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2021/22

Murderous Maya!

 

During this Learning Experience, we will be learning about the Mayan ancient civilisation. We will begin with a interactive Maya workshop. We will then look at the Maya in more depth, focussing on: food, culture, religion, maths, astrology, language and architecture. We will be using all of the information that we have learnt to write a non-chronological report about the Maya. 

 

We consolidated all of our learning about the Maya and created these fantastic non-chronological reports about the topic!

We learnt about the importance of art and masks in Mayan Culture. We created our own Mayan masks using a template and coloured paper. 

We were interested to discover the Maya worshipped as many as 166 Gods! And it is believed that they had as many as 250 named Gods. Itzamna was the most important god to them as they believed he was the creator and ruled day and night. Read our reports to find out more about Mayan Gods and religion. 

We have been learning about different aspects of daily life in the Mayan times. We have learnt about how they would farm, hunt, live and about some of the clothing that they would have worn. 

We reflected on the things that we learnt during on our workshop. We focussed on the different activities and thought about our favourite part of the day. Most of us really enjoyed the games of pok-a-tok at the end of the day! 

Here are a few pictures from our workshop. We had a lot of fun handling artefacts, tasting different Mayan food, learning some fun facts about Mayan culture and playing a traditional Mayan game where the losing team were 'sacrificed' to please the Mayan gods!

Learning Experience 1:

WATT AN IDEA!

For our first Learning Experience, we will be learning about light and electricity. We will be learning about what light is and whether a source is natural, or manmade. We will investigate how light travels, reflects and how we see colours. Then, we will use this learning to help us to explore how light can be generated by creating electrical circuits. Once we have created effective and functional circuits, we will use our DT skills to create a functioning lighthouse model to conclude the Learning Experience!

 

If you wish to read more about the curriculum objectives we will be covering, click on the links below.

Our Lighthouses

Designing our final product

To link our Learning Experiences together, we will be creating a functional light house. We had to research lighthouses to learn about their design and their purpose. 

We have learnt that there are special scientific symbols for each of the components within our circuits. So, instead of drawing what the circuit actually looks like, we drew the diagrams using the correct symbols. Take a look at our glossary of terms and symbols below!  

Today, we have been exploring how to use electrical circuits. We had to try and create the most effective circuit possible. We had a chance to explore the different components to see if we could get them to work. We discovered, the more components we added to our circuits, the more power it needed to get them to work. 

We have been learning about how we are able to see colours. We have learnt that light refracts through glass and water. Refraction is when light travels and bounces off surfaces into our eyes. When light travels from air through water, glass or anything that lets light through, it gets bent. 

We used water to create some of our own rainbows. 

Today, we investigated how light travels. We recalled knowledge from last years learning and used this to conduct our experiment. We found out that light will always travel in a straight line, even if it is slightly blocked by another object. 

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