Matariki is a time where we see many of the Enviroschool learning journeys and Kaupapa come together. Each kindergarten follows their own learning path and celebrates this important time in their own way. Learning about the Atua supports the children’s understanding about the natural world and its elements as we unpack for children the needs of the world around us and the consequences of neglecting these needs. Many legends and stories of old are told. Astronomy and stargazing comes into play. We change our environments to support the growth of love and wonder
We come together as a community both at our learning environments but also by visiting special places in our community. Kites, art, weaving, poi making baking and gardening are all thing we spend time doing at Matariki. Exploring traditional pastimes and understanding the signs people took from the environment.
Learning about eels
Children are fascinated by nature and their natural curiosity gives a chance look at biodiversity and living landscapes. When one of our students bought an eel to kindergarten, it sparked an interest an opportunity to look at eels including the special ones we have in our region. We spent time studying eels, how they move, what they eat and what special qualities they have. We took students and parents to Lake Rotoiti to learn about the long fin eel and saw a movie at the Department of Conservation and fed the eels .