Year: 2022

Rotoroa island recount

Task description: This week we have been learning how to use descriptive language in our recounts to add detail. In week five we were lucky enough to go to Rotoroa Island and for our task this week we needed to write a recount. Please check out my recount below.

On a cloudy Thursday morning the teachers and year 5’s, and the helpers went to the hall to get ready for the Rotoroa island trip. When we got to the hall we got our name tags and we used it so the Rotoroa island people could see our names. When we got on the bus it took 30 minutes to get to the pier. We sat down and a dog checked our bags. When the dog was done checking our bags we got a pass and we got on the boat. 

When we got onto the boat it was so cool and there was an upper floor and most of the people went up because they thought it was cool but it was really boring up there. When the boat was moving everyone went outside on the deck to see the ocean and most people were staying outside but some people stayed inside. I didn’t see any fish or sea animals but I saw some clouds.

When the boat arrived at the island we walked to the side of the boat and we went up the stairs onto the island. When everyone was on the island we went into this room and everyone sat down on the bench but some people sat on the ground. After everyone sat on the ground the Rotoroa island helpers and Logan’s mother told us about the island. When Logan’s mother was done we went into 3 groups and the groups separated and my group went to the jailhouse first. The jailhouse looked so creepy but we just walked up the hill and down until we arrived at the men’s bay. We saw some birds but I forgot the names. Then we went back up the hill and when we were walking we heard a bird. When we were walking we walked into this forest and we sat down and we heard another bird and the helper that was with us gave some people cards and they read it out loud to the whole group. Then the helper said wanna go through the shortcut or the long way and our group picked a long way but I wanted to go through the shortcut. Then we all stood up and climbed the long way up and my legs hurt but I still had lots of energy and I zoomed through everyone. Then we got to the top of the tallest mountain on Rotoroa and we went down the hill. When we arrived to feed the Takehe and we had to be silent but only two people could go feed the Takehe. Then we went to see some traps that are made for predators on the island and it was so cool. When we finished talking about the traps we went down to eat lunch at the main place but it started raining. When it stopped raining and when we were done eating we played a game where we were crabs and there were 3 situations and we had to pick what we would do to survive and when that was done we walked back to the boat.

When we arrived at the boat we could go to the bowel of the boat or people call it the front and it was so cool and wet there but when we started to move Masen dropped his hat and it sank into the ocean. Then when it started to move the boat’s engine smoked and the boat stopped and most people were scared but then the boat was moving again and it started to rain so we went inside the boat. Then we waited and we arrived back to Auckland.

During the start I was so excited but also sleepy because I woke up early. When we arrived at the pier I felt more excited. Then when we were on the boat I felt kinda scared. When we arrived on the island I was tired and hungry. Then when we came back I was tired.


rotorua people pre visit recount

First we lined up on the big mat sitting down waiting for a tape with our name on it and we put it on our shirt. Miss Parrant put room 10 into 4 groups of 6. Then we went to the hall to meet the Rotorua island people and work with them for the rest of the day. After that when we got to the hall we sat down on chairs. When we arrived the first thing we did was the Team 4 students watched the rotorua people do a skit about us going to rotorua island. When the skit was done we did bag searching so basically you get a bag and you have to search if the things inside are good or not. After that we brainstormed and wrote stuff on how to save the animals.After morning tea we went back to the hall and we did guess who but with people so basically a team would get cards that had an animal and one of the rotorua people had to guess.If they say stuff and if it was something the bird you have does then you stand up. If your team knows something that the bird doesn’t do then you have to sit down. After that we planted a harakeke and then we went back to class to eat lunch. After lunch we came back to the hall and everyone was tired so we just watched videos and then i had to go home early so idk what the other people did. Basically we did activities with the rotorua people and learnt stuff about the island and the animals there.I felt excited at the start but then in the middle i was a little tired but at the end i was tired and was about to sleep.