Sunday, 2 April 2017

Maui and the Sun

This term we have been learning about Maui Myths and Legends in the Pukeko Team. Can you guess what Disney movie we were inspired by?

One of our favourite stories, that Miss Chalmers must have read at least 5 times this term, is about how Maui slowed the sun. We are still working on our writing, but here is the piece we were wrote together as a class. We were working on using time connectives and past tense verbs. 

A long time ago, in Aotearoa, lived Maui and his brothers. Maui was frustrated because there were never enough hours in the day to do all their chores. One day Maui and his brothers travelled to a deep pit. They found the sun sleeping inside the pit, waiting to be awoken. Just when the sun started to rise, Maui and his brother threw a rope over it! Although the sun was strong, Maui and his brothers managed to capture the sun. The sun was very angry. While his brothers pulled on the ropes, Maui explained to the sun that it needed to move more slowly across the sky so that there would be more hours in the day. Finally the sun gave up - he knew he was beaten. Before long the brothers let go of their ropes and the sun rose up slowly. From that day on, the sun flew slowly across the sky and Maui became known as the man who could tame the sun.  

Our latest piece of art is now up on display in the classroom. Check out the muscles of the children in Room 11 as they catch the mighty sun and attempt to slow him down. 


  1. WOW! Room 11 your writing and artwork is AMAZING! You have really inspired me to give this a go with my class. Thanks for sharing :) Miss Glen

  2. Hi Room 11
    I was looking for some examples of artwork relating to Maui and the sun and I found your work. I like the way you have added yourselves into the artwork. I am going to share your work with my children and see what they can create. Thanks for sharing .
    Mrs Ritchie