Aotearoa Histories

Our country is constantly changing – the land, the people, and our perspectives. Understanding the way things are now is made easier by knowing where we’ve come from.New Zealand has a rich, fascinating, and at times frightening history. We explore what our land was like before people, the impact they made, as well as the… Read More

Asian Languages

Whether you want your learners to get a taste for Asian Culture, or want your whole class or year group to study for the year, we offer a range of online Asian language classes to suit their needs. Chinese Programme with Laoshi Lisa Wang  or Su Yang Beginner and extension classes in Chinese. Students will… Read More


The VLN Primary Astronomy class is an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of space with wonderment and awe. The classes promote curiosity and inquiry, and students are encouraged to be self-directed and collaborative in their learning. An interactive introduction to our galaxy, this course will introduce these components of the Planet Earth and Beyond… Read More


How does Mrs Gren work? What makes a cats and dogs so different? Why can some birds not fly? All these questions and more answered when you delve in the world of biology. An introduction into Mrs Gren, the seven principles of life. This class will introduce these components of the Living World strand of… Read More

Creative Writing

Students are invited to join this literacy learning opportunity. Voice: students will share their thoughts, their findings and their writing with others so they can learn from each other during half hour online meeting time and writing shared in the Google classroom. Choice: students can choose a variety of ways they can present their writing… Read More

Design Intro

Could you be a designer? A successful designer needs to see further than what ‘looks pretty’ and delve into function. We explore a mix of design styles and dip our toes in a little further in areas of class interest. What will be taught? Students will begin to understand the elements and principals that underline… Read More

Digital Citizenship

“A digital citizen understands the rights and responsibilities of inhabiting cyberspace” (MoE, TKI). “Digital citizenship is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society” (Netsafe). The VLN Primary offers Digital Citizenship classes to develop students digital fluency. Classes are based on the NZ Curriculum values and key competencies and build Digital literacy and… Read More

Digital Technologies

The VLN Primary offers Digital Technologies classes at NZC Technology Learning area levels 1-4. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills of the underlying concepts of computational thinking for digital technologies and designing and developing digital outcomes.  They learn programming skills to create their own interactive stories, animations and games. They think creatively, reason systematically and… Read More

Expressions of Interest for Learning Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Arabic

Did you know that Hindi is the 4th most spoken language in New Zealand? We want to hear from schools, communities and families who are interested in joining online classes for any of these languages. We can provide short cultural taster programmes for schools, language classes for beginners or extension classes for native speakers wishing… Read More

Extension and Creative Classes

We offer classes that extend learners in Maths, Life Skills, Web Design and Visual Art. We welcome your ideas for other programmes we can run. Extension Maths This challenging programme uses word problems to build learner capacity with problem solving, analytical reasoning and abstraction. Learners should be working at Level 4+. Maths Booster is aimed… Read More

Fictional Heroes

Digging deeper into the characters who come to life in stories we love to read. In our first semester students choose a fiction book (or books) they’re interested in and as a group we discuss a number activities students can choose from to help better understand their characters. Oh No! My book doesn’t have a… Read More

Julie O’Donnell – Te reo Māori & Kapa Haka

Nau Mai, Haere Mai-Welcome, Welcome Te tūranga motuhake o te reo Māori, The importance of learning te reo Māori Kia ora koutou katoa ko Julie O’Donnell toku ingoa Hutia te rito o te harakeke, kei hea rā te kōmako e kō?Kī mai ki ahau, he aha te mea nui o te Ao?Māku e kī atu,… Read More

Kapa Haka

Parents in one VLN Primary school were skeptical that Kapa haka taught online would be any good, but these same parents gave their tamariki a standing ovation for their performance at end of year assembly! Read about the benefits of Kapa haka from our awesome kaiako Koka Jules. Tēnā Koutou katoa, Greetings to you all… Read More

Korean Language and Culture – Free for 2022

Sunny Yang, our Korean teacher, is excited to be teaching her native language here in New Zealand with the VLN Primary School. This is a great opportunity to develop your students cultural understanding of one of our important Asian neighbours AND get involved with learning online with the VLN Primary. In 2017 our Korean teachers… Read More

Learning Chinese online

Here are some snapshots from Laoshi Lisa’s online Chinese classes to give you an idea of how learning online works in the VLN Primary school. All NZ schools and children can participate in our classes. Contact us to find out more.

Life Skills

Students will investigate financial literacy through a variety of authentic tasks that prepare them for the future but inspire them now! DISCOVERING A CAREER TO SUIT YOUR SKILLS! BUILDING A RESUME AND INTERVIEW TIPS! WHERE DOES YOUR PAY DISAPPEAR TO?! BUDGETING FOR FOOD, CLOTHES AND SHELTER! Students will investigate financial literacy through a variety of… Read More

Literacy Booster

This programme has been developed to empower our Year 8 students with improved literacy skills and confidence as they prepare to move onto high school. Purpose: Improve written language skills for Year 8 students who are preparing to transition to high school. This programme will provide them with guided learning opportunities to develop their spelling,… Read More

Maths Explorations

This programme would best suit students with a curiosity and passion for the ‘behind the scenes’ of mathematics. Students will investigate the nuances surrounding mathematics – from where our Arabic number system has evolved from through to ideas around just how big (or small) can numbers get? Students will design and create visually and descriptively… Read More

Maths Extension

Extension maths (L4 & 5) classes develop logic, reasoning and strategies. Students learn strategies to solve number and algebra problems expressed in words by using multiplicative strategies and/or finding fractions, decimals, or percentages of amounts expressed as whole numbers, simple fractions, and decimals.  They use algebraic thinking and the order of operations rule BEDMAS. Students… Read More

NZSL – New Zealand Sign Language

We LOVE that through our schools sharing their expertise, we are able to offer New Zealand Sign Language classes online. “Sign language is a combination of hand shapes, facial expressions and body movements. New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is the natural language of the Deaf community in New Zealand; so it reflects the country’s culture… Read More

Philosophy – Introductory Ethics

Explore ethical issues and develop critical thinking skills as we discuss a range of cases and ask questions such as: ‘Is it ever okay to lie?’ and ‘Should animal testing be banned?’ This class will introduce ethics through a range of cases and philosophical discussions. Students will be encouraged to think for themselves and refine… Read More

Physical Sciences

Why is a diamond so strong and clear while lead is so brittle and dark? An introduction into materials and matter. This class will introduce these components of the Material World and Physical World strand of the Science Curriculum: Investigate molecular structure, (appreciation of states of matter and chemical structures); Investigate and understand changes of… Read More

Risk versus Reward !

Students investigate the stock market through a variety of authentic tasks that prepare them for possible investment decisions in the future! After learning the basics students access tools to invest pretend money but in real companies. We follow the stock market to see how their investments pan out and look into why particular stocks have… Read More

Science Classes

We offer classes that extend learners in Astronomy, Matter & Materials and Mrs Gren (Science). We welcome your ideas for other programmes we can run. Astronomy The VLN Primary Astronomy class is an opportunity to explore the fascinating subject of space with wonderment and awe (telescope not required). The class promotes curiosity and inquiry, and… Read More

Speeches & Essays

Your class is doing speeches at school … is it YIPEE or ARGHH!? Whether you need help getting the basics written or you want to refine your speech to reach the next level, this programme is for you! Speeches can be dreaded by students, or provide a stage to really shine. This course can be… Read More

Te Reo Māori

Nau Mai, Haere Mai. Te reo Māori programmes are one of our most popular classes. Welcome, Welcome Te tūranga motuhake o te reo Māori. The importance of learning te reo Māori.  By learning te reo Māori young New Zealanders ‘s become much more aware of the role that Māori identity, language, and culture play in… Read More

Visual Art

Students will experience Visual Art through a variety of hands-on tasks using different media and techniques like drawing, painting and digital, as they engage in activities, quizzes, and videos to learn about artists/art concepts. The lessons will be based on themes, such as ‘Portrait’, ‘Animals’ and on student input. We will also explore ‘online creative… Read More

Web Design

Could you be a web designer? If you like thinking about design and using digital technologies to create then yes you could! A web designer needs a few skills to be successful, and it’s not necessarily coding. A web-DESIGNER needs an eye for design and composition, expertise in selecting important content to create impact, and… Read More