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Hola Mexico

Hola Mexico:

Bienvenido a Mexico! We’re going to explore this unique country, from its towering temples to its fun-packed festivals.

During this half term, we’ll learn traditional Mexican songs and join in with Spanish. To cool down afterwards, we’ll have a refreshing drink of sangrita - and then try some guacamole and salsa!. We’ll use non-fiction books to find out about the importance of music in Mexican culture. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write about festivals and create an invitation to a Mexican food tasting session. In preparation, we’ll make delicious drinks and savoury dishes. We’ll learn about the ‘Day of the Dead’ and create striking skull designs. With the Chihuahuan Desert as our imagined location, we’ll write postcards and clear instructions for a game. We’ll read Maya myths and legends, and write our own. Using maps, we’ll locate Mexico and explore its natural features. We’ll discover what daily life is like and how it has changed over time. Then we’ll craft Maya chocolate and simple woodwind instruments from recycled materials. Who can make the highest, loudest and longest sounds?

At the end of the project, we’ll listen to Maya music and learn a traditional song. We’ll also perform Mexican music from the past and present.

Help your child prepare for their project
Mexico is a fascinating land full of music and celebration. Why not work together and use non-fiction books or online research to find out about the impressive landmarks of Mexico? You could also look at holiday brochures or websites to plan an imaginary trip to Mexico. Alternatively, you could sample Mexican food in a restaurant or at home.

Suggested text

Holes – Louis Sachar

Memorable experienceMexican musical performance
Innovate challengeFestival procession
EnglishInvitations; Postcards; Instructions; Myths and legends; Poetry
MusicMexican music; Musical notation
A&DSculpture; Maya art; Carving
ComputingOnline research; Presentations
D&TFood of Mexico; Evaluating and making instruments
GeographyMaps; Human and physical geography of Mexico
HistoryAncient Maya civilisation
PEDance, Team-building
ScienceLight and shadows
Science investigationsHow can we make red? What colour is a shadow?