Our topic for term 1 is ‘Mysterious Maya!’
As historians, we will be exploring the civilization of the Maya people c. AD 900 as an example of a non-European society that provides contrast with British history. We will be comparing Maya chronology with European history, investigating the Maya’s religion and social structure, reflecting upon the many achievements of this sophisticated people (including their language, number system and calendar) and finding out how life changed with the coming of the Spanish conquistadors. Furthermore, we will be learning about primary sources and discussing how historians build realistic pictures of the past.
As geographers, we will be using atlases and online maps to locate the countries of North and South America and in particular those modern day countries of Central America in which the Maya lived and still live. Additionally, we will be describing key aspects of the climate of Mesoamerica and learning how the Maya produced food and with whom they traded.
As scientists, we will be studying evolution and inheritance. We will look at Darwin’s theories from his voyages around the world including natural selection. We will also look at how offspring inherit characteristics from both their parents.