The Maya

Block J - Farming

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.

Explore the methods of farming practised by the Maya and some of the foods they farmed, hunted and gathered. Try making and tasting a traditional Maya hot chocolate recipe.  Finish off by creating a model illustrating how the Maya produced food and having a simple Maya meal.

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: Farming practices

Children are given example landscapes, each with their own advantages and disadvantages for farming, and are asked to come up with their own solutions. Learn how the Maya farmed the same lands.

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02: Food

Do some research to find out what types of food the Maya had access to, either by farming, hunting or gathering. Try cooking some recipes.

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03: Chocolate

Try out a traditional recipe to make Maya hot chocolate. Find out what chocolate was used for – not just drinking, but also in sauces for food and as a currency.

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04: Model making

Use their sketches to make models of how the different regions of the Maya lands handled farming. Label the model using their geographical knowledge.