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Year 6 Alexander Von Humboldt Class

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was a nature researcher and explorer, universal genius and cosmopolitan, scientist and patron. His lengthy Latin American journey from 1799 to 1804 was celebrated as the second scientific discovery of South America. Members of natural science subjects such as physical geography, climatology, ecology or oceanography see Humboldt as their founder. His masterpiece, the five-volume "Cosmos', writing about the Physical Description of the World, has remained unique in its comprehensive approach.

Our theme this term is 900CE

We will be learning that at 900 CE different ancient civilizations were rising and declining across the world. We will study the ancient Mayan civilization, the Kingdom of Benin and the rise of the Islamic empire. We will need to be historians and use artefacts and historical sources to make observations about the life cycle of civilizations and the legacies they leave us. What happens when empires grow? What causes change and decline? What have we learnt from these past civilisations?