For two days this week (Wednesday and Thursday Mrs de Koning has been working with the Harinui students as they make kites. We have been learning about Matariki. it is a special time of year – Maori New Year. It is a time of remembering the past, especially people who we have loved and that are no longer with us. it is also a time of planning for the future and new beginnings.
Family/Whanau and Friends get together to spend quality time together. They choose some or all of these activities
- cooking and feasting on fresh seasonal foods (perhaps pumpkin or kumera.)
- playing games together (sick games, string games, flying kites)
- singing and dancing (waiata and kapa haka)
- talking about family and friends who have died (korero)
- having a bonfire or party
- planning for new vegetable plants to grow for the new season.
So we decided to make some simple kites. Here is a video on YouTube we looked at to help us learn the steps.
Then each day Mrs de Koning took half of the students with her to decorate their card and make their kite.
The next step was to fold the paper in half, matching the short sides together. Then we made the two marks onto the fold of the paper. We used the ruler to make sure the marks were the right distance apart.
Later we folded up the two corners and stapled them at the mark. We dis not fold the wings but rolled them, so they could catch the wind.
After we had stapled the wings we put a small piece of sellotape over the second mark on the fold. This was to make the kit stronger. We used a hole punch to make a small round hole.
Mrs de koning helped us to tie a piece of string through the hole we made.
As we finished making our kite we got our books and started to write a story about it! We were independent writers. Then we read our story to two friends and saw if we had remembered to put the full stops in the right place!!
Last of all, when everyone had finished making their kites we went outside to fly our kites. Unfortunately there was very little wind. We did have fun running around trying to make them go up into the air.
We were happy to take them home. Maybe there will be a windy day on the weekend and we can show all our family how to fly a kite during Matariki.