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Year 3 and the Amazing Aztecs

22 May 2017

You could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as you walked in the school gates on Friday morning. Why? Year 3 had dress up day to bring a little bit of PAZAZZ to their final showcase.

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Charming Charlie Bucket made an appearance, vile Violet, mischievous Mike Tevee, and sassy Miss Salt, along with a few Ooompa-loompas and Willy Wonka. Mixed into this were angry Aztecs, Mexican foods and dresses with geometric prints. What a start to the day!

Then at the clock turned 8.50am up came a swarm of parents, heaving with excited parents ready to see what the children had been learning in class about chocolate. The Year 3s transported their parents back over 580 years, to the times of the Aztec civilisation.

This great Empire was where the history of chocolate all began, not as a bar, but as a bitter frothy drink known a ‘Xocolatl’. Children and parents alike could be seen relaxed on the carpet, showing off their weaving skills by making an “Eye of the Gods”.

“I really enjoyed learning how to make an Aztec God’s Eye.” Renske 3S

They also shared their experience of tasting the Emperor’s favourite drink from their handmade Aztec cups. The challenge was to follow the detailed instructions carefully to make the best cup possible. Responses to the chocolate drink were certainly very varied:

“I enjoyed making Aztec’s hot chocolate, even though it tasted extremely bitter!” Tiffany 3L

“I liked the chocolate drink because to me it tasted a bit like coffee!”Ellis 3W

“I did not like the chocolate. It was HORRID because of the chilli!” Gaby 3W

Many mums and dad also got the opportunity to test their maths skills, decoding the Maya ancient number system. The children jointly worked on creating numbers up to a 1000, using base 20, as well as solving addition and subtraction calculations.

Finally there were Aztec codices to share and quipus to knot.  Amber in 3W explained how she loved teaching her mum what the knots meant and how to do them!

Each room had hives of parents intently listening to such confident children explaining their learning about Aztec life, the history of the conquistadors and demonstrating new art skills. This was all finished of with a “Chocolate” kahoot quiz, where Y3 showed great teamwork skills, helping friends and family to answer the questions.

What a delight to see such a great turn out and have the children so inspired by chocolate and this historic culture.  As summed up by Andika in 3C:

“This day couldn’t get any better. First my Mom came, then it was showcase time. I really enjoyed the Kahoot quiz because of my team name – “The Chocoholics”.

Emma Wakelin, Head of Year 3

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