Monday, 26 June 2017

My home region

This week our questions are from the fantastic team at Te Mata Primary School in Hawke's Bay. Thanks for the great questions!

This term Te Mata School Room 39 have been looking at our home region for our inquiry and its place in the world. These are some of the thinking questions that we used early on in our inquiries to start our thinking about Hawkes Bay’s place in the world. It’s a pretty awesome place to live! We would like to hear all about your region and what makes it special!

Before this week's chat check out the videos.

We are looking forward to hearing all about where in New Zealand we all tweet from.

  1. What are some of the things that make your region so special to you?
  2. What are some of the “ fun play” resources that you can use, that are in your local area?
  3. In Hawkes Bay we have wine as a big industry here. Are there industries or businesses in your region that are special to your area?
  4. Why/how have those industries been established there?
  5. What are the most fun things to do in your region?
  6. What places would you take a tourist in your area? Why?
  7. Are there any 'secret' spots that only locals know about?
  8. If you could live in another place in New Zealand, where would it be and why?

See you all on Friday.

Monday, 19 June 2017


Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signaled the start of the Māori New Year. In traditional times, Matariki was a season to celebrate and to prepare the ground for the coming year. Today Matariki means celebrating the unique place in which we live and giving respect to the land we live on.

This year Matariki will begin on 25 June.  You can get a chance to see Matariki if you get up very early in the morning.

Learn a little more about Matariki with these videos:


Q1. What do you think Matariki is all about?

Q2. What does the rising of Matariki signal to Māori?

Q3. What does Matariki mean to you and your family? Share with us how you celebrate it.

Q4. How are you celebrating Matariki at your School?

Q5. Matariki is a cluster of stars.  Do you know of any other star clusters or constellations in our southern skies?

Q6. In your opinion is Matariki important enough to be recognised as a National Holiday in NZ, if so why?

Q7. What is something that you have learned about Matariki that you did not know before?

Q8. What are your favourite party foods?

Q9. Discover what year you were born in using a calendar of your choice (eg. Chinese). Share with us what you found out.

Bonus (before or after the chat):
Find out all about the Matariki constellation by playing this interactive game.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Health & Nutrition

This week's questions have been complied by Room 1 at Lynmore School and their teacher Tracey Dillner. Thank you so much guys!

A little bit more about them:
"In Room 1 at Lynmore School, Rotorua, we have been learning about healthy eating. To spark our thinking we watched videos about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. They were so shocking, surprising and fascinating! 
Since then, we have had a nutritionist come to visit us. She told us about the Healthy Plate Model which is composed of ¼ protein, ¼ carbs and ½ vegetables/fruit. 
Lately, we have also created an item for our weekly school assembly about healthy, nutritious eating and it is based on Family Feud, with 'commercials' from Master Chef and Survivor NZ. The survivors are not at their healthiest because they are only eating burnt rice and beans. Their bodies need more fresh fruit and vegetables if they are going to be fueled for challenges and fight illnesses. "

Here are their questions:

Q1. How did you feel when you saw how people in Huntington, West Virginia? Would you want to make a change if you lived there?

Q2. Would you eat the chicken nuggets that were served in the Huntington schools? Why or why not?

Q3. In Jamie Oliver’s video, were you surprised about the bad chicken nuggets? Why/why not?

Q4. What was Jamie Oliver’s main reason for a food revolution? How do you think he felt?

Q5. What types of food can you enjoy on special occasions and why?

Q6. Do you have any special celebratory cultural dishes in your family/school community?

Q7. If you had to survive on a desert island, what three types of food would you have and why?

Q8.Name a food that is good for your body and one that is bad for your body. What effects do they have on you?

Q9. Name a food that makes you feel re-energized after you eat it.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sport and its impact on your learning

Kia ora,

How could this week’s chat be about anything else but sport!
Look what is going on.....

The Lion's touring from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
NZ Under 20's Rugby World Cup
The America's Cup Semi finals.
The Black Caps are involved in the ICC Champions Trophy
Michael Venus the first Kiwi in 19 yrs to reach the quarter finals of a Grandslam
The All Whites are preparing for the Confederations Cup
Plus the Taxtic have finally won a game

I am sure I have missed a few as well......

I love playing sport, watching sport, coaching sport and seeing children take part in sport.  So today’s questions are about sport and its impact on your learning and your life!

If you get a chance before this week’s chat watch the video's first.

 This weeks questions:
Q1.What are the benefits of playing in a sports team?
Q2. Should playing in a sports team be compulsory for children at primary school? Explain why.
Q3. What role does a coach play in a team?
Q4. What roles do the players have in a team?
Q5. What would happen if the team and coach didn't work together?
Q6.What are the most important attributes that a sportsperson should posses?
Q7. How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?
Q8. Thinking about yourself at school, who are the key people in your learning team?
Q9. What has been the most important life skills you have learnt playing sport and why?

Hei kōnā mai

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Music in our classrooms

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

This week here at Kidsedchatnz HQ we have been wondering about all our talented singers, songwriters, musicians, and performers, give it a go kids, and dancers who love music.

Now, I know we all have talents in certain areas...could be Maths, or soccer, swimming, dancing, BMX.  This week though we want to hear not just about talent, but we want to hear how music impacts on your learning.

Across our beautiful Motu we have many competitions that celebrate music and performing.

It could be the J-Rock, or it could be your local Pasifika Festival, or it could be the amazing teacher in your class who can rock out the guitar and get you all singing.

Make sure you watch some of the videos below before our chat on Friday.

How does music effect our Brains:

Great way to inspire your teacher to include music into your daily routine


How to follow your dreams with Music.

This weeks questions are:

1.What performing art do you most enjoy (Dance, Drama, singing, or playing an instrument) and why?

2. Do you think that music has an impact on how you feel and act? Explain.

3. Do you think having music playing while you are learning is a good idea? Why

4. What are the benefits of learning; to perform, dance, sing, or play an instrument?

5. What are some of the barriers you face when it comes to developing your musically ability?

6. If you could learn to playing an instrument, what would it be and why.

7. How often do you sing, play, dance at your school and what does your school offer to encourage this?

8. Music and musicians/artist can have a huge impact in our lives.  Who is your favourite artist and why?

9. If you had to choose one song to introduce your self what would it be and why?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday 11:30 - 12:15.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Computer Science is Changing Everything

In this week's KidsedchatNZ we are wondering abut the future.

What do you think your future holds? What skills do you think you will need? Do you have any ideas about what you want to do?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This clip talks about  how computer science is changing our future.

1. Tell us about the clip. Was there anything that made you want to learn more about computer science? 

2. Have you been learning coding in your school? If so, what do you use to do it? Why do you like it?

3. Have you created anything before using coding? What was it? 
(Include your photos)

4. How can we encourage more children to learn to code?


5. Can you think of any problems that you could solve with coding?

6. What do you want to do in the future? Does this job exist now?

7. Do you think that schools need to buy more technology like Dot and Dash?

8. What do you think you could create that would help people in the future?

See you on Friday


Monday, 15 May 2017

Success - Week Three Term Two

Week Three - Term Two - 2017



Q1: What does success mean to you at the moment?

Q2: Share a photo or a link to some learning successes you have had this term.

Q3: What are the qualities you think a successful person possesses?

Q4: What are some barriers that prevent you from succeeding?

Q5: How does your family support you to be a successful learner?

Q6: Is success an accident/luck or choice?

Q7: What is the most successful thing you have achieved in your life so far?

Q8: What is one thing you are going to work on this term to ensure you have a successful term?

Sunday, 7 May 2017


Nanogirl is New Zealand's own science superhero and she is working hard to encourage more children to learn about science and has been touring NZ with her 'Explosive Live Science Show'!

The NZ 'National Science Week' will be held next week from 15-19 May.

To get you excited about science here are some great videos from Nanogirl.

I hope you can all manage to do an experiment or two, make sure you take photos or videos to share with us.


Q1. Do you like learning about science and doing science experiments? Why or why not?

Q2.  What science problems/questions do you really want to solve or answer? Why?

Q3. Nanogirl likes taking natural objects (eg. broccoli) and copying their superpowers. What superpower would you like to copy from an object?

Q4. Nanogirl likes 'Fracture mechanics' or breaking something to see how it works. What would you like to break to see how it works?

Q5. What science have you done at school and what did you learn? Make sure you include photos or videos.

 Q6. What is the next science experiment you want to do at school? What do you think will happen and why?

Q7. What is the most amazing thing you have learnt doing science at school or home?

Q8. Why do you think it is important to learn science at school? Do we do enough science at school?

Q9. Do you use any apps, websites or books to help you learn about science? (please share them with us)

Monday, 3 April 2017

Reflecting on Term 1

It is the last chat for this term, therefore our questions will ask you to reflect on Term 1.

Thank you to everyone for joining the chats and for making KidsedchatNZ a cool learning vehicle!
(Image credit: Pixabay)


Q1. What is something you did this term that you think you will remember for the rest of your life?

Q2. What is something you accomplished this term that you are proud of?

Q3. What was the nicest thing someone in your class did for you this term?

Q4. What was the most challenging part of this term for you? Why?

Q5. Which was your favorite place / spot in your classroom (or school)? Why?

Q6. If you could change one thing that happened this term, what would it be?

Q7. What are three things you did this term to help your classmates?

Q8. In what area do you feel you made your biggest improvements? Why?

Q9. What is something you taught your teacher or classmates this term?

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Looking after our Place in the World

Kia ora,

This week we are looking at our local environment.  At the moment there seems to be lots of discussion in the media around protecting our rivers and lakes. I often wonder what I could be doing better to help lessen this problem.

This is the beautiful part of Aotearoa that I live in and what our local council is doing to preserve it.

  1. Our environment is precious.  What are some of the environmental issues facing      New Zealand at the moment?

2. What are some things you do at home to help reduce waste/rubbish?

3. Tell us about the things that happen at your school to reduce waste and save energy?

4. What is one thing you could do better or more often to reduce waste at your school?

5. Can one person make a difference or do we need a team approach?

6. NZ has lots of endangered species.  What can we do to ensure future generations see them?

7. Have you been involved in any school or community events to protect our environment?

8. Design a way to reduce the amount of packaging around morning tea snacks.

9. Do you have any local environmental hero's that are looking after your local environment?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Week 8 - Heroes


This week we are excited as we have had the brilliant children from @Temataroom39 write the questions for this weeks chat.
Well done, William Bush, Harry Cassidy, Will Leary, Cam White, Megan Kay, Emily Payne, Isabel Stockley, Izzy Eivers, Piper Burroughs, Libby Fussell.  Thanks also to their teachers Sam Chatfield @sammychatfield  and Danielle Burroughs @DBurroughs06 for supporting them to generate this weeks questions.

I am really looking forward to this chat.  What an awesome topic!!

Week 8 Questions:

Q1: Does a hero need to wear a cape and their underpants on the outside?Why/Why not?
Q2: When we say the word hero why do we automatically think of super heroes instead of community heroes?
Q3: What qualities do you think a hero has?
Q4: Are leaders and heroes the same thing? Why?
Q5: Think of a hero and tell us why they are a hero to you?
Q6: Name a hero in your community and explain why they are a hero?
Q7: Is being rewarded the reason people are heroes?
Q8: Is it Ok for Heroes to make mistakes? Why/Why not?
Q9: Write an example of how you could be a hero?

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Different Cultures in our New Zealand schools

We have many cultures in New Zealand and we would like to know what cultures you have at your school and learn more about them...


Q1. What is your culture? What languages do you speak at home?

Q2. How would you greet all the classes participating today in your language?

Q3. What cultures or languages do you learn about at school? 

Q4. What cultural groups activities do you do at your school? (Kapa Haka, Pasifika groups, Fia Fia celebration)

Q5. What are your favourite traditions from your culture? Do you celebrate these at school? (festivals, holidays, clothes, food, music, dance etc)

Q6. What cultural sports and games do you do at school?

Q7. What culture would you like to be and why? 

Q8. What language would you like to learn and why?

Q9. Do you know of any apps or websites that we can use to learn about other cultures?

Sunday, 5 March 2017

School Virtues/Values - how do they impact on your learning and outlook on life?

This week we are looking at you School's Virtues/Values and we want to know how they impact on your learning and your outlook on life! 

The videos below are to get you thinking and wondering about the values people hold as important.


Q1. What are your School's Virtues/Values? Tweet a photo of your School's Virtues/Values displayed either in your classroom, playground or books.

Q2. Who designed/wrote them? As a student did you get a chance have your say when they were decided? 

Q3. Why does every School have different 'Value Statements'? All School's are trying to educate children, shouldn't they be the same for every School? 

Q4. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your learning?

Q5. How do your School's Virtues/Values impact on your behaviour?

Q6. Which of your School's Virtues/Values do think is the most important? Why?

Q7. If you had to rewrite your School's Virtues/Values.  What would you change them to?

Q8. Tweet a photo or video of you and your friends/classmates displaying one of your School Virtues/Values.

Q9. Outside of School what are the most important Virtues/Values to your family? Why? 

Monday, 27 February 2017

A driver of my learning

Kia ora,

This week's chat is all about driving your learning.  We here at Kidsedchatnz want to find out how you or your teacher personalises your learning and helps you drive your own learning.  What happens in your class currently or what you would like to happen in your class.

If you get a chance watch this video about kids taking charge of their learning or student agency, or hackschool (an oldie but a goodie)

1. Describe your classroom (how many students/teachers/teacher aides, single room or ILE, breakout spaces, devices). Great opportunity to share photos.

2. Think about your normal day, what choices do you have as a learner during the day?

3. Share how you know what your next steps are in either Reading, Writing, or Maths. (Great photo opportunity)

4. Do you think knowing your next steps helps you with your learning? If so how? Can you give an example?

5. As a learner what motivates you to learn something new?

6. What are some of the barriers or blocks that stop you from becoming a successful learner?

7. Sometimes we get stuck with our learning and have to problem solve. What does good problem solving look like?

8. Describe the 'perfect' day of learning for you, how would you day be organised?

9. What does personalised learning or student agency mean to you?  What would it look like in your class?

Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Digital Competence and Digital Citizenship

Kia koutou,

Welcome to the Week Four chat.  This week we are exploring Digital Competence and Digital Citizenship.

In your classroom your learning is becoming more blended and seamless between on-line and off-line learning.  We here at Kidsedchatnz want to hear how you are managing this in your classroom and what skills you need to have to be successful.

"Being digitally competent is more than being able to use the latest smart phone or computer software — it is about being able to use such digital technologies in a critical, collaborative and creative way."(The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens)

"Digital Citizenship can be understood as the skills, knowledge, and values required to be an effective, ethical and safe user of ICT."

To support this weeks chat:

Digital compass is an animated online game to develop digital citizenship skills (yr6-8).

Privacy Pirates is another game to promote staying safe online.

1.What skills do you think you need to be digital competent?

2.How do you search for information online?  What skills do you need to have to be successful?

3.How do you share your online learning with your; peers, teacher, whanau?

4.Do you share you online learning with other classrooms?  If so how and are there any rules your class follows?

5.When you are creating content online, explain what you should do when you want to use other peoples content?

6.What do you do in your classroom to promote being safe online?

7.What are some important things to consider when taking part in Kidsedchatnz?

8.What do you think it means to be a responsible digital citizen?

9.How do you check if the information you view online is reliable or trustworthy?

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday 24th, 11:30-12:30

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Supercharge Your Year with Goals

Welcome back to KidsedchatNZ!

We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and have had a fantastic few weeks back at school!

Many of you are probably in the process of setting goals to kick off this term. Here are some challenges you can complete prior to the chat. It does not matter if you are not able to complete them, you will still be able to take part in the chat.

1. Write some goals for this term. Make sure they are SMART Goals and make sure you share them! This video will explain to you what SMART Goals are:

Watch the video below to help you with writing your goals...

2. Create an iStopMotion /  Telagami / Poster / Info-graphic showing how you are planning to keep track of achieving your goals.

Q1. Do you think goal setting is important? Why?

Q2. What are the important things to remember when writing goals? What do you need to include?

Q3. What are your goals for this term? Can you share them with us please?

Q4. Why is sharing your goals important? How have you shared your goals this term? How else could you share your goals?

Q5. Can you share with us what you created to show how you are planning to keep track of achieving your goals?

Q6. How and what are you going to do to reach your goals this term? What sacrifices are you going to have to make?

Q7. Positive thinking is important when setting goals. Can you share with us a motivational quote about goal setting?

Q8. Goals don't always go to plan. What are you going to do if you run into a problem?

Q9. What will it look like to reach your goals and how will it feel?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A New Year, A New Start...

We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that this year will be a great one for everyone! 

Information for 2017 as follows:
  • Our first chat will be held on: Friday 17 February
  • Time: Friday between 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Blog posts: Questions will be posted on the blog a week before the chat on a Thursday

We look forward to chatting with you again this year!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Year in review - 2016

Wk 9 - 2016 Reflection

Welcome to the last KidsedchatNZ for the year, where we will be reflecting on 2016. Thank you to all the classes who took part in the chats and for sharing your ideas. 

Here are the reflection questions for Wednesday:

Q1. What was your most favourite part of this year? Why?

Q2. What facts have you learnt and what information are you now sure about?

Q3. What are some new ideas you learnt and how could you use it in the future?

Q4. What have been some of the challenges you have faced this year?

Q5. What things could you have done better?

Q6. Do you have any learning (special to you) that you would like to share?

Q7. If you could design your class for next year, what would it look like?

Q8. If you could choose what you want to learn next year, what would you choose?

Q9. What do you want to improve in 2017?

Q10. If you could describe 2016 in one word, what word would you choose?

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sports, sports, sports and more sports

OK, you asked for it so here it is a whole chat dedicated to SPORTS!

New Zealand is blessed with a whole host of talented sportsmen and sportswomen.  However we often only hear about a few sports in the media.

This week my challenge to you this week is:

Search for our sporting success stories that we haven't heard about. It could be a local star, a local team, or a national team.  But lets try and find people who play sports that normally don't get media coverage.  Bonus points if can connect with them via Twitter!

I want to keep it 'Kiwi' this week with sports, but thought this was an amazing sport that had to be shared!

Lots to discuss in this week's chat. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Wednesday at 2pm. 

Please remember to update your class' bio on Twitter - we like to connect with each other. This information helps us to see where you are from, and what year level you are. It's also really important that your teacher's Twitter handle is included on the bio.


1.What are the most important attributes that a sportsperson should posses?

2. What are the benefits of playing in a sports team?

3. Should playing in a sports team be compulsory for children at primary school?

4. How do you cope with failures on the sports field?

5. Children often get hurt or injured playing sports. Should children be allowed to play risky contact sports when there is a risk of being hurt?

6. What has been the most important life skills you have learnt playing sport and why?

7. If you could choose a New Zealand sportsperson to have breakfast with who would it be?

8.How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?  

9.What is your favourite sport to play and why?

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Inquiry Learning

An Inquiry helps you to get answers to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge. We look forward to hearing how and if you use an inquiry model in your class during our chat in Week 7.


Q1. How do you begin (or what are the steps you follow for) an inquiry study in your class?

Q2. Do you have an input into what your inquiry will be about?

Q3. During an inquiry do you work co-operatively and collaboratively to solve problems or on your own? Why and how?

Q4. Are you learning through asking questions or do you just have to remember facts? Which do you think is the best way to learn?

Q5. What different types of questions are there and what is the reason for asking these questions?

Q6. What kinds of questions do you think would help with an inquiry? Can you give some examples that you have recently used?

Q7. Are there any apps that you use to help you with/in your inquiry? What are they and how do you use them?

Q8. Do you use Genius Hour/20 Time and / or Maker movement (or any other) for an inquiry focus? Why and how?

Q9. Can you share something new that you have learnt during an inquiry?

Thursday, 10 November 2016

The Arts

Art can be influenced by culture and for many years people have expressed themselves through art. Our Week 6 chat will be dedicated around the topic 'The Arts'.


Q1. What kind of art do you like and why?

Q2. What is one thing you have learnt in the Arts this year?

Q3. What materials have you used to create your artwork this year? What is your favourite material and why?

Q4. What do you think has been your best piece of artwork this year and why?

Q5. What stories have you told with your artwork? What is one kind of art special to your culture?

Q6. Can you share with us any digital art resources / app / websites that you use?

Q7. Who are some famous artists in / from NZ?  Who are they and what are they famous for? (eg. movies, opera, painting)

Q8. Do you think music and dancing are forms of art? Why / why not?

Q9. What do you think life would be like without art?

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Being a Kiwi

Our Week 5 chat is all about celebrating being a New Zealander and all the beautiful cultures that we have here in NZ. 

Here are some interesting challenges to help you along the way:
  • Redesign a piece of kiwiana using another culture as inspiration.
  • Create a visual or digital mihi, pepeha or biopoem. A template for a biopoem is here.
  • Write a poem about being a New Zealander.
  • Write or draw to explain the whakatauki: "He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!" which translates into "What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!"
  • Plan a time capsule to showcase New Zealand - what would you put in it? 


Q1. Where were you born and how long have you lived in NZ?

Q2. What languages can you speak? or what language would you like to learn and why?

Q3. What are the best and worst things about living in NZ?

Q4. How many cultures/nationalities are there in your class or school? What are they?

Q5. What is something that you have learned about a different culture?

Q6. What would you put in a time capsule to celebrate NZ culture?

Q7. If you could make another NZ public holiday, what would it be and why? Eg Matariki, Diwali, Chinese New Years or something else.

Q8. What does being a New Zealander or Kiwi mean to you? How does it make you feel?

Please be ready to share one of the challenges you've completed with us.

Thursday, 27 October 2016


Week 4's KidsedchatNZ is all about family. Our families play a huge part in who we are and who we will become. To prepare for this weeks chat, talk to mum, dad, uncles, aunties or grandparents to learn about your family, both past and present. Try to find some interesting stories or facts that you might be able to share.

Throughout the whole chat, try to ask questions about others families. Maybe look for someone who is similar to you (youngest of 3 kids, only boy/girl in the family etc) and see if they feel the same way about their family as you do. Or ask questions of others who come from a larger/smaller family to try to find out what it is like for them.


Q1. Who makes up your family? What position were you born in your family? Oldest? Youngest? Middle? What's it like being that position?

Q2. What is special about your family? What do you love about your family?

Q3. Would you prefer to be in a big family or small family? Why?

Q4. Do you have any family traditions? (Holidays, fun activities etc)

Q5. How often do you spend time with your grandparents? Do you think it's important to spend time with them?

Q6. What's the best piece of advice a family member has given you?

Q7. Share a story about your family. What's something interesting or funny we can learn about them?

Q8. Kid President has a list of 10 things every Mum needs to know. What would you add to the list? 

Q9. Just for fun! Make a poem, sentence or story using these 3 words: Kind, Proud, Hero.