Dear Parents/ Caregivers,

Welcome to learning at home for Week 4. We hope you had a lovely weekend with the sunny weather we had. Here are activities for this week. Remember our learning at home tasks give you the flexibility to plan these into your day around other commitments.


This week enjoy reading books you have at home, remember to talk about the story. To assist with talking about the story ask your child questions that start with who, what, where, why, when, how. Below are suggested activities for each year group, you can however choose any activities that feel right for your child

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Letter Learning

Write each letter of your child’s name on a separate piece of paper. Lay out each piece of paper. On post-its or small pieces of paper, write the letters of your child’s name, one letter per piece of paper, and place these in no particular order. Show your child the letters of their name laid out and the same letters on the small pieces of paper. Then ask your child to match the letters and read the letters. You can mix them up and repeat activity.

Extend the activity by asking your child to find items in your home that also begin with the letters in their name. Have them look for 2-3 items and place them on the floor under the appropriate letter. When they're done collecting, have them show you what they’ve found. Can they think of any other words that start with those letters?

On the following days this week, choose another family members name and repeat the activity


Make your own ABC Book

Find some paper, scissors, pencils/felts, and glue. Using pictures from your junk mail or drawing your own pictures, create an ABC book. Remember you could think of the names of family members, which letter page they would be and draw their picture for that page. Do a few letters each day, building your ABC book up over time

Hearing Sounds in Words

For the word of the day, write it out on paper and cut it up. Have the extra letters cut up on pieces of paper as well

Start with showing your child the word, read it to them, read it together, name the letters.

Now look at each sound in the word. To do this, segment the word by saying each individual sound, follow with reading the word again by putting the sounds together

Mix up the letters, asking your child to build the word again. Repeat saying each sound and then read the word

With the extra letters, have fun changing the first sound of the word. Each time you change the word, segment (say each individual sound) the new word you have created, then read the word.


Rhyming practice

Ask your child to find 3 items from around your house. Get them to then draw a picture of the item and write what it is. Next, ask them to see if they can write a list of rhyming words for each item. Each day, pick another 3 items from around your house and repeat the task.

Build your vocabulary

Let your child pick an animal and draw a picture of it. Around their picture, ask them to write words they think relate to that animal. For example, some words related to dog could be: bark, fluffy, walk, loyal, tail, digging, playful, growl. After they have shown you their words, see if you can add new words to their list to build their vocabulary. Your child can use the brainstorming template if it helps. This task can be repeated with other animals. When they repeat the task, challenge your child to think of more interesting words, these could be related to what they animal looks like, sounds like, how they move, or where they live.

Make your own Letter Blend Book

Find some paper, scissors, pencils/felts, and glue. Using pictures from your junk mail or drawing your own pictures, create a Letter Blend book. Do a new blend each day, building your Blend Book up over time.

For example, pictures related to the blend ‘gl’ could be: glue, glasses, glad bag, glitter


Remember when writing your stories don’t forget what good writers do…

Welcome back to our home learning activities. Below are some activities to choose from for the next few days or come up with your own. Have fun and be kind!

Book Bag/Folder Book

Have a look at the pictures in your reading book you took home.

Year 1: Choose a picture you like and write a story about it - What can you see? What is happening?

Year 2: Write a story about what happened in the story or in part of the story. If you have a non-fiction text, write a report about the some of the information in your book

Write a story with a picture motivation

Choose a picture to write a story. You can choose a different one each day

What can you see?

Who is in the picture?

What are they doing? What do you think they are going to do?

What do you think about the picture?

Year 2 extension: Add ‘detail’ words to your story. These are words used to describe or make your story more interesting. Make sure you read your story back to yourself to check it makes sense.

Describe a community hero- Police officers

Police officers have a special job to help keep us safe. Write a story describing a police officer.

  1. Draw a picture of a Police officer.

  2. Write some keywords that describe the Police officer.

    1. What do they look like/ do they wear a uniform?

    2. How does their job help other people?

    3. What tools do they need to do their job?

  3. Write a story describing Police officers and what they do.


Addition & Subtraction

Counting On Practice

Practice using the count on strategy to solve the problems. To use the count on strategy, start your count from the biggest number, counting on the second set. For example to solve 7 + 3, put 7 in your head and count on 3 - 7, 8, 9, 10. You can use your fingers to help you track what you are counting on

Here is a youtube clip you can watch to see Counting On -

Here are some problems for this week. Show how you solved each problem by drawing a picture representation like one of the picture examples above

Extension: Pick a number between 20 - 95, can you add 5 to that number using the count on strategy

Peppa & George - How Many Apples?

Choose your own numbers to fill in the blanks

Explore Bonds to 10

Cow Subtraction

For how many cows are in the paddock, choose a number between 5 - 10 or 10 - 20

For how many are taken away to be milked, choose a number less than the first number you chose

Remember to try lots of different numbers

Extension: Choose a number over 20 for the number of cows in the paddock

Jelly beans in a Jar

There are 8 jellybeans in a jar. Grandma gave you some more. How many jelly beans could she have given you? How many would there be in the jar now?

Remember to try lots of different numbers, and see how many there would be

Statistics Fun

Favourite Fruit

Choose four types of fruit, ask members of your family which one is their favourite out of those choices. See if you can message or phone extended family members and find out which one is their favourite. Show the results in a bar graph.

Which fruit got the most votes?

Which fruit got the least votes?

What is the difference between the top vote and the least vote

Remember in a bar graph, the numbers go up the side and the categories go along the bottom. Here’s an example

Number Fun

How many different ways can you arrange 8 dots?

Add together the shoe size of everyone in your house. What does this add up to? For example - In Sally's house. Sally wears size 4, Frank is size 8, Mum is size 7, Dad is size 9. If these are added together it adds up to 28

I had some colouring pencils at home, but one of them broke. How many colouring pencils might I have started with? How many pencils might I have now? What if three of them broke?

I have 5 gemstones in the bowl. I am going to add in some more gemstones. How many more gemstones could I add? How many would I have altogether?

TOPIC: people in the community

A community is a group of people. Most of us live in Papatoetoe, this is one example of a community. We also all go to Puhinui School, this is another community.

Lots of us will be part of other communities in New Zealand and around the world. We could be part of a sports team, a church or religious community. Discuss with someone in your house, what communities you are part of?

Learning Intention: To identify groups of people in the community who can help us

Community workers can help us with different problems. Use the sentences below and match them to the correct picture with who you could ask for help in each situation

  • I have a sore throat

  • My neighbour’s house is on fire

  • I have a really sore tooth

  • The traffic lights are not working, who can direct the traffic?

  • I want to learn something new

  • I broke my arm, I need an ambulance to go to hospital

Fire Escape Plan

Make a fire escape plan with your family. How will you get out of the house quickly?

Below is a website to help you make your plan. Have a go at drawing your own.

Make a fire escape plan

  1. Draw your house

  2. Draw the quickest and easiest way out of your house.

  3. Draw the next quickest way out of your house.

  4. Make sure you include your meeting point.

Dangerous things around the house

What are some dangerous things around the home that we need to be careful around?

Make a list of things that are unsafe and tell your adult why that thing is unsafe?

Have a look at the picture. Why are these things unsafe?

What to do when we’re lost

Watch this video about what we do when we're lost.

Discuss with an adult where you could go if you get lost at these places

  1. Shopping mall

  2. Rainbows end

  3. Supermarket

  4. Airport

  5. Beach

Practise your important information

Talk to your adult at home about what your important information is.

  1. Name

  2. Home address

  3. Your adult’s name (person to contact; mum, dad, grandma, aunty, uncle etc.)

  4. A contact number (home, adult’s phone number)

Keep practising saying this information to someone so you know it in case you get lost.

Sneaky driveways

Go on a walk with your family. What do we do around driveways?

Watch the Sneaky Driveways video

Practise the following steps

  1. Stop at the driveway

  2. Look down the driveway to make sure a car isn’t coming

  3. If a car is coming wait for them

  4. If there is no car keep walking

Junior Choice Board

Welcome back to our home learning activities. Below are some activities to choose from for the next few days or come up with your own. Have fun and be kind!

Build a fort, use some blankets, sheets, cushions, etc. Play a game inside it

Write a letter or note to give to a friend

Have a paper plane challenge with your family

Make a video reading your favourite picture book. Share it with someone who would enjoy it

Choose something yummy to bake or cook

Find an object from around the house beginning with every letter of the alphabet

Hide five toys around your house. Create a scavenger hunt with clues for someone to find them

Put on some music and dance! Make up your own dance moves or a routine

Experiment with baking soda and vinegar. Make a pretend volcanic eruption

Create a boat that will float in the bath

Draw a self portrait and colour it in

Write letters or numbers in shaving cream

Cut some shapes out of paper and get creative with a collage

Watch a favourite TV show and write a story about what happened

Make a colour pattern with objects from your house

Build a giant construction