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.
How did the Maya transport goods and what did they trade? Discover their impressive expertise, the logistics and the daunting geography that they had to overcome. Find out how they knew about the wheel, but didn't use it. Take part in role-play trading games, make models and maps.
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.
Explore different forms of transport that the Maya had; design and make a transportation device with no wheels.
Research the trade goods that Maya people exchanged, including cacao beans, feathers, jade, obsidian; design and make some game counters of these goods.
Research the trade routes the Maya used and the terrain they had to cross; create a 3D model of the terrain.
Work out the rules for the game using your gaming counters, board and transportation devices.