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This half term, we have been writing a character description based on an important Mayan God, Kukulkan, the feathered serpent god. The children came up with their own gods and wrote a description to describe how they look and  what they are like. 

 

We are also writing a set of instructions to inform people on how to play the deadly Mayan ball game, Pok a Tok. This is based on the book, Rainplayer, in which a young boy must play the game against the mighty god of rain, Chac. 

 

Maths

Number:

- counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100

-  adding 10 more/10 less and 100 more/100 less than a given number

 

Place value:

-recognise the place value of each digit in a 3 digit number (100s, 10s, 1s)

- compare and order numbers upto 1000

- identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations

- read and write numbers upto 1000 in numerals and in words

- solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas

 

Addition and subtraction:

- add numbers mentally

- subtract numbers mentally

- estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operation to check answers 

- solve problems including missing number problems, using number facts and place value

 

Shape:

- identify 2D shapes

- recognise 3D shapes in different orientations

 

Fractions:

- recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators

- recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators

- compare and order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominators 

 

 

 

Topic

Our topic are the Mayans this half term. Our big question is: How can we party like the Maya?

The feathered serpent god, Kukulkan, has left us a message - he wants us to plan and prepare a great feast for all the Mayan gods! In order for us to throw a party that is to his liking, we must learn all about the Mayan culture and people so that the feast can be successful. 

 

Some key questions that we will be focusing on are:

 

- Where and when did the Maya live?

- What was different about the Maya people?

- How has Chichen Itza changed?

- Which Maya God was the most important?

- What do we need to include in our invitations?

- What Maya food should we make for the party?

- How can we party like the Maya? 

 

 

 

 

 

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