Category Archives: Year 6

Home Learning – Y6 History Topic 1: The Mayan Empire (27.4.20)

Home Learning – Y6 History Topic 1: The Mayan Empire (27.4.20)

Hello to the mighty Year 6!

When SATs are finished (and for this year they are!) I like to do our two best history topics of the year. Here’s the first one.

We go back in time to 1514 to the great city of Sevilla in Spain.  There we meet the brave explorer Cortez the Killer. We are persuaded to leave our families and loved ones to sail with him across the wide Atlantic Ocean in a little wooden ship, the San Miguel, on a journey to The New World.  Why? To find riches, gold and jewels beyond our wildest dreams so we can return to Spain as wealthy men.

The place we land in the New World is home to the ancient Mayan Empire.  We meet the inhabitants, the Mayans. We learn about their history, culture and beliefs; their food, art and sports.

We try to find answers to these questions:

1) Where in the world have we landed?

2) Why was the New World called the New World?

3) What made Mayan cities better than the ones we left behind in Europe?

4) How were Mayan doctors and scientists better than European ones?

5) What foods did the Mayans eat (which you all eat now) but which were unknown in Europe in 1514?

6) Why did the Mayan people build such huge temples (that are still standing today) and what ceremonies were carried out in them?

7) Did they invent the world’s first team sport?  What was it? And what really happened to the losing team?

8) What gods did the Mayan people pray to? Were the Spanish right to try to force them to believe in Jesus?

9) Who were the most important people in Mayan society?

10) What was the simple VIRUS that killed millions of people in that part of the world and how did it get there? (clue: it wasn’t coronavirus)


Use the powerpoints, worksheets and video links (below) and your own research to help you answer some (or all) of these questions.


Fun things we would have done in school – but which you can try at home just as well.

* Make a Mayan mask or jewellery

* Cook some Mayan food and have a Mayan feast

* Build a model of a Mayan temple using your knowledge of square numbers

* Write messages using colourful Mayan glyphs

How do we know about the Mayans Mayan achievements

Mayan Cities and Pyramids

Mayan cities and temples

Mayan food

Mayan gods

Mayan Masks

Mayan society


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Art & RE in Y6…March 16th

I promised you an update on the art we’ve been doing in Y6 to prepare for the Y6 Passover meal for children & their families which will, very sadly, now not take place.  Nonetheless, the children worked with great skill and co-operation to produce an absolutely magnificent display. The likes of which I’ve never seen…Read More

Y6 Art…or is it RE?…week 8…Feb 28th

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Geography in Y6…week 6…Feb 14th

Geography in Y6…week 6…Feb 14th

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Week 4 in Y6…Technology…31st Jan

Week 4 in Y6…Technology…31st Jan

This week’s challenge in Science was a technological one for the mighty brains of Year 6.  Could they (with minimal help from the teacher) make that old fairground staple from yesteryear: a steady-hand tester.  Not only did a bulb have to light whenever an unsteady hand caused the wand to touch the obstacle, but, simultaneously,…Read More

The Keilty Challenge…Year 6…24th January

The Keilty Challenge…Year 6…24th January

The Keilty Challenge has been a feature of Y6 from time immemorial.  Points are awarded for many praiseworthy actions: kindness, brilliance, achievement, progress, exceptional intelligence, clever vocabulary etc.  The class aim to earn – between them – over 32 points in a week.  When this target was first met (a difficult enough feat) the agreed…Read More

Science in Y6…Week 2…17th Jan

Science in Y6…Week 2…17th Jan

New year, new science topic.  This week the intrepid Y6 scientists have been getting to grips with the intricacies of circuits, cells, switches and sockets as they have started a unit of work on electricity, arguably the most important invention ever in the history of the world.Read More