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Year 1 & 2

The Ministry of Education has created an online learning site:

The other links on this page are to free online learning sites.   

Note: when using sites that are not New Zealand based: Year 1-2 NZ = Kindergarten 2 - Grade 1USA = KS1 UK

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Parents can access the same N4L internet filters as schools use, for free, by going to 
to find instructions for their child's device.

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Sign up online at The Tasman District Library, allowing access to e-books, audio books and videos. There is also a kids page with 'stay at home fun' activities.


Create an artwork for this competition.

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Covers letters, sounds and full sentences.  Free to use on computer.


Esther, from the Suter Art Gallery shares artwork you can do at home in the style of a known artist, using materials you are likely to have at home, in 'Stay at Home Art Adventures with Esther'.

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Story Online

Stories read online.  Choose your story and watch an author read it to you.


Need an indoor workout?  Try Jump Jam with New Zealand's Brett Fairweather.

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Free to air, on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, & Sky Channel 502. It will run from 9am to 3pm on schooldays with programming for children and young people aged 2 to 15.

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This is a free app for phone, tablet or ipad.  Suitable for ages 2-7 years.  Includes a library to choose whether to read to yourself or have it read to you as the words are highlighted.

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A book to read online, video and activity each day.

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Learn coding, for all levels.  Set up a free account if you want to save your task and come back to it later.  Teachers can create classes and set tasks and programmes suitable for their students.


Select from a range of games to practice counting and ordering.

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Maths - practice skills through games.  Years 1 & 2 are Grades K & 1 when selecting level.  Free to use on computer. 

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Reading and Maths activities for Junior School children.


A NZ website, backed by NZ research and well-being experts.  Activities for school and home to help children with managing emotions, being a good friend and understanding their own well-being.

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English and Maths interactive skills practice.  Click on the skill you wish to practice to use the site for free.

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Simple online games to help learn and recognise letters of the alphabet.  This site is temporarily free to use.

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Inspiring images, videos, prompts for literacy learning.


NZ-based, add-free TV shows.  Learn about kitchen science, animals or problem solving.


Study Ladder is free from 9am-3pm each day if the account is set up by the teacher.  Covers a range of subjects.


GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home is a free online resource that provides tons of ways for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep on learning!


Free audio stories

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Free audio stories.  Choose your story and then choose 'click to listen'

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A free mindfulness website or app for student well-being


Technology New Zealand brings you the Techno Challenge 2020, due 3rd July 2020.  The 'Doodle a Design' section is aimed at Years 1-3. This can be done at home or school.

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A range of maths and literacy activities for ages 5-11.  Choose your level and scroll down for activities.


NZ Maths has weekly online plans for curriculum levels 1-5.  Teachers need to sign their class up for E-ako maths, which is quick and easy to do.  The site also contains numerous investigations and rich tasks for teachers to choose from and information for whanau.


The Life Education Trust (with the NZ famous 'Harold the Giraffe') have teacher resources freely available to download.  Select 'in schools' and 'resources' and choose your level
(Health, NZC levels 1-4) and topic

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Primary aged students, paint or draw  a 10 x 10 artwork to be fired onto ceramic tiles for Aotea Station.

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The National Geographic resource library contains Science and Social Studies articles suitable for different levels from age 5-18.  Several focus on environmental issues.

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There are 22 Ready to Read texts/storybooks that can be accessed and downloaded as PDFs on this webpage. Many texts also include Teacher Support Materials and audio files.

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'Coronavirus, a book for children' is free to read online.  A simple explanation, likely to reduce anxiety in children.

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PE games for different levels, that observe social distancing.

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Numberblocks and Alphablocks: learn to read and learn to count with these 5 minute, animated youtube clips.

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Kapa Haka, Intro to Te Reo and Pānui Pukapuka.  A NZ teacher's livestream lessons on Youtube.

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Scientists from The Cawthron Institute present 'Science at Home' videos

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Activities for children aged 4-8 to explore the Global Goals. 

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Te Rito Toi helps teachers work with children when they first return to school following major traumatic or life changing events.  

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Learn waiata, via Māori TV.  Available on demand.

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