The Maya

Block C - Writing

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.

This amazing civilisation created writing using logograms and hieroglyphs. Find out how the writing was used and write and draw words including your own name. Discover the Copan stairway and its hieroglyphs and marvel at the four main Maya codices. Finally design, paint and make a class or school Maya codex on ‘tree bark’.

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: Hieroglyphs and logograms

Learn about the Maya writing system of logograms and hieroglyphs; write and draw words including your own name using the glyphs.

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02: Hieroglyph stairways and emblems

Discover the Copan stairway and its hieroglyphs; make a class hieroglyph stairway and design a class or school emblem glyph.

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03: Fig trees and codices

Marvel at the four main Maya codices; design, paint and make a class Maya codex on ‘tree bark’.