Monday, 4 February 2019

In My Holiday

Today the 4th of February 2019 is started school again. This year i'm in Ruma Kereru. For my christmas present from my Grandma she said I got to go on a horse trek with her in the middle of nowhere in Otago. Also In the last few days of the holidays my Mum told me I was going to have another little brother or sister. And also for my little brother Jaspers birthday I took him to the new how to train your dragon / the hidden world.

Monday, 21 January 2019

My Favourite Movies

My favourite movie series at the moment is How To Train Your Dragon by DreamWorks Animations I've read the books as well, written by Cressida Cowell.
I also enjoy watching Dragons Race to the Edge on Netflix which is set between the first and second movies.
On the 27th January - my little brother's birthday - I am taking him to see the third movie.

The series is about Hiccup who is a Viking. All the Vikings spend their lives training to and then killing dragons but Hiccup shoots down his first dragon, makes friends with him and calls him Toothless because he has retractable teeth.
In the movies and TV series Toothless is a Night Fury (which is the rarest dragon) but in the books he is a Common or Garden Dragon.
Hiccup ends up changing all the Viking's minds and they all have their own dragons in the end.

Some of the main characters are Hiccup, Astrid, Snotlout, Fishlegs, the twins (Ruffnut and Tuffnut) and Hiccup's father (Stoick the vast) and his father's best friend (Gobber).

    Link to Photo   hiccup and astrid ... httyd2 | HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON ...
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                                                           Astrid Hofferson | Hiccup, Httyd and Movie   Link to Photo

Sunday, 20 January 2019

My Summer Holiday

This year I am going for a horse treck for the first time. I am busy organising all the things I need to take with me.

We carry all our own gear on our horse in saddlebags - we need to take food for the entire trip, cooking gear, clothes, sleeping bags, tents etc.

Our itinerary for each day is:
22km From Lawrence to 'derelict stomping battery' (public land)
24km to 'quarry' near Abbotsford
17km to Deep Stream, Old Dunstan Rd
22km to Howell's yards Great Moss Swamp
22km to 'Intake' lakelet near Patearoa
19km to Totara Creek
22km to Bonspiel

Vodafone New Zealand - Big Back Yard   Link to Photo

Book Review #3

Duel at Araluen by John Flanagan

Duel at Araluen is the 3rd book in the Royal Ranger series which follows the Rangers Apprentice series.

Maddie is now the Ranger's Apprentice of Will (who the Ranger's apprentice series is about). King Duncan and Princess Cassandra are trapped in the South Tower of Castle Araluen guarded by the Red Fox Clan and Maddie needs to rescue them, to do that though she first needs to save Horace and Gilan.

She enlists the help of the Heron Brotherband and the crew of Wolfbiter.
This is the first time we have read about Hal and his crew out of Brotherband - another very good series that I recommend reading.

Will her plan work? You'll have to read to find out.

Book Review #2

The Escape by Robert Muchamore

The Escape is the first book in the Henderson's Boys series which is a prequel to the Cherub series.

These books explain how Cherub was created and they are exciting to read.
The Escape is set in 1940 France - Hitler's army is advancing towards Paris while millions of French civilians are on the run. Two British children (Paul and Rosie) are being hunted by the Gistapo! 
Charles Henderson is a British spy and is trying to reach Paul and Rosie first but he needs the help of Marc - a 12 year old French boy.
The British secret service is about to discover that kids working undercover will help to win the war.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Concluding the Journey

This is the final activity for the Summer Learning Journey. I feel like I have learned a lot about saving the world.

One thing I have learned from participating in the Summer Learning Journey this year is that there is a lot more pollution in the World than I thought! I feel like we are lucky in New Zealand as it doesn't seem as noticeable here as in big cities like Shanghai.

One thing that surprised me is that we might be able to have a predator free New Zealand by 2050!

One thing that concerned me is that I don't think people are making enough of a change to stop pollution and global warming. Something bigger needs to change.

One thing I can do to help protect our natural environment is pick up rubbish I see lying around.

Adoption Day

Did you know you can adopt an animal through the World Wildlife Fund?
You don't actually get to bring the animal home, you just pay $55 and that money is used to feed and look after your chosen animal - how cool is that!?!

If I got to choose 3 animals to adopt through the WWF I would choose:
1.   Red Fox
2.   Cheetah
3.   Przewalski's Horse

Red foxes have been recorded in habitats as diverse as tundra, desert and forest. Natural habitat is dry, mixed landscape, with scrub and woodland. Red foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game. They will also eat fruit and vegetables, fish, frogs, and even worms. They face threats due to habitat degradation, loss, and fragmentation, and exploitation. Like a cat's, the fox's thick tail aids its balance, but it has other uses as well. A fox uses its tail (or "brush") as a warm cover in cold weather and as a signal flag to communicate with other foxes.

Although once widespread in Asia and Africa, cheetah populations are now isolated to the savannahs and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals and are capable of sprinting at speeds up to 70 miles per hour. And unlike other big cats, cheetahs do not roar. These magnificent cats prey upon hoofed animals such as gazelles, impalas and wildebeest calves. Cheetahs are threatened by hunting, habitat loss and the decline of prey populations. They are also the only cat that cannot retract its nails - it has claws like a dog!

The Przewalski’s Horse was designated as extinct in the wild, but captive breeding programs have reintroduced the horse in Mongolia. The wild horse lives in social groups, consisting of a dominant stallion, a lead mare and other mares and their offspring. Mares, often with a regular partner, groom one another to keep clean and to show affection. Stockier with shorter legs than a domesticated horse, males defend their mares more actively than they defend their territory.

All of these 3 are similar in that they are all mammals (they give birth to their babies and feed them milk). They are also all in danger of extinction as their populations are declining and need our help and protection.

They are different because they are all different classes of animal - dog, cat and horse. They are also native to different countries.

If I had to choose only one of these animals to save I would choose the Przewalski's Horse

Przewalski Horse | The Biggest Animals Kingdom  Link to Photo