Home and School whare me kura

Home is such an important part of a child’s education. It provides real world opportunities for children to continue to learn outside of the school gates and outside of their classroom.

At Arakura School we try to provide parents with the support they need to assist their children with their learning when they get home.

How We Help

In the past we have run both Maths and Reading evenings, where we share some ideas with you, and give some practical activities and ideas that you can do with your children to further support and consolidate their learning.

Reading Together is another valuable programme we have run at our school which looks at parents and whanau coming together and reading together to assist and provide support for their children. A variety of tools and ideas are given to assist with this.


Some Maths for You

At School – there are 40 weeks schooling per year.

  • 5 days a week, for 40 weeks makes a total of 200 days.
  • 9am – 3pm in class, for a total of 6 hours per day. 30 hours per week.

That makes 1200 hours per year that students are at school.

At Home – there are 52 weeks in the year.

  • For 5 days of the week, they are home for 18 hours (allowing for travel etc…)
  • For the other 2 days a week they are home for 24 hours.

Each week, students are at home for 138 hours

In the schooling year of 40 weeks, that equates to 5,520 hours at home. Add in the holiday time for the other 12 weeks of the year, where they are home for 24 hours (2,016 hours), then per year children are home for 7,536hours – out of a possible 8,736 hours. 


My Head Hurts – That’s quite hard to get your head around. So let’s look at the percentages.

86.26% of the year, your child is at home (or not at school).

That leaves 13.74% of the year, your child is at school.

Home is an important place for learning

This therefore demonstrates the impact that learning both at school and at home can have, and how important it is for the learning to continue outside the walls of the classrooms.

If you would like to know more about how you can support your child at home, please contact your classroom teacher and we will make sure that we have some suggestions that you might like to try.

Parents Help
Arakura Learn
  • Arakura Learn – Full of learning based activities we use at Arakura School in the classrooms.