Year 7 & 8

The Ministry of Education has created an online learning site:  
https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/


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 
https://switchonsafety.co.nz/ 
to find instructions for their child's device.

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.

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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.

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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.   

Non-fiction.

No sign in required.

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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.

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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.  

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Video library of interesting educational videos for curious minds 

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

Inspiring images, videos, prompts for literacy learning.

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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

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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.

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

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

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 (kialo.com), 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

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Read Marvel comics online for free and then use a free site like bookcreator.com 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.

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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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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