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Mexicolore Maya schools workshop

School visits scrapbook

As our experience with running interactive workshops in schools on the ancient Maya steadily builds, we’ve opened a scrapbook of pictures snapped at some of the outstanding schools we’ve worked in, and where we’ve been made particularly welcome. Right: spot the (foam) javelin stuck in a spot light in the ceiling of the hall, after we demonstrated the ancient atlatl weapon of the Maya and Aztecs, at Holly Park Primary School, Barnet!

Yr 5 teachers at White Court Primary
Yr 5 teachers at White Court Primary (Click on image to enlarge)

We were greatly impressed by the efforts that teachers - and hence children - went to at White Court Primary, Braintree, Essex, for our Maya workshop (January 2015). Thanks and congratulations Emma, Chris and colleagues! The school asked us for a particular emphasis on Maya music, and we did our best to deliver...

The ancient ballgame of the Maya comes to life, at The Wroxham School!
The ancient ballgame of the Maya comes to life, at The Wroxham School! (Click on image to enlarge)

We’ve always enjoyed our visits to The Wroxham School, Potters Bar, Herts. The atmosphere is hugely positive, and the teachers inspirational. We’ve run Aztecs, Maya, even piñata making workshops there over the years. Steve Davy, Yr 5 teacher and head of history, is keen to develop themes of agricultural sustainability, composting and organic ‘no-dig’ farming with the help of a local farm. We’re committed to researching just how organic was the ancient slash-and-burn farming technique used by the Maya for two thousand years...

Creative display work on the Maya included a model ballcourt, a Lego temple-pyramid, a day sign collage, and much more...
Creative display work on the Maya included a model ballcourt, a Lego temple-pyramid, a day sign collage, and much more... (Click on image to enlarge)

In November 2015 we visited St. Michael’s CE Primary School in Aldbourne, Wilts., and worked with Years 5/6. We were very impressed by the preparation work Caroline Knighton had carried out with her pupils. For us, Caroline ticked all the right boxes: helping with the logistics of the visit, hosting and organising the whole thing, eliciting some lovely creative work of all kinds (see picture), pointing out a particularly good story book (Rain Player - see ‘Our Schools Programme on the Maya’, r/h menu), and rehearsing (as the team left) an assembly performance based on a Maya creation myth. They’re even planning to make a Maya museum... Great school - congratulations to all!

This article was uploaded to the Mexicolore website on Jan 18th 2015

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