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The Mayan people were incredibly intelligent; an example of this was their ability to develop a number system not too different to our own! They were the first civilisation to consider the concept of Place Value and the importance of using 0 as a Place Holder. 

They didn't use digits like us, they used symbols. Have a look at the Powerpoint below to learn more! 

Once you have read the Powerpoint follow this link https://maya.nmai.si.edu/maya-sun/maya-math-game to play a maya maths game! Enjoy! 

If you would like to explore the Maya number system even more, perhaps try to write some addition and subtraction problems using the Maya Number System. 

 

Have a look at the website link. You can explore the different areas and landmarks on the map by clicking on them. 

 

This week, we would like you to create your own map of the Land of the Maya. You could just draw the map on paper, but you must include the significant landmarks or areas- you could even research some more of your own! You could show these by creating your own key and designing your own symbols! If you are feeling a bit more creative, you could make a sculpture map and add the landmarks on yourself! Be as creative as you can be, but make sure you include the significant areas and landmarks. 

 

Once you have created your map, create your own mind map/spider diagram with the different landmarks on. For each landmark you include, research and record a couple of facts. 

 

Consider why these landmarks are significant now. How were they built? What can we learn from them?

Maya Fashion

 

This week we would like you to use the information below and your own research to recreate some Maya Fashion. You could recreate some clothing, jewellery, headdresses or any other fashion item. This can be done in any way your like, using any materials you like or you can choose to sketch some fashion items instead - it's completely up to you. 

Send in your creations, we can't wait to see them! 

 

The Maya wove beautiful fabrics using cotton, hemp, and other fibers. Fibers were dyed and then woven into brilliant designs. Patterns included geometric, floral, animal, and human designs.

Using these beautiful and colorful fabrics, the Maya made clothes to drape, not to fit. The Maya loved to wear one loose garment on top of another.

Women wore loose blouses, and long skirts that wrapped around them. They might add a colorful woven belt or sash, and then added more fabric garments such as a hip wrap, which was a long scarf wrapped around their hips and tied to the side or back. In the winter, they would add a warm shawl or cloak.

Men might wear loin clothes over which they wore a wrap around skirt or kilt. They might carry a woven bag. Many men wore colorful cloth turbans on their heads. In the winter, they too wore a poncho type cloak.

The Maya used embroidery to add even more color to their clothing.  

Sandals were made out of deer skin. They were decorated with pompoms and bits of other hides.

The Mayas wore a great deal of jewelry - earrings, nose rings, lip rings, necklaces, pins and more. The poor wore jewelry made of bone and sticks and painted clay. The rich wore jewelry of gold, silver, copper, turtle shell, and gemstones.

The nobles wore hats, the higher the better. Each was as high as a noble could handle. Some were only a few feet high. Some were taller than they were!

Only nobles could use feathers. Some used feathers in their hair. Feathers were also used to add height to hats. If a commoner used feathers, they could be killed.

Clothes were more than comfort and color. They were used as a form of communication. You could identify someone's family, social status, and community by their clothing.

 

 

 

This week we are looking at how people change as they get older. Follow the powerpoint below and your own research to complete these activities about how we age. 

 

1) What changes can you think of? Can you classify them into physical changes and other changes? 

2) Complete the True or False statements activity attached.

3) Create a poster to demonstrate your understanding of how people change as they age. 

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