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This week we are looking at the Mayan religion and the Gods they worshiped. The Mayans believed in many gods, each representing a different aspect of life. Communities made regular offerings to them, in the form of animal (and sometimes human) sacrifices.

Read the information and watch the videos on to learn more. 

Then have a look at the powerpoint attached below. 

Once you have learnt about the Mayan Gods we would like you to create factfiles about them. You can use the template provided, or present this is any way you choose! You could even create your own set of Top Trump cards! 


For Art this week, we would like you to design create your own Mayan Mask! 

Masks played a central role in Mayan Culture. They were made for a variety of occasions and purposes. In fact, they were even used to decorate temples. 





First, we would like you to design you mask, you need to decide if it is going to be a death mask or an event mask. Use the slides above and the images below to help you with your designs. As part of your designs you need to think carefully about the colours and materials you are going to use. 


Once you have designed your mask have a go creating it! you can use any materials you like and have available to you (but ask your parents first!). You may create a small model version, or a life size version that you can wear! 


We are looking forward to seeing your creations! 



For Geography this week, we would like you to have a closer look at the modern day countries that were part of the Maya civilisation- Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. 

1. For all of these countries, you should be able to describe their location- which continent are they on? What other countries are they near? Northern or Southern Hemisphere? etc


2. Choose one country to research a bit more closely. Find out what their climate is like generally? You could create a mind map or an information poster or leaflet with all of the details about that country's climate.

When you've done this, you should compare the climate to that of the UK! This part might take a little bit less researching!! Think about the average temperatures and rainfall etc. 


Challenge: Start to think of reasons why the climates are different? How does the location of Central America/the United Kingdom affect their climate?


Have a look at the two images below to help you get started. You can see a lot of obvious differences! The first image shows the average monthly temperature and rainfall in Chichen Itza and the second image shows the same information but for London! 

What is the highest average temperature over the year in London? 

What is the highest average temperature in Chichen Itza?

Where is Chichen Itza?

Where is London? 

Look at the lowest average temperatures in both locations. 

Which month/location has the highest rainfall?

Do any of the rainfall measurements surprise you? 

What do you notice about the average temperatures in Chichen Itza compared to the UK? Why do you think it is like this?



Last week, we looked at the different types of reproduction. This week we are looking at how babies grow once they are born. 

Data is an important part of Science. Scientists use data to present their finding in graphs for other people to clearly understand. 

This week we are going to use data to help us understand the growth of babies.

First we would like you to have a read of the powerpoint below. 

Then, choose a data sheet from the 3 below and present the data in a graph, some of the data is more complex than others so choose one that is right for you. If you choose the more complex data you may need to use more than 1 graph. Think carefully about the type of graph you choose, different graphs work for different types of data. 

Once you have presented your data clearly in a graph; we would like you to analyse your data.What does it tell you about the growth of babies?