The Mayans

Our newest topic is offered as a virtual workshop only.

Meet Izel, a priestess from the Mayan city off Chichen Itza. The area’s farmers want to ensure a bountiful harvest, so the community prepares to make a sacrifice to the Rain God Chaac. Will Chaac be pleased?

The topics covered during the workshop include:

  • Mayan beliefs, rituals and ceremonies
  • Everyday life as a Mayan
  • The Mayan calendar
  • The role of chocolate in Mayan culture

 

How Does the Workshop Work?

Our virtual workshops consist of two key elements:

  • A box packed with individual activities kits for each child in your group (plus a few extra, just in case). The kits contain up to six activities, which the children can do at their own desks.
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers. The video leads the children through the narrative and gives purpose to the activities they do along the way.

The workshops take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

The workshops usually fill up to half a day.

For a small additional fee, you can also choose to add an hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day – the children can prepare questions, take notes from the answers, discuss artefacts and explore the materials used to make them. Overall, it gives time to probe further into the learning.

 

What Activities are Included?

The items include fresco painting on modroc, a paper headdress with feathers, a small clay pot, a foil necklace, soap carvings of Mayan figures and Mayan writing on tree bark.
Objects children will make during the virtual Mayan workshop.

As mentioned, each child receives an activities kit to match the video. The school needs to provide a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils, but otherwise the children receive the necessary materials to make six projects:

  • A sample of temple painting
  • Mayan writing on tree bark
  • A soap carving of Mayan symbols
  • A necklace
  • A headdress
  • A coiled clay pot

The workshop also comes with an information sheet for teachers, which details the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.

LEARN ABOUT OUR OTHER VIRTUALLY OFF THE PAGE WORKSHOPS

 

How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

The pricing scheme is straightforward. We charge £300.00 for the first 30 children, plus £6.00 for each additional child (the costs are inclusive of 20% VAT, which the school can claim back.) Shipping is free.

The optional hour of video conferencing with one of our knowledgeable teachers can be purchased for an additional £60.00 (incl. 20% VAT).

 

How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. Once full payment is received, we can get them into schools within days. (Or they can be ordered well ahead and delivery scheduled – it is very flexible.)