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To our wonderful teachers in these unprecedented times, please take care of yourselves and your family. As we all now move into distance learning I have shared some practical tips and will keep this website updated with useful resources.

Don't forget the vast range of resources on nzmaths, including:

  • Take this - thematic learning experiences connecting maths across the strands.

Maths at our house - maths using everyday experiences and resources found around your home.

Student task sheets – a small selection of problems and task sheets for parents to use for home learning

Digital Maths Tools, compiled by Marie Hirst

A compilation of Digital Maths Tools

A collection of simple maths games to play at home or virtually.

Number Sense Routines.pdf

A collection of 5-10 minute number sense routines

Esti-mystery 'Airplanes'.webm

An example of a recorded 'Esti-Mystery' for students

"How to.." videos

Using digital maths tools.webm

How to use digital tens frames & number lines

How to use screencastify to make your own tutorials.webm

How to use screencastify to make your own tutorials.

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How to create an interactive google slide

Calendar Maths

Calendar Maths Interactive Google Slide

Offline activities - no internet needed.

Online activities requiring internet

Putting the fun into online sessions

If you’re looking for some fun quick activities to use during virtual catch ups with your students.......

  • Play games, e.g.

    • Party games, e.g. Simon Says, Scattergories, Traffic Lights, (e.g. Red= slow motion move, Yellow=clap, Green=Dab), 20 questions, Hangman, Greedy Pig, Bingo, Charades, 2 truths and a lie, Detective (a student has eyes closed and head down. Another says ”It was me” Detective opens eyes and guesses who said it).

    • Memory Kim’s Game show up to 20 items (real or on your screen - hide- record what they remember

    • Barrier drawings, e.g. You describe a simple picture - they draw it, then compare - barrier games - use could use maths focus too using maths language/symbols and shapes.

    • Kahoots (Play in ‘Assign’ challenge mode to have Q&As on 1 screen ).

  • Digital Escape Rooms

  • Invite a surprise guest visit- e.g. the Principal, another teacher. Turn their video off (and rename them) – the students have to ask questions to find out who they are.

  • Go on a virtual tour, e.g. disneyland ride, visit a famous landmark, google earth

  • Tell a joke (2 or 3 people a day)

  • Do armchair aerobics or use Go-Noodle dance Brain breaks,

  • Scavenger hunts, Goosechase

  • Make up a fun celebration dance together and use it for anyone does or says something great

  • Draw together (e.g. follow youtube draw along drawings)

  • Show and tell - favourite cuddly toy, pet, etc

  • Theme days, e.g. wacky hair, hat day, bring/wear something yellow,

  • Talent Show

  • Use a hand puppet

  • There are many more ideas on this padlet


Home Learning TV is back on from Thursday 26th August 2021 from 9am - 1pm on Duke + 1 (Freeview channel 18 and sky channel 504). Previous episodes of home learning TV, lesson plans and supporting materials can be found here,