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Foundation Curriculum

The Mayans

This half term, we learned about the Ancient Civilisation of the Mayans.


The Maya people are remembered for amazing creations, like their spectacular buildings and beautiful objects made from jade, a rare and valuable material.

They also invented groundbreaking ideas which have helped shape the way we live our lives today. For example, it’s thought that the Maya invented the idea of 'zero'.


Maya people were able to do complex calculations, which allowed them to create very detailed and accurate calendars. They used these calendars for farming.

The late 19th century saw the beginning of proper study of the Maya people. Cities, statues, artefacts and cultural ornaments were uncovered, preserved and collected.


Where did the Maya live?


The Maya civilisation began long ago in a place called Mesoamerica. This huge area is made up of Mexico and part of Central America.

Chocolate Workshop

The beans of the cacao tree can be linked back to the Mayans. For a bit of fun and excitement, we took part in a chocolate workshop where we learned about the history of the cacao bean and how chocolate is made.


The best part, was when we then made chocolate pizzas! They were extremely delicious!