What a treat I had on Wednesday. A very special storytelling gig with Room 10 at my granddaughter Emily’s school. Room 10 are Year Three students and they are studying Myths and Legends with a teacher they all reckoned was the best teacher they’d had since they’d been at school.
Between us, we told lots of stories. I was impressed by how many they knew. Almost as many as I do and that’s a lot!
They enacted the story of Maui slowing down the sun with me. We had five staunch boys being Maui and his brothers, one bright as bright Ra, the sun and a very brave girl who was our narrator.
We acted out other stories, all the girls were patapairehe in one story, come to the Overworld to have fun with their leader Niwareka who brought the weaving patterns to the people of the Earth. Room 10 have such good imaginations.
After the stories, the children did some group painting and I discovered that they were not only talented artists but also, fantastic team workers. They negotiated their groups and then worked hard to decide where how the paintings would look, who would paint what and so on. I think many adults couldn’t do it as well.
Here are their artworks, don’t you think they’re wonderful?