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Last Thursday Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic day out in Cambridge to complement the work they have been completing in Humanities.
The children participated in two sessions at the Botanical Gardens, including a tour around the tropical glass houses to find examples of tropical plants from the rainforest, and how they have adapted to the tropical climate. The second session involved activities looking at the production of chocolate from cocoa trees in the rainforest and how Fair Trade is benefitting the growers of cocoa. It even included a tasting test, which went down very well!
For the second part of our trip, we visited the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where they discovered how to ‘read’ the symbolism within Mayan stelae,-the most interesting revelation being that ample noses were an indication of royal status. There was also an artefact handling session, where the children were encouraged to develop skills of inference, interpretation and, of course, careful manual manipulation. All in all, an engaging learning experience and a solid introduction to the world of Maya material culture.