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Friday (03.04.20)

Today we would like you to get creative online. We would like you to create something that relates to your chosen subject. You could create a mini-quiz on Purple Mash; make some digital artwork on Purple Mash; make a video presentation of your chosen subject in the style of David Attenborough. 

 

We want you to get as creative as possible - make sure you explore Purple Mash before deciding what to do. Have fun with it - share your creations with us on SeeSaw/Purple Mash.

Thursday (02.04.20)

You’ve spent a lot of time on this topic this week, so today we would like you to create us a quiz! Think of 5 questions to ask us based on your topic research that you've shared with us and either send these through Purple Mash or upload them onto Seesaw.

 

Have fun and wish us luck!

Wednesday (01.04.20)

Today we would like you to get creative. Can you build us a model? Or create a picture? Or use things around the house? We would like you to create us anything to do with your chosen topic.

 

Share your photos with us on Seesaw.

Tuesday (31.03.20)

Following on from your research yesterday, we would now like you to share the information you have learnt with us.

 

You could do this as a double page spread, create us a poem or a rap, or just do a fact file – do what you would most enjoy.

 

This should be uploaded onto Seesaw.

Monday (30.03.20)

 

This week, we would like you to choose a topic of your own choice, something that you find interesting. It could be an animal, a sport, a time in history, we don’t mind at all. Every day we will set you a different task to complete.

 

For today, we would like you to research your topic. There will be other tasks following on from this this week so make sure you have a good understanding and a wide range of knowledge.

Friday (27.03.20)

 

Today, you need to continue with your letter arguing whether the Mayans were either mad or magnificent. 

 

Follow the structure of a formal letter posted yesterday and today.

 

First of all, children at the age of eleven are not equipped with the required strategies to cope with the pressures that homework brings. Although I have personally coped quite well with the pressures, I have seen some of my friends and classmates struggle — their anxiety during difficult work has caused them to consequently misbehave and feel worthless about what they can and cannot do. Fortunately, I have family who are quite open at home when talking to me about the impact on mental health. From our discussions, I am deeply worried about what these pressures are doing to us at such a young age. Surely we have a life ahead of us for plenty of other important worries.

 

I am also concerned for the decisions of some of the parents of my friends. A number of them have found tutors and halted clubs for 'the time being' so that their children can put in the extra work. How do they release their stress now without their free time and clubs to let off steam? Of course, the parents want them to do well but it seems to me that this is a spiralling effect of the real problem: too much homework.

 

 

Thursday (26.03.20)

Today, you're going to write the start of your letter to persuade. You will be persuading someone that the Mayans were either mad or magnificent (you MUST pick one side to argue).

 

Mad:

•Made young girls cross-eyed as a sign of beauty

•Forehead flattening took place for the highest ranking children (those of priests and nobles)

•Pierced tongues for bloodletting for ceremonies and rituals

•Human sacrifice to the gods (for playing a game!!)

•Predicted the end of the world

•Fake noses were all the rage

•Drilled small holes into their teeth and placed semi-precious gems into them

•Filed teeth into razor sharp points

 

Magnificent:

•Physically made huge temples and pyramids (without metal)

•These still stand today

•Put chilli in hot chocolate for it’s healing properties

•Developed the science of astronomy (knew how to read the stars)

•Developed three different calendar systems (and linked to architecture)

•Developed hieroglyphic writing

•Invented the first organised ball game

•Discovered a lot of the foods we eat today

•Wrote codices which still exist today

 

Follow the structure for your letter below:

 

Dear Headteacher,

As a child currently having to complete large amounts of homework, I have chosen to write to you to share my personal views on what, I believe, is unnecessary pressure for results that do not value a child's true learning.

 

First of all, children at the age of eleven are not equipped with the required strategies to cope with the pressures that homework brings. Although I have personally coped quite well with the pressures, I have seen some of my friends and classmates struggle — their anxiety during difficult work has caused them to consequently misbehave and feel worthless about what they can and cannot do. Fortunately, I have family who are quite open at home when talking to me about the impact on mental health. From our discussions, I am deeply worried about what these pressures are doing to us at such a young age. Surely we have a life ahead of us for plenty of other important worries.

 

We will release the structure for the next section tomorrow.

Wednesday (25.03.20)

 

Using all of the knowledge you have gained about the Mayans during this topic, we would like you to create a table stating the reasons the Mayans were 'Mad' and the reasons they were 'Magnificent'. 

 

Art

Fancy developing your drawing skills? Have a go at these...

 

 

 

 

Tuesday (24.03.20)

 

After your research yesterday, create a fact file or double-paged spread showcasing how the Mayan Civilisation came to a mysterious end. 

 

The End of the Mayans

 

Monday (23.03.20)

 

To end our history-based topic on the Mayans (Mayans: Mad or Magnificent?), we would first like you research how the the Mayan Civilisation came to an end.

 

Use the following website and video to help -  also search google to help you research further.

 

https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-americas/maya

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxwxTgFVUDE