The Aztecs

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On Monday 30th January, the children in Y4 visited The British Museum.

We went there to learn more about the  Mayans and Aztecs, after learning  in class that they played an important role in the history of chocolate. Chocolate is our topic for this half term.

During this topic, we discovered 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.

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We had an wonderful day and used this opportunity to write some recounts.

Have a look at the one below written by  a child in Y4 Saffron.

 

There I was. There I was at The British Museum. There I was at The British Museum standing at the entrance.

Before I arrived, there were a lot of unanswered questions running through my mind:

Who were the Aztecs?

What was a ‘mosaic’ serpent?

Who were the Aztec gods ? How do they differ from each other?

My heart raced with excitement – I couldn’t wait till I entered and explored.

Entering room 27 (the Aztecs room), I caught a glimpse of 3 turquoise statues in a blue case and they looked amazing, so I left my class and rushed to it. There was a turquoise ‘mosaic serpent and two turquoise ‘mosaic’ masks. Did you know that in the Aztec language ‘serpent’ was pronounced ‘Nahuatl’? The turquoise serpent was double headed.

I found out that the term Aztecs has been around for centuries. They loved drawing and used a wooden spear for hunting Americans.

Another fact that I learnt  was that one of the 5 gods was called ‘Tezcatlipoca’ and he was the god of the night sky and of the night wind. He is linked with obsidian, a black stone.

After we finished, we went to explore the Egyptian gallery and let our minds run free. I saw a real mummified body in a  coffin and a lot more perplexing things!

Now my unanswered questions  were all answered.

If you want to visit The British Museum, it is located on Tottenham Court Road, so be sure to visit it.

 


 

TROUPE workshop

On Monday 5th December, the children in Y4 attended the Brady Arts Centre.

They went to see a performance by the  collective ‘TROUPE’.

The performance that the Year 4 cohort  watched was called  ‘The Empty Chair’. It was  a playful musical adventure exploring themes of loss, change and friendship. The story was told through a blend of original poetry, live sound, audience participation and adventurous repertoire for voice, cello and piano.

The children learnt how poetry can be portrayed in many different forms, and how stories can be told through  poetry.

This performance had an impact on the the way children performed poetry in their own lessons adapting the different techniques and styles that they had watched.

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Soane Centre

On Monday 26th September, Year 4 went on a wonderful trip to the Soane Centre.  At the Soane Centre, the children learnt about temperature and how it is a measure of how hot or cold things are. They also identified some of the materials that make good thermal insulators.

The children had the opportunity to use these insulators when building a model house to keep it warm.  Take a look at their work!

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Mosaic visits University of Westminster

On the 19th of May the girls taking part in the Mosaic Project went to visit the University of Westminster. They have been working hard learning about life skills, confidence and aspirations they have in life. This trip was a chance to experience the life of a student at university and learn what it takes to get to university. After the trip, all the girls were motivated to work hard in order to go to university.

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Year 4 Make Roman Shields!

In Year 4 Saffron and Amber, the topic this half term has been The Romans. We have been learning a lot about Roman history, Roman geography, Roman stories and myths and Roman armies. The Romans fought in huge armies and they had very strong armour, like helmets and shields. In Design and Technology lessons we designed and made these shields ourselves! Thank you very much to all of the families who sent in cardboard to make this project possible!

First we had to carefully cut and stick two pieces of cardboard together so that we had a strong base for our shield.

First we had to carefully cut and stick two pieces of cardboard together so that we had a strong base for our shield.

Then we used our design to draw on our interesting pattern, in the style of Roman Armour.

Then we used our design to draw on our interesting pattern, in the style of Roman Armour.

Then we had to carefully paint our Roman Shields, being careful to stick to our design! We used red and yellow because those were the Roman Army colours.

Then we had to paint our Roman Shields, being careful to stick to our design! We used red and yellow because those were the Roman Army colours.

We added detail to make our shields colourful and eye catching.

We added detail to make our shields colourful and eye catching.

Finally, we displayed our work in our school for all to see! We are proud of our effort in DT and our completed Roman Shields!

Finally, we displayed our work in our school for all to see! We are proud of our effort in DT and our completed Roman Shields!

Year 4 at The Science Museum!

Year Four Amber and Saffron classes went to The Science Museum to explore their new topic for the term, ‘Getting the Message’. They went on an information hunt to find out about how communication has changed over the years. They learnt a lot throughout the day and they have been using this learning in their topic and science lessons.

The children explored how mobile phone networks operate.

The children explored how mobile phone networks operate.

Children used modern communication technology to discover information about the Earth's atmosphere.

Children used modern communication technology to discover information about the Earth’s atmosphere.

Year 4 Girls’ Sports Festival

Year Four Amber and Saffron girls had the opportunity to go to Playon with their mums and aunties to play a lot of different sports. They had a fantastic day out and learnt a lot of new skills together!

The girls and their mums loved learning a new sport for them - Quick Cricket!

 

The girls and their mums loved learning a new sport for them – Quick Cricket!

They also got a chance to play some exciting basketball!

They also got a chance to play some exciting basketball!

The girls received medals for all their hard work throughout the sports-filled day!

The girls received medals for all their hard work throughout the sports-filled day!

The final sport they got a chance to play was badminton, which was exciting yet challenging.

The final sport they got a chance to play was badminton, which was exciting yet challenging.

Super Science in Year 4!

Year 4 were excited to classify solids, liquids and gases.

Year 4 were excited to classify solids, liquids and gases.

 

Groups had to work hard together to decide where to put the items.

Groups had to work hard together to decide where to put the items.

All of the solids, liquids and gases were sorted correctly into the Venn diagram.

All of the solids, liquids and gases were sorted correctly into the Venn diagram.