Te Kura

Your school work

Your school work can come in different forms. Traditionally we have sent booklets to our students to complete and post back to us, but we also send work by email and fax. You might also get it online.

Your school work is designed so that you can complete it and send it back to us in the time allowed. If you have any problems with your work check first with your supervisor or, if you don’t have one or you still can’t work it out contact your learning advisor or subject teacher.

Different units of work may have different timeframes. As a general rule, we expect you to study a lesson in each of your subjects each day.

When you receive your work, write everything you have received in a work tracker (your learning advisor or teacher may give you one of these) or in a notebook. Pick one booklet or unit in every subject to work on first and put the others away for later.

Work through the books or units from start to finish and try to complete all the activities. Mark your answers with √ or x when asked. Please remember to fill in any feedback or self-assessment forms  at the back.

Send each booklet back to us as soon as you’ve finished it. Then choose the next book/unit from that subject to work on. By the time this booklet (or the next one) is finished, you should have received more work in this subject so you don’t run out.

When marked work comes back from your teacher, please carefully read their letters or any comments they have made. Sometimes they ask you to go over the some activity again – do this straight away and send it back to them if that is what they have asked for. When a book is completed, we recommend you keep it in a safe place for future use.

Planning your day

We all learn differently, so there are no strict rules about how you should structure your day. But drawing up a weekly timetable can help you to get organised.

Some students prefer to work on several different subjects during the day, while others might like to go hard out on one subject or topic for a whole day. You can choose what suits you best but you need to make sure you cover all the learning areas of your programme. This is where drawing up a weekly timetable can help you to get organised.

Suggested timetables

Year 1-6 students

Students in years 1 to 6 should spend time working with language and numbers every day. You should also do some daily physical education activity.

Language includes reading, writing, oral language, handwriting and spelling. You can also study te reo Maori. We recommend you spend 60 to 90 minutes a day on language skills.

You should spend 45 to 60 minutes on mathematics each day, and 20 to 30 minutes on a physical education activity. Inquiry learning packs will take about six hours per week.

Te Ara Hou (Years 7-10) students

You should spend 2 to 3 hours each day on your integrated units, as well as doing some reading (either personal or guided), writing/literacy and maths each day. Maths, options and core subjects should each be studied for an hour a day.

Years 11-13

Year 11 students should spend about five hours a week on each subject (25 to 30 hours a week altogether for full-time students). Students in years 12 and 13 should study each subject six to seven hours a week (30 to 35 hours for full-time students).