Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Matariki

Visible in the sky at the end of June, Matariki is the celebration of the Maori New year. Matariki is a cluster of stars in constellation of Taurus that can be seen in the southern hemisphere from the 15th June 2018. Matariki literally means 'eyes of god' or 'little eyes' and according to Maori legend the stars were created by Tawhirimatea after Rangi and Papatuanuku were separated. The story says that he became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens. After talking about it in class, we decided to create some art to form the constellation in our classroom. Using 4 pointed stars we worked in groups to create each layer before joining it together. Then the Year 5's made some smaller stars using weaving. 
Check them out, they look fantastic!








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