Information for parents and caregivers: Welcome to our distance learning page. This will be the main portal for all online learning during school closure due to COVID-19.


Details of how to log in and get started will be sent to all caregivers. The learning is not designed to be prescribed and timetabled, but flexible and self-paced depending on your family situation. We encourage you to find a routine that works for you and your family, and remember that learning from home does not have to be limited to the materials we provide.

If you have any difficulty accessing materials, please email your child's teacher via the staff contacts page.

Below, 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.

Distance Learning Programmes will commence Thursday, 13 August


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.

OTHER Useful Links & Resources

Reading and writing ideas and activities
Ideas for parents to support literacy at home
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NZ Maths
Activities to support number knowledge development
Number Fact Bingo
Practice recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
Meteor Multiplication
Fun practice of multiplication facts to x12
Number Fact Families
Reinforcing families of facts relationships
Basic Facts timed testing
Times Tables Test
Basic facts quiz generator
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BBC Bitesize
Spelling, grammar and sentence activities
Spelling City
Enter your own list words for use in a range of games and activities
Spooky spellings
Common exceptions to regular spelling patterns
Spelling monster
App-based spelling activities for IOS and Android
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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. 

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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