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 Mayan Civilisation


This term we are learning about the Mayan Civilisation; an ancient civilisation of people who lived in Mesoamerica which is now part of Central and Southern America. We will learn about their Gods, food, farming techniques, food and their temples.

If you want to do some research please look at the BBC website.




We have looked at classifying animals by spieces, what they eat and this week we are looking at how we can classify animals by their skeletone structure - more importantly, do they have a skeleton structure or not? These are called vertebrates and invertebrates. First I want you to watch this video on what living things are and how we determine a vertebrate and an invertebrate. It is quiet long but covers it in a clear and useful way.

For the first activity I would like you to sort these animals into a grid in your book split into two columns - vertebrates and invertebrates.

In science, we often use keys to seperate animals in to different classifications. Different questions can seperate animals and help us to identify them. The example below seperates the animals into different spieces but the first question - does it have a spine seperates all the animals quickly into two categories - the vertebrates and the invertebrates.


Can you complete the clasification chart below - the first one you just need to add in the animals in the right places but on the second one you will need to think of your own questions you can put in to seperate the animals. You do not need to print these sheets out you can write them up in your books or on a piece of plain paper.



We are looking in more detail at the idea of redemption in the bible and through the stories of God and Jesus.


Redemption means 'the action of saving or being saved from sin' and Christians believe this is shown through many of the stories and teachings of God. Last week's story about Zacchaeus was showing Christians that although he had sinned he could change his ways and make amends for what he had done. 


This week we are going to look at the parable (a story Jesus told to teach a lesson) 'The Lost Sheep'. This story was a teaching from Jesus to show his followers that God would celebrate the welcoming back of one sinner than 99 of those who believed they are too good or too important to apologise to God and make amends for what they might have done.


I want you to watch these two videos and think about whether you agree that it is important to acknowledge when you have done something wrong and show that you can apologise for this wrong-doing and learn from it.


The Lost Sheep

The Lost Sheep Interview


I want you to think of a time where you have done something wrong that you knew within you that you shouldn't have done. I want you to write about this event - How did you feel when you did the wrong doing? Did you apologise? Who did you apologise to? Why did you apologise? How did you feel afterwards? Did it change anything for you and the other person? If you didn't apologise how were you left feeling? Should you have apologised? How do you think it would have changed the situation?


The Mayan Period is believed to have begun around 1000BC until around 1500AD and all the Mayan people shared common beliefs in religion but each of the cities was goverened by their own ruler. Like many cultures, the Mayans had their own beliefs and religious stories.

Today we are going to look at the Creation story that the Mayans believed explained how the earth came to be. I would like you to watch the video explaining the creation story and then I want you to create a comic book style cartoon to show the events.