 kgs.

  • When fawns are born in spring they are about 30 cm tall and weigh around 4.5 kgs.

  • The life span of fallow deer is 12-16 years provided they aren’t hunted or don’t die in other ways.

  • The most common coat colour is chestnut, a chestnut coloured coat with white mottles that are much more pronounced in summer and do not show up in winter. The coat is also darker during winter. There is a lighter area around the the tail and the tail is light with a black stripe through the centre.

  • Another coat colour is menil. On a deer that is menil the spots show a more and are clearly visible all year round. There are no black markings on the tail and the the coat darkens in winter. This colour is more common in wild New Zealand herds than any other herds in the world.

  • Black: Coat colour is black all year, shading to a greyish brown. No white tail markings or spots.

  • Leucistic. (White but not albino) Fawns are cream- coloured, adults grow to be pure white, especially in winter.

  • Only bucks have antlers, during the first two years they are single spikes and from three years onward they are shovel shaped.

  • Fallow deer are grazing animals, their preferred habitat is mixed woodland or open grassland.

  • They are agile and fast in case of danger.

  • They can run at speed of up to 48 mph.

  • Fallow deer can jump 1.75 metres high and 5 metres long.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Orana park

Animal communities


A group of lions is called a pride. The females hunt and the males protect their territory. When they make a hunt the dominant male eats first, then the other males, then the females and finally the cubs. An average pride has 4-20 females with cubs and 2-4 males.


A family of meerkats is called a colony. They all hunt and forage and share the babysitting of the dominant females pups. There is a dominant female and male and all the other members are extended family. Only the lead female is allowed to have pups and if another female has them she could kill the other female's pups.

Narrative Writing


Dr Warack Brown hurried through the musty corridors to the test lab. He donned his lab coat and strode between his many experiments over to the huge, unremarkable looking, fabric covered object in the far left corner. He pulled the moth eaten material off and stood looking at it. No matter how many times he saw it he would still be spellbound by the peculiar robot. It's coding was so complex that, even to him, it's sole creator, it seemed to have a mind of it's own. Okay, he thought, admittedly most of his other experiments had been for fun, for family and friends, even for personal gain. But this one was different. This one would change the doomed fate of the world and just happen to make him rich in the process-all in all it was a quite profitable venture. Mentally shaking himself he flicked the on switch and left the bot to warm up.

Elsewhere in the city a dirty and bedraggled boy wandered down the dim, and rather menacing alleyways that haunted the slums of the city. Nearing a corner he paused, before boldly stepping out from the safety of the wall. It was a mistake. Shouting, people ran at him, calling for their partners to loop around and trap him. He fled, rounded a corner, sprinted on. Suddenly he noticed a door in the solid looking brick wall. He could hear his pursuers nearing him. Quickly, he flung open the door, rushed inside and closed it. Breathlessly he waited, cowering  back from the dusty door. After what seemed like forever the pounding footsteps passed, and the danger was over, at least for now. The boy started to wander down the musty corridor. After passing many locked doors the boy finally reached the end of the corridor.

Ahead was, at last, light. And not just ordinary yellow or white lighting, in fact, there were many multicoloured, flashing bright lights. As the boy ambled onwards he was so taken up in  this marvellous display of lights that he didn’t notice the robot until it was almost upon him. Beeping and clanking the robot started chasing him around the room leaving a path of destruction in his wake. As soon as he sheltered behind an object the robot would wreck it and chase him on.

In his mad rush for survival the boy didn’t notice Dr Warack and his meeting attendees entering the room.  But the robot certainly did. Screaming, they scattered, and in the confusion none of them noticed the boy dart behind a clump of spare parts. Thinking quickly the boy remembered something he’d once seen in a magazine. Earlier he’d noticed a computer screen in a corner. If he could only make it to the monitor in time he might be able to recode the robot and shut it down! Finally with a plan in mind, he began to make his way to the computer. 

When he finally reached the computer he was out of breath and sensed the men soon would be too. He wiggled the mouse, opened the home screen and selected the link captioned “Robot code.” Quickly he selected edit and started typing furiously. He was beginning to feel the grasp of panic set in.

Finally he was done. He turned to watch as the robot slowed, before coming to a screeching halt. Dusting themselves off the disheveled men tried to regain their composure before making their way around the slumped robot towards the slight boy in overlarge trousers. 
“Nice work, kid”, one commented, and before long the air was full of the men clamoring their approval. Standing a little way back from the group was Dr Warack Brown. 
”Good job boy,how about you stay and work with me, I could use a skilled hand,” he said reluctantly, holding out his hand. 
“Um, sure, I’d love to”, said the boy, “but I’d still like to spend some time out in the streets.” 
The men fell silent as they shook.

By Alex

Friday, 6 November 2015

Te Reo Translations

WALT ask and answer simple questions about health problems.

He aha te mate?
What's the matter?

Kua mamae taku upoko.
My head is painful.

Kua maru taku kanohi.
My face is bruised.

Kia mamae taku puku.
My stomach is sore.

Kua mamae taku ringaringa. 
My hand is sore.

Kua mamae taku niho.
My tooth is sore

Aroha ana! 
Oh dear!