Brazil – Year 6

Welcome to Brazil Class!

About Me:

My name is Mrs Bennett and this year will be my 7th teaching at Ardley Hill Academy. Mrs Smith will be helping us with our learning and is really happy to be working in Year 6 too!

It’s going to be a great year full of new adventures and discoveries!

Mrs S Bennett
Mrs J Smith


Reading, camping, travelling, chocolate and ice-cream are some of the things that I enjoy outside of school

Our Classroom:

In our classroom you are cared about. I value your ideas, opinios and actions. You each have unique talents and strengths and I cant wait for you to share them with the rest of the class. It’s going to be a busy and productive year!



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.


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.

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.


I love to have conversations with parents throughout the year. Partnership is the very best way to support your child through the school year so please do contact me if you have any questions.

Class List:

Safiyaah, Chloe, Matthew B, William, Albert, Freya ,Harry, Holly, Alexandra,  Connor, Jakub, Tawana, Lexi, Emily, Georgia, Beau, Sarah, Stacey, Ami, Aron, Isaac, Oliver, Leo, Summer, Luke, Kelvin & Matthew J.


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