Information for Learning@Home and Learning@School during Covid Alerts


Newmarket School will operate within the guidelines outlined by the government. This is requiring agility and innovation. Routines, schedules, and the operation of school is looking different than it did when we were last engaged in face to face learning. Regular communication with families will continue as will our Learning@Home programme.

The guidelines have been developed based on the advice provided by Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health for what we believe will work for our school. As we have never had to operate in this environment previously, there may be some adjustments that need to be made. These will be communicated our parents in a timely manner.

As we start back learning kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) this must continue to be done in a way that is safe for children, students and staff.

We have lots of migrators in place at Newmarket School, such as excellent air quality, separated teams and groups, mask wearing, sanitizing and lots of outside fresh air breaks. Students are underway with their vaccinations.

Schools have the flexibility to determine how we manage onsite and off-site learning and attendance, with our decisions informed by the required health measures, the needs of our community, and any opportunities or constraints through our physical settings and layout. Thankfully, our lovely environment is very spacious. We are therefore able to offer a tailored hybrid learning model, one where learning is well balanced between home and school learning.

Our focus as a school is what happens inside our gates. We aren't able to control how people travel to or from school, or what students and their families do outside of school, however, we are ensuring everyone adheres to the rules inside our school at all times.


Newmarket School teachers have worked hard to provide a balanced and diverse range of Learning@Home resources to support our learners. This will continue even though schools are now open. While we will still utilize our devices for digital learning and Google Meets, the focus will be more on activities, and the paper resources we have provided.

If a class, team or the whole school were needing to isolate or go in to a lockdown situation Learning@Home will likely look different. In this situation, where students and teachers were well, but unable to come to school then we would likely send devices home.

When learning at home students will need a different routine to a regular school day.

It is important to set short timeframes and include breaks for exercise and social interaction.

Parents and families don’t have to be teachers. As a guide for academic learning we recommend that you spend approximately 2 hours for primary aged children.

Parent Support

Research suggests that ‘the most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent to which that student's family is able to:

1. Create a home environment that encourages learning

2. Express high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children's achievement and future careers

3. Become involved in their children's education at school and in the community’.

MOE - parent section including information about the New Zealand Curriculum

MOE - Ideas on how to help with reading, writing and maths - there are some fantastic ideas here for each year group.

There is some great local content on Home Learning TV available through TVNZ on demand. Pick from a range of age levels (preschool - 15yrs) and subject areas. Videos last about 15-30 minutes. Home Learning TV

Learning from Home govt resources - free and at no cost.

Learning from Home resources - some of these sites involve a cost. Please check before accessing.

# Please note that not all the sites listed below are free.

Reading Eggs

All students have a log in for this

Scholastic Writing

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts (Free)

Unite for literacy

Online multilingual reading books (free)

Storyline online

Actors read beautiful picture books (free)


Free online library of multilingual books


Excellent reading and phonics site

(Cost involved)

Kiwi Kids News

Up to date:

Local and World news

Radio New Zealand Storytime

NZ stories read by Kiwis

Games to Learn English

Free games for English

British Council Learn English

Reading and writing games (free)

David Walliams

Stories and activities (free)

Storytime from Space

Stories read by astronauts (free)

Loyal books

Free online audio and e-books

Ready to Read

Yrs 1-3 readers (free)

Yrs 1 to 4 Learning@ Home Reading

A range of readers for Yrs 1-4 (free)

Transum Mathematics

A range of activities for all ages and abilities. (free)

ICT Games

A great site full of free games

Alien Addition

A great site to practice basic facts

Prototec maths

Basic facts practice

Khan Academy

A great resource that explains how to solve problems

Math Playground

Awesome site full of free games and activities

Fun Brain Maths Zone

Maths games for a range of skills and levels

Top marks

Maths games for a range of skills and levels

IXL Maths

Online maths practice for all levels and skills

Maths for Kids

Maths exercises

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Stories and yoga

Draw with Rob

Great tutorials of how to draw

Go Noodle for Families

Fun, physical movement breaks for kids

National Geographic Kids

Great information and activities

National Geographic Kids

Great information and activities

Any Questions

Need help with your inquiry learning, ask a librarian

Suzy’s World

Games, ideas and videos

Sign Language

Watch, learn and practise how to use NZ Sign language in common situations

Jungle Junior: Typing for Kids

An interactive typing game for kids

Science Learning Hub

Explore a range of science topics.

Art Hub for Kids

Learn how to draw

Crash Course Kids - Science

Youtube clips around a range of science topics

The Kid should see this

Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Sparklers at home

Wellbeing activities and ideas

Hello Kids

A range of activities - colouring in, craft,videos, games, songs and drawing lessons.

Memory Games for Kids

Learning games

Auckland Philharmonia

A series of videos of musical things to make and do

Auckland Museum at Home

Discover the museum from home

The Metropolitan Museum

Explore art for kids


Stories, adventures and creative activities

50 stem activties