Decoda, The Saviour

Decoda was very excited because she was going to Russia, with her dad, to see her grandparents, who she hadn’t seen in 10 years. It was also Decoda’s 13th birthday. She was SO excited.  

Decoda was really happy when she got to her nonno and nonna’s house. They were excited too. They couldn’t believe how tall she had gotten. Her nonno and nonna had a dog called Piffles. He was very fluffy. They all did so many things while Decoda was there.

Decoda was walking Piffles. Decoda was sensing something. She hadn’t felt a sense that bad ever before. Piffles was growling really loudly. BOOM!!!! Piffles and Decoda both felt that, that was a bomb. Decoda, Piffles, her dad, nonno and nonna were all somehow safe. What had they just been through?

When the dust and smoke cleared, Decoda, her dad, Piffles, nonna and nonno were all safe. She was feeling horrible to what she just saw, but relieved that they were safe. Everyone who survived were helping Decoda make everything okay. Decoda had unleashed a power that she had forgotten about. It was the perfect day to remember, forever.

I wrote this short story exercise to get used to tying beginnings to endings, and use the paragraph sandwich (Topic sentence, Supporting sentence, Detail sentence, Supporting sentence, Detail sentence, Concluding sentence) to make the 2 middle paragraphs flow from the beginning of the story, then tie to the ending paragraph, all flowing into one short story.

For my story, I used feeling at the start, so I used it at the end. Feeling is to describe what the characters feelings are. Some other techniques to tie a beginning to ending are: intense action, sensory description, sound effect and intriguing question. In the first paragraph, Decoda was very excited to go see her grandparents but in the last paragraph, Decoda was feeling horrible because it was her worst birthday yet, but most action filled one yet.


Maths Mate Term 2 Sheet 8 Q. 23

Predict: I predict this is about trial and error.

Read: If you could roll the same number everytime, what number would you choose so that you could move from S to F in the least number of rolls?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Big Question: What number gets you from S to F in the least number of moves, having the same number each time?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: I used test all possibilities.

Solve: I first tried six but that kept on going in a loop. I kept on going doqn the numbers. I tried 2 it went to 2, 4(then up the ladder), 12(up the ladder again), 18 and then finally to F. It took 5 moves with the number 2.

Books are Better than Television

I very strongly believe that books are better than television because of these points: You exercise your mind, you learn more from books, you can choose what you want to read and television is limited.

Firstly, you exercise your mind because if you choose to read challenging books, your mind is getting used to those books and is settling in. Whereas if you read different books  all the time, other than just watching television, your mind is exercising and you get more imagination and it takes a long time for your mind to settle in. That’s why you exercise your mind when you read.

Secondly, you learn more from books because most books have true facts or answers to questions that you might have. If you watch television all the time, you won’t learn much because all there is, is news, children’s shows etc. but no programmes to learn from! That is why I think that you learn more from books.

Thirdly, you can choose what you want to read, as in, if you want watch a horror film, and there weren’t any of them, you can always read the book of a horror film which is more exaggerated than a film. That is why I think you always having a choice of what you want to read in your spare time.

Lastly, television is very limited. It is limited because there are about 90-100 channels, whereas books, there is over 1000 in the world. (e.g. there might be a channel you always like to watch but that channel might have been taken off air so there are books with a big series or is based on a television show) That is why I believe that television is limited.

So in conclusion, I believe that books are better than television because, you can always think of the choice of reading, books help you learn more, the choice of reading is always there and television only has a limited number of channels. I hope I have persuaded you that books are better than television.

Conducting a Science Experiment

  1. Why don’t some metals rust?
  2. Why does it take some things longer to rust than others?
  3. Why do materials rust?
  1. What does rust look like?
  1. How can rust be prevented?
  2. Why do we need rust?
  3. Is rusting important?
  4. Can the metal in a Olympic medal rust?


  1.  Some metals don’t rust because some of the metals don’t get affected by oxygen so they don’t rust.


  1. It takes some metals longer to rust because some of them haven’t been affected by oxygen before but after it might take a little longer.


  1. Metal rusts as a result of iron coming into contact with water or air. When the water combines with air on the metal, carbonic acid is formed and the iron is dissolved hence making some of the water to break down into hydrogen and oxygen. When the oxygen comes into contact with the iron, iron oxide is formed making the metal to rust.


Materials rust because oxygen is reacting with the metal creating rust, then wearing away the rust.


4.     rust




  1. The unsightly orangy-brown mess that accumulates on metal is a highly unattractive feature that plagues many different objects, especially cars, trucks, screws, bolts, and tools.


Rust can be prevented by covering the metal in plastic, greasing it or                              even painting it!



  1. Rust is like metal growing old, almost like humans growing older and then dying. So rust is like a human, growing older then fading away.


  1. Rusting is important because it’s like us because if we don’t grow, nothing grows, so rust is like growing and it is also getting warn out by weather, letting you know that you need more metal.


  1. They are made of silver so they might rust sometime soon



Conducting a Science Experiment


  • Nail(2)
  • Beaker(2)
  • Paint
  • Water (150ml x2)
  • Paintbrush


To find a way for metal (nail) to have the least amount of rust.


  1. Take one beaker and fill it with 150ml of water.
  2. Take the other beaker and fill it with 150ml of water.
  3. Paint one nail and let it dry completely.
  4. Put the unpainted nail in one beaker and the painted nail in the other beaker.
  5. Let the beakers sit for at least 12 hours. Observe and explain the results. Compare both nails.

Fair Test Table:

IndependentVariable DependentVariable ControlledVariable Control
Nail coated in paint then put in water. Measure of how much rust is on both nailsTime=12-24 hours Same materials except paint on one nail150ml of water Nail put in water.



Portsmouth Adventure

8 June, 2010

Hi! I’m Stacey. Stacey Jane. I am 12 and Jessica, who is my sister, is 13. We are both positive girls except for our attitude towards each other. Our attitude towards each other is awful because we absolutely HATE sharing a room and always argue about each others stuff being on each others side of the room.

Today, we have planned to go down to Portsmouth, an hours drive, to have a hot air balloon ride. I figured out today that I am afraid of heights because I have  a built in desk under my bed and I almost fell out of bed last night and earlier today, I looked down and felt a bit dizzy.

Mum is calling us down for breakfast so that’s the end of my diary entry today! See you tomorrow.

“Morning Stacey! Morning Jessica! Pancakes for breakfast?” Mum asked.

“Yes please!” We both said.

“Who’s getting the first one?” Jessica asked.

“I am! So you two don’t start arguing on this perfect day!” Mum said, as she ate the first pancake.

“Now, I don’t want you two to ague today. Understand?” Mum said.

We both nodded, in agreement.

We were on our way to Portsmouth when the radio said:

‘Portsmouth is the best place to fly hot air balloons today but there might be some high winds today. 50% chance.’

“That’s why I said no arguing in the balloon or today.” Mum reminded us.

We were at Portsmouth State Park, waiting for the next hot air balloon. It was about a 25 minute wait until we could get one.

We were up high, looking around and mum saw London Bridge! But suddenly… WOOSH!! WHUSH!! There was a blast of wind going past! We were knocked down to a nearby field of corn and fire was starting to spread! We quickly found a bucket and a water pond. There was a nearby farm. Jessica asked the farmer if he could help put the fire out. The farmer helped but we couldn’t find our way back to Portsmouth. The farmer, Joseph Riggens, Kindly helped us back by driving us back to the state park. We were relieved. Well, relieved until it happened to two other balloons.

“Thanks Joseph. It helped. Helped a lot. Bye!” I said, in honour of saving our lives and his crops.

We were driving back to Yorkshire when the radio said: ‘You know about an hour and a half earlier, when I was talking about the high winds? Well, about half an hour ago, a hot air balloon crashed into Joseph Riggens’ farm. Stacey, Jessica and Danielle Jane were in that balloon and Joseph was helping put out the fire, along with those 3 girls!’

“Girls, I told you not to argue, but I didn’t tell the wind not to argue with us. When we get home, it’s lunch time for all of us!” Mum said, to make us laugh!

GTAC Reflection Lesson 5: Fair Test & Rusting

Chris and Maria, from GTAC, came in for our final GTAC lesson.  We learnt about different variables and we did some experiments. Some of the variables were independent, dependent and controlled variables. I had a couple of questions about a fair test. What is a fair test and why is it called a fair test? I had a few questions but there were too many to put down.

The variables are independent, dependent and controlled variables, along with full control. Independent variable means that some conditions that are changed by the scientist.We did our first experiment where everyone had different results because we all had different materials. Dependent variable is what you measure in response to the independent variable. We did the same experiment but we all had the same materials but decreasing temperatures in water. We did 2 experiments and they were both fun to do.

SAM_3822    SAM_3836

Our experiments were fun and they were quite easy to do as well. Our first experiment was how fast can an alka-seltzer tablet dissolve in differing temperatures? My table group took 17 seconds and others took way longer like 1 minute and 17 seconds. Our second experiment was what conditions increase the formation of rust? Every table group had to soak some steel wool in some water and then put it in different conditions, air, water, salt water and oil. We had to leave the beakers overnight and that wrapped up our final lesson of GTAC.

GTAC Reflection Lesson 4: Chemical Change

On the 4th of the 6th, 2014, us 5/6s, went to the science lab again and had a 4th lesson from GTAC.

Our first activity was definitions for reversible and irreversible change. An example for reversible change is, a change that can be undone, and for irreversible change is, a change that can’t be undone.

Our second activity was sorting some things into either, reversible change or irreversible change. Some things I wasn’t sure of like glow sticks and fireworks also plaster mixed with water. One thing from reversible change is boiling water and one thing from irreversible change is baking a cake.

We also did a POE chart (predict, observe and explain). Our first experiment for the POE was ‘Elephants toothpaste’. This was putting a few materials in a beaker and letting it mix together. When it rose, it came out of the beaker and it took shape and came out like a worm! The temperature increased and it was because of a chemical reaction.

We did an experiment with glow sticks and that was, what was inside the glow stick that made it glow. We also did something with plaster of Paris to see what happens after it becomes a liquid, to a solid of course.

We had an experiment with vinegar and bi-carb soda, being put in a zip-lock bag. It filled the bag with air and there was still bi-carb at the bottom of the bag.

Our last experiment was a fun one and it was called ‘Genie in the bottle’. Some black air came out like a genie coming out of  a bottle but the stuff still in the flask, MnO2 and H2O2, was a danger to the skin so we weren’t allowed to touch it.

That wrapped up our 4th lesson and there was going to be a 5th one.

Maths Mate Term 2 sheet 7 Q. 24

Predict: I predict this is about algebra.

Read: The letters A, B and C stand for different digits from 1-9. If A<B<C, what digit does each letter represent?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

BIG Question: What do the letters A, B and C stand for?

Tool: Try all possibilities

Solve: I firstly chose 3 numbers that equaled 7. I tried 5, 1 and 2 but that equaled 8. So I made the 5 a 4 and that equaled 7. If C was the highest, that would be 4. A would be 1 and B, 2. I put them like this:

It worked. So my answer is: A=1 B=2 C=4



Read Like A Writer

Vampires and so called, ‘protection’, made the main idea of the story more interesting other than just 2 rivals fighting over and over again. Some questions at the end of some chapters leave me in suspense, wanting to read more and somehow find the answer to the mind bugging question.

The dark and the fear in the voice in this book makes it feel like it’s a supernatural and serious and action filled book. Some words I found interesting are words like vibrating because it makes the feel that the heat in the air is actually moving or vibrating.

The fluent sentences in this book are set up really well and it also helps because when no-one is speaking, there’s detail and description and I sometimes forgot there was a pause. Some conventions at the end of some chapters, also leaves you with suspense because you would always want to find out more when there is a ‘dot-dot-dot’.

The front cover of the book :)

The front cover of the book 🙂