The Maya

Block G - Religion

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 about the legends of the Maya people. Explore the famous creation story of the Hero Twins and the Lords of the Underworld. Use a variety of software on a range of digital devices to create a podcast of the Maya creation myth and a stop-motion animation. Replicate Maya ceremonies and celebrations and upload these to the class website.

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: Creation

Explore the creation myth of the Maya and retell it as a podcast in children’s’ own words, adding sound effects.

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02: The Hero Twins

Explore the story of the Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque and recreate it in small world using stop motion animation.

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03: Kings or gods?

Explore the objects that show us some of the kings and gods of the Maya, make replicas and recreate a Maya ceremony of giving offerings to the gods. Take photos of the ceremonies.

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04: Celebrations

Explore the ancient and modern celebrations that form the Maya religious calendar and re-enact one of them. Video the celebration.

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05: Make a website

Set up a web page to share all the work you have done.