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Year 8 Resource Pack Contents

Reading, maths, workbooks and stationery is being distributed in this pack.

Contents of the year 8 resource pack including books and stationery


We have provided a Story Library book and two School Journals (level 4) from the Ministry of Education that can be talked about with children when they are reading.

We have also included a literacy resource from Te Kura. The resource will be about transactional writing, or text features and grammatical structures. It is a workbook with some supplementary items like passport stamps or a School Journal extract. The workbook contains a series of literacy tasks related to transactional writing or text features and grammatical structures.

Learners can write in the workbook.

The types of stationery that would be useful for this book includes pens, pencils and an eraser.


There is a book from the Ministry of Educations Connected Level 4 series or Figure it Out Level 4 series included.

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, which contains maths-based activities. For example, 3 Consecutive Numbers supports learners to recognise patterns in an equation, sort numbers into types, and create general rules for equations. There are sample equations and prompting questions (“What can you say about the numbers that are being added?” “What kind of numbers are 6, 9 and 12?). Billie’s Burger Bargain is about calculating probability, using the example of winning a free burger by receiving a winning combination of cards.

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 pens, pencils, an eraser and a ruler.

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.

Start Right Workbook

This is an illustrated workbook that is targeted at 12- and 13-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 literacy, maths and general skills. Each unit has a checklist for completed work, and learners are encouraged to maintain a reading log. The book is for writing in and learners can pick the activities they want to do.

For example, in Unit 1 there is a maintenance and revision task for maths – each day learners do the same series of addition problems and then record the time it took to complete the exercise. There is some reading about the history of numbers and an abacus problem (moving three beads of increasing size one at a time from the right peg to the left peg, with one peg in between, when no bead can be placed on top of a smaller bead). For reasoning, leaners are challenged to create two new words from existing words (eg from CREAM and LAPSE). There is a general knowledge and research activity about New Zealand South Island towns – some supplementary resource material may be required for this one. Other activities include measurement, vocabulary and visual language exercises.

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 self-directed but parents and whānau are encouraged to provide support as necessary.

Note that some exercises might require additional stationery supplies – remember activities can be skipped.

Stationery Provided

Three pens: Blue, Black, Red
One pencil and one eraser
One sharpener
One ruler
Coloured pencils
1F4 exercise book
14B8 A4 writing pad