The Maya

Block B - Introduction to the Maya

Study the fascinating Maya in this vigorously researched topic. Discover where and when the Maya built their magnificent civilisation as you develop a range of skills across the curriculum. Investigate how they lived, their culture and their legacy. Compare their lives to your own as you bring your learning together.

Find out when the Maya are first recognised by archaeologists and when this society is said to have come to an end, recognising that there are still living Maya people today. Examine the different types of evidence that tell us about the Maya. Explore the region of the Maya civilization in Mesoamerica and create a Maya corner in the classroom.

This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: When do we know the Maya lived?

Work in teams to remember and add dates of events in Europe to a timeline of the Maya.

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02: How do we know about the Maya?

Assess the reliability of various sources of evidence for the Maya, including archaeology, images, writing and oral history.

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03: Where did the Maya live?

Explore maps and websites to find out where the Maya lived and what the different environmental zones are like, make sketches.

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04: Make a Maya map in 3D

Recreate the Maya environmental zones from coast to highlands and lowlands in the classroom, including plants and animals.