Home Learning starts  Wednesday, 15 April.

All of our communication and setting of challenges and activities for home learning will be via Seesaw.  We now have almost every single family connected through this and have provided nearly 50 families with devices to do so.  Another dozen families will receive devices once the Ministries of Education and Health provide clearance and a protocol for delivery.

How will the work be set?
Each day, teachers will provide structured home learning activities through Seesaw.  Activities will be posted by 10am daily.  Any and all approved children’s posts will be commented upon by teachers. 

Still need help connecting to Seesaw?
Please email me principal@mornington.school.nz or text me on 027 2600 313 if you, or any school family you know of, are having difficulty with getting connected or having access devices.

Free Web Filtering Available
When children learn from home, it’s important to make sure they stay safe online. Here’s a simple, FREE way to block the worst of the web. 

To Switch on Safety, you need to change the ‘DNS’ setting on your child’s device. Simple instructions on how to do this are outlined below. Just click on the type of device your child uses below. To find out what’s blocked, read here.

Safety can’t be provided by technology alone – it requires a holistic approach. For tips and advice to support online safety conversations with your whānau check out Netsafe.

This is the place to find links to all sorts of resources to assist students and families working from home during self-isolation.

We will update with ideas and activities regularly and as required.

Here are some good places to start:

Home Learning Year 1

Home Learning Year 2

Home Learning Year 3

Home Learning Year 4

Home Learning Year 5

Home Learning Year 6

Ministry of Education Resources
The government will need to prioritise, and reach students and households, with an initial focus on connecting students in senior secondary school working towards NCEA – to minimise disruption for those working towards a qualification – and on those with greatest need due to disadvantage. Resources will then move down the year levels from years 10 to 1.

Home Learning Television  
The Ministry of Education is working to ensure that every learner/ ākonga has at least one channel for accessing educational content from 15 April. 

The Ministry of Education has been working with teachers and leaders, alongside staff from ERO and Te Kura  to develop Home Learning TV | Papa Kāinga TV, on TVNZ, which will run from 9am to 3pm on school days on TVNZ2+1 and Sky channel 502. Some lessons will also be available on TVNZ On Demand.

There will be content for parents and whānau with preschool children and tamariki, and lessons for those aged 5 to 15 years of age will cover a broad curriculum that includes movement, music, physical education, wellbeing, numeracy, literacy and science through an integrated approach to curriculum. There’s already a lot of good education video content available, and the Ministry will be working with experts and educators to refine and further develop it.

Parents are not expected to replace their child’s teacher although you will appreciate that some supervision and guidance will be necessary from time to time, and for younger children they will need more input from an adult or an older sibling to engage in some opportunities.

Free play, conversations, stories and creative activities will be standing them in good stead for their return to school beyond lock-down, and you can be sure there will be much ‘learning’ happening if you engage them in everyday (real) tasks, read stories, tell them stories and play with them (in those times you aren’t ‘working from home’). 

You decide what’s best for your family 
We also want to impress on everyone that the opportunities that we intend to make available and the suggestions of useful online resources are optional.

You may well have things sorted and have made ‘things work for you in your bubble’.  Along with Nigel Latta and Nathan Wallis, we advocate making this time as stress free as possible, and whatever material you choose to utilise needs to be manageable and enjoyable.  After this significant challenge is over, our children will not remember the formal schooling that they did during lockdown; they will remember most how we made them feel – with that sense of routine and purpose, security and connectedness we aim to provide. 

Social Emotional Supports
Here are some links to hear the advice and tips about surviving lock-down (and supporting your children) from Nigel Latta and Nathan Wallis.

Nigel Latta and Jacinda Ardern

Nathan Wallis with tips to support parents/children through lock-down

Ministry of Education Links for when school time resumes on 15th April 2020

Three new tip sheets for parents, caregivers and teachers from the Ministry of Education:

Ideas of Interest 
You may wish to try some these tremendous ideas sent out each day from Tainui School Principal, Shelley Wilde.


Otago Museum staff from all divisions have been working busily creating an enormous range of material for us to access while confined to our bubbles. From the café to collections, from education to animal husbandry, we’ve been working to create a variety of content to bring your museum to you at home. The collection is now available at www.otagomuseum.nz/athome and includes blogs, jigsaw puzzles, video chats, craft activities, science experiments, past and current exhibitions and displays, and much more. 

Children like choice just as we do too. Develop a wide range of options and write these onto sticks or pieces of paper. Make sure you include a mixture of games, chores, challenges, quiet activities and physical activity. Whenever a child utters, “I’m bored!” s/he closes their eyes and takes a lucky dip from your ‘Choices Cup’.

Want to have some fun today? Clear some space and turn up the volume, Brett is ready to JUMP JAM with you from his home in Mt Maunganui. JUMP JAM is a fusion of dance and fitness and was created by two time World Aerobic Champion Brett Fairweather, specifically for primary and intermediate students. Click on this link – Jump Jam – to join Brett.

Each day, one of your bubble members creates a treasure hunt by writing and/or drawing clues for others. Be creative about the treasure! For example you could use

  • ingredients needed to bake a cake or biscuits
  • Easter eggs – save this until Easter though!
  • items needed for an art or craft activity
  • coins that can be saved for a post-bubble treat
  • ‘gifts’ of time, such as 15 minutes on your own with Mum or Dad to snuggle up for a story, chat, song or game, or to go outside for a bike ride, walk or game.

If you want some ideas to get you started, go to 40 Scavenger Hunt Riddles for Kids

John (aka Mr Potato) introduces himself by saying,  “I hope you all are still doodling and drawing. Picasso said – Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Along with his buddy Muffalo, Mr Potato shows you how to learn to draw in minutes using only letters and numbers. Go to Muffalo Potato to find out how.

Peter O’Connell (Head of the Physical Education Department at Scots College in Wellington) is making a daily YouTube video of game ideas . There are some really good, basic and easy to organise games included.

 the creator of Join Dav Pilkey & Captain Underpants, at home. 
Together you can get creative and have fun with some of your favourite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants! Check again each Friday to discover a new activity, exciting video, and so much more! To join Dav Pilkey click here . Probably more suited to Year 3 – 6 tamariki.

There are a range of tabs on the National Geographic Kids website – discover, competitions, kids club and games. If you want to read and/or view the Nat Geo Kids! digital magazine, this is now free for the next three months. Read it here

Thank you to Jenette of Primary Playground for these scavenger hunts.

Let’s go to Stewart Island Little Blue Penguins run the gauntlet to escape great white sharks—but they’re not the only species flirting with death on New Zealand’s famous Stewart Island. Click on the link to watch the video. After watching the video, use the ‘talking points’ to have an interesting and focused conversation.

Use this idea to create an ANZAC wreath, wallhanging or individual poppies.

Watch the northern royal albatross at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head on Royal Cam. Royal Cam is a 24-hour live stream of an albatross nest on the Otago Peninsula. This season’s chick – a female, hatched on 31 January 2020. As well as watching on the live cam, use the other parts of this site to view graphs, read daily updates, meet the albatross family and much more.

Listen to great stories on Radio New Zealand’s Best of Storytime – the latest and greatest children’s stories and songs from New Zealand. Ngā pūrākau me ngā waiata nā Aotearoa.

Operation Ouch is packed with incredible facts about the human body and fronted by identical twins Dr.Chris and Dr. Xand van Tulleken who experiment and explore their way through the fascinating world of medicine and biology. This YouTube channel will de-mistify hospitals for younger viewers; no longer will the hospital be a “scary” place to go as we learn all the exciting things that go on there. Chris and Xand will let the viewer into their exclusive world of medicine and explain the awesome things our bodies can do!

Download the free book here

Boredom Busters
Make these suggestions if you can see that your child is bored. Remember though that periods of ‘boredom’ can eventually lead children and adults to use their imaginations and to become quite creative and inventive. Therefore, having something structured and planned to do at every moment of the day is not always the wisest plan!

Easter may feel quite different in 2020. 
Try making some decorative eggs using this straightforward activity that only requires a minimal number of ingredients. They are known as Salt Dough Easter Eggs (click on the link to get the instructions).

For those who love building, creating and being challenged, here is a range of options using Lego or other similar blocks or materials.

Use up an empty milk carton or two. Use the pictures below to guide you as you create a patchwork elephant reminiscent of Elmer.

  • Make glue with flour and water or use other glue you have on hand.
  • Use paper or cut up old material that you no longer need.

Do something physical outside. Fitness Cup Stacking Challenge as demonstrated by Robert Deacon.

March 28: Te Reo Resources for the home

Labels for the Kitchen – Kā Kupu Kihini 
Labels for the office – Kā Kupu Tari 
Labels for the toilet – Tohu Wharepaku 
Months of the Year – Kā Marama o Te Tau 
A puzzle book for Māori language learners and speakers – He Makamaka 
Fun with Te Reo – Kā Kohe 

March 27: A wealth of links from the Home Schooling Community

March 26 Elevenses with The World of David Walliams. A free children’s audio story every day for the next month, read by the author.


Remember to post anything you do / make / create to your Seesaw account to share it with your teacher.

Log in to your Seesaw account here

Here are some great places to start looking for activities and resources.

  • Crash Course is YouTube channel offering free educational videos on a range of topics from Mythology to The Poetry of Sylvia Plath.
  • Khan Academy is an excellent resource providing free personalised courses in a wide range of topics from basic algebra through to computer science and understanding capital markets. For ages 2-7 they have an app, and otherwise you can track your progress using the website.
  • Lumosity is a brain-training resource originally created for commuters that uses evidence-based tasks that claim to improve memory and focus. Can be used in-between study periods or to help with non-verbal reasoning.
  • Memrise is a language platform that allows you to learn most foreign languages!
  • Reading should be encouraged as much as possible to children of all ages. Get them reading a range of different material, some inspiration can be found at these link New Entrant to Yr. 3Year 4 to Year 8 and read more about fostering a love of reading here.
  • With kids at home and parents looking for educational activities, many authors are offering online read alouds and activities on social media. We Are Teachers have rounded up some of the best virtual author activities below! 
  • Elevenses with The World of David Walliams. A free children’s audio story every day for the next month, read by the author.