The Maya

Block E - Cities and Architecture

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.

Study the buildings of this very early civilisation and consolidate your knowledge as you make a range of buildings that you put together to make a class Maya city. Learn about the organisation of Maya cities, study different kinds of buildings, and investigate some aspects of daily life.

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: Plazas and ball courts

Learn about the organisation of Maya buildings around a plaza; make temples and a class plaza; learn about the rules of the Maya ball game Pok-ta-Pok and play this ritual game.

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02: Temple-pyramids and palaces

Study the features and ceremonies of the temple-pyramids and palaces of the Maya; construct a temple- pyramid out of clay and make a class Maya city; add walkways.

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03: Homes and roads

Discover the palaces of the Maya kings and the houses of the common people; construct clusters of small residential houses to add to the class Maya city; invite guests to visit your Maya city and entertain them with hot chocolate and flour tortillas.