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Block F - Trade

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.

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01: Transport

Explore different forms of transport that the Maya had; design and make a transportation device with no wheels.

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02: Trade goods

Research the trade goods that Maya people exchanged, including cacao beans, feathers, jade, obsidian; design and make some game counters of these goods.

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03: Trade routes

Research the trade routes the Maya used and the terrain they had to cross; create a 3D model of the terrain.

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04: Design the game

Work out the rules for the game using your gaming counters, board and transportation devices.

Block H - Technology

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.

The tool technology of the Maya was based on the incredibly hard minerals jadeite and obsidian. Learn about how the Maya made beautiful and functional objects and their weaving and pottery skills. Weave a fabric in the Maya style and make pots.

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: Materials

Start by thinking about the types of materials the Maya might have had available to make objects out of. Make predictions about which materials would be used for certain types of objects. Think about which materials would rot and which would survive. Plan an experiment to test what rots and what doesn't.

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02: Pottery

Find the pottery objects in the collection of images. Use images of Maya pottery to design and make replicas from air-drying clay. Follow the same patterns and images, and try out some of the same techniques to make the replicas, like painting, incising and impressing.

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03: Stone

Find the stone objects in the collection of images. Think about how Maya people could have carved stone. Make a scientific enquiry to try to see how long it would take to carve a pendant. Carve a replica pendant out of Pears soap.

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04: Weaving

Plan what materials to use to make a backstrap loom. Try out weaving on a backstrap loom using the number sequence they devised.

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05: Firing pottery (optional)

Make a pit kiln and fire the dried pots in it, carrying out the experiment on which different fabrics the children used survive the firing.

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06: Maya museum

Make a living history museum showcasing their new skills and objects they have already made.

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.

Block E - Peruvian Andes

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Journey through the Peruvian Andes and learn about the culture and natural resources of the region. Explore the impact of tourism, and design and launch your own tourism App that links images to online information about the area.

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: Researching the Peruvian Andes

Take a trip to the Peruvian Andes as representatives of a newly formed local tourism office. Create your own narrative of the geography of the region and carry out some effective research into great websites and sources of online information on the region that might interest tourists.

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02: Land use and tourism in the Peruvian Andes

Travel to the Peruvian Andes as representatives of the local tourist board. Collect information on local land use and tourism. Back at your tourism offices analyse a range of travel Apps to generate ideas for your own App launch.

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03: Developing a tourism App for the Peruvian Andes

Become a picture librarian and select some powerful online images that reflect the land use of the Peruvian Andes. Link these photos to some of your ‘reliable’ information websites and design your very own tourism App for the region.

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04: Peruvian Andes tourism App launch

Use MIT App Inventor to create a live App for launch. Develop your own marketing campaign, thinking about your audience, and create an eye-catching poster to kick-start your App launch.

Block D - Amazon Basin

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Study the Amazon Basin in South America. Become environmental scientists as you explore this resource-rich environment, investigating the impact of human activity on the natural resources and communities of the region. Use mathematical measures and analysis to create a report on land use, cultural vulnerabilities, environmental impact and economic trade, for presentation at your own Earth summit.

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: The Amazon Basin in numbers

Journey along the great Amazon River into the Amazon Basin and use maps, satellite images and film to create a narrative about the region. Learn about the region through numbers and create a geographical infographic poster.

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02: Economics and trade in the Amazon Basin

Start preparing for your own Earth Summit by analysing data about the land use, trade and economics of the Amazon Basin. Get to grips with contrasting arguments about the uses of local resources and develop your own informed opinion.

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03: Earth Summit: the Amazon Basin

Create your final Earth Summit report using data and information gleaned and analysed over the past two sessions. Have a go at creating computer generated graphic representations of data and put together a ‘report findings’ summary.

Block C - Mexico

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Discover Mexico with its extreme and varied landscapes & coasts. Discover a rich heritage of music, art, food and dance, and create your own class fiesta showing off your knowledge of this fascinating country.

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: Mexico: land and culture

Take a trip to Mexico and discover the amazing physical and cultural landscape. Be inspired by traditional uses of colour to paint a landscape with a vibrant and colourful twist.

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02: Mexican fiesta: music and dance

Join a fiesta trail and learn about three Mexican festivals and how they sit in the human landscape. Get moving to some traditional Mexican music dancing to the rhythm and beat.

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03: A Mexican fiesta: costume and decoration

Become a magazine journalist and discover the geography behind fiesta costumes and the decorations used to help celebrate Mexican fiestas - create a class ‘special edition’. Be inspired by the fabrics, dyes and decorations used in fiesta costumes, to design and create your own.

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04: A Mexican feast and class fiesta

Transform your classroom into a Mexican fiesta kitchen and discover the origins of traditional Mexican ingredients. Create some traditional Mexican fiesta treats. Celebrate your own Mexican fiesta, bringing together your cooking, costumes and dances with an array of Mexican music.

Block B - Introduction to the Maya

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 when the Maya are first recognised by archaeologists and when this society is said to have come to an end, recognising that there are still living Maya people today. Examine the different types of evidence that tell us about the Maya. Explore the region of the Maya civilization in Mesoamerica and create a Maya corner in the classroom.

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: When do we know the Maya lived?

Work in teams to remember and add dates of events in Europe to a timeline of the Maya.

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02: How do we know about the Maya?

Assess the reliability of various sources of evidence for the Maya, including archaeology, images, writing and oral history.

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03: Where did the Maya live?

Explore maps and websites to find out where the Maya lived and what the different environmental zones are like, make sketches.

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04: Make a Maya map in 3D

Recreate the Maya environmental zones from coast to highlands and lowlands in the classroom, including plants and animals.

Block I - Everyday Life

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.

Learn about the family orientated society of the Maya community in this creative and practical block.  Find out about the childhood of the Maya and how skills were passed down from parents. Learn about the importance of music to the Maya and discover foods eaten by the Maya community. Research Maya clothing, headdresses and hairstyles and go on to discover the modern culture and struggles of the Maya people.

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: Life as a Maya child

Learn about the childhood of the Maya and how skills were passed down from parents; draw murals of everyday life; weave simple and elaborate mats ready for the class celebration.

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02: Music and instruments

Find out about the importance of music to the Maya by studying images and listening to Mayan music; make a Maya instrument from a choice of panpipes, a drum and an ocarina.

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03: Food and clothing

Learn about foods eaten by the Maya community; research Maya clothing, headdresses and hairstyles and make a Maya headdress.

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04: Maya celebrations

Discover the modern culture and struggles of the Maya people; learn about a modern Maya school; research modern Maya celebrations; organise a Maya celebration to raise money for the modern Maya; entertain guests with music and food; inform them about all you have found out in this block.

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.

Block B - The Grand Canyon

Travel around the world in this exciting topic, as you compare disparate peoples and places in the UK, Europe, North America and South America. Look at your own area and discover the similarities and differences between where you live and these other intriguing locations. Develop a range of skills and increase your expertise in a number of curriculum areas, including key human and physical geography goals.

Be amazed by the impressive geography of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in the United States. Explore how the Colorado River, along with debris flows and weather, continues to shape the landscape. Learn about the people who live there and see the region through the photography of Ansel Adams. Capture some of the wonder of this place through your own art and set up a visitor’s centre for another class to explore the Grand Canyon region in comparison to your local area.

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: Carving out the Grand Canyon and exploring the human footprint

Take a journey back through time to learn about how The Grand Canyon was formed. Discover the human impact on the region and create your own homage to this spectacular region through a piece of art.

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02: Topographic design - mapping the Grand Canyon through art

Interpret topographical maps of the Grand Canyon region and explore the natural processes that help us predict the future form of the region. Create your own piece of art that shows the topographic nature of the region.

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03: Photographing the Grand Canyon: Ansel Adams

Meet the great photographer, Ansel Adams, and explore the geological and aesthetic beauty of his Grand Canyon shots. Create your own interpretations of his photographic art and set up a visitor’s centre.

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04: Comparative photography: the Grand Canyon and your local area

Take a fieldtrip to a local geographic feature and explore the geological and aesthetic beauty of it through your own photographic shots. Develop your own ideas of how to exhibit your photographs in order to create a complementary exhibition to your Grand Canyon exhibit.