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Below, you can find information and activities to support learning at home. You can also visit the 'Switch On Safety' website, provided free by the Ministry of Education and Network for Learning to offer internet safety tools you can use at home.  Click on the link below to set this up in a few easy steps.


Home Learning

Home Learning Expectations By Year Level



Years 1 and 2

  • Students bring home a reader each day from Monday to Thursday.  In Year 2, once a child has reached the expected level they will no longer bring home a reader from school but should read a self-selected book, either from home or school library, for 20 minutes each night. 


Years 3 - 6

  • Students working towards the required level will bring home a reader each week

  • Students that are already reading above the expected level should read between 20 - 30 minutes each night. The book should be chosen either from home or the library 



Spelling can be learned and practiced

using a variety of methods including: 

  1. Copy the word → Look at the word, Say the word

  2. Say the word again, spell out the letters, write the word as you spell it out,  write the word again.

  3. Cover the word → write it down again

  4. Check if it is correct


  • Use flash cards with spelling words written on them

  • Making words with magnetic letters

  • Writing word families


Year 2

  • Students who have not yet mastered the required lists for Year 2 (Lists 1 -3) should learn self-selected words from the lists provided each week.  

  • Students who have met the required lists may choose to learn words from Lists 4-6.  These will be provided once the child has mastered Lists 1 - 3. There may also be a spelling pattern focus - this will be recorded in the spelling notebook. 

  • Testing will be done at the end of each term. 


Years 3 - 6 

  • Students who have not yet mastered the required level for their year level will have words to learn each week, as appropriate for each child. 

  • Students that already know the spelling words for their year level will not have spelling words to learn. However in Years 3-5 teachers will provide spelling lists for the year levels above if students wish to learn these. 

Basic Facts

Basic facts and tables can be learned and

practiced using a variety of methods including:

  1. Making flash cards with basic facts written on them

  2. Using dice or playing cards

  3. Writing families of facts

  4. Using basic facts songs

Years 3 - 6

  • Students who have not yet mastered the required basic facts for their year level should learn the relevant basic facts, Short, regular practice of these 4 x per week.  Practice worksheets are not consistent with the MENPS approach to learning and therefore will not be provided. 

  • Students that already know the basic facts for their year level will not have additional maths homework, however they are encouraged to direct their own learning through the MENPS Toku Wero Akoranga programme.

MENPS Toku Wero Akoranga Programme

The MENPS Toku Wero Akoranga programme is an opportunity for students to self-direct and take responsibility for some aspects of their learning.  It is an optional, self-directed programme that recognises that learning is far broader than reading, writing and maths, and occurs through many experiences outside of school.


Teachers will support student’s sharing any aspects of this programme they complete, but do not monitor or evaluate the learning, which can be parent-directed. 

OTHER Useful Links & Resources

Further Home Learning Options...

Above all, we firmly believe there is much more to a rich, well-rounded childhood than study. If your child has finished everything above, we suggest that it is probably about time that they:


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