The famous song YMCA by The Village People will be preserved forever.

The US Library of Congress has decided it is historically important enough to add the disco anthem to its National Recording Registry.

This means the audio is considered culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

The famous song has inspired partygoers to wave their arms around on countless dancefloors since 1978.

The National Recording Registry was established in 2000 and is tasked with identifying 25 titles per year that reflect the cultural heritage of the US.

The Village People’s disco anthem reached number one in more than a dozen countries, including the UK, although it stalled at number two in the US.

Check out the original video below.

The first shipment of new season kiwifruit has left New Zealand bound for Japan.  

The ship called the Baltic Pearl, was carrying just over one million trays of sungold kiwifruit when it left Tauranga.

The ship is scheduled to reach Japan’s Tokyo and Kobe in late March. 

The vessel also visited Gisborne to pick up over 330,000 trays of sungold kiwifruit.

New Zealand is expected to supply around 155 million trays, or around 600,000 tonnes, of Zespri kiwifruit to our consumers across the world.  This will include around 80 million trays of sungold and around 70 million trays of traditional green.

Finland has been named the world’s happiest country in the world.

The United Nations has revealed the results as part of its annual World Happiness Report.

It is the third year in a row that Finland has finished as the top nation.

The report asked people who live in 156 countries how happy they are based on where they live.

New Zealand came in 8th position.

Some of the least happy places to live, according to the people who live there, were Afghanistan, South Sudan and Zimbabwe, all of which have seen war, poverty and food shortages in recent years.

A news species of tree hopper has been named after Lady Gaga.

The newly discovered treehopper species will officially be known as Kaikaia gaga.

University of Illinois entomology grad student Brendan Morris was allowed to name the new species.

He chose to name a new treehopper species after Lady Gaga to improve awareness of this unique but relatively unknown family of insects.

Treehoppers include some of the most spectacularly beautiful and often quite bizarre bugs on the planet. They have long fascinated biologists who are intrigued by their unusual “helmets.”

Lady Gaga has yet to respond to the news. Morris hopes she’ll take it as a compliment, finding admiration for K. gaga‘s “fierce, purplish face” and striking “‘shoulder pad’ horns.”

The winners of the Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020, competition have been announced.

The winning image was an amazing picture of a group of seals on an ice floe. It was taken using a special drone.

French photographer Florian Ledoux took the winning photo, entitled Above the Crabeater Seals, in Antarctica.

Mr Ledoux beat 7,000 other entries from 117 different countries to win

Here are other category winners and runners-up in the competition, with descriptions by the photographers.


Landscape category winner: Shadow Game, by Marek Biegalski, taken in Italy

An aerial view of a field with sheep standing in the long shadow of a tree

Macro category winner: Chinese Painting, by Minghui Yuan, taken in China

A silhouette of a damselfly on a thin leaf

Youth category: Phoenix, by Saptarshi Gayen, taken in India

A black bird flies over flaming branches

People’s Choice Award: I’m not going easy, by Robert Ferguson, taken in Singapore

A Great white pelican bird tries to swallow a spiky black fish in its beak

Wildlife category, highly commended: Badger Blues, by Dave Hudson, taken in the UK

A baby badger walking through bluebells in a wood

Wildlife category, highly commended: Sleeping the fall off, by Terje Kolaas, taken in Norway

A dove sits on a branch with snow on its head and wing

Wildlife category, highly commended: Breathing, by Bence Mate, taken in Romania

A silhouette of a bear and the condensation from its breath

Landscape category, runner-up: Viking Rainbows, by Alessandro Cantarell, taken in Iceland

A mountain landscape view of a sunrise and a rainbow

Landscape category, highly commended: Flower Power, by Brandon Yoshizawa, taken in USA

A landscape scene showing mountains at night with a large rocket exhaust plume in the sky
An aerial view of the ground showing dark sand with a blue river cutting through it

Today is Thursday 26th March, 2020. In our learning today we are going to read the Kiwi Kids News Feature Article for this week, write our own letter and continue our work on percentages.

READING – Feature Article

Today we are going to read the Kiwi Kids News Feature Article. Each week our writer Hannah writes a more in-depth article. This week she wrote a great article around how important each one of us is.

  1. Your task today is to read the feature article – CLICK HERE
  2. Once you read the article, answer at least two of the questions Hannah has left at the end of her article.

WRITING – Write a letter

Today you are going to write a letter to someone important to you. Thursday 26th March is the first day of New Zealand’s lockdown. For many people that means they will not be able to see their love ones for a while. That doesn’t mean we can’t stay in touch through email.

1. Firstly, if you are unsure of the structure visit this website – CLICK HERE
2. Begin writing
a) Introduce yourself
b) explain what you have planned the next few weeks while at home.
c) remember to ask them questions – that way you will get a reply.
3. It might be a good idea to add a couple of pictures in your letter.
3. Send the letter off via email. I am sure you will make someone’s day.

MATHS – Percentags – missing totals

Watch the video below and then work on the questions below. Write your answer in your worksheet or in a workbook.

This percentage work is starting to get harder. Just do as much as you can. If it is a little hard just miss it out.

Questions – SET 1

Questions – SET 2

Questions – SET 3

A LITTLE EXTRA – Bingo Board of Awesomeness

We have developed a little resource at Kiwi Kids to keep your learning at home. Look at the collection of activities below. Today look at the board and select at least one that you could complete. Let us know in the comments below which one you enjoyed. CLICK HERE for more details.