Learning at home

Offline learning

Students at home will need a different routine to that which they would normally expect on a regular school day. It is important to set short timeframes and include breaks for exercise and social interaction. There may be home-based skills that you can do together as well as more formal classroom style learning. Fun is important!

Some ideas (select those that are age and level appropriate) :

Cooking: make the family dinner, think about recipe quantities, modifications if there are ingredients missing, experiment with adapting a recipe several times  such as morning tea muffins or dumplings - what happens when you change ingredients, which versions are successful, which less so - record what you learn.  Get feedback from the family and write up the best recipe for use again and again or to send to someone else. 

Gardening:  plant some vegetable seedlings and care for them while at home. Take a photo every few days and record their growth. Find out the best way of feeding and watering them, plus protecting them from the hungry birds.

Sewing/knitting: dig out the knitting needles and start a scarf or make a simple skirt or headband out of fabric scraps.  Record each step and send to another classmate to have a go themselves.

Building: use lego, blocks, cardboard or an old shoe box to get creative:  build a scene from a book you are reading, create an imaginary planet or invent some new type of transport device or household tool

Jigsaws and board games: learn how to win and lose; build spatial awareness with a large family jigsaw, adding dice, 


  • Reading and writing in any form is great. Use the online resources below or re-visit some bookshelf favourites.
  • Read to each other, read to a puppet/teddy, record your reading and play it back, read to a relative over Skype.  Talk about the story and the characters; consider such questions as "Who would you be in this book?",  "What would you do differently if it were you?", "How can we change the ending?"
  • Use the story to inspire writing:  re-write the plot from another character's point of view, write a letter to one of the characters, what do you want to know about this person, describe (or draw) the setting.

Online learning

Literacy links

Reading Eggs

All students have a log in for this

Book Creator

Make a wonderful book to share

Unite for literacy

Online multilingual reading books 

Storyline online

Actors read beautiful picture books.


Excellent reading and phonics site


Free online library of books

Epic for kids

Reads aloud comic books of different genres

Sight words by colour

Can you read and write these high frequency words?


A wonderful writing website

Scholastic reading at home

Fun learning and activities for home


Story starters and creative writing ideas

Pobble 365

Another creative writing site

Games to Learn English

Games for English Language learners

British Council Learn English

Reading and writing games

David Walliams free daily audio story

Storytime from Space

Stories read by astronauts

Oxford Owl

Reading books in multiple subjects

Loyal books

Free online audio and e-books

Maths links


Each child has a login 

ICT games

Awesome site full of free games

Alien addition

Practice basic facts

Top marks

Maths games for a range of skills and levels.

Khan academy

Resource that explains how to do exercises.

Xtra math

Basic facts support

Creative thinking / languages / skill building / getting active 

Go Noodle

Fun, physical movement breaks for kids

Any Questions

Library staff on hand to support inquiry learning

The Kid should see this

Smart videos for curious minds of all ages


Coding tool

The hidden world of National Parks

Take virtual guided  tours through national parks 



Memory games for kids

National Geographic for Kids

Information and fun games

BBC for kids Kiwi kids news Online jigsaw puzzles Thinkers keys on different topics

School kit at home facebook page

has lots of innovative activities updated daily

Smithsonian virtual tour

This and other museums have great online content

Language Nut

Learn English and other languages



Parent Support at home

Research suggests that "the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student's family is able to:
1. Create a home environment that encourages learning
2. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children's achievement and future careers
3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community”.

http://www.education.com/reference/article/benefits-parent-involvement-research/ (for further reading)

Check these out ...

MOE - parent section including information about the New Zealand Curriculum

MOE - Ideas on how to help with reading, writing and maths - there are some fantastic ideas here for each year group.