Mayan CivilisationThe study of Mayan civilization in a great project for KS2 history and  Keystage History shares a set of pages to help teachers with this topic. NB This is a subscription service!

“When teaching this Mayan unit at KS2, you are advised to use the medium-term planner (see medium term planning) from which all the outstanding lessons flow. Starting with exploring the reasons why the Maya topic is on the curriculum, pupils learn how the Mayan civilization grew so strong when the odds against it were so huge. They then devote most time to exploring the characteristics features of the Mayan society and comparing it with the state of Britain at the same time i.e. about AD1100. To help pupils develop the use of evidence, they are asked to work out how we can be so sure about what life was like for the Maya a thousand years ago. The topic concludes with an open-ended enquiry which challenges pupils to work collaboratively to create their own plausible answer to the riddle of why the Mayan  civilization came to such an abrupt end.”  Quoted from this page where you can find all of the resources.

This project covers:

  • Why do we study the Maya in history at Ks2
  • Reasons why the Maya Empire Grew
  • Everyday life in Mayan Civilisation
  • What was life like for Mayan people 1,000 years ago
  • Mayan Civilisation and human sacrifice
  • Why did the Mayan empire decline

This website provides sets of history resources written by a history teacher, they are closely aligned to the National Curriculum requirements.  For the price of a couple of books, it provides lots of resources for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. There are also free example resources to have a look at, though none are from the Ancient Mayan period:


Mayan Civilisation