Piwakawaka Y1 Distance Learning 2021-08-22T21:40:33+00:00

Piwakawaka Y1


Digital Options Description
Teach Your Monster How to Read Free phonics app that follows the same phonics we teach in class
Studdyladder Online learning resource with Lessons, activities, games, worksheets and videos in English, Literacy, Mathematics and Science
Storylineonline Free storytelling videos and resources that aim to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills
Seesaw A platform for student engagement – students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio
Vooks A streaming library of animated children’s storybooks

Reading at home

  • Read books together as a family – Ask questions about what you are reading, make predictions, discuss characters and ask why they behave the way they do.
  • Retell favourite stories changing the character and where it takes place.
  • Act out a favourite story
  • Make puppets of the characters
  • Turn off the lights and read with a torch
  • Practice reading your sight words
  • Write out a sentence from a reading book, chop the sentence up and get your child to put it back together
  • Design a new book cover for your favourite story
  • Phone a relative and read them a story
  • Build a fort in your living room and read a book inside it
  • Record your self reading and upload it to your seesaw journal
  • Complete your daily studyladder tasks
  • Listen to the audio book Clark the Shark and make a comic strip of events that happened in the story
  • Listen to the audio book Tale of Two Beasts  make masks of the characters with a family member and re-enact the story
  • Listen to the audio book Arnie the Doughnut and write about your favourite part of the story


  • I spy… I spy something that starts with a…
  • Clap a pattern… I clap a pattern then you copy
  • Snap or Go fish with sight words
  • Scavenger Hunt – Find an item that begins with each letter of the alphabet


Digital Options Description
Studyladder Online learning resource with Lessons, activities, games, worksheets and videos in English, Literacy, Mathematics and Science
Kiwi Kids News Child-friendly national and international news – Watch videos, read articles, use as writing prompts!
www.twinkl.co.uk/offer Head over to Twinkl and enter the code NZLTWINKLHELPSthis will give you free access for one month to amazing resources
Murray Gadd Fun writing tutorials at home with Murray Gadd

Writing at home

  • Hide some toys around the house, create a scavenger hunt with clues for someone to find them
  • Write letters/ draw pictures to post to friends and family
  • Help write a shopping list
  • Practice writing your name starting with a capital letter and the rest lowercase: in pencil / felt-tips / crayon / chalk or fingerpaint
  • Complete a daily task on studyladder
  • Complete a handwriting page from your handwriting book
  • Write to nurses / doctors / essential workers to thank them for their service
  • Learn a new skill and log your journey e.g. knitting, juggling, doing a cartwheel
  • Write or record a set of instructions on how to: Make your bed / Brush your teeth / Build a castle with lego
  • Draw what you see outside your front door and write about it
  • Create your own story book
  • Make a sentence out of magazine / newspaper headings

Online Tutorials

  • Writing at home with Murray Gadd

Murray Gadd’s Writing at Home YouTube channel provides video guidance to support teachers to deliver writing activities to their students. These writing activities can be done at home. In each video Murray models a writing lesson as if he is teaching a class. He models high quality practice including vocabulary development, modelling and print concepts.

View tutorials with Murray Gadd


Digital Options Description
MathsBuddy  Online maths video tutorials
MathPlayground  Free, online math games with problem solving, logic games and number puzzles that kids love to play
ABCya.com  Educational games that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, just-for-fun logic games
 Studyladder  Daily maths tasks that your students can complete online
 Nzmathsgames.com  Online education maths games that are fun for children

Maths at home

  • Create a pictograph of your family members favourite foods, animals, ice-cream flavour
  • Create a tally chart with things like cars going past
  • Read numbers on letter boxes and road signs.
  • Add sets of objects together
  • Cooking – counting and measuring
  • Make your own pizza or pancake and cut it into halves and then quarters
  • Fill some glasses with different amounts of water and create your own musical xylophone
  • Secret number – choose a number between 1 and 20 ask questions i.e “is it higher or lower than ….”  to try and guess the secret number
  • Have a paper airplane challenge with your family and measure how far they go
  • Look at an online supermarket website and decide what you would buys if you had $50
  • Find 20 small objects around your home and sort them into different categories e.g. size/ colour / use / lightest to heaviest / heaviest to lightest
  • Create a number hunt around your home using numbers 1-20 for a family member to find
  • Draw a number line with chalk from 1-20 on the concrete and practice counting forwards and backwards from random numbers
  • Play a card game
  • Create your own snakes and ladders board game
  • Complete a daily maths task from Studyladder
  • Spend 15 minutes on Math Playground

Other Curriculum Areas and Real-life Learning Experiences

Digital Options Description
learningfromhome.govt.nz Resources, guidance and information for parents, whānau, teachers and leaders from early learning to senior secondary
Science In A Van Exploring scicence through fun, hands-on activities
Nanogirl’s LAB Hands-on STEM learning projects for kids at home
Sport Northland Hauora – Health and Well-being activities for the whole family!
The Learning Station Healthy music for a child’s heart, body and mind!

Te Reo Maori in the home

Oral language

  • Label and learn te reo Māori words for items in your home
  • Te Kotare: waiata for tamariki and whanau: Puna Reo

A collection of waiata that you can learn at home with your whānau.  Includes Music, animated video, translations and chords.


  • Kupu App

A great new way for you and your whanau to experience te reo Māori!  An app that uses your camera in your device to instantly translate objects into te reo Māori


  • Māori Television: (Te Reo)

Click on the link to be taken to Māori televisions collection of language learning programmes.  From Mahi Pai to Tamarirki Haka, the options are endless!



  • Play musical statues
  • Invent clapping games with different rhythms
  • Sing a song together
  • Learn a new waiata in te reo Māori
  • Collect sticks and create drum beats on hard surfaces (upside down bins, outdoor seats, old boxes)
  • Make up a dance routine to your favourite song
  • Follow a dance routine on Jump Jam


  • Nanogirl’s LAB – Nanogirl talks with Moe about Covid-19 and the importance of physical distancing during the COVID-19 event.

Parents can use this as a support for explaining the importance of physical distancing during the COVID-19 event.

Hauora – Health and Well-being


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