On Tuesday 9th January, the children in Y4 visited The British Museum.
We went there to learn more about the Mayans and Aztecs. The Mayans and Aztecs played an important role in the history of chocolate. Chocolate is our topic for this half term.
Did you know that the Mayans are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD? Mayans learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.
In fact, the word ‘chocolate’ is said to come from the Mayan word ‘xocolatl’ which means ‘bitter water.’
The Aztecs also had their own word for chocolate: chocolatl (cho co LA til).
At the museum, we had an introduction to the world of the Aztecs through objects and materials, exploring topics including daily life, religion, trade and warfare.