Our first topic of the spring term is

finding out all about the Maya

 

Our topic will start with locating Maya on a map and looking at Google Earth images in more depth. We will follow this by using Augmented Reality to bring some artefacts to life and making Maya calendars.

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As historians we will be thinking of and investigating the following questions:

Who are the Maya? Where did they live?

 What are the main occupations of the Maya today?

What did John and Federick rediscover in 1839?

What do the lives of the ruins of Chichen Itza tells us about the Maya?

Why do historians know so much about the ancient society?

Why was Pok-a-Tok more than just a ball game?

Why did the ancient Maya leave the jungle city?

 

There is a fantastic documentary on National Geographic by Albert Lin, that follows archiologists making new discoveries in the Ancient Maya world.

Synopsis:

National Geographic Explorer Albert Lin ventures into the Guatemalan jungle to explore how a new high-tech treasure map is revealing tens of thousands of ancient ruins. Now, dozens of archaeologists are heading on a voyage of discovery, exploring lost ruins for the first time in 1500 years. And what they're finding is rewriting the history of one of the world's most mysterious ancient civilisations - the Maya.

 

Can also be found on the Disney Channel.  Have a look! 

For our class text we will be reading The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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We will be starting a new writing unit based on the books below. We will be writing a first person description, suspense narrative, balanced argument and an information text.

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Our maths work this term will follow the White Rose scheme of learning, we be starting with decimals.

Please find below our KIRF's facts for the spring term (please scroll for spring term)

 

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Our timetable can be found below and homework will be as in the previous term, out on a Friday in on a Tuesday (extra may be given as necessary at any point, to support learning).  Extra maths club on Wednesday and Monday mornings by invitation only! 

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