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Year 7 & 8

The Ministry of Education has created an online learning site:

The other links on this page are to free online learning sites. 
Some require no sign in, others require students to sign up for a free account with their email address, and some allow teachers to create classes and send their class a join code.  Creating a class usually allows teachers to monitor their students' progress and shows strengths and needs for each student.

Note: when using sites that are not New Zealand based: Year 7/8 NZ = Level 4 NZ Curriculum = 7th Grade USA = KS3 UK

(Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the UK level for 11-14 year olds.  You will find that upper KS2 and lower KS3 tasks equivalent to NZ Year 7/8 curriculum.)

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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.


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.


Access the entire School Journal library, as well as Connected resources online.  NZ MoE site.

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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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Learn Te Reo Māori through watching episodes of a story, with interactive activities to follow each episode.

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Fascinating Online Reading on thousands of topics.  Lots of science and technology topics included.   


No sign in required.


Learn Computer Science basics away from the screen with these activities you can do at home.

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Practise maths skills, in a game-based environment.  The game adapts to your level, so it may be too easy or too difficult to start with, but it will adapt.  Teachers can set up a class and send students a code to join their class so they can identify learning needs for each student.


You can learn any subject for free, from Y1-Y13 on Khan Academy.  

Teachers can set tasks for their class and invite students to join their class using a code.

Khan Academy currently has suggested programmes for each day linked here.  

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Reading comprehension with interactive questions and answers.  Teachers can create a class to see their students' progress.  Text difficulty adapts to the reading level of each student.


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.


A new picture, with writing and sentence structure activities, for every day of the year. No sign in required.


Rich maths tasks across levels.  Choose KS2 tasks.


Digital Maths adventures from NZ Maths. Teachers, create accounts for your students.  Free and based on NZ curriculum.


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

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Learn a language - lots to choose from.  Duolingo is an interactive site, with game elements to motivate.  There is also a Duolingo app, that will send students reminders to practice.


Click 'shuffle' and write.  

Fictional writing prompts and writing tips.


You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode.


Create an artwork for this competition.

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Science experiments and resources for home and school.


Maths 'how to' videos, with questions and answers for every maths topic.  Suitable for upper primary/intermediate level.  UK site.

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Suitable for Y8-10.   Maths 'how to' videos, with questions and answers for hundreds of maths topics.  Gets more difficult the further you scroll down the page. 

UK site.

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Activities, videos, and interactives, covering a wide range of science topics.


Use Google Song Maker to create music online

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Math explained in easy language, plus puzzles, games, worksheets and an illustrated dictionary. 


Video library of interesting educational videos for curious minds 


Browse by topic for structured maths notes, examples and interactive activities.


Inspiring images, videos, prompts for literacy learning.


Interactive vocabulary and spelling games.  Choose KS2 literacy games.


Choose the correct spelling of set list words in the crazy fish game

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Need an indoor workout? 

Try Just Dance.

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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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Select from a range of number games for 11-14 year olds.  Choose a Maths category to view games.

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Videos, experiments, coronavirus explained.  Nano Girls is a New Zealand scientist who is passionate about inspiring kids with science.

Britannica Digital Learning

This site is free for teachers,

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


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

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A free mindfulness website or app for student well-being


Resources for teachers and learners: investigations, videos and problems.  

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Technology New Zealand brings you the Techno Challenge 2020, due 3rd July 2020.  The 'Model Manufacture' section is aimed at Years 4-7 and 'Iterative Design' is aimed at Years 8-10. This can be done at home or school.

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Online texts and comprehension activities, adapts to your level.


New Zealand articles, videos, and a short story competition which closes 1st May.

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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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'Microscopic Beasts & How to Fight Them' is a free online Science course, created by a NZ Deputy Principal.  High interest Science and Maths content.

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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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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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A highly visual, New Zealand based site for students to learn about parts of the brain and the effect of substances on the brain.  

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Kialo Edu is a custom version of Kialo (, the world's largest argument mapping and debate site, specifically designed for classroom use.  It's free for educators to use.

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Learn languages (including Te Reo Māori) either online or via the free app


Read Marvel comics online for free and then use a free site like to create your own comic.

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Science Buddies presents 12 engineering design challenges you can do at home, with materials you are likely to have at home.

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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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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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Youtube: Online Olympic Ambassador's schools programme

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NZ, free, online coding modules, using block based coding

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Explore Earth: inquiry lessons for teachers,  using Google Earth interactives and 'Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?' 

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Ted Ed video lessons on the nature of our stuff, society, nature, change, individual & collective action.  Social Sciences curriculum.

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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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Teach financial literacy, civics education and key workplace competencies as part of local curriculum for year 7 to 13 students.

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Improve your Te Reo and Tikanga with this free, intereactive programme, developed by Massey University.

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Learn waiata, via Māori TV.  Available on demand.

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High interest online reading across levels, lessons and videos.

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