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What was the Maya Civilization?


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The 'Introduction to the Maya Civilization' lesson is the first lesson in our popular Maya History Unit for KS2.
You can download this full lesson as a free sample.

Maya Unit Lesson 1

What was the Maya Civilization?

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A FREE downloadable lesson for KS2 introducing the Maya civilization, including a detailed lesson plan, Powerpoint and printable activity sheets. This lesson is part of our popular Maya History Unit for Key Stage 2.

Who were the Maya?
This free-to-download lesson introduces who, when and where of the Maya civilization. Pupils will look at maps and timelines to place the Maya Civilization in context and then zoom in to find out more about the four distinct periods associated with the Maya civilization, comparing them to synchronous periods from World and British history. Pupils will also engage with historical sources to find out clues about Ancient Maya lifestyles.


  • To find out where the Maya Civilization came from

  • To learn about the four main periods of Maya history

  • To compare the Maya timeline with other key events from British and World history

The lesson plan includes differentiation ideas to adapt the activities for the needs of your class.


The download folder contains the lesson slides and 1 PDF file with the lesson plan and pupil resources. Please download both files.

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