Plimmerton School

11 School Road
Plimmerton, Porirua 5026

PO Box 57146
Mana, Porirua 5247

04 233 8677
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Mana update #01

Posted on 18 August 2021

email to parents of Mana syndicate Wednesday 18 August 2021

Kia ora Mana Syndicate Whānau,


We know it will take some getting used to moving into level 4 lockdown again after not being in one for well over a year. 


We understand everyone is in different circumstances and households will vary in what they can manage. Our advice is to do what you can and make it work for you. Below are  some activities to keep your children learning over the next 3 days. If lockdown continues next week each syndicate will share a new weekly learning plan.


Feedback from our previous lockdown was of course varied, with some families wanting more and some less.These are suggestions and if you do not manage to do all of these then that is fine.  If your child wants to do more then that is great. Feel free to give them more on your own or if you are struggling for ideas you can email your child's teacher. 


Mana teachers will send a link for a Zoom session tomorrow. These will be set for 9:30am and 1:30pm. There is the option of two different times that your child can choose from, but please only attend one. These meetings are valuable to keep connected as a class. Teachers will not be doing class Zoom calls on Fridays as this will be a day to allow teachers to plan for the following week and have staff and or syndicate meetings. 



Possible learning activities for the next 3 days



Read a book from home for at least 20mins each day. Give the activities at the end of the book a try. At the end of the week record yourself reading a few pages of a book of your choice for your teacher and parents to hear.


If you have any school reading books at home, reread these. You may also have a library book currently out. There are plenty of options.



Make a list of the things you will or could do during the next 3 days.


As you are in your bubble you may be only able to look through fences like this boy. Can you create an imaginative story about you or this character looking through the fence? What do you see? Why are you looking through the fence...was there a noise etc? Carry the story on and make it lead to something else happening. Use your imagination.




Basic facts practise. Someone could call facts out loud for you to answer, you could get a caregiver or older sibling to write some down for you to answer or you can use an online tool like Prototec to practise.


On a piece of paper write the number 10. Now write all the equations you can think of that have 10 as the answer. Think of using:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and decimals

Examples: 9+1     2x5     30-20    90 divided by 9     ⅓ of 30     3.5+6.5


Use some counters or pens etc to work on fractions of a group of objects.

Example: Here are 15 counters. What is ⅓ of all my pens?

Or … Here are 5 pens. This is ¼ of all my pens. How many would I have altogether?   


You could also play card games or board games with your whānau.


Arts / Production

Please practice your production dance so you get better at it. 


All of this is completely optional and please do as little or as much as suits you and your whanau. Please stay safe, happy and warm in your bubble.


Teachers will be in touch with zoom links soon and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to email. Be aware we may not be able to respond to you immediately as many of us have children and dependents of our own we are looking after as well.


Mana Syndicate Teachers

Brendon, Andrew, Emma and Kate

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