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Snakes and Lizards session

‘Snakes and Lizards’

Our ‘Snakes & Lizards’ (S&L) programme is now available as an in-school session. “Extremely valuable and successful for our children - they were totally absorbed...” “The children were spellbound for the entire morning...”

Unlocking the secrets of the ballgame...
Unlocking the secrets of the ballgame... (Click on image to enlarge)

For sessions with up to (approx.!) 70-80 children, in which ALL will be involved, S&L offers an ideal and truly intriguing alternative to our flagship programme.

Looking up at the magnificent Aztec Sunstone in Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum
Looking up at the magnificent Aztec Sunstone in Mexico City’s Anthropology Museum (Click on image to enlarge)

This is a serious team challenge – using a range of key artefacts and a giant model of the famous Aztec Sunstone (that we bring with us) to find, interpret, use and make connections between clues all linked to the 20 day/calendar signs of the Aztecs. The challenge takes a full morning (an all-day option is available), involves working in 4 teams competing using worksheets (downloadable from our website) and is highly interactive, informative and fun.

The teams take turns to follow up clues they’ve spotted – or we’ve given them during the introduction - in a race to find those that connect to key gods, opposites, human qualities, forces of nature, patterns, shapes, colours, musical sounds, compass points, creatures, foods, festivals, sacred numbers, planets and beyond... The winning team receives a prize. Most suitable for Years 5 and 6, but adaptable for Year 4.

Perhaps the Aztecs can teach us...
Perhaps the Aztecs can teach us... (Click on image to enlarge)

Based on the most iconic – and also mysterious - Aztec artefact of them all, the children learn a huge amount about Mesoamerican calendars, writing systems, codices, gods, and above all new ways of looking at and interpreting archaeological evidence, our own earth and the universe itself. If you find explaining Aztec calendars difficult, let us do it for you - your pupils will quickly become experts...!

Ballgame figure
Ballgame figure

The programme includes a strong emphasis on music and mass chanting, and a special section on the ever-popular ancient Mexican ballgame, with its own key link to the Sunstone...

... how to look at the world from different perspectives
... how to look at the world from different perspectives (Click on image to enlarge)

When to get us in:The more you’ve covered on the Aztecs, the more your children will get out of this session - and the further they’ll get in the challenge! - but no prior knowledge is needed.

Year 6 pupils looking for clues, St. Andrew’s CE Primary, Chinnor
Year 6 pupils looking for clues, St. Andrew’s CE Primary, Chinnor (Click on image to enlarge)

Recent feedback from teachers (2007): "Absolutely superb! Massively educational, they learnt loads... Thanks so much! We thoroughly enjoyed an exciting and informative morning that inspired us all." "Once again, thank you for a fully interactive and fascinating morning. The children were full of the visit and have clearly learnt to much. Their powers of observation and thinking developed during the session. I think we may well have some budding archaeologists here!" "What a fantastic session - thanks very much! The children really enjoyed it, and the adults kept telling me how much they had learnt too!" "Inspirational... The children obviously loved it and have been buzzing about the Aztecs ever since!... Personally, I’m sure that it is your enthusiasm for the subject that really brings it alive."

The ‘set’ for Snakes and Lizards
The ‘set’ for Snakes and Lizards (Click on image to enlarge)

The session aims to encourage an active ‘hands-on’ approach to studying artefacts. Our fine Aztec ‘huehuetl’ drums are more than up to the task...

Searching for clues on an Aztec drum!
Searching for clues on an Aztec drum! (Click on image to enlarge)

See more photo’s of our S&L sessions in our Galleries pages.

Everything for the Aztecs was linked in some way to the gods...
Everything for the Aztecs was linked in some way to the gods... (Click on image to enlarge)

To download the 2 PDF worksheets (each pupil needs one of each), go to our Videoconferencing page (link below).

S&L (videoconferencing page)

S&L Slideshow

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