Suitable for: Key Stages 1 and 2

Duration: 3 Hours

Learn about life in an Ancient Mayan city by experiencing life as a child. Trade for goods, make ink and write in hieroglyphs and discover your fate with the ancient Mayan calendar.


Activities Include:

  • Interactive introduction to life in an Ancient Mayan city.

  • Choosing a Mayan name.

  • Learning Mayan numbers.

  • Trading using feathers and cacao beans.

  • Spinning and weaving wool.

  • Making a clay artefact to take home.

  • Learning about the Mayan character through stroytelling and an interactive activity. 


National Curriculum Links:


  • a non-European society that provides contrasts with British history – one study chosen from: early Islamic civilization, including a study of Baghdad c. AD 900; Mayan civilization c. AD 900; Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300.

Science: Everyday Materials

  • Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.

  • Identify and name a variety of everyday materials and describe the physical properties of everyday materials.

Art and Design:

  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques with a range of materials. 

Mayan Feedback

The children were all engaged in the hands on activities, which were enjoyable and educational. There was a good set up of the day with minimal time where the children were sat listening. The children were fully engaged and learning at all points. We have lots of follow up activities to go from this starting point. Thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                   - Croyland Primary School.

Holly used  her considerable knowledge to teach and answer all questions. I really enjoyed weaving on the loom and was delighted to hear one of our children say he would sell his x-box and buy a loom!! Great ideas to use next year in this area of the curriculum.

                                                                                                                                                                   - Ryhope Junior School.