Distance Learning Ruma Hihi and Ruru

Hi Everyone,

Well this is something that we never expected to be doing, but we are prepared for this and know that this isolation is the best way to contain Covid 19 and save many lives.

The most important thing you can do initially is take care of yourself and your family. Be mindful, take time to talk about how you are feeling and be kind to one another.

At this stage we are unsure how long it will be before we see you all again, but we are here for you and are happy to chat via email/classcraft/google classroom, if you would like to communicate with us.

Take care and enjoy this varied learning programme below. Remember there are loads of other practical things you can do which we have also included for some easy day to day tasks.

Kind regards,

Kathryn, Caron and Tara




Reading log - keep reading a variety of texts

Ruru- We have myLexia that you can spend time on. I will be monitoring how you are going daily.

Pobble 365 is a great resource to use for your writing. They share a picture for you to write about and provide sentence starters and questions about what you are writing about.

Write a diary/journal of your day to day activities/feelings.

Spelling notebooks - words put in last week then topic specific words based on ‘Under Water’ theme.

Mathsmate- You can still complete your weekly maths mate and we can mark this when we get back to school.



We have been learning how to draw sea animals on Youtube. You can carry on practising this. When you think you are confident, you can make your ‘scratch art’. - Colour in an A3 or A4 piece of paper in rainbow colours and then paint over this with black or blue paint (this is the sea) and then scratch in your sea animals that you have been practising. - Good luck, I would love to be sent a photo of your finished copy.


Your art is based on pollution of the sea. Some inspiring sites to look at are:

Google images - artworks on ocean waste

Be creative! Use what you have around the house, in your recycling bins, sheds, garage. We can have an art exhibition when we return.


Exploring the Deep - Investigate one of the following shipwrecks

RMS Titanic




The websites shown to the right are examples, however there are plenty more websites/videos you can find this information from.

Choose 3 different curriculum areas to present your work


Location of the wreck, how deep is the wreck from the surface, how many km from shore, how far to the closest town for emergency help etc

Battle ships - All you need is a grid ruled up and add in 4 or 5 different sized ships.

Create a timeline, or line graph to show how long it took until the ship sank (or something similar).


Write a 1 min speech to share your knowledge/make a fact page/make an acrostic poem or a haiku (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables)


Make a dance/sequence of movements to show how the boat would have sunk to the bottom of the ocean, create a piece of music (can use household objects or apps)

Social Sciences :

Think about how different people related to the shipwreck would have felt. Draw some sketches of the captain, a crew member, a passenger and write a thought bubble of what they would have been thinking when they realised the ship was sinking.


Design a model ship that does not sink in water - use whatever you can find. Test it in the bath if you have one or the sink or a large basin. What does a ship need for buoyancy? How can you keep a ship from tilting (listing)? What other ways can you keep a ship balanced? Consider choppy water/big waves….

Make a diorama of the mariana trench to scale, showing what can be found on the way down.

Long Way Down: Mariana Trench/National Geographic (You tube)


Student Wellbeing challenge Ruru Hihi.pdf
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