This week all of the classes at Holy Cross School are enjoying celebrating and learning about Matariki.
We have special activities and lessons to help us understand more about the special events of Matariki.
In the Harinui Syndicate we are focusing on a Science Unit.
Here is some information about what we are learning:
The Nature of Science: Participating and Contributing
Term: 2 MATARIKI Level: 1
Related Learning Areas: Art, Written Language, Religious Education, Reading, Drama & Dance and Social Science.
Context: Explore and act on issues and questions that link their science learning to their daily living.
Vision: For young people to be confident (resourceful) and actively involved (participants in a range of life contexts.)
Principle: Cultural Diversity – (students reflect NZ cultural diversity and value the histories and traditions of its people.)
Value: Integrity – (which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically.)
Key Competencies: Relating to Others – (Interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. Including the ability to listen actively, recognise d:ifferent points of view, negotiate and share ideas.)
Achievement Objectives: Students will:
Share ideas about the Stars (particularly Matariki) and their physical effects on the earth and its people – including social interactions.
Specific Objectives for Lessons:
WALT (We are Learning To)
- Describe the stars and their characteristics.
- Consider the star system of Matariki and its significant history in NZ.
- Investigate the ways that people act during Matariki (celebrations and activities)
- Enjoy learning about Matariki through stories and songs.
- Develop an awareness of the cultural relevance of a scientific phenomenon
|Introduced||1 idea||1 effect||listens to song|
|Learning to||2 ideas||2 effects||joins in some parts|
|Mastered||3+ ideas||3+ effects||sings confidently|
- I can use pictures to describe Matariki.
- I can describe some effects Matariki has on the people/environment.
- I can sing a Matariki song which reflects our understanding of it.
Today Thursday 18th June we went as a Syndicate to the ahll and enjoyed learning our school Matariki Song.
Here is a recording of The Matariki Song we are learning.
We have listened to songs about Matariki, sung songs, watched Maori Legends about matariki on You Tube, played Maori String Games, and done a Maori Jump Jam song called “Kotahitanga.”
On Friday we plan to make kites adsn have a small feast in class, (some hot chips to go with the lunch Mum and Dad have sent us to school with.)
Matariki is fun. A time to sing, talk about the people we have loved, play games, do Kapa Haka, eat delicious food, look at the stars and think about new beginnings. It is the Maori ‘New Year’ and we are enjoying it!