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Today is Friday 3rd April, 2020.

Today is Formal Friday.

A day where, even in isolation, you dress in formal clothing. In our learning today we are going to read a short story, write a short story based on an image and work on fractions in maths.

Weekly Catch Up

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Weekly Quiz

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READING – Short Story

Today we are going to read a short story about a mouse with a long tail.

  1. Read through the text which can be found by CLICKING HERE.
  2. After reading this story draw a book cover for this story.

WRITING – Poetry

Today you are going to use the following image as a prompt for your writing.
Look at the image – we have a mouse, a baked cake and a strange animal. What could your story be about? Try and be creative and whacky in your story.
Remember to plan your story – characters, setting, vocabulary and plot. Once it is written then add your story to the comments below.

MATHS – Converting Fractions

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

Questions – SET 1
Convert a fraction to a decimal by dividing. Convert the fractions below by dividing. You can use a calculator or divide using the example below.

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.

First, it was hand sanitiser, then bread and toilet paper, now it is cauliflower.

All these items have seen demand increase during COVID-19.

Kiwis have been on social media and complaining to the government after being asked to pay $NZ13 for a single cauliflower during the lockdown.

The hot and dry summer we have had in New Zealand has reduced the supply of the cauliflower. This has increased the price.

Data from Stats NZ shows cauliflower was $2.75 a kilogram in February 2007. This February, just before COVID-19 it was just $4.51.

It is believed that prices will drop again when the weather cools.

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.

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.

Air New Zealand has completed its last every London to Los Angles flight.

The Air NZ base at Heathrow, which employs 130 flight attendants, was meant to close in October. The airline had planned to replace the London service with one to New York.

However, due to the impact of coronavirus on air travel, the route is suspended until the end of June. This means the iconic London to LA flight will no longer happen.

Air New Zealand has been flying between Auckland and London for 36 years. The route carried the flagship flight number, NZ1 – or NZ2 if you were flying north.

The final flight was, of course, an emotional time for the crew onboard and staff on the ground.

The Houseparty App has seen an explosion of downloads while New Zealand is in lockdown.

Houseparty is a free social media app that allows users to video-chat and play games with one another in a similar way to if they were hanging out face-to-face.

Downloading data has shown that Houseparty has practically been an overnight success. On March 17, it was ranked 1143rd overall in New Zealand on Apple’s App Store. Just six days later, it had risen to 1st.

In that same period, it went from being our 12th most popular social media app, to ousting the likes of Instagram and Facebook be number one by March 23.

This staggering rise isn’t limited to Aotearoa. One reporter who has been tracking Houseparty said its popularity “seems to have followed coronavirus around the globe”.

Please be aware that Kiwi Kids News does not support the use of the Houseparty App. Experts have suggested that some of the privacy settings on the App are not as strong as they should be. CLICK HERE

Aircrafts and airlines are finding it hard to find parking spots for their planes.

With coronavirus causing air travel to stop, airlines around the world have been forced to ground most of their aircraft and in some cases their entire fleet.

American Airlines has had to park 450 of its aircraft, Delta airlines have grounded 600 and Lufthansa Airlines around 700 aircraft.

Many airports, especially larger ones, don’t have enough space for all planes.

It’s not known at this stage where Air New Zealand will park some of its grounded fleet. However, it has the options of a handful of air force bases around the country.

It is also expected that airports around New Zealand will be willing to help Air New Zealand during this time.

New Zealand has celebrated a slightly different Gumboot Friday for 2020.

Gumboot Day is a day set up by comedian Mike King to remind us about the importance of mental health and depression.

For 2020, Mike King ran a three-hour Facebook live event for New Zealanders coping with anxiety around the COVID-19 crisis. Singer-songwriter Mitch James joined the event from his Sydney home.

King had already completed a quick tour of New Zealand on tractors to raise awareness for the Gumboot Friday.

Last year Gumboot Friday raised $1.3 million to provide more than 10,500 counselling sessions for 2500 young New Zealanders. 

Mike King has called on New Zealanders to ask those closest how they are doing and to let them know they are not alone.