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Mexicolore classroom Q&A session on the Aztecs in a London school

Question and Answer Sessions

Since 2005 the core Mexicolore team have been offering single class Q&A sessions on the Mexica/Aztecs in schools. Considerably less expensive than one of our full-scale programmes, this is a unique chance for children to get right up close to some of our most intriguing and popular Aztec artefacts...

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This is a much more appropriate programme for a single class, or very small year group. It is nothing like the full presentation - it has fewer “performance” elements to it; instead it is an intimate discussion, and HANDS-ON experience - in the classroom - based around a selection of choice artefacts.

Mexicolore classroom Q&A session on the Aztecs in a London school
Mexicolore classroom Q&A session on the Aztecs in a London school (Click on image to enlarge)

After an illustrated introduction from us, the session is opened to the children themselves, for them to ask us as many questions as they like about the artefacts themselves, or about the Aztecs in general. We show slides throughout the session and touch on the whole issue of “evidence”, focusing on primary and secondary sources of information on the Aztecs. The pupils’ historical enquiry skills should certainly be more finely attuned after one of our Q&A sessions...!

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At present the focus of the session is clothing, jewellery, calendars and codices, writing with glyphs, gods, and a demonstration of Aztec wind and percussion instruments. When to get us in: This session is particularly effective once the children are ‘well into’ (middle or end of) the topic.

Hands-on with Aztec clothing during a Mexicolore Q&A session on the Mexica/Aztecs at Great Wishford Primary School, Wiltshire, 2011
Hands-on with Aztec clothing during a Mexicolore Q&A session on the Mexica/Aztecs at Great Wishford Primary School, Wiltshire, 2011 (Click on image to enlarge)

All the children really enjoyed it... super pictures linked to artefacts... really positive and friendly interaction with the children (Jo Litchfield, Class 5 Teacher, Tennyson Road Primary School, Luton, 2010)

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