Maya Workshop is delivered by Penny. As an archaeologist who has visited the historic Maya sites, she is incredibly knowledgeable on the intricacies of Maya culture and life.
As always, we provide a full day's worth of activities for up to 3 classes.
The day's activities and presentations:
Introduction: The children will listen to an informative presentation about the Maya and be told about the fun activities that they will be taking part in later in the day.
Archaeology Investigation: The children will learn how to be archaeologists, from Penny herself! She will give expert instructions on how to carefully unearth ancient artefacts and examine their origins.
Maya Pottery Making: The children will create their own Maya pottery out of clay.
Maya Maths: The children will be introduced to the strange symbols that make up the Maya numbering system. Can they work out which number each symbol represents in order to crack the puzzle?
Maya Dance: Using masks that the children will have made before the workshop, the children will take part in a Maya celebration and learn how to dance like a Maya.
Final Review: The final session of the day looks at what happened after the majority of the civilisation collapsed. What was their legacy?
'A big thank you to Penny from Historic Workshops for the Maya session delivered to our school today. From the beginning, all children were engaged with their learning. Penny shared lots of artefacts and pictures with the children, answering questions as she went along. The activities that the children completed during the day were well planned for and challenged the children. I would highly recommend this session to any school studying the Maya Civilisation.' Clare Vernon, Alexandra Junior School, Stoke-on-Trent
'I thought the activities were great and the children had great fun. Penny was lovely with the children and it was good for them to meet a real archaeologist and see the artefacts.' Mrs Mawdsley, Class Teacher, St Austin's Catholic Primary
'A comment from a parent after today's Maya workshop... They absolutely loved today's learning and came home sharing everything! Another child has created her own way of explaining the Maya Maths to her parents using household objects to represent symbols. A massive thank you to Penny an absolute delight to work with and have as an educator :-)' Teacher, Woodlands Primary, Madeley.