Home Learning

The following is extra learning your children may like to do at home to support what we are doing in class, alongside their daily reading.

Reading Words 
Click this LINK for the words that our reading levelled books are made up of up to 12 (End of year 1 standard).  As your child goes through each colour they can be practising these (maybe cut up as flashcards or tick off as you go?).  This will help them with reading and writing immensely but not something you MUST do, just if you like =) Great to also go through them all, even if they are passed colours as they often miss some.


The 290 that make up the essential word lists are used most often when we write. Together they make up about 75% of most writing, so they are very important. These words have been arranged in alphabetical order and put in lists according to how often they are used. Because these words are used so often, it is very important that we learn to spell each one.

Level 1 (Year 1/2): 
Students who are spelling proficiently at level 1 will be able to spell some high frequency words (Lists 1-3) correctly. 
For Experts:



LOOK at the word you want to learn, and I mean really look. Which bits of the spelling are easy and which are not so obvious? Mark the 'hard spots', that is the difficult part of the word, using a different colour pen. Is the word similar in spelling to another word that has a related meaning? Can you break it into parts? Have a really good look and think about the spelling until you think you can spell it.

SAY the word, while looking at it. Is the spelling a reflection of the sound? If not what is different?

COVER the word with your hand or a piece of paper. Close your eyes and try to 'see' the word in your head.

WRITE it, this may be in chalk, in rainbow writing or in magazine letters.

CHECK your spelling by uncovering the word and comparing it with your spelling. Check it letter by letter. If it's wrong, start again; if it's right, celebrate how clever you are.
If you've ever wondered how you can help your child with their maths – this is it!  Below  you will find web links you can use with your child to help them practice their Numeracy knowledge.  
You can further support your child's success in achieving their Numeracy goals by:
* being positive and enthusiastic about mathematics yourself;
* asking questions about what your child is doing in Maths;
* getting your child to show you how to solve Maths problems;
* showing your child how you solve Maths problems; 
* valuing their ideas especially if they differ from yours;
* encouraging and praising their efforts;
* making Maths learning FUN!

Extra support for families about maths is here: http://nzmaths.co.nz/families

Numeracy Stage 0 Online Game Links             

Below are some web links to help your child practice the Stage 0 knowledge.  Hold down ctrl and click with the mouse to open the links.
Online Activities 
 Identify all the numbers from 0 - 10 The Number Game 
Find the Number
Magician Show (search 'Magical Numbers')
Number Memory
 Count forwards and backwards from 0 - 10Hungry Caterpillar
Shoot the Duck
Tamba's Abacus
Kids on the Bus
Count us in
Counting to 10
 Say the number after numbers 0 - 10  Gingerbread Man
Fishy Count
Nutty Numbers
 Say the number before  numbers 0 - 10  Counting Down
 Order numbers from 0 - 10 Ordering Game - Click on 'Ascending to 10' or 'Descending to 10'
 Instantly recognises patterns to five  Fishy Count
Count us in
Using Fingers
Numeracy Stages 1 - 2 Online Game Links                 

Below are some web links to help your child practice the Stages 1 -2  knowledge. Hold down ctrl and click with the mouse to open the links.

 Online Activities
 Identify all the numbers from 0 - 20 Rainbow Corner
11-20 You Tube Video 
1 -20 You Tube Video
Numbers to 20 - Click on 2 Digit Number Labelling
 Count forwards and backwards from 0 - 20 Whack a Mole 
The Counting Game
 Say the number before and after numbers 0 - 20Before, After and in Between 
 Order numbers from 0 - 20 Nutty Numbers
Ordering Game
Number Track - click on Number Track Game

 Know groupings within 5 (eg 2 + 3)  Number Bonds
Using Fingers

 Instantly recalls Addition and Subtraction facts to five  Addition with Pictures
Add Numbers to 5
Subtraction with Pictures
Subtraction up to 5
Bean Addition
Make Five
Under the Box

 Uses pictures and diagrams to show results of counting sets

Numeracy Stages 2 - 3 Online Game Links                        

Below are some web links to help your child practice the Stages 2 - 3 knowledge.   Hold down ctrl and click with the mouse to open the links.

Online Activities 
Skip counts forwards and backwards in 2s and 5s, 0 - 20 Counting Game 
Fairy Fog
Fairy Fog (5's)
Skip Counting to 20
 Know groupings with 5 (eg. 5 + 1) Number Bond - Click on Number Bonds to 5
Plus 5
 Know groupings within 10 (eg. 5 + 5, 6 + 4) Save the Whale
Number Bonds
Same or Different
Catch Ten
Bean Addition
Facts to 10
Make Ten
Under the Box
Groupings to 10
Pairs to 10
Patterns to 10
 Instantly recognises doubles to ten Doubles to 10
 Instantly recognises 5-based patterns to ten Using Fingers 
 Instantly recalls doubles to ten
Doubles to 10
 Can write equations using numerals and symbols

Numeracy Stage 4 Online Game Links                      

Below are some web links to help your child practice the Stage 4 knowledge.  Hold down ctrl and click with the mouse to open the links.

Online Activities 
 Read any number from 0 - 100 Counting to 100 - You Tube Clip
Letter Box Maths
 Order numbers in the range of 0 - 100 Octopus
Splat Square
Guess my Number
Car Game
Newspaper Numbers
Count Along to 100
Mend the Number Square
Which Way Round
Ordering to 100
Greatest Number to 100
Ordering Numbers
Ordering 0 - 100
 Say the number before and after 0 - 100 100 Hunt +10 
100 Hunt -10
Football - 10
Before and After
 Count forward and backward numbers from 0 - 100 Ordering Game - Click on 'Ascending 1 to 100' and 'Descending 100 to 1'
Tape Measure Counting
 Skip forwards and backwards counts form 0 - 100 in 2s, 5s and 10s  Fairy Fog - 10
New Duck Shoot
Spooky Sequences in 2s
Spooky Sequences in 2s backwards
Spooky Sequences in 5s
Saucer Sorter
Skip Counting
The Super Sequencer
Crazy Twos 
Skip Counting
 Know groupings with 10 (eg. 10 + 2) Ten and Facts
Teen Facts
 Know groupings within 20 (eg. 14 + 6) Drag to Add
Hit the Button - Click on Number bonds then choose make 20
Pairs to 20
Pairs to 20 - Test Yourself
Groupings to 20
 Know the number of tens in decades  Shark Number
Shark Number 2
Life Guards
Tens in Tens
 Know doubles to 20 and the corresponding halves  Robin Hood
Doubles and Halves
Memory Doubles
 Know "ten and ...." facts  Ten and Facts
Teen Facts
 Know addition and subtraction facts to 10 Test the Toad
Add the Dice
Addition and Subtraction to 10
Rock, Scissors, Paper
Subtraction Facts to 10
Maths Add
Maths Sub
 Know multiples of 10 that add to 100 10s Pairs to 100
Adding Multiples of 10
Ten Facts
 Identify symbols for halves, quarters, thirds and fifths Matching Fractions
Fraction Flags
Fraction Flags - 1/3
Turkey Terminator
 Can use equations to show the result of mental calculations 
  Sum Add

BASIC FACTS (click to enlarge)

Children learn to read by reading books, having books read to them, listening to stories and
seeing you read. Increased ability in reading helps your child access all other areas of the curriculum.
If you want to get better at something, you must keep practicing!
Time spent sharing the books that children take home will make a big difference to their reading and learning across the curriculum.

  • Read your child’s book and talk to them about their reading.
  • Read with your child every day and encourage them to read with you and on their own.
  • Take your child to the library – look for ‘Top 100’ best seller lists in bookshops to find popular books and authors to read.
  • Find key words in texts.
  • Encourage your child to read the newspaper to find information for you.
  • Seize opportunities. If your child gets excited about a topic, find books about it together.
  • Set up a reading area in your home.
  • Have a book shelf and keep books that interest your child in places where they can easily reach them.
  • As they become better readers, add harder books to your collection.
  • Ask your child to describe events in their lives. Talking about their experiences makes children think
      about them. Giving detailed descriptions and telling complete stories also helps children learn about  
      how stories are written and what the stories they read mean.
  • Restrict the amount and kind of TV your child watches at home. An idea is to have a ‘TV free day/s’. Let
           your child choose the time.
  • Watch educational TV programs with your children.
  • Use words at home, talk about things you do, see, attend and ask your child to talk about their ideas.
      Encourage their IDEAS.
  • Model reading to your child by reading books.
  • Listen to audio books.
  • Read e-books.

For printable practice try here:  http://www.guruparents.com/handwriting-worksheets/

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