Today is Tuesday the 12th May.

In our learning today we are going to continue our two-week-long piece of work around our amazing country. We are creating a Tour of Aotearoa. Watch the video below and then read the instructions.

Our task over the next 5 days is to complete our Tour of New Zealand. Each day we are going to visit a new town or city in the South Island. Your learning tasks (reading, writing and maths) will relate to that place or region.

As we work through the tasks below you will need to add where we go on your Map of New Zealand. We have created a booklet that you can print off and add to daily (CLICK HERE). If you don’t have a printer then please just use a school book to complete the tasks.

TOUR of NZ – Christchurch

READING – Painting the Town

Today you are going to read this article about artwork in Christchurch following the earthquakes. CLICK HERE for your reading.

Following this story create your own piece of artwork that could go in your town

WRITING – Daily Diary

Your task today is to do some research about activities you could do in Christchurch while you are there for 2 days. We would pick one for each day. Don’t worry about your budget. Be creative and add some pictures.
Check out this resource to help CLICK HERE

After your research, you must write a short diary entry for each of your 2 days in Nelson. We suggest 3 or 4 sentences each day. If you want to add some photographs that would look great. Below is an example;

Today our family went up the Sky Tower. The Sky Tower is in the middle of Auckland city. While in the site we had a picnic lunch down at the Viaduct Harbour. In the afternoon we walked around the Auckland Domain.


Today your starting activity is to play this game for 10 minutes – CLICK HERE

While in Nelson we went on the for a walk around Hagley Park. Using google maps estimate how much distance you would cover if you walked around the outside of it all.

13+ 38 = 2.67 + 6.70 = 8.06 – 1.91 = 13.89 – 6.4 =


Niko and Kaia buy their father a card for Fathers’ Day.

The card costs $5.90. Niko puts in 40c more than Kaia.

How much do they each contribute to the card?

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.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced New Zealand will move into Level 2 on Thursday.

The move will be staggered with business opening on Thursday, schools on Monday 18th May and bars on the 21st May.

Jacinda Ardern and Director-General of Dr Health Ashley Bloomfield also announced that social gatherings will be limited to groups of 10 for the next two weeks.

The new limit would apply to parties at home, church meetings, weddings, funerals and group bookings at restaurants or bars.

People attending movies at the theatre would have to be spaced out.

“We may have won the battle, but we have not won the war,” Ardern told New Zealanders at her 4pm press conference.

Ardern warned of a long road ahead. She urged New Zealanders to continue to maintain public hygiene and health practices.

Over the weeked countries in Europe remembered VE Day.

VE Day is Victory in Europe Day. It is the day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s surrender.

It occured on Tuesday, 8 May 1945 and marked the end of World War II in Europe.

This year marked the 75th year since the German Army surrendered.

Due to COVID-19 lockdowns across most of Europe had smaller memorials.

In London the Red Arrows planes painted the skies blue, white and red. However, the public wasn’t even told about the flyover to prevent the mass breaching of lockdown rules. Instead, Brits were urged to stay home and commemorate it quietly.

A gun salute at Edinburgh Castle marked the beginning of a nationwide two-minutes of silence.

British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough has celebrated his 94th birthday.

Attenborough has been the voice of wildlife documentaries for the last 60 years.

He has helped people develop a greater appreciation for the world around them throughout his epic career.

David Attenborough Facts

David Attenborough was born in London on May 8, 1926.
He showed a real love for nature and all things outdoors by the age of seven. David studied natural sciences at Cambridge University.
David Attenborough began his career at the BBC after serving in the Royal Navy for two years.
His first show was Zoo Quest which started in 1954.

Tom Cruise is set to film his next movie from space.

The move was announced last week in a joint statement with NASA.

Cruise is known for his action-packed and stunt-filled Mission:Impossible movies.

At this stage information is limited. However, it is not a Mission:Impossible film and no studio has announced plans yet.

Experts believe that Cruise may even get onto the International Space Station as part of his role.

When asked for comment, NASA declined to provide more details. “We will say more about the project at the appropriate time,” a NASA said.

Kiwi filmmaker Taika Waititi will direct and co-write a brand new Star Wars film.

Taika is one of the world’s best filmmakers. He made Thor: Ragnarok, and is now working on the next Thor film, called Thor: Love and Thunder, which should be out next year.

Waititi has experience in the Star Wars universe. He directed the series one finale of The Mandalorian – the hit Star Wars series on Disney+.

For this movie he’ll be joined by co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who is from Scotland.

Waititi also likes to be a part of his movies. He played Korg, through motion capture, in Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Endgame. He also voiced the droid IG-11 in The Mandalorian.