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Year 3 and the Amazing Aztecs

11 mei 2016

The Year 3 corridor last Friday morning was heaving with excited parents ready to see what the children had been learning in class about chocolate. 

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Despite being back for only a few short weeks, Year 3 students 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 ‘cacahuatl. The children shared fun facts they had researched about the Amazing Aztecs and cacao beans and taught them how to make an “Eye of the Gods”, using their weaving skills.

“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. Responses to the cold chocolate drink were certainly very varied:

“I liked the drink a lot, because even though it was a bit spicy and bitter, I still drank it all up!” Hugh, 3B

“I think it would have been terrible to drink 50 cups of it day like the Emperor as it was so bitter without sugar and stuck to the top of your mouth!” Carla, 3B

“I really enjoyed making Aztec chocolate but I didn’t enjoy the taste.” Jimin 3S

Many mums and dad also got the opportunity to listen to wild adventure stories. The children invited them to listen to their missing chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, where they read to them about brand new characters and settings.

Each room had hives of parents intently listening to such confident children explaining their learning, demonstrating new skills and helping brothers, sister, aunties and uncles to decipher ancient Mayan writing.

What a delight to see such a great turn out and have the children so inspired by chocolate and this historic culture.

Emma Wakelin, Year 3 Leader