As part of our topic last term about Mexico and The Maya, we were visited by archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies, who is the only Maya specialist in the entire country!
During the visit, Dr Davies told us all about her travels to the Mexican jungle, where she encountered many dangerous and fascinating creatures, such as howler monkeys and pizotes.
Some of us tried to blow into the shell and make a musical note as the Maya do – it was really difficult!
We dressed in traditional Maya clothes.
Here is a codex - a traditional Maya text. Look how long it is!
Back in the classroom, we looked at many interesting artefacts from Mesoamerica.
Here we are, piecing a broken bowl back together; this is how it would have been found on an archaeological site.
We even got a chance to crack open a cacao bean and eat it! It didn’t taste at all like the chocolate we buy in the shops.
If you would like to find out more about Dr Davies and her research, please visit her website:
This half term, Year 6 have been focussing on the topic of ‘Mexico’. This began with our topic launch on the first day back after half term. You can see from the photographs just how much fun we had! We painted our faces, made Nachos Supreme and created sugar-skull candle holders.
Here is some of our home learning inspired by this topic launch day.
In November, we were lucky enough to be invited to the Into Film Festival 2018 and watched a brilliant film called Zoo. It was based on the true story of a boy who rescued an elephant from Belfast Zoo during the Second World War.
We enjoyed the film so much that we carried on learning about it the next day. We used our inference skills to discuss the cinematography of the film and create character profiles.
Our Mexico topic continued as we learnt all the about Día de los Muertos. We looked at paintings by American artist Pristine Turkus and tried to replicate her style in our own artwork.
In literacy, we watched the animated film, ‘Día de los Muertos’, which is about a little girl who is transported into a magical world and discovers the true meaning of the Mexican festival. We used this to write our own stories based on the characters and events in the film.
This half term, Rotherham CLC visited us for a computing workshop, where they showed us how to use algorithms and creative coding to programme Tello Drones.
In music, we have been learning how to play the ukulele.
Here is our final display for our Mexico topic. Here you can see our finished artwork and our non-chronological reports about Día de los Muertos.
Towards the end of the half term, we began getting festive by reading the book ‘The Polar Express’. We used the illustrations to write detailed descriptions of different scenes within the book.
Inspired by the hot chocolate scene in The Polar Express film, we produced these beautiful pencil sketches of the cups and saucers which the children on the train are given as they journey to the North Pole.
What a fantastic start Year 6 have made! Since the beginning of September, we have been learning about World War Two and how it affected the people of Britain. We have produced some excellent writing around this subject, including newspaper articles, informative reports and diary extracts.
Here we are learning about rationing.
During this busy half term, we even managed to fit in a visit to Eden Camp, where we learnt about so many aspects of life in Wartime Britain.
We were visited by Mr. and Mrs. Boot, who were children during World War Two. They explained to us what it was like to take shelter in an air raid, how rationing affected them and the kinds of games they played during the war.
Here is some of our home learning, inspired by our recent topic.
Classes 13 and 14 also visited The Lifewise Centre at Hellaby this half term to take part in ‘Crucial Crew’. Here, we learnt about how to keep safe on the roads and in the community, and we took part in a number of scenarios involving fire safety, first aid and public transport.
PGL Caythorpe Residential Meeting 2019
Welcome to Year 6! In Year Six we have Miss Howden teaching in Class 14 and Mrs Walpole in Class 13. Mrs Naylor teaches in Class 13 for one day each week whilst Mrs Walpole completes her Acting Deputy Headteacher role. Mrs Smith and Miss Carratt support learning in Year 6 as it is such an important year. The children have settled well into the demands of Year 6 and have already produced some fantastic work to a high standard.