Dunsandel School Learning at Home Page 

This Learning at Homepage has links to websites and ideas that you can use at home – anything specific to your child’s class can be found by clicking on the link by the Room Number below.  This page has ideas that are generic but we are also happy for you to do your won thing with your children so please don’t feel like you need to keep a strict ‘school’ routine, especially in these stressful times.

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing…

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more eg Play outside and go on walks. Do some baking and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. 

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So I do ask you to keep that in mind…..

Nga mihi

Dave Robinson, Principal.

Key Web Pages 

Room One – click here

Room Two – click here

Room Three – click here

Room Four – click here

Room Five – click here

Room Six – click here

Principal Emails – click here

Parent Help 2020 Page – click here


Story of the Day

24/3/2020 Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O’Dowd – click here

25/3/2020 Library Lion read by Mindy Sterling – click here

25/3/2020 David Walliams is releasing an audio story every day for the next 30 days for free!!! Click here

26/3/2020 Enemy Pie read by Camryn Manheim – click here

26/3/2020 Audio Books from Amazon

Amazon has canceled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can now instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link

27/3/2020 Turkey Trouble read by Marc Maron – click here

15/4/2020 Read-Aloud of the Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith click here

16/4/2020 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble read by Reid Scott click here

Useful Websites

MOE Learning from Home Website click here

Twinkl – Resources free for teachers and parents to download and print – all curriculum areas

Go Noodle (also on Youtube)  – Thousands of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos

Oxford Owl -Free resources to support learning at home; Advice and support for parents; Educational activities and games; Free eBook library for 3- to 11-year-olds.

Maths Playground
– ideas for those more visual learners; Requires registration (free, parents can do)

More maths games – lots to choose from.  Some will require Flash player.

Khan Academy – fabulous for self directed learning in the Senior School.

Kiwi Families – lots of links to other sites.

Math Playground – as well as the exciting games, be sure to check out the Maths Manipulatives and the Thinking Blocks. These provide great opportunities for you to talk with your child about maths.

Interactive sites for Maths – lots of different games to explore.

Links to useful documents:

Card games – ideas on how to use a deck of cards to support learning

Stay at home care package – click here

I want to be….. (Activity could be done by all year levels)

Recently the Tertiary Education Commission commissioned a report called Drawing the Future – Exploring the career aspirations of NZ children.  Children between the ages of 7 and 13 were invited to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grow up.  7700 children did this from across NZ.  The children from Room 5 have done this activity with Mr R in class.  Print the PDF – 2 pages or just use some paper from home.  Click here…. I want to be…


Here’s a few ideas for kids and families to do ( some better for younger/ some for older/ some for all)

  • How to tie your shoes ( you’d be surprised 😉)
  • How to follow a recipe
  • How to make a meal plan & grocery list on a budget
  • How to write a CV
  • How to look after the house ( mow the lawn, vacuuming, dusting etc)
  • How to read ( ask them questions about what they’re reading, read together, make predictions, discuss why characters behave the way they do)
  • How to write ( keep a journal, keep a gratitude list, write instructions for something, write an alternate ending to favourite story or movie, write a story, keep a book of facts)
  • How to maintain a vehicle ( how to check the oil, how to change a tire)
  • Build physical literacy ( do yoga, play catch, play Frisbee, kick a soccer ball, shoot hoops)
  • Build Fine motor skills ( draw, colour, knit, crochet, cross- stitch, sew, weave)
  • Go outside! Walk, Bike, most outdoor activities keep you at least 10m away from other people.
  • How to exist without the internet 
  • Spend time with your kids! Talk to them – ask them about their hopes & dreams.
  • Have them research things they’re interested in ( a place they’d like to visit, a career they might like, a hobby they’d like to learn)
  • Have them do a STEM challenge ( build a tower, boat, bridge) out of random materials around the house