Class 4 Autumn
During the Autumn Term, our topic was ‘A World of Chocolate’.
We learnt about the ancient Maya civilisation. We learnt who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. We used maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identified countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this, we learnt about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and found out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. We investigated the number system and the Maya writing system too. We also learnt about the types of foods eaten by the ancient Maya people and found out about the significance of corn and chocolate.
In English, we studied the amazing book, ‘The Chocolate Tree’ by Linda Lowery. We wrote instructional texts detailing how to make Maya hot chocolate; diary recounts of the day Kulkulkan stole the chocolate tree; discussion texts about whether the Mayas should be given the chocolate or not; letters to the Night Jaguar trying to persuade him that the villagers should be allowed chocolate and Mayan myths.
We had a very special visitor ‘Chocolate Becky’ who came into our class to deliver a chocolate workshop. We learnt where chocolate comes from and how it goes from bean to bar. We also sampled chocolate in its different forms. Finally, we made our own chocolate truffles, which we were lucky enough to take home.
We hope you enjoyed finding out about what we have been doing!