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)