Year 4 have concluded their project learning all about the New Zealand Maori tradition and culture with a visit to a special Hinemihi at Clandon Park. This is a sacred Maori house that holds great symbolism for the proud culture.
We have been learning about Maori tradition all term, guided by Bruce Simpson, our splendid Maori friend. We first met Bruce on the steps of the British Museum in full Maori costume. Bruce has since been a regular visitor to Michael Faraday, helping Year 4 to understand more about the Maori tradition and culture.
The children have staged an assembly for the whole school, explaining the history of Maori culture, along with plenty of dressing up and dancing. Bruce has taught us three specific songs and dances. This was in preparation for the grand procession through the City of London that Year 4 recently took part in.
We helped Bruce to design the Haka canoe that we carried through the street of the City, as well as the Maori T- shirts that we designed ourselves back in class. Our procession ended with a Maori song being performed by Year 4 on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The final part of our Maori work was the visit to the Hinemhi. We split into two groups and performed a Welcome ceremony to greet each other. We would like to thank the Origins Border Crossing for making this project possible, and of course a huge special thanks to Bruce, our proud Maori warrior friend.
The musical work has continued around Year 4 as we approach the end of the school year. As well as our Maori performing talents, the children have been continuing with their weekly ukulele lessons with Lorraine, our ukulele orchestra leader.
We have been practicing in preparation for our end of term Ukulele Concert that will take place on the 19th July at 2:30pm . All Year 4 family and friends are of course invited along. You can watch a short video of the rehearsals below.