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Taskmaster

Each week, our Mighty Moa team is doing battle, completing seemingly random tasks, under the watchful eye of the Taskmaster.

 

Week 1: Pinky Pick-up

Our teams had to choose representatives to pick up items from the floor using just their pinkies! Each item had to be bigger than a foot and the number of items had to equal the number of representatives. Confused?

Our best result: 15 items picked up by 15 reps and held for 1 min 25 seconds. Well done, team!

 

School Captains

There was a fiercely contested election for the role of School Captain this year. Eleven brave, resourceful students presented themselves to their peers as candidates for the three available positions. Each had put great thought and care into their speeches, videos and presentations – outlining how they intended to make our school a better place and how they displayed our Wentworth values.

Congratulations to each candidate – even though you could not all be elected, you were all successful speakers and the voters had an incredibly difficult job in deciding how to cast their votes.

Our School Captains this year are Luke V, Claire S and Oscar G. I know they will do a wonderful job!

 

Mighty Moa Class 2020

You thought the Moa was extinct? Not at all – there have been numerous sightings around Gulf Harbour of this amazing creature.

Towering above all others, the Moa lived in communities and was capable of fast running speeds  – sociable and sporty – just like our Year 6 class!

 

 

 

 

 

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 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

 

Maths

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 cfielding@wentworth.school.nz

 

 

 

 

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?

 

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