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Game development in the classroom


More and more schools are making digital game design part of their learning programmes.

This new page from Enabling e-Learning explores the benefits for students, suggests approaches to planning a game design unit, and links to a number of related readings and resources.

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures Programme


The Raranga Matihiko programme is continuing in 2020, serving decile 1–3 schools and kura in Northland, Auckland, Wellington, and Hawke's Bay.
Book now to secure your place in this museum-led, locally delivered, student learning programme, which integrates the revised technology learning area and hangarau matihiko content with your class inquiry.

Each class will have a bespoke programme plan designed for their learners.

The programme is provided at no cost to the school. The costs covered include Teacher Release Day (TRD) for one planning day, transport while visiting the museum, facilitation, and technology use.

Book or inquire about the programme at rarangamatihiko@tepapa.govt.nz.

He Māpuna te Tamaiti: Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Early Learning


He Māpuna te Tamaiti is a new resource designed for kaiako in early learning settings. It promotes proactive, intentional approaches to supporting the development of children's social and emotional competence.

An online version of the book and a self-assessment tool are now available in the self management and regulation section of Te Whāriki Online.

The book is being distributed with a set of cards for use in daily practice and during professional learning conversations. The cards are based on the appendix of He Māpuna te Tamaiti. 

The material is relevant for all types of early learning services including home-based care, playgroups, and early childhood centres, as well as for junior class teachers in schools.

Guide to Behaviour and Learning - updated


The updated and revised edition of Guide to Behaviour and Learning is now available on the Inclusive Education website with practical approaches to strengthen behaviours that promote learning, and minimise behaviours that disrupt and inhibit learning.

The guide illustrates how to ensure students' strengths, interests, learning needs, and preferences are considered in the design of learning environments.

Strategies in the guide:

  • promote inclusive, culturally responsive practices
  • are learner and whānau centred
  • support schools to take a reflective, problem-solving approach
  • promote self-regulated learning behaviours

This guide is a companion resource to Teaching for positive behaviour: supporting engagement, participation and learning.

The Same Game - new resource


A new resource for years 1-3, The Same Game, is intended to help foster the curriculum principles of diversity and inclusion.

The resource comprises a big book, audio, and teacher notes, and is intended to support students to recognise and appreciate their similarities and differences.

The book is being distributed to schools, and a PDF version, audio, and teacher notes are available on Social Sciences Online.

Webinar: Navigating Assessment Online to get the best from the site – Wednesday 20 November 2019: 3.45 pm–4.45 pm

Webinar: Navigating Assessment Online to get the best from the site – Wednesday 20 November 2019: 3.45 pm–4.45 pm


Can you easily find current information and resources about assessment?  

Do you know how to keep up with what’s relevant in times of “continuous disruptive change”?

Look no further, it’s time to visit Assessment Online on TKI!

This webinar will help build your capacity to access up-to-date and relevant assessment tools and resources designed for use in NZ classrooms.
This free online webinar will be hosted by the Assessment Online team, Brenda Crozier and Debra Ryan.
Register now >>

Webinar: Strengthening Local Curriculum – Wednesday 27 November 2019, 4pm–5pm

Webinar: Strengthening Local Curriculum – Wednesday 27 November 2019, 4pm–5pm


This webinar will guide schools and kura on topics such as:

  • how to use the national curriculum to design schools/kura local curriculum
  • designing and developing effective local curriculum
  • how to develop and strengthen relationships – including with mana whenua - to co-design local curriculum
  • lessons learned from the Local Curriculum workshops in the first half of 2019. 

 A guest principal will also share how their school is designing local curriculum that meets the needs and aspirations of the learners and whānau.

Register here

When you register, share 1–2 questions you have on local curriculum. 

Registrations close Tuesday, November 26.

This webinar will be hosted by CORE Education on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Teaching and learning Gagana Tokelau – new resources


New resources to support the teaching and learning of the Tokelau language (gagana) as an additional language for Years 7 to 10 are being distributed to schools.

The Tokelau storybooks and teacher support materials support the Learning Languages area of The New Zealand Curriculum.

The teacher support materials can be found in the Pasifika languages section of TKI's Pasifika Education community and include activities and an English version of each story.

Diwali – festival of lights


Diwali, also known as Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights, is a five day long Hindu celebration. 

Diwali in 2019 begins on the 27 October, and signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and renewal of life.

NZ Curriculum Online offers ideas and resources for celebrating Diwali in your school.

VLN Primary School - Online Programmes 2020


VLN Primary enrolments are now open for 2020:

Te reo Māori, Digital Technologies, Gifted & Talented, Learning Languages, Arts, Science, Maths, Literacy, & Life Skills.

Online classes & projects are open to any NZ children to participate from school or home. Children can participate independently, in small groups, or with their teachers in a whole class situation.

Find out more and register your interest online or contact primary@vln.school.nz with queries.

All NZ children are welcome to learn with the VLN Primary - Nau Mai, Haere Mai!