Teachers are experimenting with the use of Seesaw across the school in 2019.  Seesaw is student driven digital learning portfolios.  It is an online learning platform which enables teachers and students to share learning instantly.   Here is a short video explaining seesaw:

The Numeracy Project:

The Numeracy Project is a New Zealand-wide professional development initiative which introduces teachers to a new approach to the teaching of mathematics.

The Numeracy Project is focused on developing children’s understanding of numbers, and their ability to use numbers to solve problems. Children may solve number problems by counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, or combinations of these.

As part of the Numeracy Project your child should be learning to:

  • enjoy working with numbers
  • make sense of numbers – how big they are, how they relate to other numbers, and how they behave
  • solve mathematical problems – whether real life or imaginary
  • calculate in their heads whenever possible, rather than using a calculator or pen and paper
  • show that they understand maths, using equipment, diagrams and pictures
  • explain and record the methods they use to work out problems
  • accept challenges and work at levels that stretch them
  • work with others and by themselves
  • discuss how they tackle mathematical problems – with other students, their teacher and you!

 The biggest difference in schools involved in the Numeracy Project is that children are encouraged to learn a range of different ways to solve problems and to choose the most appropriate one for each problem. You may be familiar with certain ‘rules’ for doing maths. While these will still work, your child may learn different ways to solve problems. Often these methods involve mental strategies, or working things out in your head, rather than written methods.

This change in approach to maths education reflects changes in the world that impact on the maths that people need to know. Employers are increasingly looking for staff that have problem solving skills and an understanding of concepts, rather than just the ability to follow rules for calculating. The increasing use of technology has also meant that a calculator or computer is almost always available in the workplace for larger calculations.

Information retrieved from:  here

For more information about how you can help at home with your child’s mathematics click here


Numicon is a multi-sensory approach, built on proven pedagogy that raises achievement across all ability levels.  Teachers are using Numicon in their classrooms as a tool to raise student achievement in mathematics.

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Mathletics is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy mathematics and improve their results.

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Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.  In the junior school teachers use Jolly Phonics as part of their daily phonics teaching.  In 2014 a range of teachers and teacher aides took part in training sessions in Jolly Phonics.

For more information about Jolly Phonics click here

Primary Phonics

To be able to decode, students need a range of basic phonics strategies so they can easily work out new words in reading and spelling.

Firstly, they need to have good phonological awareness and be able to hear and discriminate sound, and hear rhyme and rhythm, alliteration and sound breaks.  They need to be able to hear, read and write the phonemes of the English Language.  And they need to be skilled in blending and segmenting these phonemes for use in reading and spelling.

Effective literacy programmes include daily explicit teaching of these phonic skills in the junior classroom, with individual or small group lessons for older children who are still at the earlier levels of literacy acquisition.

In the junior school this is part of every day teaching and learning.

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Steps is an effective,  easy-to-use, computer-based literacy development program suitable for all levels, from early readers to adults – as well as English language learners.

While Steps looks like fun (it is!), it is a serious learning tool which develops all aspects of literacy, including vocabulary, comprehension and verbal reasoning.

Steps is used by over 700 NZ schools, and by many SPELD tutors.

The Home Edition is designed for any parent who wishes to support their child’s learning, including home-schoolers.  It can also be used by an adult wishing to develop literacy skills, learn specific vocabulary, or improve English skills.

Steps is based on the latest research into literacy acquisition and how the brain works.  It is designed by literacy experts and shown to be highly effective.

Steps is a highly structured, multi-sensory literacy approach, which is based on sound educational principles

  • Every activity is research-based (including the games!)
  • All activities are cumulative and build all the skills and knowledge needed for literacy
  • Automatic revision is provided
  • Click here to see a summary of all the activities in Steps and what their purpose is

Steps is not age-specific.

  • Steps caters for learners from 5 years of age to adult
  • Starting points are based on literacy level, not age

Steps is the only literacy program which is completely customizable

  • Enter your own wordlists to reinforce schoolwork or workplace needs
  • Build complete courses to support your school’s curriculum areas

Steps will advise you where to start (courses options)

  • Steps will assess your literacy level and start you at the right point on the courses
  • You can also ‘dip into’ the program in any way that suits you

Steps provides a complete range of supporting resources

  • Specialist workbook-based literacy courses directly reinforced by Steps
  • Extensive range of game/activity resources for school or home use
  • Printable resources from Steps

Early Words

Early Words is a programme of one-on-one systematic five minute word-focused lessons.

During the five minute lesson, the child is taught, or retaught, a high frequency word at both word and sentence level.  The emphasis is on accuracy and fluency.

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