Through our Term 2 Topic learning Chocolate, we will be exploring chocolate’s long history and will learn about the lives and culture of the Mayan and Aztec people. We will also examine Hernán Cortés, the Spanish explorer, who conquered the Aztec Empire in 1521.
We will find out where cacao trees are found and discover the factors affecting their growth. Since cacao trees grow in tropical countries with an equatorial climate, we will not be able to see them growing in their natural environment so instead we will be visiting the tropical biome at the Eden Project to see cacao trees in real life; we’ll also be taking part in a Chocolate workshop.
We will also find out how to make our own chocolate; what we can add to it to appeal to different tastes and how to design an eye-catching
In English, children will develop and apply their knowledge of vocabulary, conjunctions, openers and punctuation as they write their own stories based on The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. In Maths, we will continue to use the Visual Maths approach to secure formal written methods of calculation for multiplication and division. Children will also explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
Children will continue to have PE once a week so their PE kits are required in school at all times please. Homework books will be sent home every Friday and children are expected to bring in one piece of completed homework each week. Please continue to help your child learn their weekly spelling and listen to them read at least three times a week.
This term our family homework is to design your own Christmas tree chocolate.
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