Monday, 24 April 2017

Eating like an Aztec!

Last Friday was so much fun. We took the opportunity to cook a few dishes we have learnt about during our topic about Aztecs.
We have been lucky (really???) to actually try what hot chocolate tasted like when the Aztecs invented it. It tasted nothing like the hot chocolate we know! First we had to gather some spices (cinnamon sticks, cardamom seeds, vanilla pods, stars anise and pepper corns (yes pepper, you read well!). We ground them into a powder. It was not easy as both the cinnamon and star anise are hard to crush.
We then mixed the spices with hot water and cocoa powder. We should have used cocoa beans and crushed them too but we couldn't find any.
What do you think it tasted like? Want to know? Well look at our faces after we drank some of it.

We also could make tortillas. We mixed flour, water, oil and salt and kneed it into a dough. We then flattened some small chunks of dough into small round crepes that we cooked on a hot plate.

Finally we also carved sacrificial knives. We used cuttlefish bones that Mr Michael found on the beach. They are very soft and break easily so we used scrap paper to design our knives first. We then applied the paper on the bone and carefully traced the patterns with carving knives and skewers.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Equivalent Fractions

All about Fractions. 

Today we have been introduced to the concept of equivalent fractions by using folded squares.

By using the concrete representations of some fractions we have been able to establish the relationship between halves, quarters, eighths and sixteenths.

We have found out that 1/2 was the same or equivalent to 2/4, 4/8 and  8/16.

We have also been able to establish the patterns between these fractions and noticed that the patterns were the same for both numerators and denominators.

Building Tenochtitlan!

This half term our Connected Learning topic is The Aztecs. 

The children are discovering how clever and fierce they were.

One of our activities is to build a model of the capital city of the Aztec Empire: Tenochtitlan.

The city has long disappeared, as it sunk at the bottom of lake Texcoco after the Spaniards invasion and Mexico city has been built on its remains.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Club Registration Term 2

Club registration for term 2 is now open. Please click the link below to register your child.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Here are the clubs being offered for Term 2. 

Day 3
Kite making and flying Y1-6- Have fun making and flying different kinds of kites in this club.
Global Action Y1-6 - Get involved and learn about how we can make our school and our wold a better place by taking action on environmental and social justice issues.
Parkour Club Y3-6Basic Parkour skills training, fitness, core strength and gymnastics combined. There will be some tumbling, and lots of running! Aim is to be able to step run, rail run, vault and bar turn safely.
Cartoon Club Y1-3 Have fun watching educational cartoons in this club.
Boxing and self-defence training Y5-6- Come and learn a bit of boxing and other martial arts. Be prepared to have fun but work hard.
Harry Potter ClubY4-6- Children will explore the Harry Potter Universe through role-play, crafts, reading and watching.
First Aid Y6- Learn basic First Aid and know what to do in an emergency. All Y6 students must take this club at some point over the year.
Badminton Y4-6- Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net/ a line (without a net).
Making flowers Y3-6- We will make different kinds of flower from paper.
Playing cards Y1-6- Ordinary Playing Cards can be used to play many different types of games. We try out some games where you need to be lucky, think carefully or just be very fast.
Football Y1-3- Improve your football skills!
The Cities of Gold  Y4-6- Learn more about Spanish culture
Thai Stories Y1-6 - Learning Thai stories by reading and acting!
Mandarin Y3-6 – For returning students only
Lego Y1-3 - Building with Lego is a great opportunity for children to use their skills and imaginations to create things and use them in play.
Free Drawing Y1-3 - Improving students’ drawing skills
Play dough Y1-3 Make art and craft using play dough
Tux paint Y1-3- Tux paint is a computer literacy drawing activity. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.
Handwriting Club Y1-3 - The handwriting club will be focused on correct letter formations and handwriting stamina.
Invasion games Y4-6- An active sports club focusing on the skills, ability and tactics needed for invasion games such as tag rugby, hockey and football.
Storytelling and Crafting- Develop students' communicative skills by linking stories they have been told to different kinds of crafts they make. The activity gives both 'edutainment' and a sense of 'hyperlink' which are advantageous for students' studies in every subject at all levels.

Day 5
Origami Y1-6- Origami is the art of paper folding. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into decorative shapes and figures.
UNO Y3-6- Have fun playing this all-time favourite card game.
Homework Y3-4- Homework club offers children the chance to complete their homework, or to finish any work they didn't finish in class time. This is a great chance for students to also tick off tasks from their optional homework matrix.
Boxing and self-defence training Y5-6- Come and learn a bit of boxing and other martial arts. Be prepared to have fun but work hard.
Movie Club Y4-6- Children will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of cinema, including famous and poignant children's films.
Just Dance Y1-3- Develop your dance styles!
Crafts Y4-6 - Create things from recycling materials
Swimming Club (Yr1-2) - Introduces children to 3 different strokes: freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke.
Swimming (Yr3-6) – Swimming sessions include: Aquatic Breathing, Streamlining Travel & coordination
Recycling-Y1-6 Recycling is the practise of reusing items that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. How does recycling help the environment? We will look at ways to reduce / reuse as well as recycle.
Pre-writing and Colouring Y1-3- Will help students develop their pencil control and concentration using a wide range of activities.
Eco Music Club Y3-6- Music ensemble will include instruments from recycled materials e.g. bottle, cardboard etc.
String Ensemble Y4-6- String ensemble in preparation for the Summer Concert
Book CraftingY4-6 Focuses on students' creativity and appreciation on books. In the crafting process, students learn how to make different kinds of books, journals, diaries, bookmarks, etc., including composing easy texts/stories to suit their crafts. It is hope that, after doing this activity, students' reading motivation and appreciation will arise.
Tux paintY1-3 Tux paint is a computer literacy drawing activity. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.
Boxing and self-defence training Y5-6 Come and learn a bit of boxing and other martial arts. Be prepared to have fun but work hard.

Chess Y3-6 – A two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Aztec Homework Activities

Instructions and Expectations

Please try to complete at least 1 activity per week until the 30th of March.
On completion of any activity, please bring it in to share with your class and teacher.
You must try to do at least one from each column!
Word Smart
Math/Science/ICT Smart
Art, Design and Creativity Smart
Dear Diary
Imagine you are at school during the Aztec times. Write a diary entry describing your day.
Aztec Sundial
Follow this link here to find instructions on how to make your own Aztec Sundial. Bring it in to school to share with the class.

Make a 3D Aztec Mask
Try making your own 3D Aztec mask using any materials you like. (Recycled materials preferably).
Pretend you are a journalist and you are doing an interview for the Aztec Times Newspaper. You can choose to interview Montezuma, Cortes, a Priest of the Sun God, etc…use your imagination!
Aztec Food
Did you know chili plants came from America and not Thailand! Can you identify some other foods that you eat today that originally came from central America? Better yet, can you grow them in your garden?
Make an Aztec Toy
Click on this  link and follow the instructions to make an Aztec toy similar to what Aztec children would have played with.

Shape of the Sun
Create a shape poem based on any aspect of Aztec life such as: the Sun, a temple, a death mask, Aztec food…
Aztec God Game
Follow this link to play this game of strategy. You have to read the instructions carefully.
Make your own Sacrificial Knife
Follow the instructions on Sheet 1 and Sheet 2

The Aztec Ball Game
Watch this short video here and write some rules on how the game is played.

Aztec Number Puzzles
Try these fun but tricky puzzles here.
Can you do them all?
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate!
The Aztecs were famous for first harvesting coco beans. Help you Mum and Dad make some hot chocolate and enjoy the tasty treat. The Recipe can be found here.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Sailing 101 part 2

After a short but peaceful night, the children got up super early! 
They quickly got ready and went to play before we started the day.
After a scrumptious English breakfast, really with tomatoes and baked beans 😋 the children got ready for their morning sailing lessons.
It is difficult to describe their excitement and how much they enjoyed it. Just have a look at the pictures.