Thrilling Camp Adventures

 

November 27, 2018, the whole entire 6th grade had gone to Sai Kung to go camping for 4 days and 3 nights with Outward Bound. We were put into groups before we arrived at Sai Kung, my group consisted of; Estelle, Caitlyn, Lauren, Ashlyn, Maddie, Ryder, Jordan and Oliver. Our teacher was Mr Brodie We also got to meet our instructors.

The first day we all got to know each other so that we could trust each other more, therefore when doing activities together we wouldn’t be as wary knowing we could trust each other. To get to know each other we had played some fun games and even though I thought I already knew enough about them I learnt even more about at camp. After we got to know each other a little better we went to do some practising for jetty jumping for the next day just for some safety practising. We went through it kinda slow because my groupmates kept on interrupting by commenting on everything. Then we each went to our dorm buildings to have a quick rinse before lunch, the girls and the boys have separated dorm buildings. Once we had a quick rinse we all went to lunch. Before we ate we would have a comment on how we did so far and then we would have a moment of silence. Then we each served each dish onto each other’s plates and ate. We joked and laughed while eating, we were kinda extra loud. We continued to do some more activities, activities that involved lots of trust and courage. We did pretty well though when doing some activities we would sometimes leave other people out so we need to work on that. For encouraging each other we did pretty well because sometimes we were scared to climb (we were doing climbing activities) the other teammates would encourage them to keep on going. Once that was done we went to the dining hall to go eat dinner, repeating the process we did for lunch we just ate and talked. We then went to the base and played a game with all the other groups, well it was more of a competition. My team was placed 2nd but we were close to first, we just needed one more point, though that didn’t bring us down. Before we slept we talked about what we did good and what we could improve, we agreed that we need to start listening and respecting others more.

The second day we were going to do water activities. The first activity we did was dragon boating. We as a team started to build the dragon boat by tying it all together, of course before our instructors had already told us how to. Once it was built we started rowing, we needed to be in sync to row so Oliver took on the role of leadership and started to shout when we needed to row by screaming “1,2,3,4” over and over again. It definitely helped increase our speed, so much that we got to visit a beach and explore it for a while, collecting trash while exploring before heading to our original destination. At the original destination we saw the other groups and had lunch there, we made sandwiches for lunch. Done with lunch we went to discover this island we went to, apparently it has a salt farm. The island was pretty empty as not a lot of people lived on it. After exploring we went back to our dragon boat and continued rowing. We were challenged to beat a record of 15 minutes to get back to base by our instructors, we rowed as fast as we could and by the time we got to base it had been 15 minutes, we didn’t exactly beat the record but at least we matched up with it. Then afterwards we walked over to somewhere to do the actual jetty jumping. Every time one of us jumped we congratulated them and cheered on the next. Then we went to shower at the dorms and packed all our stuff to go camping. We met outside of the main hall then split up from there. Jordan, Estelle and I stayed to make dinner at a place near the boy’s dorm while the rest went to the campsite to set up the tents and put our stuff there. Then the people who were at the campsite went to go to us 3 and ate dinner. After we cleaned our dishes and washed the plates, though the boys didn’t clean a lot and Maddie cleaned a lot of the dishes for them, so it was kinda unfair. We then all went to the campsite and talk again about what we did good and what we did not so good, this time agreeing that we were pretty encouraging and worked well as a team though not so good at working quickly. We then went to sleep in our tents, my tent mates for that night were Estelle and Caitlyn.

Day 3 we all packed the tents and our stuff, went to breakfast at the dining hall and quickly went to sort all our stuff up. We needed to sort our stuff to make sure we bring the right materials for the place we were going considering that it was pretty far. Once done we started going to our destination, first, we took a bus to a park, there we met a new instructor who would guide us. To get to our new campsite we needed to hike there so we split into leaders that would lead apart each time. Ryder, Oliver and Jordan were the leaders first, they went a little fast for my pace and some others too so we got tired really easily and had many breaks. Once their turn was done we had Caitlyn and Lauren lead, they went at a normal pace so we didn’t need any breaks. We stopped at a place to go grab lunch, once again we had sandwiches. Then after lunch, it was me and Estelle’s turn to lead, we kinda went a little fast so I do regret that. Along the way, Lauren sprained her ankle but luckily Caitlyn was there to take care of her, Caitlyn and Lauren ended up leading to create a steady pace. Though Estelle felt it was a little too slow so she went ahead first. We stopped for a break so that Ashlyn and Maddie could lead, they went at a steady pace so everyone was satisfied. They lead us to our campsite, there we unloaded everything and relaxed or play for a while. Once the stuff was unloaded we set everything up while Oliver, Maddie and Caitlyn began to cook. We had dinner and cleaned up the dishes, this time everyone did their own fair share. Then we went to have smores and there was where we handed out awards, Caitlyn, Maddie, Lauren Oliver had received an award. Done with smores we went to sleep in our tents, my tent mates this time were Lauren and Caitlyn.

The fourth day… End of camp, we packed our stuff and had some quick breakfast. We walked over to a bus stop to get picked up by a bus to go back to base. There we had some quick lunch and review over the whole thing. I personally think we did pretty well as a team and trusted each other a lot now, the camp had definitely gotten all of us together and taught us trust. Lunch came to an end and we had to leave, a lot of people were sad to leave but at the same time glad to head home. Saying goodbye to our instructors we headed onto the bus back to school.

The camp was an exciting experience, I had some funny teammates that I learnt to trust and gained more respect towards them. I think we all had a positive and happy time there even though there were a few outbreaks they were solved quickly. I guess in total is that… The camp was fun.    

What did I do this week that made me think really hard? (Week 4 Reflection)

One thing that made me think really think hard was an activity in math called “What is the pattern?”. We had to see a pattern between 3 shapes. I came up with a formula that showed how the shapes made a growing pattern. Though when I saw other people’s patterns I saw how different it was to my one. Most of the patterns were pretty similar. This made me think really deeply into the activity causing me to make my formula a little complicated. Questions like “Perhaps I should change it as my formula is too complicated ?” or “ Did I not notice something?” appeared in my head whilst I was doing the math problem. I tried to see how many other patterns I could find but I could only find 2, one being my formula and the other being the most common pattern people used. After finding all of this out I wanted to see was there perhaps a difference in the way we saw things? Perhaps my mind just makes things too complicated. In the end, I didn’t finish it as Ms B had told me I could. I was only halfway through with solving the problem with my formula. Next time maybe I should try solving the problem in a simpler way instead of making things too complicated.   

My Home Learning Space!

 

 

I think that my space to do work at home is cozy and helps me think of new creative ideas. It looks a little plain and white but that’s only for me to feel calm whilst doing homework. The only thing that could be improved on is probably the fact that I sometimes daydream when looking at the white walls, or I get distracted by the things on my desk.

Finally posted a quote! 😄

Reflection on Patterns HW

Today I’m gonna talk about my pattern homework.

Instructions:

“Have Mum/Dad/your sibling recreate patterns you describe. Pretend that you are communicating via the telephone. How would you describe the patterns you see?

Use these questions to help you:

What does it look like? Is it growing or shrinking? What can you say to your Mum/Dad/sibling to allow them to recreate the pattern without actually seeing it?”

I chose to do this activity with my mom, it was kinda hard since my mom was not a native English speaker so her English was not that good (sorry mom 😓). I did 3 patterns with her, surprisingly it went better than expected! I thought it wouldn’t look too similar as everyone has different thoughts.

1st pattern:

 

My words:

It uses triangles, starts with 7 and decreases 1 each time.

Mom’s Drawing:

2nd pattern:

My words:

It’s a growing pattern. Yout stack the squares on top of each other and you add 3 all the time. Start with 3 to 15.

Mom’s Drawing:

3rd pattern:

My words:

It’s a shrinking pattern, starts with 40 and you divide by 2. Use circles.

Mom’s Drawing:

Week 3 Reflection

Week 3 has been a great week so far, in class we have focused on math, reading and working on projects that we have not completed. For math we worked on equations and more patterns, reading we worked on understanding metacognition and asking questions while reading. Projects we haven’t completed were organising classrooms and doing class jobs. For the class organisations, I wasn’t completed in doing a huge 2D avocado for the door. The reason we needed an avocado on the door is beacuse we are called the 6A avocados. I was working on the avocado with Alexis, Chloe and Agatha. We needed our class faces on the door so Chloe and Alexis were in charge of taking photos while I and Agatha were finishing up on the avocado and pasting on the faces of our classmates on the avocado. We still have some faces to do but I have a feeling we will be able to complete it next week.

Week 3 is also the first week that we actually get homework. We got to choose to do 2 out of the 6 homework they gave us. The one I chose was ‘Patterns’ (Math) and ‘Passion and Interest’ homework. I will post about the maths homework on my blog later, as for the ‘Passion and Interest’ homework I shall give a brief explanation. ‘Passion and Interest’ homework is where you interview friends, family or classmates. I chose to interview 3 of my good friends and my mom. During the interviews I had learnt a lot more about my friends and family, it was also interesting to see how they ‘define’ passions and interest, it made me see it in a different way.

I’m actually surprised that this week my class was quieter than usual, perhaps it was because of the new warning system. I had explained in the last weekly reflection blog post that we were going to set up a new warning system this week. The reason is is that my class is sometimes too loud and sometimes disrespectful, disrespectful in a way where we would speak when it’s not our turn, therefore disrupting people.

Week 2 reflection of 6A

This week we were mainly working on patterns in math. I learnt a little bit more about Venn Diagrams and a little more about geometric patterns. For the Venn Diagrams, I learned about how if it isn’t any of the choices labelled on top of the Venn Diagram or if it doesn’t suit the middle then you put it onto the side. Ms.B used a metaphor where basically the 2 teams were in the two circles but not in the middle, the middle where the two circles met was the referee. The audience (numbers that didn’t suit either 3) though was put off onto the side as people cheering on the stands. After Ms.B had said this I understood a bit more about Venn Diagrams.

 The bad part about week 2 was that Ms.B had to create a little bit of a warning system as some of us weren’t being respectful and listening to each other, the warning system will not be official until we have decided on week 3 of school. We do need to work on listening to others and being more respectful as I had said in the last reflection. We should also work on using our inside voices, that’s the opposite for me though because I tend to be too quiet at times.  

Aside from math and organising we also thought about reflection. Questions we asked ourselves were ‘What difficulties do you face when reflecting?’ and ‘Why do we reflect?’. To answer these questions we were put into groups. I was in a group with Agatha, Trevis, Zara and Declan. Our top 3 answers for ‘Why do we reflect?’ were:

  1. To improve
  2. Feedback
  3. So that we know what we’ve possibly done wrong

For ‘What difficulties do you face when reflecting?’ we wrote:

  1. Not being able to put your thoughts into words
  2. Thinking of ideas to fill the page
  3. Forgetting thing you did or forgetting the details

Two of those difficulties I am currently facing, which are ‘Thinking of ideas to fill the page’ and ‘Forgetting things you did or forgetting the details.  

Next week I plan to be a little bit more confident and try to speak louder, I also plan on participating more in class conversations. Other than that I should also work on my math, as when we were doing ‘Morning Math Problems’ I sometimes had problems understanding the questions and had to ask my deskmates.

 

Week 1 Reflection in Class 6A

I feel that we were very productive and efficient in class this week. We could definitely work on our listening and being more respectful to others. I’m glad that I had a lot of chances to work with others as I feel I do better in groups, I’m also glad that we had chances to brainstorm ideas and possibly actually work on it. The games we had played in class were very fun and helped me to remember everyone’s names, not only that but I also got a chance to learn more about everyone else. I like how we get a lot of freedom in our choice of learning because it helps a lot with my thinking process (Such as being able to listen to music whilst working).

My favourite games we played in class were probably the chair game and splat. The chair game because it was exciting wanting to know how this would turn out and helps develop our trust in each other. Splat because it was funny watching how everyone’s reactions, it also helped me remember people’s name.

The projects that I liked working on the most were murder mystery and the ‘How do we Learn?’ assignment. I liked playing murder mystery because it challenged me and my teammates brain, I also particularly love mysteries and puzzles. The ‘How do we Learn’ project was fun because I could let my imagination wild as we were writing stories about fictional characters, also if I had a writer’s block my teammates would come to me and suggest ideas.

This week I didn’t really participate in class so I would like to work on it next week. I would like to participate in more class discussions and in our class games.

Missing Quotes

I apologise as I was on holiday and forgot to post my weekly quotes! Forgive me!

 

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