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Kiwi – Year 1 Blog

Sew……….a needle pulling thread!

Sewing – what an absolutely wonderful skill for children to learn!

A Kiwi class friend gave us all a challenge this week!  Could we sew a button onto some material using a REAL needle?

Well………we rose to the challenge………we used our excellent fine motor skills and our sharp eyesight (to thread the needle) to achieve our goal!

Have a look at our results!*

*A Kiwi class friend left early (to celebrate a special birthday) so we did not manage to get a photo of their wonderful sewing – they have taken it home though!

One fish, two fish, red fish, STARFISH!

On Tuesday we were the luckiest class in the land because our school was allowed to go to Kelly Tarlton’s


we had the entire aquarium to OURSELVES!

We certainly made the most of it!  We saw sea horses, touched starfish and we even made our own colourful fish ‘come to life’ on screen!

It was a wonderful day and it felt lovely to be able to go out and about again as it was the first day of Covid Alert Level 1.

Thank you to all of our parents for your excellent support.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Introducing ME!

Our wonderful Kiwi class are learning to introduce themselves in Maori.  We are learning a Pepeha to share a little information about who we are and the connection we feel to our local area.  We have even painted and drawn our sea, mountain and self-portrait to accompany our pepeha.

We are looking forward to showing you the finished artwork!

Our Kiwi class can say the following in Te Reo Maori:-

Kia Ora.

Ko (their name) toku ingoa.  My name is ………….

Ko (insert the name of their mountain) toku maunga.  My mountain is ……..

Ko (insert the name of their favourite beach/sea) toku moana.  My sea (body of water) is…………

Ko Wentworth Primary toku kura.  My school is Wentworth Primary.

Mr Wesbonk Wants to……help us with Art

Our creative Year 4 teacher, Mr Wesbonk, inspired us to attempt to draw a character in Art on Friday.

Firstly we watched Mr Wesbonk Wants To…..and then we followed Mr Wesbonk’s tips and hints to create our very own characters.  The finished drawings were fantastic!

We can’t wait to take them home to see if we can make our household appliances come alive – just like Mr Wesbonk did in his video!

Year 1 Wants To………say thank you, Mr Wesbonk!

Feel free to click on the link and follow Mr Wesbonk’s tips to recreate these fun artworks at home.

Distance Learning!

Covid-19 has taken a lot away from us but it has also presented us with new opportunities.

Distance Learning, for example, was something that I had experienced as a University student but I had NEVER considered Distance Teaching.

On Wednesday March 25th 2020, Distance Learning began for our Kiwi Class.  With the wonderful support of their parent’s, the Kiwi class have experienced learning from home.

I have been sent photos of wonderful diary entries, science investigations, stunning handwriting, lovely art and best of all………SMILING FACES!  Seeing your excited, engaged and proud faces via the internet has been a highlight of Lockdown for me!

Thank you to our parents for your incredible support, trust and delivery of our Year 1 learning.  I am so grateful to be a part of your learning community.  Thank you!

Thank you also to our Kiwi class students!  You have adapted beautifully to this new style of learning.  I have loved our Zoom catch ups and will fondly remember our dress-up day!

Have a look at just a few of the photos that I will always treasure.



Pepper, Pepper, Pepper……..Capsicum?

We have had the most interesting Shared News items lately and today’s example was not only interesting but tasty too!

Thank you for bringing in your home grown green pepper/capsicum!  We loved cutting it up and looking at the seeds……BUT……..the best bit was when we got to EAT it!


Multicultural Day at Wentworth College

Our Year 8 Wentworth College friends invited us to their Multicultural Day.  The Year 8 Global Perspective students displayed posters and created food items to represent the culture of a specific country.  We enjoyed our visit and we even tried some yummy (and new) treats!

Thank you Year 8 – we can’t wait to visit you again!

Grandparents everywhere!

Today we had the absolute pleasure of hosting our Grandparents, as well as family and friends at school!

Our visiting Wentworth whanau were invited to join in with tongue twisters, singing and even dancing.  We then took our family and friends into our classroom to look at some of things that we do in a school day.

Thank you to everyone who joined us.  It was a special day and we loved sharing our school life with you!


Beach Picnic Family Fun!

Our Wentworth Beach Picnic is a fun day out for the entire whanau.  We absolutely loved that our Wentworth community had the opportunity to get to know each other better and it was a delight to see our Year 7 and 8 College friends.

Highlights of the day included:-

  • swimming,
  • water games,
  • sausage sizzle,
  • sandcastle building,
  • cricket,
  • and of course iceblocks!

Thank you to all who made it – I am certainly looking forward to next year!


Potato, Potato, SPUD!

Shared News is the perfect opportunity for our students to share their world with us and improve their oral language skills.  Through the sharing of News, we learn how to be a good audience, how to ask questions and we improve our listening skills.  We had an excellent News topic today.

Have a look at how engaged and involved our children were in this shared experience!


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!

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