Suspenseful Beginnings

This week in writing we have been learning how to create a suspenseful beginning through imagery and dialogue. “The oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Writers use this to write effectively by leaving the audience hanging in anticipation of them.

Ngā mihi Mr Wiseman for your resource.

We had to imagine and write our own beginning using a writing frame from “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini.  First we made notes using our senses, then we used the notes to write our own suspenseful beginning to a story.  Here are some of our suspenseful beginnings :

Rain crashed through the night carrying a scent of cologne that would change the world. A tall goblin lifted his head and walked forward. He looked like a human, except for his green skin and his towering body.

He blinked in surprise. The message had been correct: they were here. Or were they marching away? He weighed the odds, then said “I will go talk to the boss.”

by Carlo

Wind thrashed through the night carrying a light smell of damp wood that would change the world. Tall Noah lifted his head and searched the floor. He looked human except for his leathery tail and ruby eyes.

He blinked in surprise. The message had been correct: they were here. Or where is it? He weighed the odds, then said menacingly, “Spread out search the ground, we only have until dawn.”

by Blake

It was a stormy night. Wind was blowing, and rain was flowing through the night carrying a dusty, smokey smell that would change the world. A tall Bubble lifted his head and laughed. He looked human except for his white eyes and scaly wings.

He blinked in surprise. The message had been correct: they were here. Or was he going to perish? He weighed the odds, then said, “H-h-hi there I’m Bubbles nice to meet you.”

by Ataahua


Vaiaso O Le Gagana Samoa

This year for Samoan Language Week, LS1 were set the challenge of researching different aspects of Samoan culture, and presenting what they learnt in Google Slides.  This is a combination of our individual presentations.  We especially enjoyed getting to choose which aspect to research.


Today in Cybersmart we learned to use the Polyline and Curve line tool to draw our own shapes.

We focused on making sure we connected our last point to our first point so that a shape was created. You know for sure that you’ve done it correctly if the shape turns blue!

Another trick we learned was to double click on the created shape, and adjust the points using the purple dots. This is great for fixing up small errors.

For today’s session we all made our own monsters, it was really fun!


Google Draw Space Scene

Today in our Cybersmart lesson with Mr Goodwin we were learning to use the shape tools in Google Drawings. We created a space scene using different shapes. We created a rocket using a triangle, a rectangle, and a rounded same side corner rectangle, and some explosion shapes. Once we coloured it, it looked like a rocket.

We also used the gradient tool to create interesting looking planets. Check them out.


Orignal post by Taya @ Panmure Bridge School

I learnt about an topic called the organ and made an quiz about it.

First My team and I made an plan, We had to write down the detailed information for example “Who uses the organ” or “why was the organ made” and the collate information for example “The organ was made in the 3rd century BC but why?”. Me and my team also had to write down who makes what therefore one of my team members cant do nothing.

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Summarising Template

Original post by Brooke @ Panmure Bridge School

This week I learned about what is summrise and what is keywords.

First I read a book called Goldilocks. I had to talk about why goldilocks go inside the house? For example : Goldilocks went inside the house because when she knocked on the door no one answered so she went inside the house and ate the tiny bowl wiht porriage.

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