This half term we are learning all about the Maya civilisation, although the half term will be fun – we have lots of hard work to do as we continue to prepare for our SAT’s exams in May.
This half term we are going to be reading “The Chocolate Tree”. We are going to be using persuasive techniques to persuade farmers not to chop down the chocolate tree, we will be writing an information text about chocolate and we will be writing our own Maya myth. We will be continuing to use and apply grammar techniques to our writing as well as working hard to learn all of the year 6 spellings.
This half term we will have a strong focus on problem solving and reasoning, last term the children really developed their arithmetic skills so we will concentrate on learning how to apply those strategies to problems and explain our thinking.
Our topic this term is Electricity. Children will learn to represent circuits using symbols in a diagram. They will learn about scientific inventors. Children will get the opportunity to develop their understanding of what electricity is and how to measure it. As well as their own investigation, they will get the opportunity to create their own torch.
The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. They will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words using logograms and syllabograms in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and they will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate, arguing which was most important in a class debate.