We have discovered that myths and legends are stories that people in the past used to explain things that were happening in the world around them.
In the past the stories were told from one person to the next person. Sometimes pictures were drawn to help tell the stories. In more modern times the stories have been written down and made into books.
We have also discovered that the same story can sound different depending on who tells it - the main ideas of the story stay the same but some of the details vary.
We have listened to several versions of How Maui Slowed the Sun. We have thought about the main ideas in the story and thought about the parts of the stories that are different.
We were interested in listening to some versions in Maori - even though we didn't understand all of the words we did recognise the story and what was happening, we even recognised some words that were in common.
Today we had turns at telling the story of Maui and Te Ra in our own words. We planned our ideas and then told the story - we didn't write any of it down as we were practising being orators - ask us what this means!
We are working towards recording our version of Maui and Te Ra over the next few weeks.
Check out these different versions of the story.