The Maya

Block D - Maths and the Calendar

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.

Discover the fascinating maths and calendar systems of the Maya. Learn about the Maya numerals, their maths system and the Dresden Codex. Represent Maya numbers; consider the Maya calendar and compare it to our own system. Make a Maya calendar, learn about The Long Count and Maya Tzolkin days and go on to draw birth month symbols and form them out of clay.

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: Maya maths

Learn about the Maya numerals, their maths system and the Dresden Codex; use sticks, stones and shells to represent Maya numbers.

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02: Maya calendar: cogs and cycles

Consider the Maya calendar and compare it to our own system; make a Maya calendar.

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03: Maya calendar: The Long Count and Tzolkin Days

Learn about The Long Count and Maya Tzolkin days; draw birth month symbols and form them out of clay.