How was last week everyone?- I have spoken to lots of you via Seesaw, if you are not on yet, please drop me an email for a code, be lovely to hear how you are all keeping busy!. We can chat and I can help - am on my machine all day; last week with Jess and Ol doing their work beside me, but this week I'm in school. If you don't have a printer at home, just number the questions from the screen and work that way - you don't have to print everything - Save the trees and all that!!
Log onto PurpleMash - I have a set a 2do - will go live on the 30th (Monday) there are activities to do with a text called Seeds of Doom Chapter 1.
This is a document with more activities on linked to Seeds of Doom - it has the answers in DO NOT CHEAT!!
The link below will take you to a Testbase activity - the mark scheme is not on there but it will follow. Upload to Seesaw any problems and I will help you out!
Log on to White Rose maths for the home learning lessons for the week. These are really good, printable sheets and videos to watch for help.
Today, 1,100 years after the height of the Maya city civilisation in Central America, historians think that they have a good understanding of many aspects of their lives, including how they farmed, the food they ate, the clothes they wore, the gods they worshipped, how and why they studied the stars and the religious ceremonies, customs and rituals they observed. They know this because they have been able to study the many artefacts (the objects that they made) that have been rediscovered in recent years.
Look at the images Resource 14, which is a stone-carved picture of King Yaxun IV (also called Bird Jaguar IV) of the city of Yaxchilan (check map in Resource 15). He is on the right and dressed in war costume. The figure on the left is Lady Wak, also dressed in war costume. The carving would originally have been painted in brilliant colours, but over 1,000 years of rain has washed them off. Draw and colour a reconstruction of the figure of King Yaxun IV based on what they can see in the carving, adding the colours that you think existed when it was first completed.
Now look at the reconstruction painted by a professional artist in Resource 16. How does this compare with what you have drawn? King Yaxun’s war costume would have been made of brilliantly dyed cloth, over his shoulders he wore the skin of a jaguar (the top big cat predator of the jungle), and on his head he wore a magnificent headdress made from the long feathers of forest birds, particularly from the shining green tail of the quetzal bird (Resource 17). The feathers of this bird were reserved only for the king. Anyone who killed or caught a quetzal without permission was executed!
Another artefact that provides a real insight into the lives of ancient Maya is their writing. This was not writing as we understand it today, but a detailed system of picture writing known as hieroglyphics. An example can be seen in the carved stone column in Resource 18. Following years of study, archaeologists have been able to work out what they think the alphabet looked like in hieroglyphics – see Resource 19A (the Maya alphabet) and Resource 19B (hieroglyphs that correspond to modern letters of the alphabet). Write your first name in Maya hieroglyphs. So far archaeologists have not been able to identify hieroglyphs for letters ‘w’, ‘x’, ‘y’ and ‘z’ so those of you with those letters in your first names will have to create your own picture symbols in the style of the Maya!
The ancient Maya also wrote books called codices, but only a few remain today – the paper decayed rapidly in the hot, wet and humid environment of the jungle. Resource 20 is a page from an ancient codex and shows how the Maya wrote down numbers. It was a simple system made up of just three symbols – a shell or rugby ball shape to represent zero, and dots and bars. The Maya were the first to introduce the concept of zero and it would be 1,000 years before Europeans understood it! Analyse the page from the codex carefully and then write down the arrangement of symbols that you think the Maya used to represent the numbers 1 to 19.