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Maya Civilization Lessons Pack

Maya Civilization Lessons Pack

A fully-resourced unit of 10 history lessons for Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), covering the Maya topic. This KS2History lessons pack includes 10 detailed lesson plans, each with accompanying printable resource sheets and Powerpoint slides.



> 10 detailed lesson plans

> 10 lesson presentations (both Powerpoint and PDF versions of the slides are included)

>  Pupil activity sheets for all lessons

>  Teachers' notes, including curriculum coverage


The ten sessions in this unit aim to give an overview of the history of the Maya Civilization, with a particular focus on the period leading up to the height of the civilization in AD 900. As with all units, there is an emphasis on allowing pupils to consider the sources of evidence that form our understanding of this period of world history. The unit also takes the opportunity to draw contrasts with comparable themes from British history.


The aims of the unit for pupils are:

  • To gain an overview of significant people, places and events from the Maya Civilization
  • To explore how the geography of the Maya area impacted trade, daily life and the growth and decline of the civilization
  • To consider broader historical context and draw links with British history and other familiar aspects of world history
  • To become familiar with historical sources, debates, misconceptions and accurate vocabulary relating to the Maya Civilization.

This pack contains everything you need to teach this unit, including differentiated activity ideas so that it can be adapted to the needs of your year group. 


The planning pack covers the following lessons:

  • What was the Maya Civilization?
  • How did the landscape of the Maya area affect trade?
  • How did Maya settlers survive and thrive in the rainforest?
  • What do Maya ruins tell us about city-states?
  • How useful are the pictures of Frederick Catherwood as a source of information about the Maya?
  • Did the Maya invent football?
  • Why was maize so important to the Maya people?

  • Who was Pakal the Great?
  • How did the Maya keep track of time?
  • What is the mystery of the abandoned Maya cities?



  • File Formats

    This zipped folder of resources contains:

    1 x PDF files containing lesson plans, teacher guides and pupil resource sheets

    10 x Lesson Presentations (one for each lesson) - both Powerpoint and PDF versions are included


    Please note - the downloadable files will be sent to the email address used in the transaction. 

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