The new date for the Tokyo Olympics has been announced.

IOC president Thomas Bach has announced that the Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August.

The Olympics will still be called Tokyo 2020 despite taking place in 2021.

The Paralympic Games, originally due to start on 24 August, 2020, will now take place between 24 August and 5 September, 2021.

The decision to postpone both events was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the Covid-19 virus.

Bach said: “I am confident that, working together with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Government and all our stakeholders, we can master this unprecedented challenge.

The new dates also took into consideration the rest of the global sports calendar after the men’s football European Championship was postponed to the summer of 2021.

It was the first time in the Olympic Games’ 124-year modern history that they have been delayed. However, they were cancelled altogether in 1916 because of World War One and again in 1940 and 1944 for World War Two.

Netflix have announced a new Roald Dahl series.

The series will be an animated version of Roald Dahl’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

New Zealand Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi is going to write and direct the series.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory was published in 1964, and is one of Dahl’s most well-known books.

The story has already been made into two films – with Johnny Depp and Gene Wilder starring as Willy Wonkas.

Netflix says the two series are just the beginning so we look forward to what the future holds.

Indycar racer Sage Karam has won the first race of the virtual INDYCAR iRacing Challenge.

He won the American Red Cross Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, after starting from pole position.

Karam led for 43 of the 45 laps and beat Felix Rosenqvist by 3.6174 seconds. Will Power finished third.

The INDYCAR iRacing Challenge is a series of 6 online races. They have been developed because of the postponement of races due to coronavirus.

Karam is one of the most experienced iRacing drivers in this field. He has been working at home on his virtual races, practising on his simulator.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin was completing his first Indycar race. He was strong, finishing fourth.

Future events will be held weekly, each Saturday, through to the 2nd May.

The New Zealand government has increased the minimum wage.

Those affected will receive a $1.20-an-hour increase in their pay. This means the minimum wage increases from $17.70 to $18.90.

Economic experts believe the increase will benefit around 250,000 New Zealand workers.

However, some business owners have criticised the move as many are struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19. Many businesses had called for a delay in the law.

However, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern argued against delaying the minimum wage increase. “We have to keep in mind that what we need people to keep doing is continue to spend and consume,” Ardern said.

Today is Thursday 2nd April, 2020.

In our learning today we are going to read about Dr Ashely Bloomfield, create a poem and continue work on our fractions.

READING – Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Today we are going to read Dr Ashley Bloomfield. He is the man on TV each day giving us health updates.

  1. Read through the text which can be found by CLICKING HERE.
  2. Complete the questions at the bottom of the article.

WRITING – Poetry

Today we are going to learn from NZ author Paula Green and create a poem about clouds.

Maybe there is a little city
in the clouds where everyone
rollerblades to school
and swims in fluffy swimming pools,
eats cloudy floss and cloudy buns
and climbs very tall ladders to
pick cloudy plums.
When it’s cold, it’s puffy mittens
the nana in the cloud is always knitting,
and when it’s hot it’s ice-cream soda
the cloud granddad is fizzing and floating.
from The Letterbox Cat

Your challenge today is to make a cloud poem. So go outside and look at the clouds, collect some words and then develop them into cool sentences. Share your poem with us in the comments section.

MATHS – Converting Fractions – base 10

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

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.