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Monday, April 5, 2010

A taste of the Aztecs

PONTELAND school pupils got colourfully creative to celebrate its Aztec Day.
All Year 5 children at Richard Coates Middle School started making masks during art lessons before the event and finished them off on the day.

They came dressed in Aztec costumes and had a feast in the style of the ancient civilisation.

They were also involved in five activities — playing board games similar to the Aztec game patolli, crafts such as jewellery making, cooking food including tortillas and dipping fruit in chocolate, making an Aztec instrument, music and dance, and tackling an Aztec challenge in computers.

It was organised and led by Co-ordinator for History and Geography Christine Cowan with the help of Year 5 staff.

It was was part of a series of activity days about civilisations and time periods, including the Tudor and Victorian eras, held when pupils are studying them in lessons.

Richard Coates Deputy Headteacher Shirley Clark said: "Activity days like these bring the topic to life.

"The things the pupils learn from reading textbooks and internet research are put into practice, which helps them to remember the information."