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.
You can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am here to help, don't sit at home struggling, I can upload videos to help you and others if necessary.
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...
Week beginning: 23rd March 2020
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:
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.
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.
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!