Starting term 3.
Registrations are invited from schools wishing to participate in the VLN Primary School programmes in semester two 2020. Prepare to participate now!
Online programmes include: te reo Māori, kapa haka, a wide range of languages, maths, literacy, digital technology, gifted and talented, science, web design, life Skills, design and visual art, and songwriting.
Enrolments close 22 June, starting term 3.
Find out more about our online programmes and how to register here https://tinyurl.com/y2nlre68.
Teachers' Lounge NZ is a new website dedicated to saving you time while planning. It's a library catalogue for learning resources, so instead of searching the whole world wide web for relevant resources, you can select the NZ Curriculum subject, strand or achievement objective that you are working on and instantly find lesson plans, worksheets, games, videos and other resources related to that area, whether from Twinkl, Youtube, Khan Academy, or any of the thousands of other sites out there.
We're cataloguing new resources every day so make sure you add www.teacherslounge.co.nz to your favourites and join us at www.facebook.com/teachersloungenz
Dates: 5–14 June
Have you thought about how amazing trees can make us feel? Celebrate your special trees during the Nationwide Be with a Tree week.
Use the downloadable activity sheet to discover which trees are special to you and why. Vote for your most loved NZ tree or join in with one of the live digital tree themed sessions.
Visit Kiwi Conservation Club's website to discover more learning resources and details of special events to help you, and your students, engage with terrific trees.
We would love you to share your adventures with us #bewithatree2020 or email email@example.com.
As we went into lockdown, I decided to create free video resource which makes Te Reo Singalong books accessible to children, teachers and parents. This will still be available throughout Level 2. Each book in our series of 24 books is featured, with three videos per book. The first video shows the author, Sharon Holt, introducing the book. The second shows Sharon doing the book with the song. The third video is an activity idea related to the book.
Get the resource here: https://tereosingalong.my.intuto.com/course/showpubliccourse/75924.
UNA NZ Speech Award – revised information and instructions
Given the dramatic global changes in response to COVID-19 our annual speech award that has been running for over 30 years has had some changes. It will now be conducted nationally through video entries!
Find all the information at https://bit.ly/UNASpeechAwardOnline2020.
It may take time to settle into a new timetable following Lockdown.
Soothe frayed nerves and revive tired students with Koro's calm and gentle voice telling the story of New Zealand, set along the timeline of a tree.
20 minutes long, this FREE audio is suitable for relaxing all ages - students AND teachers - while absorbing NZ's history.
Some schools already have this book, but a copy is not necessary to enjoy this audio https://www.themillenniumtree.com/audio/track-1-koro.
Taketakerau: The Millennium Tree, by Marnie Anstis
The Elsie Locke writing competition for 2020 is now open. The theme is ‘Life as a new New Zealander’.
For the entry form, criteria, and teaching notes, go to lifteducation.com/elsie-locke-writing-prize-2020, elsielocketrust.org.nz, or check the news section on literacyonline.tki.org.nz.
The competition is open to students in Y7–8. The winner receives $250, a certificate, and their story is published in the School Journal. Since 2009, thousands of students have participated. Support your students to take part, too!
Competition closes Friday 10 July.
Colour in the Dawn Aerospace Mk-II Spaceplane: the first plane to ever fly to space and back twice in one day! Send your picture back and have it hung up next to the real Mk-II Spaceplane.
Five lucky drawers who name their plane and tell us a great story about it will win the LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle too!
Post to: Box 8984, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440, New Zealand.
Makuri School and Districts invites all current and former students, staff and community members to join us in celebrating our 125th Jubilee over the weekend of 17-18 October 2020.
Registration details and Programme of Events will be posted on our renunion Makuri and Districts 125 Years Facebook page. www.facebook.com/Makuri-School-and-Districts-125-Years-106440440748552.
Spread the word to all former students, staff and community members. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues and take a trip down memory lane in the gorgeous Makuri Valley.
Wild at Home is a collection of activities and resources WWF-New Zealand have put together to support environment-focussed teaching and learning: wwf.org.nz/wild_at_home
The webpage will be updated regularly, and includes a range of activities from quizzes, crafts and writing activities to wildlife videos and Zoom background images.
All of the activities can be done from home, making this the ultimate collection of lockdown resources for environmental education.
Darwin and Newts is an innovative and immersive New Zealand animated adventure series for kids who love to figure out how stuff works.
Through the curious siblings’ fantastic escapades, early learning science and engineering principles are woven into the stories as the characters use their trike, zipline and waka to navigate their world and explore the flora, fauna and natural wonders of their incredible home in Aotearoa.
We have created resources for every episode, including a science experiment and a craft activity through the form of short videos.
Find out more online at www.darwinandnewts.com.
Kiki Kiwi and Friends is a litter centric educational resource based on the adventures of Kiki the Kiwi and his endeavour to stop litterers! It has been developed to help 5–11 year olds understand and respond to litter and littering issues. The resource is aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and are flexible enough to be taught as a complete unit of work or individual themes can be taught separately.
The programme can be accessed and downloaded digitally at www.litterless.knzb.org.nz
There are also online interactive activities for students to participate in.