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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Term 2

At the beginning of Term 2 the class completed their assessments. I was really impressed with how much of a positive attitude the children had towards these. 

We are now back to lessons as usual, and the children have been learning lots of new and exciting things.

In English we have been exploring Myths and Legends. The class have read a variety of these and even acted some out. Here are some photos of groups of children adding more to the story of 'The Sword in the Stone'.


In Maths we have been working on Number and Place Value. This term, we have been including decimal numbers. The children have fully embraced paired games and challenges.

We are starting Science this term with our topic 'The way we see things'. We will be exploring light. So far, we have looked inside a box with various possible light sources inside, to identify which are light sources and how we know.

Year 5 are thoroughly enjoying their sessions with Gracie from Pform. Each week, they have been having drama sessions in the dance studio, with the year 4 children.

This term in Global Perspectives our topic is 'How can we stay healthy?'
The class have discussed the things we may need to stay healthy and worked in collaboration to put these things in order from the most important to least important.



Next week, we look forward to visiting Tiritiri Matangi with years 3 and 4. I hope to share some photos from this trip in our next class blog.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Tuatara Class - Term One so far!

Tuatara Class - Term One so far....

Wow, what a fantastic term we have had so far! As always, I am very impressed with the hard work, effort and dedication the year 5 children are putting in to all that they do.


In Maths we have been learning about reflections.




In Science, we have been continuing to look at 'The life-cycle of a flowering plant'.

The class enjoying being bees and flowers, whilst investigating how pollination works. 

We have been closely observing beans that we planted in various locations and are pleased to notice that two beans have begun to germinate.

Dad's Day

I was so pleased to see so many adults at Dad's day. The children thoroughly enjoyed you coming into the classroom to help them with their seed dispersal investigation. Some children decided to take extra helicopters home, to continue their investigations in different environments!

Golden child was also a great success, with the class showing their competitive and sporty side, whilst competing against the Dads.


Thank you so much to those who were able to find the time to attend Dad's day. I am very glad that you were able to get a glimpse of what life is like in Tuatara class, and I'm sure you will all agree that we are very polite, caring, inquisitive and respectful learners. I am incredibly proud of each and every child and their wonderful positive attitudes towards school life and their learning.

Multicultural Expo

The primary school were invited to the college to participate in their multicultural expo. The children really enjoyed finding new facts about different countries and trying different foods.


Next week we will be attending camp. I am very excited to see the class embracing new activities and having opportunities to work in different teams. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any good news to share, or anything that you wish to discuss. cfielding@wentworth.school.nz

Monday, February 25, 2019

Welcome to Year 5

Hello to all,

What a fantastic start we have had to year 5!

Firstly, I would like to say well done to all of the children for doing incredibly well in their assessments. Each child did their very best, and the results have informed our learning this year.

We have kick started Term 1 with lots of exciting learning:

In English we are reading Kensuke's Kingdom - a wonderful adventure novel by Michael Morpurgo. We are already most of the way through the text, and at times finding it difficult to put down! It is wonderful to witness such engaged readers in action!

                                                                Image result for kensuke's kingdom

In Mathematics we have been looking at number and place value and have enjoyed working with a partner to play games and investigate with numbers.

In Science we are looking at flowering plants. In groups we have planted some fruit stones and are taking turns in watering them.


Last week we met Harold the Giraffe for some life education classes. Here we discussed what it means to be a good friend and what digital citizenship means. We also met Harold and enjoyed answering his questions, before having a little dance with him!

I am really pleased with how well the children have settled into life in a year 5 classroom. They are happy and really eager to learn. Keep up the good work! :)

It was lovely meeting you at our Meet the Teacher evening and for children to share their ILPs with you last week. As I mentioned to you all, please feel free to email me if you need to get in touch any time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Capacity - a relay race

A couple of weeks ago, we did a test of accuracy - moving 1 litre of water from one tub to another.

Before we started, we discussed how we would move the water safely. We could only use a small cup to transfer the water a little bit at a time.

One member from each team measured out 1 litre of water, and brought it to the starting tub as safely as possible.

Once the water was ready to go, they started. Taking turns, whilst their peers shouted words of positive encouragement, they started the task of moving the water.

Some learnt quickly that if you ran with the water, it probably wouldn't end up in the tub. Others realised that if they tipped the water in from a great height, most of the water would miss the tub.

One team ended up with 900 ml, which was the best result!

This was a good reminder that patience is a virtue!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Shadows and the Sun

We created a mini crime-scene at school the other day.

It was very interesting seeing the shadows move throughout the day, and we drew chalk outlines again to see how much the shadows moved and also if they changed size!

We discussed why shadows move and why shadows change size. 

Shadows move and change due to Earth's rotation. The angle of the Sun, low in the sky to higher in the sky, changes the length of the shadow cast behind an object. In the morning, the Sun appears low in the sky; objects cast long shadows

We have also been enjoying this video of 'The Singing Astronaut'.

The Singing Astronaut also does science experiments in space!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


In English, we have been writing myths. We have talked about ancient Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses, and have looked at some Greek myths to help us figure out how to actually write one.

After some great discussions, we realised that myths are explaining events. They used Gods/Goddesses and heroes to help them explain, well, unexplainable events in the ancient times. Like, why does it rain? Why do people feel emotions?

We had a watch of this fairly creepy, yet entertaining, myth:

The language to describe and explain things is amazing. The students all quickly jotted down ideas that they could use to influence their myths.

There has been a variety of wonderful myths,  but I decided to share with you one myth that I enjoyed reading when I was checking homework today!

Why it Rains

By Ananda

Every now and then, Hades realises how happy people are on Earth. Hades gets very jealous and sends some of his souls to cover the sun like a veil, so the people are no so happy. But before they get there, the Gods notice the souls. Apollo, since he is the sun God, flies up as quick as lightning to defend the sun. Apollo always wins and Hades is angry at the souls who failed him. And as a punishment, Hades does not let the souls return to the underworld. The clouds are actually the defeated souls…since they have nothing else to do. Sometimes, the defeated souls cry because they cannot return to the underworld; so the rain is actually the souls crying.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Basketball Champions!

This week saw our very first basketball champions session with Coach C.
Since last week's session was cancelled at the last minute, the students in Kekeno were very excited about having a basketball session.

We started off talking about values, like respect and teamwork, and how they are important in everyday life (and in sports too!).

After talking, we ran down to the gym and started playing some basketball skill games. We played Octopus, Golden Child, and a couple of other games. It was a lot of fun!

We were expecting Michael Jordan to turn up, but he was too busy.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Grandparent's Day (a better late than never post)

Although Grandparent's Day was a few weeks ago, I have decided to do a photo post on here, showing what we did.

It was so interesting hearing all of the stories about our grandparent's days at school. How it has changed! We are so lucky to not get the cane anymore.

First up, we had our whole school singing performance. We blew the grandparents away with our beautiful singing.

Afterwards, we went back to class and filled out a questionnaire about our grandparents.

Our grandparents talked about school and Liam's grandad even brought in an artillery shell!

Finally, we made some paper flyers using straws and paper.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

This week we have started to have a look at play-scripts.
We have had a read of 'The Happy Prince' by Oscar Wilde and looked at the different characters.

𝓐 𝓹𝓵𝓪𝔂𝓼𝓬𝓻𝓲𝓹𝓽 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓭𝓼:

  • A cast list/characters
  • Adverbs and verbs
  • New speaker on a new line
  • A title
  • A beginning, middle and end
  • The scene to be set, usually by the narrator
  • To be written in present tense
  • Stage directions

𝓦𝓮 𝓬𝓸𝓶𝓹𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓪𝓷𝓲𝓶𝓪𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓽𝓸𝓻𝔂:

Today we started writing a section of the story as a play.

Each group worked really well together and shared their ideas on how to write the section of the story as a play.
First of all, they had to make a key and highlight, in the story, who was speaking. 

Next week they will start writing their own plays to perform to the class!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Get NZ Writing

This term the year 5s and 6s worked together to send a parcel to another school in New Zealand. This was part of 'Get NZ Writing'.

Each person needed to write a metaphor to describe themselves.

 Everyone wrote excellent metaphors describing themselves.