Helping at home

We all want the very best for our learners at school and at home.  We have put together a list of resources and information for parents/caregivers to help at home.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, but there are some key websites and pieces of information that we think are extremely helpful.

If you would like extra advice about how to help your learners at home, make an appointment to come and have a chat with your child's teacher.

We appreciate all that you do to help us on our journey towards 'Growing Great Learners'.

Overall Teacher Judgements and Reporting

OTJs are judgements about your child’s achievement based on evidence that teachers collect throughout the year.

The diagram below illustrates the different components of how teachers go about forming OTJs.  You will notice that actual tool data – more formalised ‘testing’, is just one aspect of this process.  To put that into context, if your child’s reading test shows that they are reading one year above their chronological age, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ‘Above’ standard.  There are many other factors that determine this outcome e.g. how they are learning independently?  Are they fully understanding what they read?  Can they demonstrate this through questioning and group discussion?  There are so many pieces of the puzzle to bring together in order to make a judgement.

Teachers will use the Overall Teacher Judgment to work out each child’s next learning steps and to set goals for their learning. School reporting will clearly show your child’s progress and achievement, what the teacher and school will do to help your child reach their goals, and what you can do at home to support your child’s learning.

If your child is ‘At’ National Standard for Reading, Writing or Mathematics, this is a cause for celebration!  ‘At’ is certainly not average!  To be ‘Above’ standard, learners must be working at the standard for the year above their current year level.

For more information on this please read the full article on Overall Teacher Judgements attached below.


Literacy (Reading and Writing)

These sites are helpful for early literacy accquisition.  There are many activities and ideas to help support readers and writers at home.

This site is packed with interesting texts for learners at many different levels.  Access to the site is free for the remainder of 2013.  Login details: Username: sunshine2013, password:newzealand

This site has a range of games to reinforce punctuation skills for all year levels.

Grammar blast.  Can you make the sentences grammatically correct?

Quick Writes!  You'll see one word at the top of the page and you have 60 seconds to write about it!

Turn yourself into a super hero and then write about it!


Numeracy (Mathematics)

This site is a fantastic resource filled with activities and ideas for delving into maths at home.

Loads of interactive games for every subject within mathematics.

More interactive games.

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