We have provided three Junior Journals 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, contextual information or other stimulus (“Where are the most active volcanoes in New Zealand?”).
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.
There is either a book from the Connected or Figure it Out Level 2 series included from the Ministry of Education.
Connected promotes scientific, technological, and mathematical literacy so that students can engage in a critical and informed manner with real-life science and technology related issues and authentic, context-based mathematical explorations.
The Connected articles, text, images, media and Teacher Support Materials are freely available on Google Drive.
Figure It Out is a series of mathematics curriculum support books in full colour designed to supplement existing classroom mathematics programmes. The series is an important component of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy that focuses on clarifying the expectations for learners' progress and achievement, and developing teacher professional capability.
We have also included a maths booklet. This booklet has maths-based activities, based on real world items or scenarios. For example, Book Cover Rules is about measurement. The learner makes a dust jacket for a book. There are instructions on how to do this, including dimensions, and directions on how to calculate the total length of paper required. Other activities might look at problem solving or geometry.
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 8 and 9 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: The Beach is about making inferences and understanding homophones. Learners identify which towel belongs to which person by reading the descriptions. They then circle the correct spelling of a word in a sentence “Zac loves going to the beech/beach”) and draw lines to match the homophones (eg “flower” and “flour”) with their meanings.
Other activities relate to handwriting, spelling, addition, understanding language features, punctuation, organising information, synonyms and measurement.
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 might 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