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There are many reasons why we study history in school.

Do you remember that we used to try and remember the reasons at the start of lessons?

We could get to more than ten reasons...

some of the reasons were to do with how history helps us understand the world we live in now better and that we can be inspired by what people have done in the past.

 Our theme for the last two weeks of   term is to see how history helps us to    understand current events better.

 July 8th

Black Lives Matters: why are people protesting?

This lesson looks at snapshots of history from the last 400 years that give some background to why people are supporting the Black Lives Matters movement. 

Use the PowerPoint below to learn about this. It includes success criteria and video links for you to copy and paste and learn from!

It is also below as a pdf file for those of you who cannot access PowerPoints on your devices

 

 

July 15th

World War Two

From the Autumn of 2020 to late 1941 will be the 80th anniversary of the air raids in the UK during World War Two: what happened here in Liverpool and Southport and within our own families?

Use the document below to find out about World War two and links to our school community and Southport. The link to the History page for the videos and PowerPoints is below

Some pupils have presented projects as a PowerPoint

Tuesday 19th May

We are almost at the end of our Ancient Maya project time.

 

If you haven't finished the chapters do that first.

 

Today's work is to write the conclusion and do the finishing touches...these are listed in the instruction booklet.

There are 3 of them and they are listed here too.

 

  1. Create a contents page

This says what is on each page e.g.

Contents

Introduction     

Chapter 1, 2 ,3 and 4

Conclusion

Bibliography

 

2. Make a list- either under your contents or on a back page- of all the websites and books you have used

Bibliography

BBC class clips Ancient Maya videos

BBC videos

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zqv6msg

Purple mash information

 

3. Lastly…you have almost finished….enjoy designing a title page. It must include

Your name

A title like My Ancient Maya Investigation

 

Once you are finished, please email it to me. If you have hand written it you can take photos of each page and email it that way.

lundd@sps.sefton.school

Thank you.

I look forward to reading your work.

smileysmileysmileysmileysmiley

 

 

 

12th May

Hello again.

Hope you had a lovely time on VE Day.

Please send me more photos of what you did so that I can put them together into a school video.

I will be finalising this on Thursday.

Any more photos of relatives from World War Two would be great too.

I could add them to the video below.

Any more examples of your work from Mr T's lesson would be good too. 

lundd@sps.sefton.school

 

TODAY

Make sure you are keeping up with the Ancient Maya Project. 

Aim to finish chapters this week.

Then next week - the last week before half term-you can do your conclusion and finishing touches. 

Once they are finished please email them to me. 

 

 

A video of World War Two relatives as shared by our pupils

Ancient Maya project instructions

5th May

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all keeping well. 

As your history task is a project it is meant to take several weeks.

By now I hope that you have begun to write your chapters.

Aim to have it all completed by the end of May.

It can then be emailed to me. If you have hand written it, maybe you could take photos of it and send it that way? 

lundd@sps.sefton.school

Thank you!

 

 

Hello everyone! I love the photos you've sent with your Maya mask designs. I am adding below these instructions from March 31st...the rest of the instructions for how to write up the project so you can get on with it when you are ready to do so. I cannot wait to see them when they are finished. Scroll down!

 

1. I hope you got to watch the videos on the Ancient Maya on Tuesday (or some time recently)…if not watch them now.  I have added a new link which has some entertaining Horrible History style videos which are full of great facts about how they lived. So watch them too!

The links for these are below the instructions numbered 1-4 so keep scrolling down smiley

 

2. This new topic takes us to sunny Mexico and Guatemala: use Google Earth to find them and zoom in to find places like Palenque and Tikal. These were amazing cities that became hidden in the jungle (rainforests) and we think that there are still many more hidden sites to be discovered. It is therefore a topic which has a sense of mystery and discovery. Archaeologists have spent their lives carefully uncovering and recording and restoring these ancient cities.

These are photos from when I went to these places over twenty years ago!

 

3.  YOUR CHOICE 

The class plan talks about doing a project on them and comparing them with our lives now OR to the Ancient Egyptians. The second of these is obviously more challenging…so have a go at this if you really want to shine and do some super high school standard history. You can use what you remember from Year 5 when you studied the Ancient Egyptians and the video links (scroll down for these) and your own research.

 

4. Here are the success criteria to guide your researchI shall add how to set out your project next week. A project is designed to take several weeks so don’t try to do it all at once!

Your history detective challenge is to gather evidence to answer: Were the lives of The Ancient Maya (who lived about one thousand years ago and many thousands of miles away) really so different from our lives today? (Today = in the 21st century not right now)

Research and present in a table with headings of similar and different (you can write a separate list for details that you think don’t quite fit either of these headings)

Good =  can list mostly differences….across a few topic e.g. their food and homes

Very good = can list similarities and differences across at least 5 topics such as the above and religion, pastimes, fashion

Excellent = AND can see that some details of how they live are similar and different e.g. they do have religious beliefs but they are different from us

 

OR

 

For the project comparing with the Ancient Egyptians your history detective challenge is here…

Some people think that The Ancient Maya are similar to The Ancient Egyptians. This is usually because they both built pyramids a long time ago before there was modern machinery to do so. Your challenge is to investigate more deeply and be cleverer than this! Were the lives of The Ancient Maya really so similar to the lives of The Ancient Egyptians?

Research and present in a table with headings of similar (what they both had or do) and different and a heading for when you can see similar and different for a topic

Good =  can list mostly differences….across a few topic e.g. their food and homes

Very good = can list similarities and differences across at least 5 topics such as the above and religion, pastimes, fashion

Excellent = AND can see that some details of how they live are similar and different e.g. they do have pyramids but …

 

Once you have your research you can start to write your project. You can hand write or use a computer. There are 3 parts to this.

Part 1 = Write an introduction. Remember you are writing as a time traveller. You need to explain what your task is and set the scene. This should be fun but you need to make this your best writing so take care with punctuation and spelling. You should be trying to show off correct use of advanced punctuation e.g. parenthesis, colons and semi colons. You should also write more complex sentences.

Here is an example:

My challenge in this project is to travel back in time to investigate the Ancient Maya. Wish me luck! Aargh….my time machine gave me a bumpy ride but now I’m here - two thousand years back in time and half way across the world. I’m in Guatemala at a place called Tikal. This is just one amazing city where the Maya lived. I’m going to investigate and find out just what its like to live here. Are their lives really as different as people think? Are their pyramids the only things that make them seem similar to the Ancient Egyptians?

 

Part 2 = Now write your chapters: give each one a title and write making it really clear what you think is similar and different. You can do this by using the following

Different

Similar

different

strange

unusual

We don’t do this

I’ve never seen anything like this before

similar

the same

I recognise this

just like we do

 Chapter 1 City buildings and homes

The city I see in front of me is made up of enormous temples. We have churches but not all in the city centre like this. There are many steps on the outside leading to a platform at the top where I can see garishly clothed priests conducting a ceremony: the colours are dazzling. I struggle to see clearly in the glaring sunlight. Our religious ceremonies usually take place inside our churches and temples.  It is also strange to see……………………………………...

I cautiously creep closer to one of the homes on the edge of the city. Some children are playing outside; others are inside. These homes are unusual – more like huts- with white walls and thatched rooves. I suppose some of our homes have thatched rooves but not all of them like here.

 

 

Try to write between 3 and 5 chapters.

Make sure you read over your work and neatly correct any mistakes.

You can add pictures too. Either draw them yourself or copy from a website.

 

 

 

 

Part 3 Now it is time to write your conclusion. You have investigated and written about your findings in your chapters. Your conclusion is your big, overall answer to the question:

Were the lives of The Ancient Maya (who lived about one thousand years ago and many thousands of miles away) really so different from our lives today? (Today = in the 21st century not right now)

OR

Were the lives of The Ancient Maya really so similar to the lives of The Ancient Egyptians?

Here is an example. Don’t copy it though! You must make sure that you give the answer that fits your investigation. If you have found more differences that is what you must say!

Eye opening, exciting and memorable – travelling back in time has been a truly fascinating experience. It was great to experience so much: the sights, sounds and even the smells of the Ancient Maya! I thought it would feel completely different living two thousand years ago but in fact many things were similar to today. They lived in families and had a religion that was obviously important to them because they spent so much time and effort building impressive temples (like we have cathedrals).They farmed, spent time socialising and they had soldiers in case of war.  Of course, there were some surprises. Their homes had just one room (I can’t imagine living like that with my family) and they didn’t have toilets and showers. With no electricity or cars they didn’t travel so extensively or have so many diverse leisure activities as us. Women’s lives were more restricted than they are today and everyone had fewer choices than we have now. Overall, I would say that the lives of the Ancient Maya were……

 

 

 

 

 The finishing touches- there are 3 of them

1.Create a contents page

This says what is on each page e.g.

Contents

Introduction     

Chapter 1, 2 ,3 and 4

Conclusion

Bibliography

 

2.Make a list- either under your contents or on a back page- of all the websites and books you have used

Bibliography

BBC class clips Ancient Maya videos

BBC videos

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zqv6msg

Purple mash information

 

3. Lastly…you have almost finished….enjoy designing a title page. It must include

Your name

A title like My Ancient Maya Investigation

 

 

Good luck and enjoy!

Ms Lund

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