Class 4

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Worry Dolls

As part of our topic on the Maya, we have been working with Mrs Costello to make our own worry dolls. Worry dolls are traditional dolls that have been made in Guatamala for generations. According to the Maya legend, when someone has a problem or worry they tell their worry to the doll and place the doll under their pillow at bedtime. The doll then takes the worry away, allowing the person to sleep peacefully and wake refreshed.


Traditional worry dolls are very small. Ours measure about 2 inches in height. There were many stages to making the doll. First, we used pipe cleaners to create the basic shape of the body, then we wove our own blankets using wool. Finally, we made heads for our dolls using needle felting and we sewed the cloth storage pouches.


We are all very pleased with what we have produced and think they look fantastic!


‘I loved making my worry doll’ said one Year 6 girl. While another boy commented ‘I can’t wait to take my worry doll home and see if it works!’


Cadbury World



Last week we were delighted to have the opportunity to visit Cadbury World. We have spent the term studying Maya civilisation as part of our topic work so the trip was a great opportunity to learn more about this ancient culture.


We began by taking a self-guided tour around the exhibition. This was all about the history of chocolate. The exhibition started in the jungles of Mesoamerica and we learned how the Maya and Aztec peoples used cocoa beans as currency. Next, we moved on to Victorian times where we read all about how the Cadbury family started their chocolate factory. There were some very cool holographic displays which we all enjoyed!


Next, we were able to learn about how chocolate is made. We had a very interesting talk about how chocolates were made before factories. We also saw some modern production methods for ourselves.


After lunch, we headed to the education room where we were given an interactive talk on Maya civilisation. We all learned some fascinating new facts about how the society worked, in particular about the Maya relationship with their gods. We all enjoyed the audience participation!


Finally, we were lucky enough to watch what was the highlight of the trip for many – the 4D experience! We all wore 3D glasses and the seats moved as well. We all enjoyed diving into a bowl of melted Cadbury Dairy Milk, riding the Crunchie rollercoaster and taking to the skies in a Cadbury Creme Egg airship!


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