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The Aztec and Mayan `

This term in year 5/6 we have started learning about the Aztec and Mayan people.  A visitor came from London to talk to us about the Aztecs and Mayan.

                                                 Aztecs and Maya

  In topic we are doing Aztecs  and Mayan We learnt how to say 1-4 in Aztec 

1 = Ce

2 = Ome

3 = Yei 

4 = Nahui 

The Aztecs had their own language which is still spoken by 6-7 million people today

The Aztecs used to punish their children this is how  they would;

 For the boys

  1. They would shave their heads

2.They would prick them with cactus spikes

  1. If they were really bad they would roast them above a fire 
  2. They would lay them outside in the scorching heat naked

For the girls

  1. When they were really bad they would make the girls sweep the ground outside the house and the yard until it was perfect and they would do it all night whilst their family was asleep. When their family woke up the mother would judge and see if it was clean enough if not they would have to start all over again.

2.They would get their  wrist pricked with cacti 

The Aztecs had two calendars: one sun calendar (365 days) and one moon calendar (206 days). When you get to the age of 52 everyone thinks you are amazing and you get a special drink. When you get to the age of 1o4 everyone avoids you and thinks you’re strange because you have lived to such an old age people stay away from you 

                       When the Spanish invaded Mexico the Aztecs lost loads of their valuables that’s why there are not very many of their books left in the world. Most of the antiques are replicas but the Spanish had never seen a rubber ball.

Facts about the Aztecs!

  • They made a drink that’s similar to the hot chocolate we drink today.
  • They believed that cocoa beans were a gift from the Gods. …
  • Before settling in Mexico, they were nomads who moved 

around central America.

  • The Aztecs believed in many Gods.
  • They moved from South America to Mexico  
  • Chocolate was invented 3,100 years ago by the Aztecs – but they were trying to make beer. Scientists have discovered that chocolate was invented at least 3,100 years ago in CentralAmerica, not as the sweet treat people now crave, but as a celebratory beer-like beverage and status symbol.

         The Aztecs were banished to a island after they sacrificed the                                 King’s daughter.                                    

Montezuma II, also spelled Moctezuma, (born 1466—died c. June 30, 1520, Tenochtitlán, within modern Mexico City), ninth Aztec emperor of Mexico, famous for his dramatic confrontation with the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.                                                    (To be brutally honest, the Aztecs were a rather psychopathic lot.)

  • They were also lovers of sports and the arts.
  • The Aztecs developed a complex form of slavery.
  • They introduced compulsory schooling.
  • The Aztecs were probably brought undone by disease, not conflict.
  • The Aztec men wore loincloths and long capes. The women wore long skirts and blouses. Poor people generally wove their own cloth and made their own clothing.

                              WHAT THE AZTECS DO FOR A LIVING 

They worked as farmers, merchants, artisans and warriors. They live in more moderate homes. They couldn’t afford elaborate clothes or art. Regardless there are several key aspects to consider about daily life of most Aztec people, such as: clothing, education, food, homes, religions and work. 

                                HOW AZTECS MAKE MONEY 

The Aztecs made most of their money by battering and crushing cocoa beans. This is how they created the first ever chocolate. They would trade these to make a fortune. As the driving force of the economy, they also made money by selling fruit and veg. 

                                                   WHAT KILLED THE AZTECS 

The mysterious epidemic that devastated Aztecs may have been food poisoning. In 1545, an unknown disease struck the Aztec Empire. Over the next five years, the disease—then called “cocoliztli,” or “pestilence”—killed between seven and 17 million people. …

          Esme, Lillie, Elizabeth, Megan           


In English we are doing a story called Toms Midnight Garden the story is a graphic novel and is set in the 1940-1950.

 So far we have done a role on the wall. A role on the wall is when you draw around a person and write on the person to show how they look and what they feel. On the inside you would say how Tom (a character in Tom’s Midnight Garden) feels and thinks. On the outside you would write what he looks like and what other people think of him.

So far what has happened in the story is Tom is really upset and angry. He is also feeling dejected. The reason why is because his brother has measles and so he doesn’t catch it, he has to stay with his aunt and his uncle.

 When he arrives at their flat he is quite bored the only thing that he looks forward to is the jam scones and biscuits. One night when he couldn’t get to sleep because the grandfather clock was ticking and then the clock stroke 13 and outside is a beautiful garden with tweeting birds and buzzing bees.

Tom wrote to his brother (Peter) and we have pretended to be Tom writing to Peter so we wrote a letter. We talked about how he was felling these are some words that we used: bored, rejected, sad, lonely, melancholy, misplaced, misunderstood and tearful.

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In science we have been learning about plastics and how to make them more eco-friendly.

We did an experiment on how to turn milk into plastic! This is how we did it. First we heated some milk in the microwave, then we poured some vinegar into a bowl with the milk, we had to mix the liquids for a few seconds only, soon after we noticed a chemical reaction! The milk and vinegar was separating causing lumps and curds to form .We scooped the curds out of the bowl and put them on some paper towels. Finally we put the curds into a paper dice mould and left them over the weekend to harden. When we came back the dice had hardened and formed plastic cubes.

We also we went on the chrome books and researched ways to make eco-friendly tree guards and we’re working on it.

By Elizabeth Clark 

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  Sports: In year 5/6 every morning after we do deliberate practice we get to go outside and play a game. We are sports captains so every morning we get to choose and set up the game, and then everybody can play it! We like to play games like netball, basketball, capture the flag, chaos tag, cross the golden river and lots more.PE we have been doing hockey in PE  and it is very fun.

Maths: In maths we have been doing place value in numbers big as one million. This week we have been rounding. Every morning when we come into to class we do deliberate practice in the back of our books, we do adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing in our head. 

                     By Esme 


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