Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Let's Talk About Term 3

What has stuck with you this term?

Term 3 2017 is nearly over and in our last KidsedchatNZ for the term we like to reflect. 

Put your thinking caps on to REFLECT and talk about some of the things that happened for you during this term.


1. What was your favourite part of this term. 

How did this make you feel and why? 

2. What was the most interesting thing that you have learned in Term 3?

3.What were some of the challenges for you? Tell us why.

4. Do you have any artwork or blog posts that you would like to share with us?

5.If you could describe this term in one word, what would that word be?

6.What would you like to do better in Term 4?

7. What are you planning to do for the holidays?

8.What would you like to learn about in Term 4?

See you on Wednesday at 2pm team!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2017

Nau Mai
Every year since 1975 New Zealand has marked Māori Language Week. This is a time for all New Zealanders to celebrate te reo Māori (the Māori language) and to use more Māori phrases in everyday life. In 2017 Māori Language Week runs from 11-17 September, the theme is 'Kia ora te reo' – which celebrates New Zealand’s indigenous greeting and the intent of te reo Māori revitalisation efforts between the Crown and Māori.

  1. How do you celebrate Maori Language Week in your class/school?
  2. Why is this an important week to New Zealand?
  3. How does New Zealand celebrate Maori Language Week?
  4. Can you name any local places of significance that have a Maori name?Why are they significant?
  5. What is your favourite Maori phrase or a saying you have heard this week?
  6. What other languages are a part of your school and are these celebrated?
  7. What are the three official languages of New Zealand?
  8. If New Zealand was to officially celebrate another language what language do you think that should be? Why?
  9. Do you know of other countries that celebrate a second language in their country? What country and how do they celebrate?

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 2pm for our chat. 

Sunday, 3 September 2017


Kia ora koutou

  • 75% of the earth is covered with water but only 3% of it can be used for drinking - (it is 'fresh' water).
  • Most of this fresh water is underground; the rest is in lakes and rivers. We are learning all about looking after our water and would love some more ideas about how to keep our waterways clean and reduce our water usage at home and school.
  • To make sure we know where all this water comes from, watch the video on the water cycle.
Lake Hawea
In Hawea we have lots of lakes and rivers in our area. There is a big concern that the lakes are being contaminated by pollution and algae build up. What can you find out about your local waterways this week? Time to get investigating!


Q1: Where does water come from? Can you explain the water cycle?

Q2: Where do you think most of the water in your area comes from? What makes you think this?

Q3: Why is having good water quality important to you and your community?

Q4:What things can make water quality poor in a river or lake?

Q5: How is the water quality in your area? Can you swim in local lakes or rivers? Has this changed over time?

Q6: What are some ways you can conserve water at home or at school? How could you encourage others to do the same?

Q7: Near Hawea we have lots of beautiful rivers and lakes. We are looking for some ideas to help keep our waterways clean and reduce our water use? Can you help us by adding some ideas to this Padlet?

Q8: Can you design an invention to save water at school?
Q9: Whose job is it to protect  our waterways? How do you think they monitor them?

We look forward to seeing you all Wednesday at 2pm.

Nga mihi nui

Monday, 28 August 2017

Being part of a team

This week we are looking at being part of a team.

So often in life we have to work with other people, it could be in your classroom, the playground, a sports field. We are wanting to find out what it really means to be a 'team-player' or someone who works well in a team situation.

We only have to look at the sporting victories over the weekend to see how important being a team player is;

Black Ferns - World Campions
All Blacks - Last minute victory over Australia
K4 Crew (Bronze) - Kayaking World Championship

Here are the questions!

Q1. How often do you work in a team or group in your class? What team or group activities do you do? 

Q2. Do you enjoy working in a team with others? Explain why or why not?

Q3. What are the key elements of teamwork? Why are they important?

Q4. In what ways are you a team player? What do you bring to a team?

Q5. Do you think it's important to be able to work with others? What are the benefits?

Q6. What can you do when someone is not pulling their weight in a team? What could you say?

Q7. In one of the videos is the ex-NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. Who is your favourite team? Why do you like them?

Q8. When you get older employers are looking for people who can work in a team. What other skills are they looking for?

Q9. TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More. What do you think this means?

Can't wait to see everyone on Wednesday - Yahoo

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Ka mau te wehi! Kids are Awesome

This week's KidsedchatNZ was inspired by a cool American Teacher called Angela Maiers.

Angela shares a great message, and it is important for all of us. 

The message is  -


KidsedchatNZ want you to think about how you are awesome. We want to know how you are a genius. Everyone has their own unique talents and abilities. What are yours? We would love to hear all about them.

Here are some kids sharing their awesome abilities. These kids are great on the sports field, and the dance floor. Your genius might be in music, or writing, or maths. 

You might be a great listener or friend, or both!

Think about how you contribute to make the world a better place.

Have a read of the YOU MATTER manifesto. A manifesto is a public announcement or declaration. There are some important points to think about there. You might like to make a book about your genius, and share it with us.

Questions for this week.

Q1. Why are you awesome? What is your Genius?

Q2. What would you like to change in the world around you?

Q3. How do you think that you could do this?

Remember “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Q4. What is the best thing that a Teacher has ever said to you?

Q5. Think of a time when you have achieved a goal. Tell us what this felt like.

Q6. Do you have some learning that you are really proud of? Take a picture and tweet it!

Q7. Name five people that you would put on a "Dream Team" to encourage and inspire you. Are they famous people, successful people, members of your family?

Q8. Why are these people amazing to you?

Q9. What makes you feel proud?

Kia ora tamariki. Kau mau te wehi! We are so looking forward to this week's chat.

Juliet Revell

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The New Zealand Election

This week in KidsedchatNZ, we are talking about the upcoming New Zealand election. 
New Zealand's next general election is taking place on 23 September. 

Have you been learning about what it is and how it all happens at your school? We are looking forward to hearing all about your learning.

Q1: What is an election? What type of election do we have in New Zealand?

Q:2 Why do we have elections in New Zealand?

Q3: What happens during an election?

Q4: What do you think would happen if we did not have elections and people did not vote?

Q5: Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand? How did he become the prime minister?

Q6: Why do you think it is important that people vote in elections?

Q7: If you became Prime Minister what is the first thing you would change?

Q8: How do you think our government can make New Zealand ‘more awesome’ like the Kid President?

Q9: What do you think the Prime Minister’s main job is during the day?

Q10: Even though you can’t vote what are some ways we can make sure our voices get heard?

Looking forward to reading your opinions on Wednesday.

See you then!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Native New Zealand Animals

This week we are looking at Persuasive Writing and sharing an opinion
Image from http://www.photosforclass.com/search?text=Maui+Dolphin
The Māui dolphin
One of the world's smallest and rarest dolphins. An endemic sub-species closely related to the Hector's dolphin, it is now found only in the shallow coastal waters off the west coast of the North Island. In 2012, it was estimated that between 48 and 69 mature animals remained.

Opinion, Facts and Thoughts

  1. What are some native animals to New Zealand that are in threat of extinction?
  2. How do we protect and look after our native animals in NZ?
  3. Where are you most likely to see New Zealand’s native animals?
  4. Many people believe that to save animals from extinction they should be bred in zoos? Do you agree/disagree with this statement and give one reason why.
  5. When zoo bred animals are released back into the wild there can be serious problems. What might some of these problems be?
  6. Zoos are …...a life sentence for animals. What do you think this means?
  7. Why do you think animals in the wild die before they reach maturity?
  8. ...the only way to save our endangered animals is to study and protect their habitat. Why?
  9. Should we have zoos or wildlife parks? Why?
  10. If you could chose one animal to study what would it be and why?

See you all on Wednesday at 2pm.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Passion & Talent

Welcome back to Kidsedchatnz for Term Three.  

This week we are exploring "Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Passion & Talent".

  1. What are your interests, talents or passions?
  2. How do you get to learn about your interests in the classroom? Give us an example. 
  3. Do you think it's important for children to have time each week to learn about something that they're interested in? Why?
  4. What is the world's most important invention so far? How does it affect your life?
  5. The Kid President wanted to invent a Catuum Cleaner. What would you like to invent to make the world more awesome? 
  6. The top 10 jobs in 2017 didn't exist in 2007. What jobs do you think there will be in 10 years time?
  7. Inventive thinking requires taking risks, being curious and thinking skills. How do you do this in the classroom?
  8. Is creativity important? How can we encourage creativity in the classroom?
  9. Sometimes we get stuck with our learning and have to problem solve. What does good problem solving look like?

Friday, 21 July 2017

KidsedchatNZ: Crew Vacancy

Tena koutou KidsedchatNZ whānau

We have some changes afoot with our KidsedchatNZ organising crew. We are sadly farewelling the magnificent Marnel van der Spuy from our team.

 Marnel has been one of our co-organisers from our very inception, and has contributed masses of her own time and energy into making our chat the great tool that it is for New Zealand kids to connect. 

Thank you so much Marnel, we have valued your contribution and commitment. You are steadfastly reliable and have always been there for us as a team. We wish you well - the kids at Broadlands School are very lucky.

Are you able to help? We are looking for more teachers to join our team. We believe in KidsedchatNZ, and know from our experience that it is a brilliant tool for kids to begin connecting with each other. 

It is great that there are now more vehicles for our New Zealand kids to use twitter to connect such as @ReadaloudNZ and @ChapterChatNZ

We love them all! These chats don't happen without the commitment of our superhero NZ teachers who believe in using digital technologies as tools for learning - thank you to all of you - you rock.

Can YOU be our next Superhero?

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