Thursday, 14 May 2015

Aztec Chocolate and the Mexican Flag

We've had a busy Aztec sort of week.

We looked into the origins of the Mexican flag: 
Green for Independence and Hope
White for Catholicism and Unity
Red for Unity and the spilled blood of fallen heroes
The eagle on a cactus with a snake in its mouth represents the Aztec origins of Mexico city.

We had a go at the Aztec ball game - only knees, elbows, hips and head to get the ball through a hoop.

After our chocolate tasting fun last week, we delved further into the chocolate world, so valued by the Aztecs, to help with...


...Aztec pyramids...


 ...a chocolate survey...

 ...chocolate lollies...

...and chocolate brownies.


Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Aztecs

We started a new, fun project on the Aztecs this week. The children made super lap-books to gain an initial, basic insight into the culture and timeline of the civilisation.

Chocolate! The Aztecs viewed chocolate as a food for the wealthy in their society. In its liquid form, they poured it to make it frothy, rather than stir it and added honey or chili for flavour. 

We clearly had to try this and the kiddies had a whale of a time creating their own chocolate flavours.

Some of their concoctions were not so nice!

 Tortillas, invented by the Aztecs, for lunch.

The Aztecs used metals in their decorations, masks and jewellery. We made some with plasticine and foil.

We've also tackled Mapwork, History, Maths, Science, English, Spanish and Nature Study this week.

The Aztecs had detailed calendars and timekeeping devices. We made clay sundials, using Aztec patterns and their sungods as a design.

The children spent the rest of the morning making Aztec artifacts.