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.
Year 2 visited London Zoo to see all the wonderful wildlife. We had a great time seeing many different species of animals including: monkeys, lions, turtles, giraffes and even some snappy alligators. In the amphitheatre, we watched a live show which demonstrated birds of prey in action. We also learnt interesting facts about penguins and also how they are adapted to their environment. Did you know that most penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere?
The Year 4 children enjoyed a performance of ‘Pollution Solution’ this week. Big Wheel Theatre Company visited our school and demonstrated the effects of pollution on our planet in a fun and engaging performance.
The show taught us about three key areas:
- Global warming – how our transport choices affect the world.
- The impact of traffic, air pollution and congestion in our local area.
- Why walking and cycling are almost always the best way to get around and how to do this safely.
Some children commented that they ‘really enjoyed the performance because it showed us how pollution affects the world in a really fun way.’
As part of World of Work week, Year 4 had a very special visitor who came in to tell the children all about his life as a police officer. PC Khalisadar, who is also a parent at Osmani, joined both classes to inspire and tell us about his very important job. The children were super excited and had lots of burning questions they wanted to be answered. We found out that you have to work extremely hard at school, especially in literacy, PE and ICT if you want to become a police officer. You also need to be brave, determined and helpful. His visit has inspired many of us to become part of the police force when we are older. What about you? Do you think you would make a good police officer?
We would like to thank PC Khalisadar for coming in to our school and answering all of our questions.