Ngaio School

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Home Learning Programmes in Kakapo and Tui

There are three main components to Home Learning in Kakapo and Tui; spelling, maths and the STRIVE challenge programme. We also strongly encourage children to read regularly at home- to themselves, to a younger sibling, or to a parent. Some children will bring home readers from class. Children might also choose to read from their own collection of favourite books or from the school and public libraries. Children of all ages also love being read to.

STRIVE: (Start Out, Think, Relate, Investigate, Value, Excel)

STRIVE is a challenge-based home learning programme. We were inspired by Neill O'Reilly at Windsor School and Clarkville School. We want children to develop the values and Key Competencies in the New Zealand Curriculum through relevant and interesting contexts. The goals of STRIVE are:

  • to recognise the learning that children already do outside of school, and to encourage them to extend themselves in these areas
  • to challenge children to try new things
  • to encourage children to contribute to their family, school and community
  • to enablge children to discover, develop and showcase their talents.


Tui Strive Assembly 2016

Silas painted this heron as part of his STRIVE project for excellence in the arts. It is based on the New Zealand artist Shane Hansen.


Anna shared her amazing stop motion video with Room 20. A lot of hard work went into this STRIVE project!


Please find a downloadable copy of the STRIVE challenge booklets, as well as a copy of the parent information presentation.



Children will bring home a Spelling Booklet of resources and ideas to work on at their own pace, including the Essential Spelling List that the child will be working on throughout that term in class.  We will be testing these lists each term and we will indicate  which list your child needs to learn.


Kakapo Children will also bring home a Maths basic facts booklet to explore, including the target basic facts “group” that they should be practising at home and school, and some ideas for how to practise their basic facts, and some websites and practice sheets. We test basic facts each term in a formal way as well as other more informal practice and testing.

Tui Mathematics (Basic Facts) Home Learning

This page contains links to activities on websites that complement the mathematics learning your child already does in class.

Here we will focus on Basic Facts:

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division.

There are many more aspects to mathematics, but here we focus on these areas, in which traditional rote learning at home and school helps students to develop fluency. Fluency allows mathematics strategies to be applied more quickly to complex problems, such as those in measurement or geometry.

Your child’s teacher will guide you and/or your child as to which level is most appropriate to work on.

Basic Facts Expectations by the end of Year 4:

·      Students can recall addition and subtraction facts to 20 in 3 seconds or less*

·      Students can recall muliplication facts for 2x, 5x, 10x in 3 seconds or less*

Basic Facts Expectations by the end of Year 6:

·      Recall all multiplication facts for 3x, 4x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, and division facts up to 100 in 3 seconds or less*

Basic Facts Learning in Years 7-8:

·      Know simple powers of numbers to 10, e.g. 24 = 16, 53 = 125

·      Know the divisibility rules for 2,3,4,5,6,8,9 and 10

*Games where students are given a set time to complete a large set of basic facts problems MAY NOT necessarily improve fluency; fluency improves when there is pressure to “just know” the answer instantly, and finger-counting, for example, cannot be used. The following activities provide time limits for both individual questions and sets.

Games for Addition and Subtraction: Basic Facts to 20

Other games to help with Addition and Subtraction

Games to help with Multiplication and Division Basic Facts

A very good basic facts practice and assessment website based on the New Zealand Curriculum: Prototec 1.5

What is this good for? These basic facts tests, in sheet and timed forms, give students practice at levels from the NZ Curriculum. They are excellent for identifying gaps in knowledge within a level.

Some tips for using these tests:

1.     Students should use “Test Type: Sheet” to start with, at an easier level than they think they may be working at. This gives unlimited time in order to become familiar with the test.

2.     Students can then try “Test Type: Timed”. This version gives the test with several seconds to answer. This is what basic facts fluency is all about- knowing them quickly.

3.     After the test, see the results- these can be printed. This will highlight areas of weakness that students can work on.

Please note: These tests give an accurate representation of what is expected at different levels of the NZ curriculum, with what we consider are two exceptions:

The sections “Groupings within 100” at Stage 5 and “1000” at Stage 6.

At Ngaio School we feel that these sections are too difficult to reasonably expect a child to do in the time given, so failure should not be taken as an indication of lack of ability at levels 5 and 6. However, these are good skills to practice.

Stage 4 (Y3-4)

·       Groupings with 10

·       Groupings within 10 & 20

·       Doubles/Halves to 20

·       10s & 100s

·       Addition to 10

·       Subtraction to 10

Stage 5 (Y4-5)

·       Groupings within 100

·       100s & 1000s

·       Addition to 20

·       Subtraction to 20

·       Multiplication ×2 ×5 ×10

·       Division ÷2 ÷5 ÷10

Stage 6 (Y5-6)

·       1000

·       Addition to 20

·       Subtraction to 20

·       ×÷ 2 3 5 10

Stage 7 (Y7-8)

·       Multiplication

·       Division

·       Fractions & Percentages

·       Squares, Roots & Factors

Stage 8 (Y8+)

·       Fraction Size

·       Place Value

·       Percentages, Fractions & Decimals

·       Factors & Multiples (Note: HCF = highest common factor; LCM means Least/ lowest common multiple.