This half term we are learning about the Mayans, and looking at their food, religion and culture. In art this half term we will be designing and making our own masks out of clay and in DT we get to make our own chocolate! We have some amazing lessons planned and we hope you enjoy following our adventure.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
As our book to follow this half term, we are diving head first into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Chocolate is an important part of the Mayan culture and as a book to follow in our writing lessons, what better choice could there be than one completely dedicated to chocolate?
We are following the book and going down our own imaginative route, creating our own stories, characters and poems along the way. Have a look and read some of the amazing work they have done so far!
History - Mayan Geography
Our first lesson of the half term was locating famous Mayan cities and temples in their modern day countries.
Because our classes have been mixed up, we decided it was a good idea to go on a team building trip to Yeadon Tarn. We got to do some wall climbing, problem solving activities and canoeing! It was so much fun and we were extremely lucky the weather was lovely! Slightly cold air but EXTREMELY cold water! However, the children were fantastic and we all had the best time! Have a look at these pictures to see how good of a time we had!
The children went on a food hunt around the school, finding out lots of fantastic information about what the Mayans ate.
DT - Mayan Food Tasting
In HIstory, the children found out lots of information about the Mayan food and in DT we got to taste it! We are making chocolate in our DT this half term so this was a good start to understand mayan flavours.
PSHCE - Staying Healthy
In PSHCE this half term we are looking at keeping our bodies physically healthy. The children began this topic by creating a poster encouraging others to stay healthy by following basic rules: eat healthy, sleep, exercise and drinking plenty of water.
Here are some examples:
RE - What is commitment?
This half term we are looking at commitment and how different types of people can be committed to their religions. We began by first understanding what commitment is and the children produced trees showing their own commitments.
Here are some examples:
History - Mayan Religion and Culture
In our most recent lesson, we looked at Mayan religion and culture. They believed in lots of gods that provided for them, and a crazy afterlife. The children loved learning about how different their culture was and have written great non-chronological reports.