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Who or what lived under the Guatemalan Jungle?


This term we have been looking at the Mayans, including how they lived and why they disappeared. We have looked at many different aspects of Mayan life and learnt some very gruesome facts. We learnt that they played a game that was similar to modern day football but we were shocked to discover that the losing team was sacrificed and sometimes a skull of one of the losing players would be used as the new ball! 


Despite these gruesome facts, we also discovered that the Mayans had a wonderful relationship with nature. They hunted and fished and grew crops, just like people do today. They often used natural designs in their artwork and we used that to inspire so fabulous paper mache masks. 



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Which Mythical Beast is the Most Monstrous?

This term we are looking at Greek Myths and the mythical creatures that create problems for our Greek heroes along the way. How did Theseus fare against the terrifying Minotaur? How did Perseus defeat the evil Medusa?


We have looked at life in Ancient Greece and considering the differences between Sparta and Athens. We were amazed to discover how different the two places were! We will be looking at different aspects of Ancient Greek life and using our Greek myths to inspire some amazing art.


We have been hard at work crafting our own Greek myths, including some truly ferocious mythical creatures. How will our heroes cope when they come face to face with these beasts?

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