Amazing Grace Ukulele, Nychole

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature?

The key of my tune is C and the time signature is 3/4.

What sort of rhythms are used in your song?

The main rhythms used Amazing Grace are quarter notes and half notes but there is also a few dotted half notes.

Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…

For the melodic playing, my note accuracy wasn’t very good I kept getting my notes incorrect, I improved by playing the notes not in the song but just one by one. My strumming was a bit off at first since I didn’t have a very good strumming pattern so I practiced by playing with the recorded melody to see how it can match, but the notes were accurate because theres only 3 chords.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *

Amazing grace is a very slow, peaceful song and I believe it is from the Christian church songs so I decided to make my tempo 80 beats per minute to keep it at a calming pace to match the happy meaning in this song which is mercy from God. I noticed that the vowels in the song were stretched longer, so if I was to play it fast, the singing would sound quite odd. 

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style?

Amazing grace is a very slow, peaceful song and I believe it is from the Christian church songs so I decided to make my tempo 80 beats per minute to keep it at a calming pace to match the happy meaning in this song which is mercy from God. I noticed that the vowels in the song were stretched longer, so if I was to play it fast, the singing would sound quite odd. 

How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming… 

I definitely used cutting and trimming a lot to get rid of the parts I didn’t want. I would first drag the bar to the beginning of the area I want to get rid of, then click command T which means trimming and that would allow the selected area separate from the wanted parts. Then IF the part I want to cut off is in the middle of the parts I want, I would drag the bar to the end of the area I don’t want then trim it, then I can delete the mistake. I was also able to adjust the volume of the three parts which are strumming, melody, and singing; the three stood out against each other and were very balanced. The strumming was a bit louder than the rest so I quieted down that one, that let the melody and singing able to be heard. 

Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues?

I was concerned about the fact that I would make many mistakes while recording but then I realised I could just cut them off. There is a part of a song that is 6 beats for one melodic note so while I was recording it felt kind of awkward because you can’t hold a melody for 6 notes. But when I sung and strummed it wouldn’t be this random empty 5 beat anymore because they both filled in the emptiness. I was also afraid that my feet tapping on the floor sounds would appear in the recording since its a habit of mine, otherwise, it isn’t a very big deal. At first when I was recording the metronome sound wouldn’t come on but it was just a stupid mistake of mine for not clicking in the little triangle logo next to the 1234 logo. Overall not many issues occurred other than me not knowing how to use many of the tools in GarageBand, but I would say it was a somewhat smooth process. 

My Instrument Choice

My instrument choice is the flute because I know how to play it and I don’t want to start something else that might affect my knowledge of how to play the flute.

The sound can be so graceful and elegant, yet it can be suspenseful, I like that kind of spooky sound. Flute is mainly used for high pitched melody, it can be played low but playing it high sounds really nice.

Th flute is really small, it consists of three parts, one part is for blowing into, the other one is longer that goes in the middle of the two pieces, which have buttons on them. Then the last piece is the shortest one that has more buttons on them. For tuning the flute if the sound is too flat you have to stick the blowing piece and the button piece in more, if its too sharp you do the other way.

Cleaning it just needs a stick with a hole at the end that looks like a needle, stick the cloth in then stick the stick in. Make sure the parts are separated.

Scinece Structures & Forces

Q1: How does the natural world affect us?

The natural world affects us in many ways and it can be good or bad, but we can’t stop it from happening(well, there are ways). Gravity is everywhere around the earth, gravity is the force that pulls you down, kind of like when your hair falls out it doesn’t go upwards. Typhoons are a combination of strong wind and rain, it causes very chaotic incidents like buildings breaking or possibly even floods. It affects us by having stay indoors all day and make sure you have a steady shelter. 🙂

Q2: How do we use scientific thinking to learn about the interaction between natural world and us?

We can learn the forces within the natural world and how they can affect our lifestyles.

Q3: How did you use science? What did you learn? What experiments or tests did you design?

I used science by having an independent and a dependent variable, a controlled variable, using a method. And as we did the experiment, we made sure we had a thing to measure with, we recorded the data and made observations, I learnt the importance of graphing and organising data. I made a chair that has a layer added in each trial and tested the load it can carry with 10 grams weights.

Q4: How did you improve as a learner?

I improved as a learner by setting goals and finding ways to work effectively as a team. I learnt how to collaborate with other people and how to write good science reports.

Service Day Experience

Last Friday, the entire G7 went to different places to take action and do community service. I was doing the impact walk, we went to Mong Kok and gave out food, water, and soap to homeless people around the neighbourhood.

During that experience, I learnt many new things about the lifestyle of homeless people and the reasons they were living like that. This walk really opened my eyes about the poverty issue around the world. And Mong Kok is only the one part of Hong Kong and an even smaller part of the world. The founder of Impact HK Jeff came on the walk with us, and he told us that many of the homeless people are very lonely. They just want some love, so when I gave them the food, it was really touching to see their faces light up. This was something new towards me, I donated items before but never seen the receivers reaction. So doing this is such a great experience to interact with other people while giving them things too!

Overall, I would really want to do it again and learn more about homelessness. Now I feel a lot more empathetic towards these people and understand their backgrounds easier.

My Design Logo

I am glad of how the logo turned out. It was somewhat accurate towards my first paper draft and it meets most of the tech specs. Especially for simple and memorable. The colours are contrasting and my logo being one stroke makes it simple. My initials express me because it’s my name, and the colours are like a sunset which show my calmness. Lastly, the curviness and loops are to show femininity, rhythm, and happiness. It is versatile because I can change the colours of my logo easily.

During the process of using Illustrator, I learned many new tools. I found an amazing brush stroke/font that created that calligraphy, loopy effect on my logo just how I thought of. Another feature I learnt was the gradient tool, and that was how I created the transition from pink to yellow.

A few improvements I could make is the appearance. It doesn’t look like a logo to me and it looks too homemade, meaning that it looks unprofessional. The light pink between the 2 letters doesn’t really fit in the transition. Though I had a pen tablet that helped me have steady lines, it doesn’t look very neat.

Unité 1: Parlez-vous français?

Factual: How can I use my knowledge of English to learn French?                        I can use my knowledge of English to learn french by looking at the similar vocabulary or pronunciation. For instance, le téléphone portable, I can see the word telephone and portable. So you would guess it’s a portable telephone which means a cellphone. In addition to the spelling of many words in French. Some of the spellings are exactly the same with English but sometimes with an accent, but looking at the French word you could easily tell what the word means.

Conceptual: How are languages linked to one another?                                              Languages link to one another by the origin or roots. As well as the way of writing the languages. For example, for French or Spanish they use English characters to represent those languages in text form. Finally, I’ve realised that many English phrases are borrowed from French words, kind of like Déjà vu.

Debatable: Does learning a new language make my mother tongue stronger?                                                                                                                                           French wouldn’t relate much to Chinese and Cantonese, but it can help me in the future for communication in different countries.





My MYP Design Coffee Cup

I used design in my first coffee cup by using the method of intersecting and locking it. I intersected it but it wasn’t fully locked, the cup kept leaving it’s place and it wouldn’t be able to stay together. The bottom of the cup was rushed and it could stay up.

Prototype 1

I used design in the second cup by improving from analysing the first one. I saw the problem and thought of it, and found a way to better them. I made the bottom able the stand and the intersection lock together. I didn’t only change the method of of the intersection, I also used a stronger and sturdier kind of paper.

Prototype 2

Camp Helped us!😄

             After  a week at camp, I learned many PYP elements that would help me a lot during the future. The point of camp was to help us have better PYP elements; including attitudes/attributes, skills, concepts, actions, and knowledge.

                A skill I achieved in camp was communication; includes listening,speaking. An evidence is, we had to set up our tents. But we were only allowed to set up one at a time all together. We had to talk about who would do what and how we can make it efficient. In the end, it worked out really well and we got all the tents finely put up. We did not get of track and stop suddenly, we’d do the tents one after another. Also, this does not just help with tent setting, it can benefit us during the PYP so much.

              Another example is, we had an activity where we had to tie three rafts together with bamboo and string. At first not all of us knew the plan and stood there watching others tie the knots. But after the instructor told us a strategy and said to help each other, we were pretty successful. For instance, we wouldn’t have only one person doing everything by themselves. We used the skill of communication to listen so when someone said to lift the raft, a person would lift the raft.

              An attitude that was really useful is commitment. To begin with, it was the hike. Though the hike was the most tiring thing ever, I still put a lot of commitment into it. I felt like giving up at a lot of times, but I still was desperate to get to the top of the mountain. After we took a break, we would keep going and not complain about the break being too short or anything. When we reached the top, I was so proud of myself and others for putting so much commitment and effort into this. We put our blood, sweat, and tears to get to the top. We all felt victorious.

Naomi and I on the peak of the mountain.

            Another anecdote I have is the high ropes. There were 2 parts in the high ropes. We had to climb up and also hold the string for the person climbing. Both of those had to take a lot of commitment. First, we cannot just let go of the string. For example, if you did you could seriously injure your friend and even if they don’t get hurt they wouldn’t want to trust you anymore. So we had to make sure we make sure that the person climbing is safe and we have to keep watching to support them. Next, when you are climbing, you have to be committed and believe in yourself. If you are already close to the top but you look up and think to yourself, oh shoot! How am I going to ever get to the top? You have to finish what you have started and be committed into the things you do.

            Last but not least, responsibility was a really effective concept I have accomplished. First of all, every time we did something and it left quite a mess, we would be expected to clean up after ourselves. To add on, whenever we finished eating, we would clean our bowls and the area we ate. Furthermore, of course we had to take down our tents after we used them and also wash them in water.

           Another anecdote is, we had an opportunity to decide the amount of time we needed to do a task like changing or packing for example. Also, I was the timekeeper which lead me having to look at my watch and make sure everything was done and everyone has the task done throughout the time. Responsibility is not only a good PYP skill, it is also an incredible life skill.

          When you grow up, you won’t always have someone there wrapped around your fingers and doing everything for you. So I believe camp has taught us so much that it would let us be really successful in the PYP unit and can also help us so much when we grow up!


First, what I achieved after the decimals unit was multiplying and dividing decimals. I now know many different type of strategies to do those 2 things quickly and efficiently. For example, if you are multiplying a decimal with 100, you move the decimal right 2 times; move decimal 2 times to the left for division.

Next, I am also pretty good at word problems with decimals because I like to solve problems that have an actual real life situation. For instance, I got all the real life situation problems correct; it was about someone buying cherries and she had to pay but the clerk charged her the wrong amount. I showed my work and made sure it was correct.

On the other hand, I still do not understand how to estimate sums and differences. I wasn’t sure what I was suppose to do because I didn’t know that I had to round the whole number. I kept doing it my own way which wasn’t a proper strategy so I got all my estimating answers wrong.

Another example is, converting decimals into standard form. But this one is more of a still need improvement but gotten better. I just wasn’t reading the instruction clearly. I just didn’t read the word thousanths at the end of the number.

A thing I improved on and now really good at is listing decimals from greatest to least or the other way around. To begin with, I now understand that it isn’t just looking at it and thinking since it’s longer the number would be bigger than the other; I know that it’s a decimal number not a whole number. Furthermore, if the number is 2.004 doesn’t mean it’s bigger than 2.9. Since there are more zero’s it means the number is broken down even smaller.

Now I know that I am not the best at decimals but I actually can understand it and I know that if I look more into it and analyse more, I would know what I should be working on or not.

My decimal pre-assesment
My checklist for my summative assesment.