Saturday, 15 June 2013

Matariki: The Star Fishes

Last week was the start of Matariki, the Maori New Year.  We read a Maori legend called "The Star Fishes" which is just one of the many legends about the seven stars of Matariki.  We acted out the story and then we retold the story in our own words.  The next day we created some amazing Star Fishes artwork.  Take a look at our fabulous work and let us know what you think!

The Star Fishes
A Maori legend about Matariki
Retold by B4

One day a mother fish told her seven baby fish “Don’t go out in the open sea today.  The giant Tataraimaka is fishing.  Be careful!”  But the baby fish did not listen to their mother.  They were busy playing tag and they got caught in the giant’s net.  The baby fish cried and cried and they made the sea salty.  Tane, the God of light, felt sorry for the baby fish.  He took them out of the net and he threw them into the sky.  The baby fish turned into the seven stars of Matariki.

Acting out the legend:
We used a net from the tennis courts as the giant Tataraimaka's net.

Some of our artwork:
We created out artworks using pastel and dye.  We had to make sure that we drew 7 sparkly stars and 7 bright coloured fish.  Some of us found drawing the stars a bit tricky, but we tried our best and Mrs Harrington thought we did an excellent job!

1 comment:

  1. Hi to all the children in B4. I enjoyed looking at your pictures about the legend of Matariki. I agree that drawing stars can be a bit tricky and takes a lot of practise but you guys managed the task well. Keep up the great work. I hope to visit Mrs.Harrington soon and maybe she will bring me into look at your classroom. from Mrs. Lee ( Mrs. Harrington's Mum)