We have provided four books from the Ministry of Education that can be talked about with children when they are reading.
We have also included two literacy resources from Te Kura. These resources include a reading book and associated workbook. In the workbook are literacy tasks. The workbook identifies two or three learning intentions such as:
- Read the book and learn some facts about the subject
- Write about the subject
- Talk about the subject
- Complete an associated activity about the subject
Learners can write in the workbook.
Activities are a mixture of reading comprehension and writing. For example, learners might be asked to write the answer to a short question based on a picture or other stimulus (“What is the name of this machine that people often use with their computer?”). The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils and an eraser.
Note that there is an assessment page at the end of the workbook where the supervisor records how the learner is progressing against each learning intention, and both the supervisor and teacher can write comments. It is not necessary to complete this, but it may be useful as a way to keep communicating about their learning.
Science and Maths
We have included a Building Science Concepts series book which is designed to help teachers in primary schools build students' understanding of science concepts in steps. Each book focuses on a topic, and presents a set of concepts about the topic. These link to each other and build concept by concept towards a major concept - a "big idea". The books provide a structured approach for the teaching of science concepts, helping teachers to build students' understandings from simple to more complex scientific ideas and to relate these ideas to students' existing understandings of the world around them.
We have also provided a maths booklet. This booklet has different problems to solve, based on real world items or scenarios. For example, Sorting Seasons is a sorting task where learners sort a list of farming-related job into the columns that describes the best season for that task (eg calving happens in spring), and then suggests the learner create their own seasonal calendar for jobs around their home. A Whale of a Time is about identifying geometric patterns that repeat to create a picture of a whale.
The learner needs to be supported to do the activities. There are guiding questions for parents and whānau included for each activity.
Each activity starts with some notes for the parents and whānau that outlines the purpose of the task.
The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils, coloured pencils, an eraser, ruler, writing pad paper and scissors (if available).
Note that some of the activities might suggest printing or making copies of the pages. This isn’t necessary to successfully do the activities, and remember they can be skipped. A possible workaround could be tracing copies of pages into the exercise book or a spare piece of paper.
Note that some exercise require additional stationery supplies – remember activities can be skipped.
Start Right Workbook
This is an illustrated workbook that is targeted at 7- and 8-year olds.
It provides comprehensive coverage of the English and mathematics and statistics learning areas. It also has activities related to science, social sciences, technology, and health.
The book has activities (organised into units) to help learners with their maths and general skills. It includes activities for spelling practice and handwriting skills. The book is for writing in and learners can pick the activities they want to do. For example, Unit 1: New Zealand Birds is about understanding ideas. Learners draw a line from an illustration of a bird to the words that describe the function of its beak (eg “kiwi” and “poking”). There is an activity to make a hanging bird ball, related to grammar and verbs.
Other activities relate to spelling, number patterns, measurement, reading and making inferences, telling time, and handwriting.
There are selected answers for units in the back of the book.
The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pencils, pens, coloured pencils, and an eraser.
The activities are generally self-directed but learners might need some help to understand some of the words and ideas.
Note that some exercises require additional stationery supplies – remember activities can be skipped.
Three pens: Blue, Black, Red
One pencil and one eraser
1B4 exercise book
14B8 A4 writing pad