Remote Learning

Each week I will be putting activities on this page. There will be roughly 5 pieces of maths and English and 3 pieces of topic work. You also have your packs that were given out on the final day. Work your way through the pack as you like.

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Below are some pocket guides for maths that you may find useful with remembering concepts and strategies. Also some reading activities for anytime you need something to do. Read, read, read...

 Pocket Revision Kits Part 2.pptxDownload
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Week beginning: 23rd March 2020



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In English we have been  looking at narratives. What makes a good one, what we like, how we like characters to be created, what settings are really good. The language features that we can include etc.


Have a think about the story we shared at first; Double Dare

The story can be broken down into:

  1. Opening - reveal what the character is afraid of.
  2. Build up - the character in a situation where they will meet fear
  3. Dilemma - they have to face their fear
  4. Resolution - they cope with it
  5. End - fear conquered

Have a go at writing a narrative that follows this pattern; if you would like to, email me the word document and I will comment for editing.


 Grammatical Terms - Pronouns.pdfDownload
 Grammatical Terms - Verbs.pdfDownload
 Punctuation - Parenthesis.pdfDownload
 Punctuation - Speech.pdfDownload
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Topic - Maya


What did John and Frederick rediscover in 1839?

In 1839, John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood – two American traveller-explorers – were trekking through the jungles of Central America when they made an amazing rediscovery: they found things that had long been forgotten about.

“Working our way through the thick woods, we came upon a square stone column, about 14 feet high and three feet on each side, sculptured in very bold relief on all four sides, from the base to the top. The front was the figure of a man curiously and richly dressed, and the face, evidently a portrait, solemn, stern, and well fitted to excite terror. The back was of a different design, unlike anything we had ever seen before, and the sides were covered with hieroglyphics.”

Have a read of the above and then try drawing what you think the stone column looked like.

I will add the next topic lesson, tomorrow.

Take at look at the image Frederick drew here. How does yours compare? Upload your image on the Seesaw app for me to see.

 Read this short extract from the journal of John Stephens, written several weeks after they had found the stone statue. Read it through several times, ensure understanding of key vocabulary.

“Here were the remains of a cultivated, polished, and peculiar people, who had passed through all the stages of the rise and fall of nations; reached their golden age, and perished entirely unknown. The links which connected them with the human family were severed and lost, and these were the only memorials of their footsteps upon earth. In the romance of the world’s history, nothing ever impressed me more forcibly than the spectacle of this once great and lovely city, overturned, desolate, and lost; discovered by accident, overgrown with trees for miles around, and without even a name to distinguish it. When we asked people if they knew who made them, their answer was ‘Quién sabe?’ – Who knows?”


By now, they had they found a city. Most importantly, they assumed the people who had built this city had perished.

In a two-year expedition through the jungle, Stephens and Catherwood rediscovered the ruins of four cities and 40 other sites. Today we know these ‘lost cities of the jungle’ as Copan, Palenque, Uxmal and Chichen Itza.  these are a number of Frederick Catherwood’s sketches of the cities they rediscovered.

Analyse these drawings carefully and think what the ruins shown might have been.

What sort of places were these cities?

What clues can they see to suggest what the structures might have been used for?

Why do you think that?

What can you see to suggest that idea?

Final Maya lesson of the week.


Nearly 200 years after its rediscovery by Stephens and Catherwood, one of the largest ancient Maya jungle cities Chichen Itza has been cleared of forest and many of its buildings restored (see first picture below). Today the ruins are one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 1.5 million visitors a year. Mystery still surrounds the exact purpose of many of the hundreds of buildings in the city. One thing is certain, however: the buildings were not designed for ordinary people to live in as homes. It was not a city where normal people lived – more a place where people travelled to and congregated together at special occasions during the year or for particular events and celebrations.


  1. Temple of Kukulkan (feathered serpent god). A four-sided stone pyramid 30 metres high with 365 steps on all sides rising at a 45-degree angle to a temple on the top. A place for the celebration of religious rituals, festivals and ceremonies and for observing the constellations of stars in the night sky. The top of pyramid temples were sometimes the place where Maya priests sacrificed prisoners, smearing their blood on statues of gods before throwing their bodies down the pyramid steps. Human sacrifices, however, were unusual and only reserved for special occasions (such as the coronation of a new king), or in desperate times (such as during a famine), when people were sacrificed to the rain or maize gods
  2. Temple of the Bearded Man. One of at least 10 large temples in the city not located on the top of step pyramids. A place for religious festivals to be celebrated such as the summer solstice (the rising of the sun on 21 June – midsummer day and the longest day of the year). 
  3. Cenote Sagrado (sacred cenote). A cenote is a natural sinkhole full of water, caused by the collapse of the rocks on the surface. The sacred cenote is 60 metres in diameter and the sheer cliffs drop 27 metres to the water. Archaeologists have dredged the bottom of the sinkhole and discovered gold, silver and jade jewellery, together with pottery and the skeletons of men, women and children. This was a place where the ancient Maya made sacrifices (some human) to Chaac, the rain god, to ensure there was sufficient rain each year for them successfully to grow their crops. 
  4. El Caracol or observatory. The ancient Maya priests were clearly also accomplished astronomers. They used their observations of changes in the night sky to compile five different calendars. The Moon calendar, for example, traced the Moon’s changing phases, and another calendar was based on the movement of Venus. The ‘haab’ calendar was focused on the Sun’s movement, so that the seasons came round in the same month each year. The priests used their calendars to set the dates for important religious festivals and to predict eclipses when the Sun, Moon and Earth line up in the sky and turn day into night or make the Moon appear red. This ability gave the priests immense power among the ordinary people, who considered their abilities to be godlike.
  5. Steam or sweat bath. Originally the stone columns would have supported a thatched roof. Inside, steam was created in the same way as a sauna today, by dousing hot stones with water. The baths were almost certainly taken by priests and other leaders and nobility to purify the body before conducting religious ceremonies and rituals in the temples. 

For some reason the pictures have come out all funny but if you download the doc they are correct! I have tried 4 times!!

Choose one of the buildings and create a fact file about it. You can search the internet for more information. Upload these to the Seesaw app - if you are not on yet please join in!