Exploring the Aztecs

On Monday 21st January, the children in Year 4 visited the British Museum to learn more about the Mayan and Aztec civilization. The Aztecs and Mayans played an important role in the history of chocolate, which is our topic for this half term.

The Mayans are believed to be the first to discover cocoa in 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a bitter chocolatey liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.

In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ is said to have come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’, which means bitter water.

At the museum, we explored the world of the Aztecs, looking at artefacts linked to their daily life, religion, trade and warfare.