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Busy Buzzy Bumble Bee

On Thursday, Year 1 and 2 were lucky enough to visit Mr Donovan’s house to experience up close, the wonder that is the beautiful Honey Bee. They children observed the worker bees collecting nectar from the abundance of Bottle Brush which line the garden. They sat eagerly as Mr D lit the smoker and used it to gently sedate the bees in the hive so he could safely remove one of the cells. Excitedly the children looked on as Mr D explained all about the honeycomb, why some looked golden and others were capped in white wax. He spoke of the family dynamics in the hive; how the queen is cared for by her guard bees who protect the hive and the worker bees who collect the nectar and pollen. What a fantastic experience we all had. Thank you Mr D!

Busy Buzzy Bumble Bees!

On Thursday Year 1 and 2 were lucky enough to go to Mr D’s house to see a beehive.

We learned about Worker Bees, the Queen Bee and even Guard Bees.  We saw how Mr D calmed the bees by using a special ‘smoke’ machine and we even saw the busy, buzzy Bumble Bees gathering nectar from the Bottle Brush flowers!.

Thank you Mr D for looking after our environment and for introducing your 30,000 bee friends to us!

Worry, worry go away!

The Katipo class has discovered that we all have worry monsters and that they all look different and come invade our heads at different times and places.  Some even found that their worry monster can change form and follow them around.  We have been discussing how we get rid of our worry monsters?

First we drew what our monster looked like, named it, how it makes us feel, where and when it visits and most importantly how we can make it disappear.

Sharing our worries has helped us understand that everyone has worries and it is totally normal.  However how we deal with our worries, ensuring they don’t take over is very important.

Worry, worry go away,

Go visit some other stray.

You’ve had your fun,

Now it’s time for you to run.

You’ve taught me what I need to know

And from your lessons I will grow.


Term 1, Weeks 1 – 3

Hi Parents,

It’s been a great start to the 2020 school year.

Class Mascot

In Art, we have been learning to design characters. The students drew their own creations for our Wētā character and then shared with us why they chose certain design features. We narrowed it down to 6 or 7 different student’s designs and chose our favourite features to combine into one character.

The result: Wilbur the Wētā He should be a key character in some of the narratives we write this term. You’ll be forgiven for still finding weta’s a little creepy. Wilbur knows it…he just doesn’t care!

Wilbur the Wētā

The Members of Wētā Class

Ocean, Elsa, Zack, and Arsenii

Amelie, Mia, Enno, and Norah

Sam, Theo, Ezrah, and James

Annie, Trelise, Charles, and Timofei

Khushboo, Mikayla, Selena, and Chloe



We’ve been learning to use efficient strategies for adding and subtracting such as “friends to ten”, “doubles”, “counting up” and “subtracting in parts”.

Nothing like the smell of freshly bought flash cards

Chloe dials up the “Maths intelligence” dial that she keeps on her collarbone

“Is it time for PE yet?”

Shadow Making

Welcome to the Year 2 Blog!

The Tui Class are exploring Light and Dark during Science time this term and have been looking at how shadows are made.

We went outside and tried to make the BIGGEST shadows, the smallest shadows, the funniest shadows and the longest shadows we could. Here are the photos of the shadows we made!


Welcome to Mātātā Class

Welcome all Parents, Families and Students to the Year 5 2020 Blog. Our class this year is called the Mātātā Class.

We have had a wonderful start to the year. The class have settled back into school life incredibly well. This term we welcome Sabine and Jude into the class. They have settled in nicely and had a very warm welcome from the rest of the class.

In Maths, we have started the term by looking at rather large numbers. We have been playing place value games and comparing numbers.

In Science, the students are learning all about ‘The Life Cycle of a Flowering plant’. We have discussed what plants we know and how we think plants grow. We are excited to continue or learning in this area.

In English we are reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We have looked at the cover page and blurb and have started to read the text. The whole class are very excited and are already enjoying the beginning of this fabulous adventure story. We can’t wait to find out the journey it takes us on.

I look forward to meeting you at the ILP meetings next week, where your child will receive targets based on our beginning of year assessments.

In the meantime, if you need to contact me for any reason, please email me at





Let’s celebrate Waitangi Day!

Thursday 6th of February is Waitangi Day.

Our Year 1 and 2 friends joined classes to discuss the significance of this special day for New Zealand.

We discussed the signing of the Treaty and we even created our very own Te Tiriti o Wentworth.

Our 5 and 6 year old students decided that our treaty document needed to have the following three articles (I think that they are pretty amazing children for thinking of these):-

  1. Be kind.
  2. Share.
  3. Look after each other and our environment.

Pop into our classroom and feel free to sign our treasured treaty.


How many dinosaurs?

It is essential that our youngest students develop an understanding of their mathematical world.  As Mr D tells us, “Maths is everywhere!”

Today, we solved story problems.  We discussed the important words in our story.  What are they?  What do they tell us to do?  Have a look at the way we solved the following story problem:

Mrs McLeish has six dinosaurs.  Mr McLeish gave her five more dinosaurs.  How many dinosaurs does Mrs McLeish have now?


Solid…or liquid?

Today we took advantage of this fabulous weather and got outdoors to explore states of matter.

As this was a Science topic from earlier this year, we were pretty sure we knew EVERYTHING there was to know about solids, liquids and gases…until we made cornflour gloop.

It is definitely a liquid. Until you touch it. Then it becomes a solid again…but it can drip through your fingers…so surely its a liquid?


If it weren’t for your Gumboots where would you be?

You would be at Athletics Day!

Our whole school Athletics Day is a highlight on our school calendar.

We had so much fun taking part in events such as gumboot and dart throwing, long jump, bean bag shot put and our favourite event, the obstacle course.

The Wentworth kindness, encouragement and ‘give it a go’ attitudes where on show and we were all very proud of our youngest students/athletes!

Thank you to all of the spectators (our family members and friends) who came out to cheer us on AND a BIG thank you to Mr D for the yummy iceblocks 🙂

Term 4: Athletics Day

Athletics Day

Discus or Dislocated arm?

Emily adopts a Zen like pose for greater spiritual lift.

The Green Machine, here to save the day.

Nancy releases 5 weeks of pent-up energy in one jump

Daniel isn’t sure if his use of a grapefruit will go unnoticed.

Michael is overjoyed that the other boys were all too busy in the bathroom to make it to the race.

I hope the drag created by that hat didn’t slow down Ava-Lee too much.

Mrs King is in suspense wondering if Lauren will ever achieve lift-off.

Jack considers all the factors such as wind direction and air humidity before making his throw.

Anna soon after had to apologise to the owner of a low-flying aircraft.

Add an inspirational quote and Ciaran could be posing for a sport-drink commercial.

The girls learn there is only one ice-block left.

Ashlee’s honey sandwich for morning tea is making it hard to get rid of the discus.

Sophie uses sorcery to control her discus.

I blacked out soon after this photo of Olivia’s discus throw.

Barely had I recovered before I was clocked by Yolanda’s throw.


We’ve got our still-life Art on display in the classroom. Still-life could only describe the art of the students, not them personally!


Floating and Flying

Did you know……..

  • That if a boat has a V shape with no weight in it, it will sink.
  • You cannot push a cup upside down in a bowl of water because the air fills the space in the cup.
  • Objects with air in them float.
  • We discovered water can act like the force, friction.



Did you know……

  • That a parachute with a hole in the middle floats down more slowly
  • The weight you use has to be the right for the size of the parachute.


We had so much fun finding out about water resistance and and air resistance.



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