Bolivia – Year 6

Mrs E Eely
Mrs I Kanyuka
Mrs J Hamblin

Welcome to Bolivia Class 2018-2019.
We hope you had a lovely break during Easter, spending time with your friends and families and probably eating lots of eggs!

Now it is time to think about our last term.


Spring term was full of British history – learning all about an important time of change in Britain.

This Term, our Topic is ‘Maya Mayhem’ and the history of this South America group.

We will be finding out about the interesting culture of this ancient civilisation and the mysteries surrounding its demise.

We will also be learning about the rainforest and how the animals and plants have adapted and evolved to survive in this environment.


Year 6 Maya Mayhem Topic – Summer Term


Who were the Maya?

The first Mesoamerican civilisation to develop writing, the Mayans developed a sophisticated culture of city states with fine monumental buildings and characteristic stepped pyramids.

The Mayans were advanced in their use of mathematics and renowned for the accuracy of their calendar.yans


10 facts

  1. The Mayan civilisation extended from what is now South East Mexico through Central America.
  2. This area included highland and lowland settlementsand a variety of climate zonesCrops grown in the lowlands were traded for mineral ores and rocks from the mountainous areas.
  3. Although the Mayans had metal-working skills, metal ores were scarce. Mayans used stone toolsto carve the limestone that they used for their buildings.
  4. The Mayans did not use wheels or pulleys for their building projects.They did not have draught animals capable of heavy labour. Building materials were transported by human porters or canoes.
  5. Archaeological evidence suggests that Mayan settlement in Mesoamericaprobably dates from the third millennium BC. The Mayans of the classic period c200-900 CE adopted many aspects of the earlier Olmecculture and were also influenced by surrounding cultures such as that of the great city of Teotihuacan.
  6. Mayan religion was extremely bloodthirsty, demanding human sacrifices and blood-letting rituals. The Mayans believed in an afterlifeand that those who were sacrificed, as well as those killed in war and women who died in childbirth, went to ‘the place of misty sky’.
  7. Mayan society was formed of a number of city stateseach with their own ruler. Each city was surrounded by rural settlements.
  8. At the top of Mayan society was the Kingand Royal family who were believed to be closely linked to the gods. An educated elite of scribes, priests and nobles formed the ruling class. They occupied the finest buildings in the city.
  9. The Mayans were sophisticated mathematicianswho made use of the number zero. They used base 20 in their calculations. They were keen astronomers who were able to predict solar eclipses. Their complex calendar system was one of the most accurate of the ancient world.
  10. No one knows for sure why the Mayan civilisation went into decline. Possible explanations involve the overuse and exhaustion of farming land, prolonged drought, misrule, warfare and disease.



It is not long now until we take the SATs. Test week is Monday 13th May to Thursday 16th May. You will sit the tests in the following order:

Monday 13th SPaG and spelling

Tuesday 14th Reading

Wednesday 15th Maths Arithmetic and Reasoning

Thursday 16th Maths Reasoning

You have been working so hard and we are proud of all of the effort you have put it. Just hang on in there!

We are also planning some fun activities for the afternoons of SATs week, as well as delicious breakfasts so we can start and end the day feeling good.

Class List

Ethan A, Evans, Stefan B, Stefan B, Ethan C, Amy, Sarah, Keira, Oliver, Laura, Jack, Eleanor, Savannah, Bradley, Olivia K, Caitlin, Reese, Olivia L, Ethan M, Ruby, Bethani, Samuel, Nieve, Jasmine, Alessio, Leah, Steve, Scarlet, Isabella-May, Emer.


This year we will be learning about the ancient Chinese Shang family (The Shang Dynasty), the Tudors (Heads will Roll) and the Mayans of South America (Maya Mayhem). We follow a creative curriculum and have lots of fun whilst learning.


Maths, English and Spelling homework will be given weekly and there will be a termly topic project too. As you are now in Year 6 it is up to you to plan your time carefully to make sure it is completed on time.

You should all continue to learn your times tables and should read for at least 20 minutes every day and at least once during the weekend. We encourage you to read a book of your own choice.
Useful website for maths:


Times Table Rock Stars
Useful website for English:

Education City

Spelling Frame

Top Marks

General websites:

BBC Bitesize

Woodlands Junior

P.E. and Swimming Kit

Your kit remains the same: black shorts, white t-shirt, suitable footwear and an Ardley Hill tracksuit. As you will now be coming into school in your PE kit, please ensure you have the correct kit. Our PE afternoon will be a Thursday.

For swimming you will need a one piece swimming costume or trunks, towel, flip flops or other suitable footwear, a swimming cap for long hair and a carrier bag for wet clothes. We will swim in the Summer term.

Additional Information

You need a named water bottle which will be kept in the classroom and refilled daily. You will also need a healthy snack in a sandwich bag or named container to have during morning break.

You will be allocated a locker to store your belongings during the day. The locker key is YOUR responsibility and if lost there will be a cost of £5 for a new key.

If you walk to school on your own or with friends you can bring a mobile phone with you. This must be turned off at the beginning of the school day and handed in to be stored securely in the office until the end of the day.

We look forward to making your time in Year 6 creative, fun and memorable. See you soon!