Whānau Resource Bank

Welcome to the Poukawa School Whānau Resource Bank

On this page you will find a bunch of resources that have been put together by our staff in order for you to be able to support your child at home. 

Every couple of weeks this will be updated and each resource will also have a 'target' age / year group that the resource is intended for.

We hope that you find this helpful, builds your own knowledge, and also  the Poukawa School - Home partnership.

Resource: 'Being Thankful' - This video not only makes you smile, but is a great way to get kids to focus on the positive things in their life.  It is beneficial to get in the habit of saying what we are grateful for. Did you know this can have lasting effect on your brain and brain development?  It can also enhance your mood instantly.  By practicing gratitude you can create neural pathways in your brain that focus on positivity, impacting your overall mental health.

Age and Stage: All ages and stages

Kid President - Being thankful 

Resource: Digital Dialects- Digital Dialects is an online resource that will help us to learn Te Reo Māori in a fun and interactive way.  They have lots of options such as colours, numbers, foods and geographical locations to name a few.  Give it a go and see how quickly your vocabulary increases.  Karawhuia whānau mā! Click on the link below to have a go!

Age and Stage: All ages and stages

Te Reo Maori interactive games

Resource: Dogo News - Dogonews.com is an excellent source of non-fiction current events and news reading for students to use at home (and at school as well). It has a variety of topics to read about and the articles are always fun and engaging for students to read. It is also great for vocabulary building and it has a built-in 'dictionary' for some of the more complex words (the words in blue in the second picture).

Age and Stage: Year 5 upwards


Resource: Khan Academy - Khan Academy Kids is an app for 2-8 year olds, which is completely free with no in app purchases. It is an English app, however, there is incredible learning through games and activities for a wide range of lessons and skills. Kea Class have just started using it and love it! 

Age and Stage: Year 2 upwards


Resource: An online resource to help students learn their timestables at home

Age and Stage: Year 2/3 upwards


Resource: A digital resource to be used at home, once a day, for approximately 10-15 minutes. These are problem-solving based and change everyday. Check out the range by clicking on any date on the calendar on the home page.

Age and Stage: Usually Year 4-5 upwards.


Resource: A range of games, flash cards and topics for students to increase their known and  daily use vocabulary and forms a solid word bank to use for future sentence structure work in Te Reo

Age and Stage: All students


Resource: Reading: Comprehensions Questions to ask at home

Age and Stage: All students

Resource: Ted Talk: Rita Pierson (" Kids don't learn from people they don't like")

Age and Stage: All students

Resource: Basic Facts Maths Practice

Age and Stage: All students

This website is fantastic for students to practice online, by themselves, their basic facts in maths which are the building blocks for furthering their mathematical knowledge in other areas.

Go to www.prototec.co.nz and you will find the following page (pictured below).  Your student chooses either a 'sheet' practice page or a 'timed' practice page. 'Sheet' practice (also pictured below) has all of the questions together, whereas 'timed' shows one question at a time BUT has a 5 second time limit for each question. 

The practice pages 'self-mark' so that the student gets instant feedback which is extremely handy and students usually find that they improve significantly using this resource.