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Kiwi – Year 1 Blog

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!

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?


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 🙂

Trick or Treat for a good cause!

On the 31st of October we had a mufti day, sausage sizzle and bake sale.

The money raised will be donated to an ex Wentworth Primary student who is sadly very unwell at the moment.

Our Year 0 and Year 1 class embraced the Halloween theme and a wonderful day was had by all.

Thank you to everyone for your generosity and support.  An AMAZING $950.00 was raised and will be given to our very special friend Amelie.

We absolutely appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.  I feel very proud and fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful school community.  Thank you all!

Fire fighters and Astronauts!

Come on guys………Get Firewise!

We were so lucky to have the fire fighters visit us early in September.  We talked about how to keep safe around fire and then we were allowed to look in the fire truck and use the HOSE!

Space food!

One of our lovely Hihi class friends went to NASA and returned with some astronaut food.  We tried ice-cream sandwiches and strawberries.  We were fascinated by how crumbly the food was and we were amazed that we were eating dried ice-cream!

The Living Museum

Today we were invited to attend the Living Museum held at the College by the Year 7 classes.

The Year 7 students chose a character from Ancient History and they became that person.  They dressed up and shared their knowledge about the significant life events of their historical figure.

Congratulations Year 7 on a wonderful event.  You clearly put in a lot of time and effort and we thoroughly enjoyed our adventure though time!


Glorious Global Goodies

Our Global Foods shared lunch was a wonderful opportunity for us all to not only try new foods, but to also get to know more about the friends in our class.

We ate Russian Pancakes, Chinese Mooncakes, Dutch Licorice, English Cornish Pasties and many Kiwi classics such as Kiwifruit and Weetbix Slice…… name a few of the goodies on offer………..YUMMY!

Thank you so much to all of the effort each family made to represent a part of their cultural identity, on a plate!



Flowers and Fish!

Daffodil Day was a wonderful opportunity for our students to dress up in mufti and support the Cancer Society.

Thank you for your generous donations!

Our Hihi class joined forces with the Kereru class to make Japanese Koi inspired art.  After discovering the significance of the Koi we then created our own stunning Koi!




Run, Run, Run as fast as you can – you can’t catch me…………… I am awesome at Cross-country!

Our annual cross-country race is a school calendar highlight.  The whole school participates and it is wonderful to see our students living the Wentworth Values as they persevere to finish the race.  The way in which students will each other towards the finish line is inspiring.  Words of kindness, encouragement and loud cheers filled the air!

This year the weather held off just long enough for us to really enjoy the muddy course.  Thank you to all who came to cheer us on and to the wonderful Year 10 helpers.  We really appreciate you all.


Wizards, Spells and Maths?

Wentworth Primary turned into Hogwarts on Wednesday when we held our annual Students vs Parents Maths Competition.

Much fun was had and I’m sure that I saw some flying spells help parents take flight on trampolines!


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