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New titles – Ready to Read


There are five new titles in the Ready to Read Series.  Audio and teacher support materials (TSM) are available online:

Hannah's Game   

Helping at the Marae   

Matariki Breakfast

Sports Day for Monster

The Three Princesses

Find out more from Literacy Online.

New titles – School Journal Story Library


There are two new titles available online in the School Journal Story Library Series: 

Wind Chimes, set in a dystopian future, is written by Paul Mason and illustrated by Mat Tait

Living the Dream is an interview with Māori aerospace engineer and NASA employee Mana Vautier.

Find out more from Literacy Online.

Te Whāriki has been updated


New Zealand’s early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated.

Te Whāriki, which has shaped early learning in New Zealand for the past 20 years, now better reflects the context of children’s lives in the 21st century as well as changes in early learning theory and practice. 

The updated Te Whāriki includes two documents in one flip book: 

Te Whāriki: He whāriki mātauranga mō ngā mokopuna o Aotearoa Early childhood curriculum and 

Te Whāriki a te Kōhanga Reo

Read Te Whāriki, and find supporting resources on the new Te Whāriki website.

RAMP literature reports


The Review and Maintenance Programme (RAMP) implemented a review process to ensure materials that support NCEA continue to be aligned with The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and support the development and use of quality teaching and learning programmes in secondary schools and other providers.

New Zealand Sign Language Week from 8 May 2017


New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) became an official language of New Zealand in 2006.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of NZSL's official language status and our 10th NZSL Week. 

This NZ Curriculum Online page has resources, links, and ideas for supporting you to introduce New Zealand Sign Language to your class.

New Zealand Sign Language Week provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on the inclusion principle and explore the values of diversity and respect. 

Ask the Connected Learning Advisory


The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki – is committed to supporting schools and communities as they plan for, manage, and use digital technologies for learning.

This Education Gazette article looks at how the advisory supports schools, kura, and Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

National Library of New Zealand - improvements to Services to Schools


The National Library of New Zealand is rolling out a series of improvements to its Services to Schools online presence.

Services to Schools is now included as part of the National Library of New Zealand website.

You can access the new home of Services to Schools  at www.natlib.govt.nz/schools

The existing Services to Schools website address will be redirected to this new location. 

Find out more about the services, including placing a loan request, and access to Topic Explorer from this page of Literacy Online.

Game of Awesome


Game of Awesome is a card game aimed at inspiring New Zealand students to write.

It was  developed with a specific focus on suitability for boys in years 5–8 using boys of that age to create the material. 

You can hear more about Game of Awesome in this RNZ interview.

You can order copies of the resource for your school from Down The Back Of The Chair.

NZTA Future Transport Competition 2017


The Future Transport Competition challenges student teams in years 1–13 to enter games or narratives about transforming transport.

Entries must be by teams of three or more students. Online support includes the student guide, teacher guide, and ideas bank.

There are prizes for students, supervising teacher, and school.

The competition closes 5pm, Friday 30 June 2017.



Visit New Zealand's geology and landforms with these GeoTrips - rock outcrops, geological displays, and landforms that you can visit and explore.

GeoTrips are compiled by GNS Science, geologists, and knowledgeable enthusiasts from around the country.

Each GeoTrip includes images, maps, useful background information, and advice to get you started with your own geological explorations and discoveries.

More learning resources are available from the GNS Science website.